Soundkeeper’s Clean Water Act enforcement program enforces federal water quality laws against serious violators, with a record of egregious pollution of public waterways. Lawsuits are brought on behalf of Soundkeeper’s members, each of whom has a legal right to swimmable and fishable waterways. Soundkeeper’s goal is to achieve negotiated settlements that bring polluters into compliance with the law and the permitting system, and the settlement funds are then donated to local environmental groups to help them repair damage done to the Sound.

The Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund was created by a record legal settlement between Puget Soundkeeper and Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railway, and has since been supplemented by other pollution mitigation payments. The Fund’s goal is to mitigate past pollution runoff by supporting community-based efforts to protect or improve the water quality of Puget Sound.

Since inception in 2012, around $2.5 million in grants have been awarded through the Rose Foundation for projects in Puget Sound related to conservation, restoration, community science projects, environmental justice, shoreline access and environmental education, and more than $5.8 million has been directed to mitigation and restoration over Soundkeeper’s entire history.

Applying for a Grant

Groups of any size are eligible to apply. Grants will be awarded up to a maximum amount of $25,000. In addition to larger organizations, the Rose Foundation has specifically reserved some of the grant funds for smaller grassroots organizations and encourages proposals from local, volunteer-based groups. Visit the main grant page at the Rose Foundation website to read about the grant and begin an application.

Apply for a Grant


  • Spring 2017 Applications are due March 1, 2017
  • Fall 2017 Applications are due September 15, 2017


To be eligible for a Puget Sound Stewardship & Mitigation Fund Grant, the applicant and project must meet the following criteria:

  • Projects Supported: The project must be designed to improve (or prevent degradation) of the water quality of Puget Sound. Preference will be given to projects that directly benefit the Green-Duwamish River watershed, and Central and North Puget Sound from Tacoma to Mt. Vernon.
  • Applicant requirements: The applicant must demonstrate the capacity to complete the proposed project, including experience in successfully conducting similar or otherwise related work in the past.
  • Nonprofit status: The applicant must be a 501(c)3 organization, fiscally-sponsored by a 501(c)3, or a governmental or tribal entity. However, we do not want lack of 501(c)(3 status to be a barrier for small volunteer-driven organizations. If you have a compelling project, the Rose Foundation may be willing to act as your fiscal sponsor for this grant proposal.
  • Environmental Justice: While this is not specifically an environmental justice fund, supporting environmental and social justice is a core organizational value that guides all of the Rose Foundation’s programs. Applications from environmental justice organizations are strongly encouraged.
  • Frequency of Applying: Organizations whose proposals are rejected may re-apply after one year. Organizations that are funded may re-apply after one year if their evaluation form has been submitted and accepted.
  • Duration of Support: Most grants are for a one year period; however, you do not have to ask for a one year grant. It is permitted to request a shorter or longer grant period if that is what you need. However, even if you are asking for multi-year support, the maximum request cannot exceed $25,000. After three consecutive years of funding, groups must wait two years before reapplying.

If you’d like to promote this grant opportunity, you can download a one-page info sheet on the Puget Sound Stewardship and Mitigation Fund.