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 three separate programs: Forest & Watershed Health, Resilient Sierra Nevada Communities, and Vibrant Recreation & Tourism.

Forest and Watershed Health Grant Program

The Forest and Watershed Health Directed Grants Program supports projects that create or improve forest conditions that result in a combination of multiple watershed, ecosystem, and community benefits.

SNC anticipates $3 million available for awards in the 2020–2021 and 2021–2022 grant cycle.  Projects must meet one of the following four focus areas:

  • Implementation of prescribed fire to improve watershed health.
  • Large-landscape planning projects for forest health on a minimum of 10,000 acres.
  • Implementation of forest health planning projects for which SNC previously funded the planning phase.
  • Projects that connect and serve underserved partners who have received no more than one SNC grant since the start of the WIP Forest Health Program in 2015.

Application Details

Projects must be developed in collaboration with SNC. Read the Forest and Watershed Health Grant Guidelines and contact your SNC Area Representative to discuss your project.

The Forest Health Grant Program is funded by Proposition 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

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

  • Be located within a conifer or mixed-conifer forested area of the Sierra Nevada Region
  • Meet one of the four focus areas described in the Program Priorities section of the guidelines:
    • Implementation of prescribed fire
    • Large-landscape planning
    • Implementation of SNC planning projects
    • Underserved partners
  • Be consistent with the SNC mission and program areas as defined in the SNC Strategic Plan
  • Meet the forest and watershed health requirements of Proposition 68
  • Be consistent with recommendations of the 2018 California Forest Carbon Plan
  • Result in a clear, demonstrable, and enduring public benefit

Schedule

Proposals are accepted on a continuous basis and will be considered on a quarterly cycle, starting July 2020. The cycle will repeat every quarter, with awards expected March 2021, June 2021, September 2021, and December 2021.

DateEvent
July 2020Program announced
September 2020Review of Concept Proposals and direction given to develop full Proposals
November 2020Review of full Proposals and decisions regarding potential recommendations to the SNC Governing Board
March 2021If due diligence is complete, recommend to the SNC Governing Board for grant award

Resilient Sierra Nevada Communities Grant Program

The Resilient Sierra Nevada Communities Directed Grant Program supports the planning and implementation of projects that will increase community resiliency against, and recovery from, natural disasters and ecological and economic challenges.

SNC anticipates $1 million available for awards in the 2020–2021 and 2021–2022 grant cycle.  The specific focus area of the current cycle are projects that directly address the nexus among:

  • Environmental Needs,
  • Economic Needs, and
  • Community Needs.

Application Details

Projects must be developed in collaboration with SNC. Read the Resilient Sierra Nevada Communities Grant Guidelines as well as the 2020–2022 Grant Guideline Companion Document for specific requirements for the current grant cycle. Contact your SNC Area Representative to discuss potential projects.

The Resilient Sierra Nevada Communities Grant Program is funded by Proposition 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

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

  • Be located within the Sierra Nevada Region
  • Be consistent with the Program Objectives described in the Resilient Sierra Nevada Communities Grant Guidelines.
  • Meet the focus area described in the Program Priorities section of the Companion Document, concurrently addressing environmental, economic, and community needs.
  • Be consistent with the SNC mission and program areas as defined in the SNC Strategic Plan
  • Meet all requirements of Proposition 68
  • Be consistent with recommendations of the 2018 California Forest Carbon Plan
  • Result in a clear, demonstrable, and enduring public benefit

Schedule

Proposals are accepted on a continuous basis and will be considered on a quarterly cycle, starting July 2020. The cycle will repeat every quarter, with awards expected March 2021, June 2021, September 2021, and December 2021.

DateEvent
July 2020Program announced
September 2020Review of Concept Proposals and direction given to develop full Proposals
November 2020Review of full Proposals and decisions regarding potential recommendations to the SNC Governing Board
March 2021If due diligence is complete, recommend to the SNC Governing Board for grant award

Vibrant Recreation and Tourism Grant Program

The Vibrant Recreation and Tourism Grant Program supports innovative, collaborative efforts to enhance, promote, and develop sustainable recreation and tourism opportunities and increase access to public lands in the Sierra Nevada Region. 

SNC anticipates $1 million available for awards in the 2020–2021 and 2021–2022 grant cycle.  The specific focus area of the current cycle are collaboratives organized specifically for the purpose of recreation and tourism. The intent is to support existing recreation and tourism collaboratives and encourage the establishment of new collaboratives by planning for and implementing multi-benefit recreation and tourism projects developed through a collaborative process.

APPLICATION Details

Projects must be developed in collaboration with SNC. Read the Vibrant Recreation and Tourism Grant Guidelines as well as the 2020–2022 Grant Guideline Companion Document for specific requirements for the current grant cycle. Contact your SNC Area Representative to discuss potential projects.

The Vibrant Recreation and Tourism Grant Program is funded by Proposition 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

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

  • Be located within the Sierra Nevada Region
  • Be consistent with the Program Objectives described in the Vibrant Recreation and Tourism Grant Guidelines.
  • Meet one of the two focus areas described in the Program Priorities section of the Companion Document
    • Collaborative Project Implementation
    • Collaborative Project Planning
  • Be consistent with the SNC mission and program areas as defined in the SNC Strategic Plan
  • Meet all requirements of Proposition 68
  • Be consistent with recommendations of the 2018 California Forest Carbon Plan
  • Result in a clear, demonstrable, and enduring public benefit

Schedule

Proposals are accepted on a continuous basis and will be considered on a quarterly cycle, starting July 2020. The cycle will repeat every quarter, with awards expected March 2021, June 2021, September 2021, and December 2021.

DateEvent
July 2020Program announced
September 2020Review of Concept Proposals and direction given to develop full Proposals
November 2020Review of full Proposals and decisions regarding potential recommendations to the SNC Governing Board
March 2021If due diligence is complete, recommend to the SNC Governing Board for grant award

Contact

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

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