SNC Funding Opportunities Newsletter – 7/23/18

Sierra Nevada Conservancy
August-September 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:

Is your project a part of your local Integrated Regional Water Management Plan? This could be important, not just to get IRWM funding, but to get advances on the newly passed Prop 68-funded grants. Section 80150 of the CA Public Resources Code states that projects included and implemented in an IRWM Plan may be eligible for advance payment of any Prop 68 grant awards if the project proponent is a nonprofit organization and the grant is for less than $1 million. Advance payment of grant funds is rare and can be very helpful in managing cash flow, so this is worth pursuing.  Contact your local Regional Water Management Group (your County should be able to give you a contact) for more information, or contact the IRWM Regional Office nearest to you.

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.


CA Wildlife Conservation Board Proposal Solicitation – due 9/4/18

Proposition 1 – Stream Flow Enhancement Program

The California Wildlife Conservation Board is accepting proposal applications for this program now through Tuesday September 4, 2018 at 5pm. Information can be found at the following website:

Who is eligible for funding?

  • Grant applications can be submitted to the Program from state agencies or other political subdivisions of the state, nonprofit organizations, federally recognized Indian tribes, and state Indian tribes listed on the Native American Heritage Commission’s California Tribal Consultation List. Public utilities and mutual water companies can also be eligible for funding if projects serve a definite public purpose and are in compliance with existing water management acts.

What type of projects will be funded?

Funding shall be used for projects that will provide fisheries or ecosystem benefits and achieve the Program’s purpose.

Projects are categorized as:

  • Planning, Scientific Studies, Monitoring, and Assessment
    1. Grants can be allocated to projects focused on program development, project design, implementation strategies, baseline data collection, and environmental review. Additionally, grants are intended to support planning projects with a high probability to qualify for future implementation funding.
    2. Funds can be used for monitoring the effectiveness of previously funded stream flow enhancement projects, projects enhancing future stream flow management decisions, or assessing natural resources relative to stream flow.
  • Implementation
    1. Implementation grants support projects that provide direct and measurable enhancement of stream flow. Highest priority is given to “shovel ready” projects where initial planning, design, and approval are largely completed.
  • Acquisition
    1. Grants can be allocated to fund fair market value purchases of land, water rights, or interests in land or water. Acquisitions must provide a direct and measurable enhancement of stream flow.

California Water Plan eNews – 7/3/2018

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • CWC set to award $2.7 billion in funding at this month’s meeting
  • Report finds U.S. water use reaches lowest level in 45 years
  • EPA-sponsored WaterSense lists accomplishments in annual report
  • Webinar to explore groundwater research and policies in California
  • Pacific Institute has ideas for expanding the way California captures its stormwater
  • Fire-prevention travel tips included in latest edition of the WestFAST newsletter
  • Blueprint outlines a way arts and culture can connect people with water