Funding Opportunities Newsletter
March & April 2021
- The Access Fund Climbing Conservation Grant Program (due March 1) supports projects that preserve or enhance climbing access and opportunities and conserve the climbing environment throughout the United States.
- CA Department of Fish and Wildlife Environmental Enhancement Fund Grants (due March 1) support habitat and ecosystem improvement projects located within or immediately adjacent to waters of the state.
- The CA Department of Parks and Recreation Off-Highway Vehicle (OHV) Grant Program (pre-applications due March 1) supports the planning, acquisition, development, maintenance, administration, operation, enforcement, restoration, and conservation of trails, trailheads, and other facilities associated with the use of OHVs.
- The Polaris T.R.A.I.L.S. grant program (due March 1) supports ATV riding, including trail development and maintenance projects, safety and education initiatives, lobbying, and other projects to increase and maintain land access.
- The National Park Service Rivers and Trails Conservation Assistance Program (due March 1) provides technical assistance and expertise to help local communities realize their conservation and outdoor recreation visions and goals.
- The US Department of Interior Wolf Livestock Loss Compensation and Prevention Grants Program (due March 4) funds state and tribal government efforts to reduce the risk of livestock loss and to reimburse livestock loss due to wolf predation.
- The California Natural Resources Agency Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program (due March 5) funds the acquisition or enhancement of lands to mitigate the loss of, or detriment to, resource lands that lie within a right-of-way acquired for transportation improvements.
- The CA Environmental Protection Agency Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement Grant Program (due March 11) supports the cleanup of illegal disposal sites on farm and/or ranch property.
- The CA Department of Parks and Recreation Statewide Park Program (due March 12) funds the development of new parks, as well as the expansion and renovation of existing parks, in critically underserved communities.
- The Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design Learning Cohort Communities Program (due March 12) connects rural residents and community leaders with resources and ideas for developing locally driven solutions to community design challenges.
- The FEMA Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response Grant Program (due March 12) assists local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities to assure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.
- The Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples: Land Defenders and Water Protectors Program (due March 15) supports Native-led actions against incursions, unwanted development, and extractive industries, as well as threats to sacred sites in indigenous communities, lands, and territories.
- The USDA Rural Community Development Initiative Program (due March 22) provides capacity-building, training, and technical assistance funding to organizations working to improve housing, community facilities, and economic development projects in rural areas.
- The Wildlife Conservation Board’s California Riparian Habitat Conservation Program (concept proposals due March 31) supports design, planning, and implementation of capital improvements that restore or enhance riparian habitats and functions.
- The Campbell Foundation Grant Program (due March 31) supports projects that address water quality, land-sea connection, or protection of special places.
- The USDA Rural Business Development Grant Program (due March 31) supports small and emerging businesses in rural areas.
- The Whole Kids Garden Grant Program (due March 31) supports the creation of edible educational gardens growing fruits, vegetables, herbs, grains, and other foods.
- The Yamaha Motor Corporation: Guaranteeing Responsible Access to Our Nation’s Trails Program (Due March 31) supports efforts to promote safe, responsible, and sustainable use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs), educate the public on proper recreational land use and wildlife conservation practices, and/or protect appropriate and sustainable access to public lands.
- The CA Department of Fish and Wildlife Fisheries Habitat Restoration Grant Program (due April 13) supports projects that restore, enhance, and protect anadromous salmonid habitat in California watersheds.
- The USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Education and Workforce Development (EWD) Program (due April 22) supports education and training activities that enhance development of the workforce in the food and agricultural sciences.
- The National Endowment for the Arts Challenge America Grant Program (due April 22) supports small arts organizations that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations, including those that have limited access because of geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability.
- The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Tribal Climate Resilience Grants (due April 23) provide funding for federally recognized Tribes to build climate resilience through leadership engagement, delivery of data and tools, training, and tribal capacity building.
- The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture: Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program (due May 4) fights food insecurity by supporting projects that help promote the self-sufficiency of low-income communities.
- 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.
California Grants Portal
The California State Library is excited to announce the launch of the California Grants Portal, a single website to find all state grant and loan opportunities offered on a first-come or competitive basis.
Sierra Nevada Conservancy Grants
We issue grants to public agencies, nonprofits, and eligible tribes for projects that restore, protect, and enhance Sierra Nevada watersheds and communities. These grants are awarded under three separate programs: Forest & Watershed Health, Resilient Sierra Nevada Communities, and Vibrant Recreation & Tourism. Proposals are accepted on a continuous basis and will be considered on a quarterly cycle, starting July 2020.
Grant Writing Workshops
Grant Writing Workshops are available to help build the capacity of 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.
Start Planning for the Rural Recreation and Tourism Grant!
The new CA Department of Parks and Recreation’s Rural Recreation and Tourism Program will create new recreation opportunities within rural communities to support health-related and economic goals. The grant is not due until next November, but applications which have included the community in planning and design are much more competitive. If you are interested in this opportunity, familiarize yourself with the program now.
More Information & 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.