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What is a Project?

An activity that receives the benefits of Regenerate Cascadia’s 501(c)3 umbrella and helps to create a regenerative culture and movement within Cascadia. 

Projects can be undertaken by a Guild or Hub or be organized by a steward and sponsored independently. Regenerate Cascadia is a nonprofit program of the Department of Bioregion and offers 501(c)3 support for Guilds, Hubs, and any projects they may undertake, as well as independent groups or activities that may want to receive 501(c)3 fiscal sponsorship, who support the mission of Regenerate Cascadia.  

501(c)3 Fiscal Sponsorship

Regenerate Cascadia and it’s parent organization the Department of Bioregion is a fiscal sponsorship 501(c)3 organization, meaning that we offer our nonprofit status to a wide range of projects and groups helping to create a regenerative culture, economy and future within the Cascadia bioregion. 

To become a Project, group Stewards must fill out an application on the website that includes a basic description, connection to the mission of Regenerate Cascadia; a 12 month projected budget, and once approved, sign a basic Memo of Understanding, that lays out and agrees to, our terms and conditions of handling people’s data, organizational policies, and to the basic requirements of what it means to be a Hub, Guild, or Project, as well as Backbone Team.

This will be reviewed by the Bioregional Admin team, and approved as long as it aligns with the basic Regenerate Cascadia criteria and helps build a regenerative culture or movement within our bioregion. Independent projects or projects outside of the Cascadia bioregion will be reviewed and approved by the Department of Bioregion Board of Directors.

Using the analogy of a “mother log” or backbone, we provide core services and support to weave regenerative communities and projects, help them find the support they need, and increase collective impact onto the scale of landscapes that our planet needs. In addition, this is a service we offer to all regenerative organizers, communities and projects, serving as an incubator for projects and communities to receive donations, grants, services, and can assist in projects becoming their own 501(c)3 nonprofit if that is their goal.

501(C)3 Sponsorship Means: 

  • Access to our insurance policy
  • Payroll, tax reporting, withholdings for contractors and employees.
  • Tax-deductible donations
  • Grants
  • Internal resources
  • Library and non-profit tools
  • Access to our dedicated bank account or direct payouts.
  • End-of-Year Tax Reporting
  • Protection from Personal Liability

If you are interested in applying

As part of this application, we invite you to join us for a board meeting, a staff meeting, or a one-on-one Zoom call with Clare, Brandon, or our program officer – to introduce yourself and the project – and get to know us a bit better as well. 

Steps for submitting an application:

  1. Download and fill out the Project Application and budget template.
  2. When you are ready, fill out the online application. Please review the What is Fiscal Sponsorship Page for the details of this process.

After receiving your document, your application will be reviewed by our staff and board of directors. The final step will be signing a Memo of Understanding between your project and Regenerate Cascadia.

Before starting this process, people should know that applications can take up to 2 months. However, the more familiar we are with your project and the more able we talk through things, the faster the process will be.

Before submitting, we highly recommend discussing this application and budget with a Regenerate Cascadia team member. We’re here to answer any questions, and we would love to help you run through your application or budget.

We thank you ahead of time for your understanding. When you submit, we’ll follow up within the week and can also talk with you a bit more about your schedule.

For questions or assistance, contact: 
cascadia@deptofbioregion.org 

APPLY HERE

  • Project Application (template)
  • Project Budget  (template)

You will be provided with a draft Memo of Understanding after your application is received.

Project Application Quickfacts:

  • Application Fee: Free
  • Fiscal Sponsorship Fee: 10%.
  • Who we sponsor: Projects that create the conditions for a regenerative culture within Cascadia to thrive.
  • Application Process: Up to two months.