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for Watershed Conservation Projects

Watershed Restoration Program

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Bella Vista Foundation (BVF)

Deadline Date:

06/30/22 5:00 PM PST


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Grants to Oregon and California nonprofit organizations for watershed conservation projects in eligible regions. Applicants must contact the funding source prior to submitting a full application. Priority will be given to projects including community involvement. Eligible projects benefit the Mattole River watershed, the Truckee River watershed in the Sierra Nevada, the mid-Klamath/Scott/Shasta rivers, Yuba/Bear/American rivers, and the North Fork Feather River watershed in California; and the upper Deschutes Basin and the upper John Day Basin in Oregon.

The Watershed Restoration program focuses on restoration and revitalization of key watershed ecosystems within specific geographic areas in California and Oregon.

The Foundation funds programs and projects that:

  • Incorporate environmental, economic, and social equity factors because solutions that merge these factors tend to have long-term success
  • Preserve and build natural capital by consuming the growth of the environmental resource, rather than the resource itself
  • Support creative solutions to revitalization and restoration that have the potential to serve as models for similar projects
  • Are part of a cluster of projects in a given watershed involving one or more organizations over time (the Foundation believes this clustering of support at the watershed level will result in stronger partnerships and a greater impact)
  • Foster collaborative partnerships even among groups with divergent interests
  • Include activities that governmental agencies do not normally fund

The Foundation will fund restoration projects that have an environmental education component, but only where restoration is the main and long-term focus.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177167

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Bella Vista Foundation awards grants to public charities operating under an IRS 501(c)(3) status or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) organization. The Foundation only supports non-sectarian programs.

- The foundation does not award grants to individuals.
- The foundation does not award grants to public or private schools or their affiliated foundations.
- The foundation does not make grants to support endowments, events, concerts, annual appeals, videos or films, medical research, or capital campaigns.
- The foundation does not provide funding to programs that are solely virtual. This includes software applications.

Pre-Application Information:

The submission window is as follows:

Fall Application Window: June 17-30, 2022 with grant decisions made in October 2022. Applications are due by 5:00 pm PST on the final day of the submission window.

Out of respect for applicants’ time and limited resources, before starting the application process, please contact Annie Yates to discuss your organization’s work.

Only one request from an organization will be funded in a 12-month period.

General Guidelines:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To begin the application process, contact:
Annie Yates, Executive Director
415.561.6540 ext. 207

After contacting Anni Yates, apply online:

The Bella Vista Foundation
1660 Bush Street, Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94109

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: the Mattole River watershed; the mid-Klamath/Scott/Shasta rivers; and in the Sierra Nevada, the Truckee River watershed, Yuba/Bear/American rivers, and the North Fork Feather River watershed;   Oregon: the upper Deschutes Basin and the upper John Day Basin

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