Funding Opportunities Newsletter
November & December 2020
- The EPA Local Food, Local Places Grant (due October 30) helps small, rural communities develop local food enterprises such as farmers markets, cooperative grocery stores, community kitchens, and food hubs.
- The CA Department of Parks and Recreation Aquatic Center Education Program (due October 30) enhances basic boating safety through the provision of on-the-water training programs for the general public.
- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Economic Development Grant Program (pre-applications due November 1) supports the creation of economic development initiatives for low-income people such as business incubators and community-owned businesses.
- The Conservation Alliance Grant program (due November 1) protects threatened wild places throughout North America.
- Annie’s Homegrown Grants for Gardens (due November 2) supports school gardens that grow fruits, vegetables, herbs, or grains.
- The USDA Rural Energy for America Program (due November 2) provides guaranteed loan financing and grant funding to agricultural producers and rural small businesses for renewable energy systems or to make energy efficiency improvements.
- The US Fish and Wildlife Service Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Grants (due November 5) support neotropical migratory bird conservation projects and foster international cooperation for initiatives that will perpetuate healthy bird populations.
- The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation (due November 10) provides grants to support a variety of project types, including environment and wildlife protection activities, where a small amount of money can make a big difference.
- The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Museums for America grant (due November 16) strengthens the ability of museums to serve the public through projects that promote lifelong learning, museums as community anchors, and collections stewardship.
- The IMLS Inspire! Grants for Small Museums Program (due November 16) strengthens the ability of small museums to serve the public through projects that promote lifelong learning, museums as community anchors, and collections stewardship.
- The Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program Phase II Grants (due November 17) fund the implementation of on-the-ground watershed management projects by established watershed groups.
- The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Improving Habitat Quality in Western Big Game Winter Range and Migration Corridors Program (due November 18) provides funds to enhance and improve the quality of priority big-game winter range, stopover areas and migration corridors on federal and private lands.
- The CA Department of Parks and Recreation Statewide Park Program (due December 14) funds the development of new parks, as well as the expansion and renovation of existing parks, in critically underserved communities.
- Temper of the Times Foundation Advertising for the Environment Grants (due December 15) help nonprofit organizations underwrite advertising designed to promote the conservation and restoration of native wildlife, plants, and ecosystems.
- The CA State Water Resources Control Board Section 319(h) Nonpoint Source Grants (due December 18) support projects that reduce and mitigate the effects of nonpoint source pollutants, such as sediment, pesticides, and nutrients, on impaired water bodies. Post-fire recovery projects may be submitted for areas affected by fire where the fire has occurred in the last two years and the area has been covered by an emergency proclamation by the California Governor.
- The KidsGardening Youth Garden Grant (due December 18) provides resources to plan and expand youth gardens.
- The USDA Community Connect Grant Program (due December 23) supports improvement in broadband speed in rural, economically challenged communities.
- The FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program (due December 31) provides seed funding to support a wide array of fire prevention, preparedness, and control efforts.
- The USDA Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (due January 11) helps establish community forests by funding acquisition of private priority forest land to prevent conversion to non-forest uses.
- Patagonia Foundation Environmental Grants (due January 31) support innovative work that addresses the root causes of the environmental crisis and seeks to protect both the environment and affected communities.
FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant Program
The California Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) is now accepting Notices of Interest (NOI) for the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program related to the August 2020 Wildfire Disaster Declaration (DR-4558). The deadline for the NOIs is November 20. Applications do not need to come from counties included in the disaster declaration, though these may be eligible for special funding categories.
Community Power Resiliency Grants
The California Office of Emergency Services is accepting Requests for Proposals for Community Power Resiliency funding to support cities, special districts, and tribes with additional preparedness measures in response to power outage events. Funding will support the procurement of fixed and long-term emergency electrical generation equipment, the development of continuity plans, the conduct of risk assessments for critical infrastructure, the creation of post-event reports and public education materials, and/or the purchase of supplies to prepare for electric disruption. Applications for funding are due October 30, 2020.
California Department of Parks and Recreation Per Capita Program
Funding through state Proposition 68 is available on a per-capita basis to jurisdictions within California for the acquisition and development of parks. The Department of Parks and Recreation Per Capita Program aims to rehabilitate existing infrastructure and to address deficiencies in neighborhoods lacking access to the outdoors. Applications for funding are due December 31, 2020.
New 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.
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.