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SNC Funding Opportunities Newsletter – January/February 2020

Upcoming Grants That Might be of Interest:

EPA Environmental Education Local Grants (due January 6) support locally focused environmental education projects that promote environmental and conservation stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers, and citizens.

Department of Reclamation Native American Affairs: Technical Assistance to Tribes Program (due January 8) funds projects to protect water and related resources and to improve water reliability.

The CA Strategic Growth Council’s Transformative Climate Communities Grants (pre-application due January 15) provide local economic, environmental, and health benefits to disadvantaged communities by supporting the development and implementation of transformative climate community plans that include multiple coordinated GHG-reduction projects.

USFS Wood Innovation Grants (due January 15) support traditional wood-utilization projects, expand wood-energy markets, and promote the use of wood as a construction material in commercial buildings.

Captain Planet ecoSolution Grants (due January 15) allow educators to facilitate solution-oriented, youth-led projects that result in real environmental outcomes for schools and communities.

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH): Preservation Assistance Grants for Smaller Institutions (due January 15) help small and mid-sized institutions improve their ability to preserve and care for their significant humanities collections.

The National Forest Foundation Matching Award Program (due January 16) funds on-the-ground conservation and restoration projects that have an immediate, quantifiable impact on the National Forest System.

The People for Bikes Community Grant Program (due January 17) supports bicycle infrastructure and advocacy efforts.

American Library Association – Libraries Transforming Communities: Facilitation Skills for Small and Rural Libraries: Travel Stipends for Libraries (due January 20) help library workers that serve small and/or rural communities develop facilitation skills to engage with their communities by covering travel costs to a training workshop.

Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation: Environmental Curricula Grants (pre-proposals due January 25) advance the development, implementation, and/or field testing of environmental curricula.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grants (due January 30) support diverse local partnerships in implementing ecological improvements and environmental education projects.

Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants (due February 1) fund projects that protect earth’s beauty and bounty and increase opportunities for outdoor activities.

CA Natural Resources Agency Recreational Boating Facilities Grants and Loans (due February 1) provide funding to support boat-launching ramps, boarding floats, associated parking areas, restrooms, and lighting, as well as improvements to marinas.

CA Department of Parks and Recreation: Non-motorized Recreational Trails Program Grants (due February 3) fund non-motorized recreational trails and trail-related projects.

CA Department of Parks and Recreation: Land and Water Conservation Grants (due February 3) provide funding for the acquisition or development of land to create new outdoor recreation opportunities for the health and wellness of Californians.

American Library Association: Libraries Transform Communities: Engagement Grants (due February 3) provide support for school, public, academic, tribal and special libraries to expand their community engagement efforts through a library-led community project.

Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation Grants (due February 3) support a variety of project areas, including encouraging planning and development at the regional level to integrate economic and social goals with sound environmental policies.

WaterSMART: Drought Contingency Planning Grants (due February 5) allow tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations to develop and update drought contingency plans that build long-term resiliency to drought.

USDA Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-14 Classroom Challenge Grants (due February 6) enhance the quality of K-14 instruction in order to help meet current and future national food, agricultural, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences’ workplace needs, and to increase the number and diversity of students who will pursue and complete a two- or four-year degree in the FANH sciences.

The Bay Area Council’s California Resilience Challenge Grants (due February 7) fund planning projects aimed at improving local resilience to climate impacts, including drought, flooding, extreme heat, and wildfire.

EPA Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Grants (due February 7) assist recipients in building collaborative partnerships to help them understand and address environmental and public health concerns in their communities.

The CA Strategic Growth Council Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (due February 13) reduces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through projects implementing land use, housing, transportation, and agricultural land preservation practices to support infill and compact development.

Campbell Foundation Grants (due February 14) fund projects that involve scientifically based and strategically focused action related to water quality, land-sea connections, and protection of special places.

National Park Trust: Kids to Parks Day National School Contest (due February 14) funds school events for preK-12 students to participate in Kids to Parks Day, a nationwide grassroots movement to celebrate America’s parks and public lands that will take place on May 16, 2020.

The Rose Foundation California Watershed Protection Fund (letters of inquiry due February 15) supports projects designed to benefit the water quality of California’s watersheds and their ecosystems.

Strong Foundation for Environmental Values Grants (due February 15) educate, assist, nurture, and sustain local nonprofit grassroots organizations that help build an ethic of environmental stewardship in their communities.

Wells Fargo Philanthropic Services: Robert F. Schumann Foundation Grants (due February 20) support programs in education and those emphasizing environmental sustainability, particularly those focused on open-space habitats and animals, especially birds and ornithology studies.

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (“NFWF”) Sacramento District California In-Lieu Fee (ILF) Program (new applications now accepted) can be used to create, enhance, and restore wetland resources in designated areas, including most of the SNC Region.

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Three-day California Forest Stewardship Workshops March 7th, 8th, and 14th: Shasta College, Redding. This workshop series will help landowners develop plans to improve and protect their forest lands in an ecologically and economically sustainable manner. The workshops address management objectives and planning, forest restoration, fuels reduction, project development, permitting, and cost-share opportunities. Participants will connect with other landowners and learn how to develop their own management plans. The workshop series costs $60, which covers lunches on two days and materials. Register at http://ucanr.edu/forestryworskhopregistration.

SNC Funding Team Consultation

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 SNC 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 SNC Area Representative.

SNC Funding Newsletter August/September 2019

Sierra Nevada Conservancy

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES NEWSLETTER

August & September 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:

Does your community need help with climate change adaptation planning? 

EcoAdapt, in partnership with Virginia Tech, is offering support for up to eight communities to undertake a stakeholder-driven climate change vulnerability assessment and adaptation planning workshop (1-2 days). They are looking for interested communities who are creating, updating, or implementing a local plan (e.g., comprehensive/general, hazard mitigation, neighborhood). The goal of these workshops is to build local capacity for climate change adaptation, improve understanding about local climate change vulnerabilities, and develop implementable adaptation responses. Following the workshop, each community will receive a climate adaptation action plan summarizing local climate vulnerabilities and impacts, as well as adaptation strategies and actions designed to minimize vulnerabilities and increase community resilience. Application forms should be submitted by August 30.

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.

Wildlife Conservation Board Funding Opportunity

Stream Flow Enhancement Program – 2019 Proposal Solicitation Notice

The Wildlife Conservation Board’s 2019 Proposal Solicitation Notice (PSN) for the Stream Flow Enhancement Program is now available. Proposals for multi-benefit projects that result in enhanced stream flow are encouraged. Enhanced stream flow is defined as a change in the amount, timing, and/or quality of the water flowing down a stream, or a portion of a stream, to benefit fish and wildlife. The primary focus is on enhancing flow in streams that support anadromous fish; support special status, threatened, endangered, or at-risk species; or provide resilience to climate change. Proposals must be received by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time, on September 10, 2019. For questions, contact the Stream Flow Enhancement Program at wcbstreamflow@wildlife.ca.gov

Pre-Applications for SNC’s Watershed Improvement Program Forest Health Grant Program due August 5

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) is pleased to announce a Request for Pre-Applications to the Watershed Improvement Program Forest Health Grant Program, funded through Proposition 1 and Proposition 68. There is currently $10.5 million available to support forest health projects that result in multiple watershed benefits.

Please review SNC’s website and Grant Guidelines for a complete description of Grant Program requirements and details on the application process.

Pre Applications will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on August 5, 2019.

SNC strongly encourages applicants to meet with their Area Representative to discuss projects prior to preparing their Pre-Application. For general questions regarding the Grant Program, please contact us at grants.snc@sierranevada.ca.gov or (530) 823-4689.

Sierra Nevada Conservancy Funding Opportunities Newsletter – July/August 2019

Sierra Nevada Conservancy

FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES NEWSLETTER

July & August 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.

Wildlife Conservation Board’s 2019 Proposal Solicitation Notice – due June 28

The Wildlife Conservation Board’s 2019 Proposal Solicitation Notice (PSN) for its Forest Conservation Program is now available.  Nonprofit organizations and government agencies (federal, state, and local) are eligible to apply. The program has $30 million in funding for projects targeted at an area including most of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade regions.

Proposed projects may include planning, implementation, or acquisition projects within the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountains in California.  PSN priorities include meadow restoration, post-fire habitat recovery, and aspen stand restoration as well as acquisitions that protect meadows, migration corridors, or habitat connectivity.

All applicants must complete the simple online Pre-Application by 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time on June 28, 2019. WCB will then invite select applicants to submit full proposals. For questions regarding this PSN or the Program, please contact WCB’s Forest Conservation Program at Forests@wildlife.ca.gov.

SNC awards grant to Plumas Audubon for Forest Health project in Genesee Valley

NEWS RELEASE  – June 6, 2019

Sierra Nevada Conservancy Governing Board Awards More Than $3 Million for Restoration Projects

(AUBURN, Calif.) – At its quarterly meeting, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) Governing Board approved a total of $3,122,551 in funds for five different projects focused on improving watershed and forest health throughout the Sierra Nevada.

Each of the selected projects strike at the heart of the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program (WIP), SNC’s large-scale restoration initiative designed to improve ecosystem and community resilience in the Region.

“The projects authorized for funding by our board today will provide community protection and improve forest and watershed health more broadly,” said Sierra Nevada Conservancy Executive Officer, Angela Avery. “These are great examples of the type and kind of work that the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program is focused on implementing with our partners across the region.”

Four of the approved projects are specifically forest health grants funded through Proposition 1 (The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014) and Proposition 68 (The California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018). The Yuba Watershed Institute was awarded $300,000 for its ‘Inimim Forest Restoration Project – Phase 1 to aid in forest restoration and watershed health in Nevada County. Sagehen Creek Field Station, a research and teaching facility of the University of California at Berkeley located in the Tahoe National Forest, was awarded $1 million for its Pushing the Larger Landscape Into Resiliency Through Fire project. An additional $721,487 was authorized to the Sierra Foothill Conservancy in Mariposa County for the Von Der Ahe Forest Enhancement Project and $506,714 went to the Plumas Audubon Society for its efforts to improve the health of the forests in the Genesee Valley, a significant tributary to the north fork of the Feather River.

Finally, $594,350 was allotted for the Blacksmith Project, an undertaking by the El Dorado National Forest to aid in landscape resilience and improve growing conditions for trees in a 6,000-acre area east of Georgetown, Ca. Funding for this project came from CAL FIRE’s California Climate Investments (CCI) grant program, which puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work throughout the state to help improve public health, the environment, and the economy by reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs).

Additional information about these projects and the programs that fund them can be found at www.sierranevada.ca.gov in the June 2019 Board Meeting materials.

Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s Funding Opportunities Newsletter – June/July 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.

California Water Plan eNews – 5/15/19

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Secretary Crowfoot discusses California water issues in wide-ranging interview
  • Climate Change Program releases vulnerability assessment for DWR assets
  • $48.5 million awarded by CDFW to 38 ecosystem projects statewide
  • CNRA accepting grant proposals for green infrastructure projects
  • Exploring how natural and working lands can contribute to carbon neutrality
  • Annual Groundwater Sustainability Agency Summit set for next month in Fresno
  • The Nature Conservancy adds resources to its Groundwater Resources Hub
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