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Applying For A Grant

The next application deadline will be in Fall 2017, following the approval and adoption of the 2017-2019 Grant Guidelines. Applicants considering a future application  are strongly encouraged to work with a SNC Area Representative.  SNC Area Representatives are identified along with their contact information on the map on the right side of this page.

previous Prop 1 Application Deadlines and board authorizations

Application DeadlineBoard Authorization Dates and Award Amounts

September 1, 2015

  • December 10, 2015 - 5 projects awarded for $853,190
  • March 2, 2016 - 2 projects awarded for $609,808

March 1, 2016

  • June 2016 -10 projects awarded for $3,235,282
  • September 2016 - 5 projects awarded for $2,028,722

September 1, 2016

  • December 2016 - 10 projects awarded for $3,154,828

    Project Funding

    Grants up to $500,000 for Category 1 (on-the-ground projects), and up to $75,000 for Category 2 (necessary activities that will lead to a specific future on-the-ground project).

    Applicant Eligibility

    Grant funds may be authorized for:

    • Public agencies (any city, county, special district, joint powers authority, state agency): Please note that federal agencies are not eligible to receive Proposition 1 grants per the definition of eligible entities.
    • Qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations: “Nonprofit Organization" means a private, nonprofit organization that qualifies for exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of Title 26 of the United States Code, and whose charitable purposes are consistent with the purposes of the SNC.
    • Eligible Tribal Organizations: (includes any Indian Tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, or a tribal agency authorized by a tribe, which is recognized as eligible for special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians and is identified on pages 47868 to 47872, inclusive, of Number 155 of Volume 77 (August 10, 2012) of the Federal Register, as that list may be updated or amended from time to time).

    NOTE: SNC’s governing statute does not allow grants to mutual water companies or to state Indian tribes on the Native American Heritage Commission’s California Tribal Consultation List (entities otherwise eligible under Proposition 1), unless the state Indian tribes also meet the Eligible Tribal Organizations criteria listed above.

    CEQA Requirements

    All projects funded by the SNC must meet the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). All applicants should consult with SNC staff as soon as possible regarding the appropriate process and documents required.

    Sample Grant Agreements

    Sample Category 1 Grant Agreement Template

    Sample Category 2 Grant Agreement Template


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      Grant Program Contacts

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      Please click on the map above to find the contact information for the SNC Representative or
      Manager in your area.

      If you have general questions about the SNC Grant Program, please contact the SNC Grant Program Coordinator, Patrick Eidman at (530) 823-4689.