Sierra Nevada Conservancy Funding Opportunities Newsletter – Sept/Oct 2018

Sierra Nevada Conservancy
September-October 2018

 Funding Research Memos for fuel reduction, parks and trails, habitat preservation, environmental education, and other program areas are available on the SNC funding opportunities webpage. This is a great way to find funding opportunities for your projects!

Upcoming Grants that Might be of Interest:

Interested in cleaning up contamination to re-use an industrial site? The EPA Brownfields program has a variety of grants for assessment and clean-up of contamination on sites. This is often the first step to redeveloping the site for industrial or other uses. Last year’s deadline for the assessment and clean-up grants was mid-November and this year’s solicitation is likely to be released in September or October. Current grant solicitations have not yet been released, but upcoming changes to EPA’s Brownfields Program can be found here. You can also contact the EPA Region 9 staff for more information about the types of assistance provided.

FEMA Disaster Mitigation Grant Programs – The Pre-Disaster Mitigation and Hazard Mitigation grant programs are upcoming sources of disaster prevention funding, including fuel reduction on private property. Post-fire reforestation is also a fundable activity. Activities cannot take place on federal lands. Local government and special districts (including Resource Conservation Districts) are eligible applicants. Funding is also available for generators to power critical disaster response facilities such as clinics, emergency operations, and shelters. Communities interested in trying out biomass generators for on-going as well as emergency power might consider this source of funding.

Your SNC Area Representative can help you set up an individual consultation with the SNC Funding Team to get advice about specific funding opportunities or general fund development strategies. To take advantage of this resource, contact your Area Representative.

Grant Writing Workshops are available to help build the capacity of organizations that serve the Sierra Nevada Region. If you are interested in organizing or attending a workshop, contact your Area Representative. Upcoming workshops are scheduled in Shasta and Amador counties, and additional workshops can be scheduled upon request.

NFWF Wetland Project Funding Opportunity RFP – due Sept 28

The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s (NFWF) Sacramento District California In-Lieu Fee Program (ILF Program) is currently seeking proposals for aquatic resource restoration projects in the following Priority Service Areas:

  • Bear/Yuba Rivers
  • Cache/Putah Rivers
  • Calaveras/Stanislaus Rivers
  • Carson/Walker Rivers
  • Feather River
  • Kaweah/Tule River
  • Merced/Tuolumne River
  • Northeast Sacramento River
  • Northwest Sacramento River
  • Pit River

NFWF intends to partner with public, private, and non-profit organizations to help fund and implement on-the-ground wetland and/or waters restoration (re-establishment or rehabilitation), establishment (creation), and/or enhancement projects.  Projects may be stand-alone proposals or may be an identifiable component of a larger project.

In each case, the restoration benefits provided by the project must be clearly demonstrated and must meet all applicable requirements set forth in the 2008 Compensatory Mitigation for Losses of Aquatic Resources Final Rule (the “2008 Rule”).  These requirements are set forth in the 2008 Rule at 33 CFR Part 332.8(j) and 33 CFR Part 332.4(c)(2)-(14); and 40 CFR Part 230.98(j) and 40 CFR Part 230.94(c)(2)-(14).

For additional information on the ILF Program and how to apply for funding, please see the attached Request for Proposals or visit our webpage:

Pre-Proposal applications are due September 28, 2018.  For more information or questions about this Request for Proposals, please contact:



USDA Rural Development Loan Opportunities

Eligible rural communities and water districts can apply online for funding to maintain, modernize or build water and wastewater systems. They can visit the interactive RD Apply tool, or they can apply through one of USDA Rural Development’s state or field offices.

USDA is providing the funding through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. It can be used to finance drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems for rural communities with 10,000 or fewer residents.

CA Water Plan eNews – 8/15/18

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Listening sessions scheduled to review new water conservation legislation
  • Russian River Pilot workshop materials made available online
  • $395 million in federal funding available under two mitigation programs
  • WestFAST newsletter takes extensive look at the wildfires in the West
  • CALFIRE issues assessment of state forest and rangeland sustainability
  • Analytics platform will be presented at State Water Board’s brown bag seminar

CA Water Plan eNews – 8/8/18

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Adaptation forum will cover strategies for creating resilient communities
  • Two-day workshop will include a close look at California’s climate change assessment
  • The potential of delta salinization to be discussed during Davis symposium
  • California’s new laws on water use goals to be addressed during webinar
  • White paper explores the development of cash reserve policies for utilities
  • Comments being accepted on draft plan for protecting California’s marine areas
  • New management plan for Inyo National Forest will cover 10–15 years

River Parkways Grant Program Prop 68 Funding Opportunity

Sierra Nevada Conservancy


Proposition 68 Opportunity


The River Parkways grant program has been refunded with Proposition 68 dollars. Concept proposals for this first round of funding will be due September 27, 2018. Technical Assistance Workshops are scheduled for August 14 (Sacramento or webcast) and August 16 (Azusa).

The purpose of this program is to support the acquisition, restoration, protection, and development of river parkways. River Parkways are defined as outdoor areas adjacent to a river or stream, set apart to conserve scenic, natural, open space or recreational values to afford public access to open space, low impact recreational activities, and/or wildlife habitat. Projects must involve natural creeks, streams, and/or rivers, even if they flow only during the rainy season, or channelized or culverted creeks, streams, and/or rivers. Projects must provide public access or be a component of a larger parkway plan that provides public access. There is no minimum or maximum grant amount and no match required, though projects that leverage funding are more competitive.

Eligible projects include:

  • Creation or expansion of trails for walking, bicycling, and/or equestrian activities that are compatible with other conservation objectives
  • Improvement of existing river parkways by providing amenities such as picnic and rest areas or shade ramadas
  • Conversion of channelized streams or rivers to a more historical flow pattern that will promote the structure, function, and dynamics of riparian and riverine habitat
  • Acquisition of land that will be managed to increase the size and quality of existing riparian habitat
  • Expansion of existing river parkway by acquiring adjacent lands to accommodate periodic flooding
  • Restoration of land to natural floodplain forms, including wetland areas that will accommodate periodic flooding
  • Conversion of riverfront land from industrial use into public multiuse areas, such as floodplains, wetlands, public trails, etc.
  • Revitalization of urban neighborhoods by removing abandoned structures along the riverfront to provide open space river access for the public
  • Construction of an overlook area for a restored wetland with interpretive signage, where the public can observe the project benefits
  • Construction of a boardwalk adjacent to sensitive habitat to allow public viewing without disturbing flora or fauna


California Water Plan eNews – 8/1/18

This week’s California Water Plan eNews includes:

  • Flood-MAR workshop and webinar will seek public input on strategy
  • Delta’s contaminants and nutrients are examined in science board’s review
  • Discussing tribal perspectives on landscape and cultural resources restoration work
  • PPIC panel discussion will look at ways to improve California’s drought resilience
  • Caltrans study looks at the ways California will be getting around in the future