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.