Funding Opportunities Newsletter
February & March 2024
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- The CA Strategic Growth Council Tribal Capacity Building Pilot Program (due February 5) provides funding and technical assistance to California Native American tribes to build staff capacity to advance tribes’ climate-related work.
- The US Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) Inflation Reduction Act (IRA): California Forest and Woodlands Resource Management (due February 5) promotes the resilience of forest and woodland ecosystems to wildfire, insects, disease, and drought through density management and provides funding for reforestation on lands that have been impacted by high-severity disturbances, such as wildfire, insect epidemics, and drought, to restore forest cover and functioning forest ecosystems.
- The Sierra Meadows Partnership Grant Program (due February 7) supports projects that focus on the restoration of meadow habitat or advance the practice of meadow restoration and management through strategic monitoring, research, coordination, and/or communications.
- The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Museum Assessment Program (due February 15) helps small and mid-sized museums strengthen operations, plan for the future, and meet standards through a one-year process of self-assessment, institutional activities, and consultative peer review with a site visit and recommendations.
- The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment: California Wildlands Grassroots Fund (due February 15) provides modest funding to support conservationists advocating for the permanent protection, restoration, and stewardship of intact wildlands on both public and private lands to help preserve California’s wilderness and native biological diversity.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (Notices of Interest due February 16) provides funding for communities to implement mitigation activities that reduce risk to life, property, and infrastructure from natural hazards, including wildfire, earthquake, drought, extreme heat, flooding, and others. State assistance is available to provide the match (local share) in some socially vulnerable and high hazard risk communities.
- The CA Department of Conservation Climate Smart Land Management Program: Capacity Building and Technical Assistance (due February 19) increases the capacity of local, tribal, regional, and statewide partners to increase the pace and scale of climate action on the state’s natural and working lands in a socially, ecologically, and geographically equitable manner.
- The US National Park Service (NPS) Historic Preservation Fund: Tribal Heritage Grants Program (due February 20) supports a broad range of planning, development, and research projects to protect and promote the unique cultural heritage and traditions of federally recognized Indian tribes.
- The Coalitions and Collaboratives Inc. (COCO) Action, Implementation and Mitigation (AIM) Program (due February 23) provides funding for a wide variety of capacity-building activities, including personnel, planning efforts, and wildfire risk reduction work on non-federal lands.
- The US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA): U.S. Standard Grants Program (due February 23) promotes long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds.
- The CAL FIRE Wildfire Resilience Block Grant Program (due February 26) provides funding for grantees offering financial and technical forestry assistance to nonindustrial forest landowners so they can conduct forest restoration or management activities on their property.
- The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Business Development Grant Program (due February 28) promotes economic development and job creation through rural business support, job training, leadership development, and various business-development investments.
- The US Department of Transportation (DOT) National Infrastructure Investments: Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grant Program (due February 28) funds transportation infrastructure projects, including replacement or rehabilitation of culverts to prevent stormwater runoff for the purpose of improving habitat for aquatic species.
- The Parks California: Career Pathways Grants Program (due February 29) helps expand career pathways to California State Parks jobs for under-represented communities by funding the planning and implementation of career pathway projects.
- The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and Walmart Stores: Acres for America Program (due February 29) funds projects that conserve important, large-scale habitats for fish, wildlife, and plants through voluntary land acquisitions and perpetual conservation easements.
- The US NPS Rivers and Trails Assistance Program (due March 1) provides technical assistance by conservation and recreation-planning professionals to help local communities realize their conservation and outdoor-recreation visions and goals.
- The US FWS Wolf Livestock Loss Compensation and Prevention Grants (due March 1) provide funding to assist livestock producers in undertaking proactive, nonlethal activities to reduce the risk of livestock loss due to predation by wolves and to compensate them for livestock loss due to wolf predation.
- The CAL FIRE California Forestry Improvement Program (due March 1) supports eligible private landowners to implement planning, reforestation, and resource management activities that improve the quality and value of forestland.
- The Clif Bar Family Foundation Grants Program (due March 1) supports nonprofit organizations working to strengthen food systems, advance equitable community health outcomes, and protect the places in which people play through stewardship of the environment and natural resources.
- The Polaris: T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant Program (due March 1) promotes safe and responsible off-highway vehicle (OHV) riding and trail preservation, and helps protect the environment and natural resources that are a part of off-road trail systems.
- The Access Fund Climbing Conservation Grant Program (due March 1) supports projects that preserve or enhance climbing access and opportunities, and conserve the climbing environment throughout the United States.
- The Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant Program (due March 1) provides modest funding for K-12 school gardens growing edible plants.
- The National Environmental Education Foundation’s Veterans and Nature Grant Program (due March 1) provides veteran-serving organizations with funding for physical and mental health-focused outdoor activities at US Forest Service sites and other public lands.
- The CA Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) Grant Program (pre-proposals due March 4) provides financial assistance to agencies and organizations that develop, maintain, operate, expand, support, or contribute to well-managed, high-quality OHV recreation areas, roads, and trails.
- The First Nations Development Institute Native Language Immersion Initiative (due March 4) builds capacity and supports Native language immersion education programs in tribal communities.
- The Listos California Emergency Response Team Grant Program (due March 4) has several specific programs to help set up and support Community Emergency Response Teams (CERTs).
- The CA State Library Sustainable California Libraries Grant (due March 6) funds public library services, programming, and educational opportunities focused on sustainability and climate resilience.
- The US BLM California Wildlife Program (due March 8) supports maintaining functioning wildlife habitats, developing and implementing restoration projects, and the inventory and monitoring of priority habitats and species to track trends and use on public lands.
- The CAL FIRE Business and Workforce Development Grant – 2024 Q1 (due March 8) supports the creation of a robust and diversified wood-products industry to facilitate the economic and sustainable management of California’s forests.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (due March 8) provides funding to eligible fire departments for operations and safety, vehicle acquisition, and regional projects.
- The US BLM Plant Conservation and Restoration Management Grant Program (due March 11) funds projects that address the National Seed Strategy to increase the availability and procurement of locally adapted native seeds.
- The US BLM Rangeland Resource Management Grant Program (due March 11) funds ecosystem conservation and restoration projects on BLM-managed land, which are national or regional in scope.
- The US Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) Native American Affairs: Technical Assistance to Tribes Program (due March 12) helps federally recognized Indian tribes develop, manage, and protect their water and related resources.
- The CA Fire Safe Council State Fire Capacity Grants (due March 15) support hazardous fuels reduction, community wildfire prevention planning, and education and mitigation activities.
- The Joseph and Vera Long Foundation Responsive Grants Program (due March 15) provides funding in several areas, including connecting youth with nature.
- The US BOR Central Valley Project Habitat: Facility Improvements Program (due March 18) helps protect, restore, and enhance fish, wildlife, and associated habitats in the Central Valley and Trinity River basins of California.
- The Paul Bruhn Historic Revitalization Grants Program (due March 19) supports the rehabilitation of historic properties to foster economic development in rural communities.
- The Yamaha Motor Corporation Guaranteeing Responsible Access to Our Nation’s Trails (GRANT) Program (due March 31) funds projects that will promote safe, responsible, and sustainable use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs), educate the public on proper recreational land use and wildlife conservation practices, and/or protect appropriate and sustainable access to public lands.
- The USDA Rural Innovation Stronger Economy Grants (due April 1) support efforts to create and augment high-wage jobs, accelerate the formation of new businesses, support industry clusters, and maximize the use of local productive assets in eligible low-income rural areas.
- The AmeriCorps State and National Native Nation Grants Program (due April 5) provides funding for federally recognized Indian tribes to create teams of young people who serve their tribal communities.
- The CA Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Fisheries Habitat Restoration Grant Program (due April 18) supports the implementation or design of projects that restore, enhance, or protect salmon and steelhead habitat in priority rivers and streams.
- The National Forest Foundation Innovative Finance for National Forests Grant Program (due April 22) supports innovative finance models that leverage private and public capital to enhance the resilience of the National Forest System.
- The Gadfly Project: Custom Web Application Grant (due April 27) provides support in the form of in-house expertise and resources for nonprofit organizations to implement software initiatives that increase efficiency and expand outreach.
- The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Targeted Brownfields Assistance Program (rolling) provides site assessments, cleanup options and cost estimates, and community outreach for communities addressing Brownfield site reuse.
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program (rolling) supports efforts to enhance the safety of the public and firefighters with respect to fire and fire-related hazards, including funding for training, equipment, and regional projects.
- The National Park Service 21st Century Conservation Service Corps & Civilian Climate Corps Program – National Youth Cooperative Agreements (rolling) develops collaborative partnerships with nonprofit youth-serving organizations to support employment and education programs in national parks and affiliated sites, such as National Heritage Areas, National Wild and Scenic Rivers, National Historic Landmarks, National Trails, and adjacent gateway communities.
- The Local Infrastructure Hub Bootcamp Program (rolling) provides pro bono technical training and grant writing through participation in a series of bootcamps designed to help small and mid-sized cities strengthen grant applications through peer learning, office hours, and coaching opportunities.
- The Hind Foundation Standard Grants Program (rolling) supports community-based projects proposed by nonprofit organizations in several areas, including plant and wildlife protection, historic landmark restoration, and ecosystem conservation.
- The Headwater Economics Community Planning and Assistance for Wildfires (CPAW) Program (rolling) provides interdisciplinary teams that collaborate with communities to develop site-specific planning recommendations regarding wildfire risks.
- The CDFW Beaver Conflict Resolution Grant Opportunities: Nature Based Solutions: Beaver Restoration Program (rolling) supports the implementation and promotion of human-beaver coexistence strategies through funding for technical assistance and implementation of non-lethal beaver damage deterrence.
- The CA Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) Climate Adaptation and Resilience Program (rolling) funds projects that provide climate adaptation and resilience on California’s natural and working lands.
- The CA WCB 30×30 Grant Program: Land Acquisition (rolling) supports high-priority land acquisition projects associated with the implementation of a natural community conservation plan (NCCP) and/or habitat conservation plan (HCP).
- US FWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program (rolling) provides free technical and financial assistance to plan, design, supervise, and monitor customized habitat-restoration projects.
- The CA Division of Boating and Waterways Sewer Management Operation and Maintenance Grant (rolling) supports the costs of pumpout parts and labor to maintain existing pumpout and dump stations at public and private marina facilities on California’s waterways.
- The USDA Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations Program (rolling) provides technical and financial assistance to plan and implement authorized watershed project plans for the purposes of flood prevention, watershed protection, public recreation, etc.
- The National Park Service Federal Lands to Parks Program (rolling) allows states, counties, and communities to acquire federal land and buildings no longer needed by the federal government at no cost on the condition that they are protected for public parks and recreation. Potential applicants should discuss their ideas with Program Staff. The Pacific Coast contact number is (202) 220-4083.
Webinar: Collaborative Fuels Reduction Projects: Lessons Learned from the Resource Conservation District of Tehama County
On February 1, Cal Poly will host a collaborative fuels reduction webinar. Representatives from the Resource Conservation District (RCD) of Tehama County, the National Park Service, CAL FIRE, and Battle Creek Meadows Ranch will discuss how lead agencies, partners, and communities can collaboratively design and implement fuels-reduction projects.
Forestry Strategies and Innovations Conference
The California Forestry Association’s Forest Strategies and Innovations Conference is February 26 & 27, 2024, in Sacramento. It will bring together leaders from California’s public, private, nonprofit, tribal, economic, and environmental sectors to spark critical conversations about forest management, wildfire protection, and sustainability. Attendees have the chance to collectively evaluate and improve best practices, share important knowledge and innovations, and engage with key stakeholders to find out how to work collaboratively.
Upcoming Forest GIS Workshops in Quincy and Rocklin
UC Cooperative Extension is hosting a Forest GIS workshop March 19 & 20 in Rocklin. Designed for foresters, students, nonprofits, and natural resource professionals, workshops offer guided training about managing and editing data, best cartographic practices and participant-driven topics. Workshops include presentations about select GIS topics and hands-on practice with ESRI’s suite of software. Previous experience with GIS is helpful, but not required. The workshop cost is $40, which includes lunch.
March 14 Webinar: Collaboration in a Forest Health Grant: Insights from the Los Gatos Creek Watershed Collaborative
This CalPoly webinar: Collaboration in a Forest Health Grant will take place March 14 from 9–12. It will be an opportunity to learn about the Los Gatos Creek Watershed Collaborative from representatives at Santa Clara County FireSafe Council, Auten Resource Consulting, County of Santa Clara Parks, Ascent Environmental, CAL FIRE, and Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District. Participants will increase their knowledge of how to create successful partnerships and collaborations on forest-health projects with insights and experiences from the Los Gatos Creek Watershed Collaborative.
CalVTP Resource Library
The CalVTP Program EIR is a powerful tool to expedite CEQA compliance for wildfire-resilience projects and facilitate efficient permitting. The CA Board of Forestry and Fire Protection has prepared the CalVTP Resource Library, which features tools, frequently asked questions, and a treatable landscape calculator. The Resource Library can be accessed on the CalVTP homepage.
More Information and Assistance
Consult with the SNC Funding Team to get advice about specific funding opportunities or general funding development strategies. Contact your SNC Area Representative to set up a meeting with the Funding Team.