The Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program (WIP)Grants and Funding Sources

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy administers the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program’s multiple grant programs to support Regional Goals identified in the 2019-2024 Strategic Plan. These programs are funded through bond acts approved by California voters. Current funding sources include Proposition 68, the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018 and Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014. Previous funding sources included Proposition 84, the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006.

In addition to administering grant programs, SNC also assists partners in identifying and securing other funding sources to support the health and resilience of the Sierra Nevada.

Strategic Land Conservation Grant Program

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy administers a competitive grant program to permanently protect high-benefit lands that are threatened with conversion, represent unique natural characteristics, or are critical for resilience to climate change. The grant program is funded by Proposition 68.

Forest Health Grant Program

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy administers a competitive grant program to support forest health projects that result in multiple watershed benefits. The grant program is funded by Proposition 1 and Proposition 68.

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 natural disasters and ecological and economic challenges. The grant program is funded by Proposition 68.

Projects must be developed in collaboration with SNC. Please review the Grant Guidelines and contact the appropriate SNC Area Representative to discuss potential projects.

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. The grant program is funded by Proposition 68.

Projects must be developed in collaboration with SNC. Please review the Grant Guidelines and contact the appropriate SNC Area Representative to discuss potential projects.

Additional Funding Opportunities

The SNC also provides information regarding additional funding sources and incentive programs relevant to the Sierra Nevada Region. This page contains resources to identify grants and loans as well as to help organizations develop strategies to move forward with their projects and programs.

Additional Information

Guiding Documents

Contacts

Map of the SNC's six subregions

Find the contact information for your SNC Subregion’s Representative.

Grant Search

search existing grants

This Searchable Grants Map will allow you to search for and view details about individual projects for all awarded SNC grants.