Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program, Proposition 68

Strategic Land Conservation
Grant Program

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. These projects must deliver clear, long-term public benefit and result in conditions that contribute to the health and resiliency of the watershed. 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

The grant program is funded by Proposition 68, the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018.


Grant Guidelines

Read the Strategic Land Conservation 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: $7,836,595

Awards up to $1,000,000 for Category One projects to fund 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.

Awards up to $75,000 for Category Two projects to fund 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.


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