SNC Grants

Under the Watershed Improvement Program, we issue grants to public agencies, nonprofits, and eligible tribes for projects that restore, protect, and enhance watersheds and communities in California’s Sierra Nevada-Cascade region. These grants are awarded through grant programs under four regional goals: Forest & Watershed Health, Strategic Land Conservation, Vibrant Recreation & Tourism, and Resilient Communities.

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Forest & Watershed Health

Not accepting concept proposals at this time

The Forest & Watershed Health regional goal aims to restore and protect the ecological health and resilience of watersheds and forests within our service area.

The Wildfire Recovery and Forest Resilience Directed Grant Program supports the planning and implementation of forest health projects that promote wildfire recovery and forest resilience.

Read the Wildfire Recovery and Forest Resilience Directed Grant Program Guidelines.

Application Details

Funding Source

The Program is funded through General Fund in the 2021 Budget Act directed towards supporting wildfire recovery and forest resilience priorities identified in California’s Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan: A Comprehensive Strategy. The current program cycle includes $23,750,000 available for Local Assistance grant awards.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are:

  • public agencies, including federal agencies
  • qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
  • tribal entities recognized on the current United States Federal Register or the Native American Heritage Commission as a California Native American tribe

To be eligible, projects must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be located within, or provide services to, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy service area
  • Be consistent with the SNC mission and program areas as defined in the SNC Strategic Plan
  • Result in a clear, demonstrable, and enduring public benefit
  • Meet all California Environmental Quality Act and National Environmental Policy Act requirements, as applicable

Process & Schedule

  • Applicants must contact the SNC Area Representative assigned to their county to determine whether a potential project meets the intent of the guidelines and is eligible for consideration.
  • Concept Proposals will be accepted through 5 p.m. on July 29, 2022.
  • Mandatory site visits will be conducted for all implementation projects, with all site visits complete by October 7, 2022.
  • For those projects invited, Full Proposals will be accepted through 5 p.m. on October 28, 2022.
  • Grants will not be awarded before March 2023.
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Strategic Land Conservation

Not accepting proposals at this time

The Strategic Lands Conserved regional goal aims to permanently protect high-benefit lands that are threatened with conversion, represent unique natural characteristics, or are critical for resilience to climate change.

In 2022 SNC is administering the Strategic Land Conservation Directed Grant Program to support planning and implementation of land conservation through fee title or conservation easement acquisition projects to provide access for public use or to public lands, protect lands threatened by conversion, or lands providing critical resilience to climate change.

Read the 2022 Strategic Land Conservation Directed Grant Program Guidelines.

Projects must be developed in collaboration with SNC. Contact your SNC Area Representative to discuss project ideas.

Application Details

Funding Source

The Program is funded through General Fund in the 2021 Budget Act directed towards supporting investments that address the state’s multi-faceted climate risks and related State Conservancy priorities. The current program cycle includes a minimum of $6,795,100 available for Strategic Land Conservation grant awards.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are:

  • public agencies, including federal agencies
  • qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
  • tribal entities recognized on the current United States Federal Register or the Native American Heritage Commission as a California Native American tribe

To be eligible, projects must meet all of the following criteria:

Process & Schedule

  • Applicants must contact the SNC Area Representative assigned to their county to determine whether a potential project meets the intent of the guidelines and is eligible for consideration.
  • Concept Proposals will be accepted through May 6, 2022.
  • Mandatory site visits will be conducted for all implementation projects, with all site visits complete by July 1, 2022
  • For those projects invited, Full Proposals will be accepted through July 22, 2022.
  • Grants will not be awarded before December 2022.
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Vibrant Recreation & Tourism

Not accepting proposals at this time

The Vibrant Recreation & Tourism regional goal aims to enhance, promote, and develop sustainable recreation and tourism opportunities in our service area.

In 2022 SNC is administering the Vibrant Recreation & Tourism Directed Grant Program, to support planning and implementation efforts to enhance and develop sustainable recreation and tourism opportunities and increase access to public lands.

Read the 2022 Vibrant Recreation & Tourism Directed Grant Program Guidelines.

Projects must be developed in collaboration with SNC. Contact your SNC Area Representative to discuss project ideas.

Application Details

Funding Source

The Program is funded through General Fund in the 2021 Budget Act directed towards supporting investments that address the state’s multi-faceted climate risks and related State Conservancy priorities. The current program cycle includes a minimum of $3,136,200 available for Vibrant Recreation and Tourism grant awards.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are:

  • public agencies, including federal agencies
  • qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations
  • tribal entities recognized on the current United States Federal Register or the Native American Heritage Commission as a California Native American tribe

To be eligible, projects must meet all of the following criteria:

Process & Schedule

  • Applicants must contact the SNC Area Representative assigned to their county to determine whether a potential project meets the intent of the guidelines and is eligible for consideration.
  • Concept Proposals will be accepted through May 6, 2022.
  • Mandatory site visits will be conducted for all implementation projects, with all site visits complete by July 1, 2022
  • For those projects invited, Full Proposals will be accepted through July 22, 2022.
  • Grants will not be awarded before December 2022.
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Resilient Communities

Not accepting proposals at this time

The Resilient Communities regional goal aims to increase the environmental, economic, and social resilience of communities in our service area.

Contact

Contact your SNC Area Representative with questions and to discuss potential projects.

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