SNC Funding Opportunities Newsletter – June/July 2021

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Upcoming Grants  
The Federal Highway Administration’s (FHA) Federal Lands Access Program (due May 27) improves transportation facilities that will provide access to, and are adjacent to, federal lands.  
The USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program – Alternative Funding Arrangement (due May 28) provides funding for lead partners to engage with landowners to implement conservation practices on agricultural and nonindustrial private forest lands.  
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) California Forests and Woodlands Management Program (due June 8) funds activities that promote forest and woodland health, sustainable forest management, fire resiliency, biomass utilization for bioenergy, habitat conservation needs, and insect, disease, and fire recovery.  
The BLM California Wildlife Program (due June 8) funds the restoration and enhancement of wildlife habitat on BLM-managed lands.  
The National Forest Foundation Matching Awards Program (due June 9) supports results-oriented, on-the-ground projects that enhance forest health and outdoor experiences on National Forests.  
The California Fire Safe Council State Fire Assistance Program (due June 15) supports fire risk reduction activities such as fuel reduction, hazard mitigation planning, and educational programs.  
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tribal Wildlife Grant Program (due June 18) supports activities and programs that benefit wildlife and their habitat, including species of Native American cultural or traditional importance.  
The USDA Local Food Promotion Program (due June 21) promotes local and regional food business enterprises that increase access to locally produced agricultural products.  
The USDA Farmer’s Market Promotion Program (due June 21) helps develop and expand direct producer-to-consumer markets to increase access to locally produced agricultural products.  
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Social and Economic Development Strategies for Growing Organizations (due June 30) helps strengthen internal governance structures and capacity so that Tribes and Native organizations run more effectively and build a firm foundation to better serve Native American communities.  
The National Forest Foundation Innovative Finance for National Forests Program (due June 30) funds the development, structuring, or scaling of innovative financing models that bring new capital in support of land management on and near National Forests.    

Additional Resources  
WCB Public Access Program The California Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) is preparing to release the 2021 Proposal Solicitation Notice (PSN) for the WCB Public Access Program. This year’s program priorities are boating, wildlife recreation, and hunting/fishing. Potential applicants may contact WCB for a consultation to discuss project ideas, project elements, the application process, or other related topics. Upon release of the PSN on May 27, the consultation period will end.  

Grant-Writing Workshops Grant Writing Workshops are available to help build the capacity of tribes in the Sierra Nevada and organizations that serve the Sierra Nevada Region. Workshops are now available as an online webinar. Contact your SNC Area Representative to organize or attend a workshop.  

More Information and Assistance Consult with the SNC Funding Team to get advice about specific funding opportunities or general fund development strategies. Contact your SNC Area Representative to set up a meeting with the Funding Team.     Contact your SNC Area Representative    

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US EPA announces $6.5 billion in funding available for water infrastructure projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is making EPA making $6.5 billion in funding available for water infrastructure projects. This round of funding from the EPA’s Water Finance and Innovation Act program will provide up to $5.5 billion to support $11 billion in water infrastructure projects and prioritizes five areas:

  • Supporting economically stressed communities.
  • Protecting water infrastructure against the impacts of climate change.
  • Reducing exposure to lead and addressing emerging contaminants.
  • Updating aging infrastructure.
  • Implementing new or innovative approaches including cybersecurity and green infrastructure.

The EPA is also announcing funding under SWIFIA. This program, which was authorized by Congress as part of the America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) of 2018, offers low-interest loans to state water infrastructure programs that then help finance needed water infrastructure projects in local communities. This round of funding will provide SWIFIA borrowers up to $1 billion to support $2 billion in water infrastructure projects.

Details are available in this news release.

Governor Newsom announces $5.1 billion package for water infrastructure and drought response as part of $100 billion California comeback plan


Mavens Notebook, May 10, 2021

From the Office of the Governor:

Governor Gavin Newsom today proposed a $5.1 billion package of immediate drought response and long-term water resilience investments to address immediate, emergency needs, build regional capacity to endure drought and safeguard water supplies for communities, the economy and the environment. The Governor’s proposal comes as part of a week-long tour highlighting the Administration’s comprehensive recovery plan tackling the most persistent challenges facing California.  

“Shoring up our water resilience, especially in small and disadvantaged communities, is imperative to safeguarding the future of our state in the face of devastating climate change impacts that are intensifying drought conditions and threatening our communities, the economy and the environment,” said Governor Newsom. “This package of bold investments will equip the state with the tools we need to tackle the drought emergency head-on while addressing long-standing water challenges and helping to secure vital and limited water supplies to sustain our state into the future.”

In addition to the $5.1 billion investment, the Governor is proposing $1 billion to help Californians pay their overdue water bills. 

The Governor announced the package today in Merced County while visiting the San Luis Reservoir, which sits at less than half of capacity and just 57 percent of average for this date. Earlier in the day, Governor Newsom significantly expanded his April 21 drought emergency proclamation to include Klamath River, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Tulare Lake Watershed counties. In total, 41 counties are now under a drought state of emergency, representing 30 percent of the state’s population.

Governor Newsom announces $5.1 billion drought and water infrastructure package at San Luis Reservoir.

The Governor’s $5.1 billion proposed investment, over four years, aligns with his July 2020 Water Resilience Portfolio, a roadmap to water security for all Californians in the face of climate change. It is shaped by lessons learned during the 2012-16 drought, such as the need to act early and gather better data about water systems. The package includes:

  • $1.3 billion for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, with a focus on small and disadvantaged communities. 
  • $150 million for groundwater cleanup and water recycling projects. 
  • $300 million for Sustainable Groundwater Management Act implementation to improve water supply security, water quality and water reliability. 
  • $200 million for water conveyance improvements to repair major water delivery systems damaged by subsidence. 
  • $500 million for multi-benefit land repurposing to provide long-term, flexible support for water users. 
  • $230 million for wildlife corridor and fish passage projects to improve the ability of wildlife to migrate safely. 
  • $200 million for habitat restoration to support tidal wetland, floodplain, and multi-benefit flood-risk reduction projects. 
  • $91 million for critical data collection to repair and augment the state’s water data infrastructure to improve forecasting, monitoring, and assessment of hydrologic conditions. 
  • $60 million for State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program grants to help farmers reduce irrigation water use and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from agricultural pumping. 
  • $33 million for fisheries and wildlife support to protect and conserve California’s diverse ecosystems. 
  • $27 million for emergency and permanent solutions to drinking water drought emergencies.

Learn more about current conditions, the state’s response and informational resources available to the public at the state’s new drought preparedness website.

SNC – Immediate Action Wildfire and Forest Resilience Grant Program

The Immediate Action Wildfire and Forest Resilience Directed Grant Program funds the implementation of forest health projects that address wildfire recovery and resilience and support the goals of California’s Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan and SNC’s Watershed Improvement Program.

SNC anticipates up to $20 million available for awards. All projects must have environmental compliance complete and be ready to proceed upon award. Projects must be complete by January 1, 2025.


Projects must be developed in collaboration with SNC. Read the 2021 Immediate Action Wildfire and Forest Resilience Directed Grant Program Guidelines and contact your SNC Area Representative to discuss your project. Proposal materials are available through SNC Area Representatives.


Eligible applicants are:

  • public agencies, including federal agencies
  • qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
  • tribal entities recognized on the current United States Federal Register or the Native American Heritage Commission as a California Native American tribe

To be eligible, projects must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Completed environmental compliance.
  • Be located within the Sierra Nevada Region as defined by current SNC governing legislation.
  • Be consistent with the SNC mission and program areas as defined in the SNC Strategic Plan.
  • Be consistent with the requirements of the funding source and budget provisions.
  • Be complete by January 1, 2025.
  • Request no less than $200,000.
  • Result in a clear, demonstrable, and enduring public benefit.


Proposals will be accepted and reviewed on a continuous basis as funding is available. Recommendations will be made to the SNC Governing Board no less than quarterly.

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

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


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

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 or (530) 823-4689.