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Ecosystem Restoration Program

Grants to Oregon and California Nonprofits
for Watershed Conservation Projects

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Pacific Foundation Services (PFS) - Bella Vista Foundation (BVF)

Deadline Date:

06/28/19 3:00 PM


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Grants to Oregon and California nonprofit organizations in eligible regions for collaborative and innovative watershed conservation projects. Funding is intended for projects supporting creative and replicable solutions to restoration and revitalization. Eligible watersheds in California include 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. In Oregon, eligible areas include the upper Deschutes Basin and the upper John Day Basin.

In these key watersheds, the Foundation’s strategies include:

- 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.
- Engage in projects that 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 in the long term.
- Foster collaborative partnerships even among groups with divergent interests.
- Fund activities that governmental agencies do not normally fund.

The Foundation considers it a strong positive if a project has broad-based community involvement (financial support, volunteer support, and in-kind donations, etc.).

The Foundation will fund strong restoration projects that have an environmental education component, but only so long as the restoration is the main focus and is part of a longer-term restoration program or plan.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177167

Term of Contract:

The Foundation will not give multi-year grants. However, it may accept a different proposal from the same organization as soon as one year after the previous grant and may, in certain cases, provide ongoing support to an organization on an annual renewal basis.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation will not give grants to (or for) individuals, government agencies or quasi-government agencies (i.e., cities and counties, conservation districts, etc.), benefit events, publications, or video production, and will not support public policy and advocacy projects.

The Foundation will consider projects that include acquisition and restoration. However, funding will support the acquisition of conservation easements and restoration work, but not the acquisition of fee land. In cases where a property must be acquired before it is restored, the Foundation may approve the grant but will not provide the restoration funding until the land has been acquired.

Pre-Application Information:

- Spring Cycle: January 7 – 18, 2019
- Fall Cycle: June 3 – 28, 2019
- Applications are due by 3:00 pm on the final day of the submission window.

The Foundation strongly prefers not to be the sole or primary source of funding.

Application Instructions:


Contact Information:

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

Online Application:

Optional maps, photos, and/or other additional materials can be emailed to:
Annie Yates
Executive Director and Ecosystem Restoration Program Director
415.561.6540 ext. 207

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