Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program, Proposition 1, Proposition 68

Forest Health
Grant Program

The Forest Health grant program supports forest health projects that result in multiple watershed benefits, consistent with the following purposes:

  • Reducing wildfire risks, protecting communities and their watersheds, and promoting watershed health
  • Protecting and restoring rural and urban watershed health to improve watershed storage capacity, forest health, protection of life and property, and greenhouse gas reduction
  • Supporting watershed adaptation projects to reduce the impacts of climate changes on California’s communities and ecosystems

The grant program is funded by Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Bond Act of 2014 and Proposition 68, the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018.


Grant Guidelines

Read the Forest Health Grant Guidelines.


Map of the SNC's six subregions

Please contact your SNC Subregion’s Representative to discuss potential project ideas. Click the map to find the contact information for the SNC Representative or Manager in your area.


Strategic Plan

The SNC administers multiple grant programs to support Regional Goals identified in our 2019–2024 Strategic Plan. View the plan to learn more.

Grant Categories and Award Limits

Total funding available for the current grant cycle: $10,540,373

Awards up to $1,000,000 for Category One projects which implement forest health treatments as well as fee title acquisition projects that support forest products manufacturing and/or biomass utilization facilities that increase capacity to improve forest and watershed health.

Awards up to $100,000 for Category Two projects to fund pre-project activities necessary for a specific future on-the-ground project or projects. The future project(s) must be clearly identified.


Eligible applicants are public agencies, qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, and tribal entities recognized on the current United States Federal Register or the Native American Heritage Commission as a California Native American tribe.


Date Event
August 5, 2019 Pre-application due
August 5 – September 27, 2019 Site visits to all Category One project sites
October 17, 2019 Full application due by 5pm
March / June 2020 Anticipated grant awards

Previous Grant Information

Application Deadline Board Authorizations Dates and Amounts
September 1, 2015 December 2015: 5 projects awarded for $853,190
March 2016: 2 projects awarded for $609,808
March 1, 2016 June 2016: 10 projects awarded for $3,235,282
September 2016: 5 projects awarded for $2,028,722
September 1, 2016 December 2016: 10 projects awarded for 3,154,828
November 1, 2017 March 2018: 15 projects awarded for $2,964,338
June 2018: 7 projects awarded for $3,491,121
October 1, 2018 March 2019: 21 projects awarded for $11,830,183
June 2019: 4 projects recommended for $2,258,201