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California Wildlands Grassroots Fund

Category: Regional

Part of the Tides Foundation family of funds, the Fund was established to support activists’ efforts in preserving California’s wildlands. The Fund’s grantmaking focuses on small nonprofits with budgets of $100,000 or less and individual activists (with a sponsoring organization) who show a “demonstrated ability and commitment” to conserve the state’s plants, wildlife, ecosystems, and natural landscapes. Also of interest are geographic areas and advocacy efforts that haven’t received significant grant support. The Fund supports strategies such as grassroots organizing; citizen participation in public meetings and hearings; public education; legislative advocacy; media campaigns; lawsuits; listing petitions; conferences and meetings; and skills and leadership training. Other funding interests include restoration; scientific research; coalition building; and partnership development. The Fund also supports activities such as mailings, paid advertising, advocacy-related travel, research, hiring technical, legal, or scientific experts, consultants, and training. Grants are also awarded for equipment purchases or rentals, retreats, monitoring, mapping, and advocacy-related personal expenses. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and reviewed quarterly. Additional information, including an online application form, is available on the Web site.

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