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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

Wetlands Funding Opportunity from CDFW

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife’s Wetlands Restoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program is planning its grant cycle for 2019.  Project areas include coastal tidal wetlands, Delta wetlands, inland wetlands, and mountain meadows.  Grant details and timelines are available on the individual fact sheets.

Main Program Webpage: https://wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Watersheds/Greenhouse-Gas-Reduction

2019 IRWM Implementation Round 1 Grant Program Guidelines and Final PSP Available

The Department of Water Resources has released the Final Proposition 1 Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Grant Program documents, including:

  • 2019 IRWM Grant Program Guidelines
  • Round 1 – Implementation Grant Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP)

These newly released documents, as well as other information about the Proposition 1 IRWM Grant Program can be found at: https://water.ca.gov/Work-With-Us/Grants-And-Loans/IRWM-Grant-Programs/Proposition-1/Implementation-Grants 

California Water Plan eNews – 4/24/19

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • $222 million available in grants for IRWM implementation projects
  • Rural drought advisory group to meet next week in Sacramento
  • 2019 grant cycle being planned for wetlands and meadows grants
  • Climate change research program to collect input at six California colleges
  • Strategic Growth Council to adopt new operating guidelines at next meeting
  • Southern California Water Coalition quarterly luncheon set for Friday in Carson
  • Helping agencies maintain groundwater quality while complying with SGMA

Department of Conservation Prop 68 Working Lands and Riparian Corridors Program Workshops

The Department of Conservation is hosting three workshops to present the on the Proposition 68 Working Lands and Riparian Corridors Program Guidelines and Solicitation Notices for Land Trust Capacity and Project Development Grants and Local and Regional Planning Projects Grants and to solicit input from the public.  Please join us for one of the following workshops:

May 9

11:00 A.M. until 2:00 P.M.
(first presentation at 11:00 A.M., Second Presentation at 1 P.M.)
Madera County Government Center
Classroom 2005 – second floor
200 W 4th St, Suite 4200, Madera, 93637

May 15

San Diego
Date, Time, and Location TBD

May 16

10:00 AM until 12:00 PM
Department of Conservation, Division of Land Resource Protection
Walnut Room
801 K Street, Sacramento CA 95816
Webcast will be available for the May 16 workshop. Please RSVP as space is limited by calling 916-324-0850 or email.

More information about the draft Guidelines and solicitations can be found at the Department of Conservations program website.  Public comment will be accepted until May 20, 2019 and may be submitted via email.

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