Watershed Improvement Program Grant Eligibility

For a complete description of eligibility and requirements, please see the Grant Guidelines.

Applicant Eligibility

Grant funds may be authorized for:

  • Public agencies: city, county, special district, joint powers authority, state agency, federal agency.  Please Note: Federal agencies are eligible to receive funds under Proposition 68, but not Proposition 1.  Federal agencies may apply directly for a grant, and grant awards to federal agencies will be sourced only from Proposition 68.  Federal agencies also may partner with an eligible entity under Proposition 1, and the eligible partner may receive Proposition 1 funding for a project on federal land.
  • Qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations: “Nonprofit Organization” means a private, nonprofit organization that qualifies for exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of Title 26 of the United States Code, and whose charitable purposes are consistent with the purposes of the SNC.
  • Eligible Tribal Organizations: (includes any Indian Tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, or a tribal agency authorized by a tribe, which is recognized as eligible for special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians and is identified in Number 19 of Volume 81, pages 5019-5025 (January 29, 2016) of the Federal Register, as that list may be updated or amended from time to time).

NOTE: SNC’s governing statute does not allow grants to mutual water companies or to state Indian tribes on the Native American Heritage Commission’s California Tribal Consultation List (entities otherwise eligible under Proposition 1), unless the state Indian tribes also meet the Eligible Tribal Organizations criteria listed above.

project Eligibility

Category One grants include site improvement projects, 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.

Category Two grants are limited to pre-project activities that are necessary for a specific, future on-the-ground project, or due diligence for fee title acquisition projects that support forest health.

In order to be eligible to receive a grant award from the SNC under this program, projects must meet all of the following criteria:

CEQA Requirements

All projects funded by the SNC must meet the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). All applicants should consult with SNC staff as soon as possible regarding the appropriate process and documents required.

CCC/CALCC Requirements

Applicants shall consult with representatives of both the California Conservation Corps (CCC), and California Association of Local Conservation Corps (CALCC) to determine the feasibility of Corps participation in the proposed project.