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: Wildfire Recovery and Forest Resilience, Forest & Watershed Health, Resilient Sierra Nevada Communities, and Vibrant Recreation & Tourism.

Wildfire Recovery and Forest Resilience Grant Program

Solicitation begins January 3, 2022.

The primary priority of the 2022 Wildfire Recovery and Forest Resilience Directed Grant Program is the planning and implementation of forest health projects that promote wildfire recovery and forest resilience and support the goals of California’s Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan: A Comprehensive Strategy and SNC’s Watershed Improvement Program.

The Program is funded through General Fund in the Wildfire and Forest Resilience package of the 2021 Budget Act. Up to $25 million may be available for the current program cycle.

Proposals must be submitted by January 31, 2022. All projects funded under the current grant cycle must be complete by January 1, 2028.

Application Details

The FY 2021–22 California State Budget included an appropriation to SNC to address wildfire and forest resilience priorities. The governor’s Forest Management Task Force identified these priorities in California’s Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan: A Comprehensive Strategy. This grant program will address these priorities, with a special focus on Multi-Benefit Projects, Landscape-Scale Projects, High-Impact Projects, Wildfire Recovery, and projects developed through the the Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program

Projects must be developed in collaboration with SNC. Read the 2022 Wildfire Recovery and Forest Resilience Directed Grant Program Guidelines and contact your SNC Area Representative to discuss your project.

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 Region as defined by SNC governing legislation.
  • Be consistent with the SNC mission and program areas as defined in the SNC Strategic Plan.
  • Be consistent with the requirements of the funding source and budget provisions.
  • Be complete by January 1, 2028.
  • Result in a clear, demonstrable, and enduring public benefit.
  • Meet all California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements, as applicable.

Process and 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.
  • Proposals will be accepted until January 31, 2022.
  • A site visit may be conducted.
  • All project proposals are required to identify projected dates of completion for all environmental compliance and permits necessary to implement the project.
  • Grants will not be awarded before June 2022.
  • All project activities must be complete by January 1, 2028.
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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. Read the Forest and Watershed Health Grant Guidelines.

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.

SNC is not accepting proposals for the program at this time.

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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. Read the Resilient Sierra Nevada Communities Grant Guidelines as well as the 2020-2022 Grant Guideline Companion Document.

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.

SNC is not accepting proposals for the Program at this time.

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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. Read the Vibrant Recreation and Tourism Grant Guidelines as well as the 2020-2022 Grant Guidelines Companion Document

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.

SNC is not accepting proposals for the Program at this time.

Contact

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

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