The Foundation no longer
has a Western Water Program.
Note: if you are a previous
grantee, old letter of inquiry urls and codes will no longer function
properly - please do not submit new applications or requests.
The General Service Foundation
funded in the field of western water for over two decades, but in the
fall of 2005, after a series of conversations and evaluations, the Foundation's
Board of Directors decided to end the Western Water program.
The Foundation recognizes
that the need for activism and leadership on water is great - western
rivers face exploding development, over-allocation of waterways, and increasing
long-term drought. We believe water could become the new gold in the West
over the next few decades, and resource battles between agricultural and
urban needs will intensify, placing even more pressure on rivers.
Our decision to end the
water program, despite this reality, was in large part based on an evolving
understanding of the exceptional contribution that long-term community
organizing and base building activities make to a vibrant movement for
change. We recognize the important role of supporting a strong infrastructure
of community organizations working on citizen-identified priorities that
are not constrained by siloed, narrow program areas. We will attempt over
the coming years to create grantmaking programs that can support such
We sincerely appreciate
the great work that our grantees and colleagues have done over the past
years in the field of western water. While the General Service Foundation
will no longer fund in the field, we hope that our grants to build a broader,
more powerful movement will help change the overall climate in the West
and in the country to one that better respects the needs of our underserved
communities and our environment.