OVERVIEW: The Rose Foundation seeks environmental organizations that work on long-term, sustainable conservation programs and projects.
IP TAKE: Rose supports environmental organizations that “consider ways to leverage market forces towards sustainability.”
PROFILE: Officially known as the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, the Rose Foundation was established by Jill Ratner and Tim Little in 1992. The foundation “support[s] grassroots initiatives to inspire community action to protect the environment, consumers, and public health.” Its conservation-related grantmaking invests in toxic pollution, sustainable agriculture, urban sprawl, climate change, and environmental degradation of rivers and natural habitats.
The Rose Foundation conducts its environmental grantmaking through the Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund, which is culled from the pooled donations of 20 funding partners. It also conducts conservation grantmaking through a combination of watershed and grassroots funds. The foundation seeks organizations that address an array of environmental problems, such as climate change and environmental degradation; however, it supports a wide variety of conservation causes. Grantees working in areas beyond Rose’s main priorities should contact foundation staff to further discuss their work.
Grant amounts typically range from $10,000 to $75,000. A few annual awards exceed $100,000. Past grantees include the Watsonville Wetlands Watch and Los Padres Forest Association. To learn more about Rose Foundation grantees, explore its searchable grants database.
The foundation has several separate funds from which it awards grants, all of which have relatively different areas of focus, application requirements and deadlines. Grantseekers should explore each of these funds to determine which is the best fit for their work. Grantseekers submitted a general grant application to the foundation may do so by clicking on the link provided below.
- Jill Ratner, President, Program Director, and Cofounder
- Tim Little, Executive Director and Cofounder
- Laura Fernandez, Program Officer
- Megan Mubaraki, Program Officer