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Sierra Nevada Conservancy Funding Opportunities Newsletter – April-May 2019

Sierra Nevada Conservancy

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES NEWSLETTER

April-May 2019

Funding Research Memos for fuel reduction, parks and trails, habitat preservation, environmental education, and other program areas are available on the SNC funding opportunities webpage. This is a great way to find funding opportunities for your projects!

Upcoming Grants that Might be of Interest:

Your SNC Area Representative can help you set up an individual consultation with the SNC Funding Team to get advice about specific funding opportunities or general fund development strategies. To take advantage of this resource, contact your Area Representative.

Grant Writing Workshops are available to help build the capacity of organizations that serve the Sierra Nevada Region. If you are interested in organizing or attending a workshop, contact your Area Representative. Upcoming workshops are scheduled in Shasta and Amador counties, and additional workshops can be scheduled upon request.

 

California Water Plan eNews – 4/3/2019

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Advisory council issues water data recommendations to establish new consortium
  • Webinar will cover improving communication between water suppliers and communities
  • Wildfire webinar will provide lessons learned by California water agencies
  • Save the dates for the annual UWI water conference in San Diego
  • Commissions plan joint workshop to review decarbonization goals
  • California water quality issues to be addressed at Stanford panel discussion

CNRA Draft Guidelines for Prop 68 Green Infrastructure Grant Available – Applications due June 28!

The California Natural Resources Agency has just published draft Guidelines for a new Proposition 68 Green Infrastructure grant. This program has $18.5 million dollars to invest in projects which accomplish at least one of the following:

  1. Improve a community’s ability to adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change.
  2. Improve and protect coastal and rural economies, agricultural viability, wildlife corridors or habitat.
  3. Develop future recreational opportunities.
  4. Enhance drought tolerance, landscape resilience, and water retention.

Projects must be located in or benefit disadvantaged or severely disadvantaged communities.

The examples provided in the Guidelines include:

  • Establishment, enhancement, and expansion of neighborhood parks and community spaces.
  • Tree-canopy/shade trees.
  • Greening of public lands and structures, including schoolyards.
  • Multi-objective stormwater projects, including construction of permeable surfaces, collection basins and barriers.
  • Bioswales and rain gardens to mitigate stormwater runoff.
  • Green streets and alleyways.
  • River, creek and stream restoration.
  • Community or outdoor education gardens and orchards.
  • Non-motorized trails that provide safe routes for travel between residences, workplaces, commercial centers, and schools.
  • Heat island mitigation and energy conservation efforts through landscaping and green roof projects.
  • Acquisitions to preserve in perpetuity land for agricultural uses, open space, wetlands, etc.
  • Creation or restoration of existing wetlands, recharge ponds, floodplain, or riparian corridors.

The draft deadline for applications is June 28. The Resources Agency will be holding three public hearings on the Guidelines in early March. See the website for details.

California Water Plan eNews – 12/26/18

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Registration is open for next month’s webinar on Update 2018 draft
  • Flood-MAR concerns to be discussed during next month’s listening session
  • New program offers State funding for maintenance of flood control facilities
  • $37 million in grants available for cultural, community, and natural resource projects
  • Delta Science Council’s Adaptive Management Forum set for February in Davis
  • Webinar will look at present and future indoor household water efficiency
  • California, Washington, and British Columbia team up to improve forest health

California Water Plan eNews – 12/5/18

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Draft basin boundary modifications open for public comment through Jan. 4
  • Integrated water management conference will include look at water in the sky
  • First meeting for advisory group looking into small water system vulnerabilities
  • Report for Congress looks at California water infrastructure
  • Water Solutions Network offering problem-solving support to water managers
  • USACE webinars to discuss new delivery methods in P3 pilot program
  • Save the dates, CWEMF sets annual meeting for April in Folsom

Sierra Nevada Conservancy Funding Opportunities Newsletter – Jan/Feb 2019

Sierra Nevada Conservancy

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES NEWSLETTER

January-February 2019

 Funding Research Memos for fuel reduction, parks and trails, habitat preservation, environmental education, and other program areas are available on the SNC funding opportunities webpage. This is a great way to find funding opportunities for your projects!

Upcoming Grants that Might be of Interest:

Your SNC Area Representative can help you set up an individual consultation with the SNC Funding Team to get advice about specific funding opportunities or general fund development strategies. To take advantage of this resource, contact your Area Representative.

Grant Writing Workshops are available to help build the capacity of organizations that serve the Sierra Nevada Region. If you are interested in organizing or attending a workshop, contact your Area Representative. Upcoming workshops are scheduled in Shasta and Amador counties, and additional workshops can be scheduled upon request.

USEPA Environmental Justice Small Grants – applications due 2/15/19

U.S. EPA Announces Availability of $1.5 Million in Environmental Justice Small Grants
WASHINGTON (November 15, 2018) — Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the availability of $1.5 million for Environmental Justice Small Grants (EJSG). These funds will be distributed to approximately 50 community-based organizations nationwide that will work to address environmental justice issues in local communities. Each recipient will receive up to $30,000 for one-year, community-driven projects that engage, educate, and empower communities to better understand local environmental and public health issues and to identify ways to address these issues at the local level.

“EPA is committed to assisting low-income and disadvantaged communities that are often disproportionally impacted by environmental risks or hazards,” said EPA Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler. “These grants will help local communities across the country address critical environmental challenges, such as reducing air pollution, combatting lead exposure, and improving water quality.” 

As part of their projects, grant recipients will also collaborate with other stakeholders from across business, industry, local government, academia, and/or other grassroots organizations in an effort to realize project goals and build project sustainability.

Given projected increases in extreme weather events and the vulnerability of underserved populations, this opportunity will emphasize projects that address emergency preparedness and increase resiliency, as well as projects that include the needs of US military veterans and homeless populations.

This year’s Environmental Justice Small Grants program will also include $300,000 in support from EPA’s Urban Waters program. EPA’s Environmental Justice and Urban Waters programs partnered on the 2018 Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement program, with Urban Waters funding two of the ten projects awarded. This latest support from Urban Waters will promote continued collaboration between the two EPA programs and further benefit communities disproportionately impacted by environmental and public health issues by reconnecting urban communities with their waterways while encouraging community stewardship.

The application period for the 2018 EJSG will remain open until February 15, 2019. All eligible organizations are encouraged to apply.

For more information about EPA’s Environmental Justice Small Grants program: https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/environmental-justice-small-grants-program

For a full description of the 2017 Environmental Justice Small Grant projects: https://www.epa.gov/environmentaljustice/environmental-justice-small-grants-program-project-descriptions-2017

CDFW Ecosystem Restoration & Protection Projects 2019 Proposal Solicitation Notice

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting proposals for ecosystem restoration and protection projects under its 2019 Proposal Solicitation Notice. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2019-2020, a total of $53 million will be made available for these grants, which are funded through Propositions 1 and 68. Funding will be allocated according to a diverse set of priorities for projects statewide, including:

  • $24 million for the Proposition 1 Watershed Restoration Grant Program;
  • $7 million for the Proposition 1 Delta Water Quality and Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program;
  • $4.4 million for Proposition 68 Rivers and Streams Restoration Grants;
  • $8.8 million for Proposition 68 Habitat Improvement Grants.

This is the fifth of 10 planned solicitations under CDFW’s Proposition 1 Grant Programs and the first under Proposition 68.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018 at 4 p.m. Proposals must be submitted online at https://watershedgrants.wildlife.ca.gov.

The solicitation, application instructions and other information about the grant programs are available at www.wildlife.ca.gov/conservation/watersheds/restoration-grants.   Approved projects will contribute to the objectives of California Water Action Plan and State Wildlife Action Plan, the Delta Plan, California EcoRestore and the fulfillment of CDFW’s mission.

Approved by California voters in November 2014, Proposition 1 provides funds to implement the three broad objectives of the California Water Action Plan: establishing more reliable water supplies, restoring important species and habitat and creating a more resilient, sustainably managed water resources system (water supply, water quality, flood protection and environment) that can better withstand inevitable and unforeseen pressures in the coming decades. The California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018 (Proposition 68), approved by California voters in June 2018, provides funds projects that improve a community’s ability to adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change; improve and protect coastal and rural economies, agricultural viability, wildlife corridors, or habitat; develop future recreational opportunities; or enhance drought tolerance, landscape resilience and water retention.

2019 USFS & NFWF’s Northern California Forests and Watersheds RFP

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and U.S. Forest Service (USFS) are proud to announce that the 2019 Northern California Forests and Watersheds Request for Proposals (RFP) will be released in January 2019!

As a potential grant applicant, you are more than welcome to begin brainstorming potential projects and partnerships in anticipation of next year’s RFP.  Feel free to review the 2018 RFP and RFP Appendix at www.nfwf.org/norcal as the format and types of projects will be similar next year.

Grant funding for the Power Fire in Eldorado National Forest, Storrie Fire in Lassen National Forest, and other areas for meadow restoration will be available for the following project categories:

  • Watershed restoration and management
  • Species management
  • Forest and upland restoration and management
  • Recreational and non-natural features/watershed infrastructure management

In addition, we are proud to announce new funding will be available for watershed restoration and watershed infrastructure projects in the Klamath, Shasta-Trinity, and Six Rivers National Forests!

As a reminder, non-federal match will be a factor in the proposal evaluation, but it is not the only factor.  If non-federal match is a concern, please contact NFWF’s Candace Leong at 415-593-8253 or Candace.leong@nfwf.org as we encourage everyone to apply.

 

Sierra Nevada Conservancy Funding Opportunities Newsletter – Nov/Dec 2018

Sierra Nevada Conservancy

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES NEWSLETTER

November-December 2018

Funding Research Memos for fuel reduction, parks and trails, habitat preservation, environmental education, and other program areas are available on the SNC funding opportunities webpage. This is a great way to find funding opportunities for your projects!

Upcoming Grants that Might be of Interest:

Be prepared: Upcoming Grants that Should be Active Soon:

  • The USFS Wood Innovations Grant NOFA is typically released around Bioenergy Day (October 24). Funding is provided for biomass and bioenergy market development, project pre-development costs, and other related items.
  • EPA Brownfields Grants provide funding to assess and clean up contamination on industrial sites such as sawmills. This year the program has been revised to increase the amount of funding available and the options for funded programs. The NOFA is expected late October or early November.
  • The draft guidelines for the new CA Natural Resources Agency Cultural, Community, and Natural Resources grant has been released, with comments taken until November 12. If they keep the same schedule, concept proposals for this grant will be due February 13. The grant provides funding for a variety of cultural and recreational amenities, including restoration and preservation of Native American, natural, cultural, and historic resources within the State.

Prop 68 Parks Grant are Coming! Get Ready… Proposition 68, informally known as the ‘Parks-Water Bond’, was passed by the voters in June 2018. It allocates hundreds of millions of dollars for parks throughout the communities of California. Some of these funds are being made available as direct grants to cities and counties, but most of the funding will be in the form of competitive grants.

Sierra Nevada communities are nestled among rolling hills and forested mountains, but many are still ‘park-poor’ – there are few public outdoor places for gatherings, play, and relaxation and events. Some communities would like to develop recreational trails to connect with other recreational opportunities, or interpretive facilities for areas of natural or cultural interest. These grants can help you get funding for this kind of project; if you are ready!

Most of these programs have not released their application guidelines or solicitations yet. However, there are several things that communities can do to make themselves more competitive for all the grants. These are:

  1. Maximize Community Engagement in Project Planning and Prioritization
  2. Develop Necessary Partnerships and Agreements
  3. Move Toward ‘Project Readiness’

A short memo describing these three steps is available on the SNC ‘Other Funding Opportunities’ Webpage.

Your SNC Area Representative can help you set up an individual consultation with the SNC Funding Team to get advice about specific funding opportunities or general fund development strategies. To take advantage of this resource, contact your Area Representative.

Grant Writing Workshops are available to help build the capacity of organizations that serve the Sierra Nevada Region. If you are interested in organizing or attending a workshop, contact your Area Representative. Upcoming workshops are scheduled in Shasta and Amador counties, and additional workshops can be scheduled upon request.

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