Funding Opportunities Newsletter
October & November 2023
- The CalRecycle Farm and Ranch Solid Waste Cleanup and Abatement Grant Program (due October 5) funds the cleanup of illegally dumped material on farm and/or ranch property, as well as private and publicly owned forestland.
- The National Parks Foundation ParkVentures Grant Program (due October 5) helps eliminate barriers, promote access, and cultivate connections for individuals and communities that face challenges in authentically and joyfully embracing a national park experience.
- The US FWS North American Wetlands Conservation Act Small Grants Program (due October 12) funds smaller-scale, on-the-ground projects that support the long-term protection, restoration, and enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of wetlands-associated migratory birds.
- The CA Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Native Wildlife Rehabilitation Grant Program (due October 15) supports and advances the recovery and rehabilitation of injured, sick, or orphaned wildlife, as well as supporting conservation education.
- The National Grazing Lands Coalition: Advancing Education, Conservation, and Outreach on Grazing Lands Grant Program (due October 16) facilitates the establishment of conservation partnerships, leadership, and outreach; and the education of grazing-land managers, professionals, youth, and the public through grazing conferences and educational activities.
- The US Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) WaterSMART Planning and Project Design Grants (due October 17) fund collaborative planning and design projects that support water-management improvements.
- The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Landowner Support: Supporting Underserved and Small-Acreage Forest Landowner Participation in Emerging Private Markets Grant Program – Track A (due October 21) supports the participation of underserved and/or small-acreage landowners in emerging private markets for climate mitigation or forest resilience. Track A is for projects with budgets ranging from $2 – $25 million.
- The Coalitions and Collaboratives, Inc. Action, Implementation, and Mitigation (COCO AIM) Grant Program (concept papers due October 27) funds personnel, planning, partnership development, fuel reduction, and equipment to increase community resilience, restore fire-adapted ecosystems, and create safer conditions for residents and firefighters.
- The USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grant Program (due October 30) provides funding for planning and implementing comprehensive projects that address challenges across all levels of the food system, including community gardens with market stands, value-chain projects, food hubs, farmers’ markets, farm-to-institution projects, and marketing and consumer cooperatives.
- The USFS Community Wildfire Defense Grant Program (due October 31) provides funding to plan and implement fuels-management-reduction activities on federal and adjacent nonfederal lands. The two primary project types supported are developing or revising community wildfire protection plans (CWPPs) and implementing CWPP projects that are less than 10 years old.
- The USFS Community Wildfire Defense Grant (CWDG) Program: Indian Tribes/Alaska Native Corporations (due October 31) assists at-risk Indian tribes with planning for, and mitigating against, wildfire risks. The two primary project types supported are developing or revising community wildfire protection plans (CWPPs) and implementing CWPP projects that are less than 10 years old.
- The US BOR WaterSMART Drought Resiliency Program (due October 31) supports projects that increase water-supply reliability and build long-term resilience to drought, reducing the need for emergency-response actions.
- The Rose Foundation California Environmental Grassroots Fund (due November 1) supports small and emerging local groups across California that are building climate resilience and advancing environmental justice, prioritizing groups that serve and represent historically marginalized or impacted communities.
- The CDFW Boating Access Program (due November 3) funds acquisition, development, maintenance, and improvement projects that increase access to recreational boating opportunities across California’s waterways.
- The US Department of Transportation (DOT) Nationally Significant Federal Lands and Tribal Projects Program (due November 6) supports projects of national significance for construction, reconstruction, or rehabilitation of transportation facilities within, adjacent to, or providing access to federal or tribal lands.
- The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Drinking Water Infrastructure Resilience and Sustainability Program (due November 6) helps increase drinking water system resilience to natural hazards in underserved communities.
- The US EPA Environmental Education Local Grants Program (due November 8) funds locally focused environmental-education projects that promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers, and community members.
- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoring Tribal Priority Fish Passage Through Barrier Removal Grant Program (due November 8) removes barriers to fish passage for native migratory or sea-run fish to rebuild productive and sustainable fisheries, contribute to the recovery and conservation of threatened and endangered species, enhance watershed health, promote resilient ecosystems and communities, and increase tribal capacity and opportunities.
- The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Grants (due November 10) provide general operating support and funding for projects and activities to community-based nonprofit organizations in which a relatively small amount of funding might make a large difference, including the areas of environment and wildlife protection.
- The Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Museums for America Grant (due November 15) supports a broad spectrum of museum activities that meet the goal of lifelong learning, community engagement, or collection stewardship and access.
- The IMLS Inspire! Grants for Small Museums Program (due November 15) is designed to support small museums in project-based efforts to serve the public through exhibitions, educational/interpretive programs, digital-learning resources, policy development and institutional planning, technology enhancements, professional development, community outreach, audience development, and/or collections management, curation, care, and conservation.
- The IMLS Native American/Native Hawaiian Museum Services (NANH) Grant Program (due November 15) supports Indian tribes in sustaining Indigenous heritage, culture, and knowledge by funding exhibitions, educational services and programming, workforce-professional development, organizational capacity building, and collections stewardship.
- The US Department of Transportation (DOT) Thriving Communities Program Technical Assistance, Planning, and Capacity Building Support (Letters of Interest due November 15) provides technical assistance, planning, and capacity-building support to community coalitions in order to advance a pipeline of transportation and community-revitalization activities, including Main Street programs in tribal and rural communities.
- The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Western Big Game Seasonal Habitat and Migration Corridors Fund (due November 16) supports projects that enhance and improve the quality of big game seasonal habitat, stopover areas, and migration corridors on federal land and/or voluntary efforts on private and tribal land that have been prioritized by states or Native Nations.
- The Western Forestry Leadership Coalition Landscape Scale Restoration (LSR) Competitive Grant Program (due November 17) supports high-impact projects that promote collaborative, science-based restoration of priority forest landscapes, leverage public and private resources, and advance priorities identified in a State Forest Action Plan or other restoration strategy.
- The CA Energy Commission (CEC) California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project: Golden State Priority Project (Northern and Southern Regions) (due November 17) provides rebates for direct current fast charger installations at sites in disadvantaged or low-income communities in northern and southern California.
- The CA CEC California’s Firth Climate Change Assessment Tribal Research Grant Program (due November 17) funds tribally led climate-change research, assessments, and similar projects deemed a priority by the applying tribe. This includes projects that have an Indigenous knowledge focus, a body of observations, oral and written knowledge, and practices that have been historically underfunded in climate initiatives.
- The USDA Community Facilities Program Disaster Repair Grants (due November 29) help plan for the restoration of essential community facilities that were damaged by wildfires and winter storm flooding in 2022.
- The US BOR WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program (due December 5) supports projects including developing a watershed group, completing watershed-restoration-planning activities, and designing watershed-management projects.
- The CA Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Outdoor Equity Grants Program (due December 14) provides funding for transportation, logistics, program operations, and capacity costs associated with helping historically underserved urban and rural communities participate in outdoor experiences.
- The USFS Landscape Scale Restoration Grant Program for Federally Recognized Tribes (due December 15) funds collaborative, science-based restoration of priority forest landscapes on tribal lands.
- The CA State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) Nonpoint Source Grant Program (due December 15) funds projects that reduce runoff of pollution in priority watersheds, such as improvement or decommissioning of dirt roads or streambank stabilization to reduce erosion and sediment runoff.
- The US Corporation for National Service AmeriCorps State and National Competitive Grants Program (due January 4, 2024) supports the development of AmeriCorps programs focused on community-service priorities, one of which is environmental stewardship.
- The USFS Community Forest and Open Space Conservation Program (due January 12) supports the establishment of community forests through fee simple acquisition of private forest land to protect it from conversion to non-forest uses and provide community benefits.
- The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Forest Landowner Support: Supporting Underserved and Small-Acreage Forest Landowner Participation in Emerging Private Markets Grant Program – Track B (rolling) supports the participation of underserved and/or small-acreage landowners in emerging private markets for climate mitigation or forest resilience. Track B is for projects with budgets up to $2 million.
- The Hind Foundation Standard Grants Program (rolling) supports community-based projects proposed by nonprofit organizations in several areas, including plant and wildlife protection, historic landmark restoration, and ecosystem conservation.
- The Headwater Economics Community Planning and Assistance for Wildfires (CPAW) Program (rolling) provides interdisciplinary teams that collaborate with communities to develop site-specific planning recommendations regarding wildfire risks.
- The CA Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) Public Access Program (rolling) supports projects focused on the protection and development of public access areas and the promotion of hunting and fishing opportunities.
- The CA WCB Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Program (rolling) supports habitat-restoration projects throughout the state, including planning, restoration project implementation, acquisition, and scientific studies.
CalVTP Field Training: Sierra Foothills
On November 1 in Oakhurst (Madera County), Cal Poly is hosting CalVTP Field Training: Sierra Foothills, Vista Del Rio Project. This training will cover the use of the Cal Vegetation Treatment Program (CalVTP) to facilitate vegetation management and fuels reduction. Participants will complete a field treatment tour of the project area, learning about the different treatment methods used and why they were chosen. CAL FIRE staff Sebastien Cordier and Brian Mattos will discuss the need for this project, how the treatment zones were selected, and the successes as well as the shortcomings that happened during implementation. Registration is now open.
Using the CalVTP: New Implementation Tools and Lessons
On December 7, Cal Poly is hosting Using the CalVTP: New Implementation Tools and Lessons. This webinar will share insights about the latest trends, tips, and practices for agencies, fire safe councils, and landowners seeking to use the California Vegetation Treatment Program (CalVTP) to implement vegetation treatments. The panel consists of CAL FIRE staff from Sacramento headquarters and the San Luis Obispo Unit, and consultants who helped to develop and implement the CalVTP Program Environmental Impact Report (Program EIR). Registration is now open.
More Information and Assistance
Consult with the SNC Funding Team to get advice about specific funding opportunities or general funding development strategies. Contact your SNC Area Representative to set up a meeting with the Funding Team.