Bella Vista Foundation: Ecosystem Restoration Grant

Bella Vista Foundation

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next anticipated deadline: Jan 19, 2019 3:00pm PST

Later anticipated deadlines: Jun 30, 2019 3:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in California: Alpine County, Butte County, Del Norte County, El Dorado County, Humboldt County Expand all

Location of residency: United States

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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 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.

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  • 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; 
      • in the Sierra Nevada: the Truckee River watershed, Yuba/Bear/American rivers, and the North Fork Feather River watershed. 
    • in Oregon:
      • the upper Deschutes Basin; and
      • the upper John Day Basin. 
  • 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.
  • 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 acquired.


  • 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 favor agencies that collect data in ways that allow your staff to know whether or not a program is meeting its goals. The foundation believes in the importance of continuous improvement, which can only happen when staff knows what aspects of a program are working and what aspects are not effective.
  • The Foundation strongly prefers not to be the sole or primary source of funding.


  • 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 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.

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