The Sierra Nevada Conservancy issues 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 four separate programs: forest health, land conservation, community resilience, and recreation and tourism.

Forest Health Grant Program

Not Currently Accepting Applications

The Forest Health Grant Program funds projects that result in multiple watershed benefits, including:

  • Reducing wildfire risks, protecting communities, and promoting watershed health
  • Improving watershed storage capacity and forest health, protecting life and property, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions
  • Supporting watershed adaptation projects to reduce the impacts of climate change on ecosystems and communities

Application Details

Read the Forest Health Grant Guidelines and contact your SNC Area Representative to discuss your project.

The Forest Health Grant Program is funded by Propositions 84, 1, and 68.

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

There are two types of eligible projects:

  1. Category One projects are awarded for forest health treatments and fee title acquisition projects that support forest products manufacturing and/or biomass utilization facilities that increase capacity to improve forest and watershed health.
  2. Category Two projects are awarded for pre-project activities necessary for clearly identified future on-the-ground project(s).

Schedule

DateEvent
August 5, 2019Pre-Application Due
August 5 - September 27, 2019Site Visits to all Category One Project Sites
October 17, 2019Full Application Due by 5:00 PM
March/June 2020Anticipated Grant Awards

Strategic Land Conservation Grant Program

Not Currently Accepting Applications

The Strategic Land Conservation Grant Program supports fee title or easement acquisition projects that permanently protect high-benefit lands that are threatened with conversion, represent unique natural characteristics, or are critical for resilience to climate change. Acquisitions may protect, restore, or create:

  • Unique cultural and/or natural areas
  • Working landscapes that provide public resource or economic benefit
  • Access to public lands and recreation opportunities

Application Details

Read the Strategic Land Conservation Grant Guidelines and contact your SNC Area Representative to discuss your project.

The Strategic Land Conservation Grant Program is funded by Proposition 68.

Eligibility

Eligible applicants are:

  • public 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

There are two types of eligible projects:

  1. Category One projects are awarded for the purchase and transaction costs of fee title or easement acquisitions. Acquisition transactions may include fee title, access easements for public use or to access public lands, or conservation easements. A Category One grant must result in a completed acquisition.
  2. Category Two projects are awarded for pre-acquisition due diligence activities necessary for a specific land conservation acquisition. The property or rights to be acquired must be identified. Such activities include, but are not limited to, fair market value appraisal, title report reviews, boundary surveys, environmental site assessments, cultural or biological surveys, and related activities.

Schedule

DateEvent
May 6, 2019Pre-Application Due
May 6 - June 30, 2019Site visits to all Category One project sites
July 29, 2019Full application due
December 2019 / March 2020Anticipated grant awards

Resilient Sierra Nevada Communities Grant Program

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy administers a directed grant program to provide resources for capacity building and technical support to enable local agencies, organizations, and tribes to design, manage, and implement projects that will increase community resiliency against, and recovery from, climate change, natural disasters, and other ecological and economic challenges.

Application Details

Projects must be developed in collaboration with SNC. Read the Resilient Sierra Nevada Communities Grant Guidelines and contact your SNC Area Representative to discuss potential projects.

The Resilient Sierra Nevada Communities Grant Program is funded by Proposition 68.

Vibrant Recreation and Tourism Grant Program

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy administers a directed grant program supporting innovative, collaborative efforts to enhance, promote, and develop sustainable recreation and tourism opportunities and increased access to public lands in the Sierra Nevada Region.

APPLICATION Details

Projects must be developed in collaboration with SNC. Read the Vibrant Recreation and Tourism Grant Guidelines and contact your SNC Area Representative to discuss potential projects.

The Vibrant Recreation and Tourism Grant Program is funded by Proposition 68.

Contact

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

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