2. ECOSYSTEM RESTORATION
(Program Director: Annie Yates, 415/561-6540 x 207, firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Bella Vista Foundation's Ecosystem Restoration program focuses on protecting, restoring, and revitalizing high priority watershed ecosystems in California and Oregon. Within these key watersheds, the Foundation's priorities are promoting the sustainable management of forest and agricultural land, revitalizing streams, restoring riparian areas, and protecting biodiversity, with the goal of enhancing and maintaining self-sustaining watershed ecosystems.
The Bella Vista Foundation is focusing on specific geographic areas in California and Oregon. We will consider projects in the following locations in California: The Mattole River watershed, the mid-Klamath/Scott/Shasta rivers, the McCloud tributary of the Sacramento River, and the Northern and Central Sierra Nevada. We will also focus on the following areas in Oregon: the upper Deschutes Basin and the John Day Basin. In these key watersheds, the Foundation's strategies include:
The Foundation supports any stage of a restoration project from pre-restoration planning to implementation to post-implementation monitoring and evaluation. For pre-restoration stage projects, the Foundation believes comprehensive, science-based pre-restoration plans not only increase a project's likelihood of success but also leverage later funding for implementation. For post-implementation proposals, the Foundation endorses follow-up measurement and assessment of results and communication of those results through publications and other means because this, too, leverages future funding and informs others working in the restoration field.
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.
Since the Foundation strives to put its limited resources into restoration and revitalization of key watershed ecosystems, the Foundation invites proposals only within the geographic and subject areas stated above.
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 strongly prefers not to be the sole or primary source of funding.
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.
The Foundation will consider projects that
include acquisition and restoration. However, our 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
Application Procedure for Ecosystem Restoration Grants:
Please send a short proposal (up to 5 pages) with the following information:
Concise description of the organization including history, mission and type(s) of programs and/or services provided.
Concise description of the project including purpose, goals/objectives and timeline.
In addition, please submit the following:
Financial statement showing actual revenue and expenses for the agency's most recently completed fiscal year.
Project budget (if applicable) detailing all proposed expenditures, and projected sources of funding.
A copy of the tax-exemption letter(s) specifying that the organization is a non-profit agency (It is not necessary to submit this letter if you have received a grant from the Bella Vista Foundation within the past three years and are reapplying).
Please send the proposal and supporting materials to Annie Yates, Program Officer. For environmental and economic reasons, please do not use binders, folders or other binding for proposals, audits or supporting attachments. Thank you.
BELLA VISTA FOUNDATION