Strengthening small Northwest conservation organizations confronting critical challenges in their communities.
This fund supports groups offering innovative working approaches at the grassroots level in geographies or on issues that build on the foundation’s current priorities.
Organizations requesting grassroots support should:
Grassroots Fund grants may be used as seed funding and are not typically renewed. Most often Grassroots Fund grants are made for general support, but grants may also be tailored to support activities that bolster organizational capacity, such as mentoring, leadership development, and organizational trainings.
A breakthrough was reached when PacificCorp, a utility that owns four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River, reached an agreement with the states of Oregon and California, and the U.S. Department of the Interior to remove the four dams by 2020. This is the by-product of an agreement to resolve water-use conflicts between a diverse set of stakeholders including tribal interests, farmers, fishermen, environmental groups, and governments. In its early history, the Brainerd Foundation funded work in the Klamath basin.
Typical Grassroots Fund grants range from $5,000 to $10,000 and are awarded for a one-year term, with the possibility of a one-time renewal. Inquiries are accepted on an ongoing basis. Grants are awarded year-round at staff discretion. Proposals are accepted by invitation only.