Pre-Applications for SNC’s Watershed Improvement Program Forest Health Grant Program due August 5

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) is pleased to announce a Request for Pre-Applications to the Watershed Improvement Program Forest Health Grant Program, funded through Proposition 1 and Proposition 68. There is currently $10.5 million available to support forest health projects that result in multiple watershed benefits.

Please review SNC’s website and Grant Guidelines for a complete description of Grant Program requirements and details on the application process.

Pre Applications will be accepted through 5:00 p.m. on August 5, 2019.

SNC strongly encourages applicants to meet with their Area Representative to discuss projects prior to preparing their Pre-Application. For general questions regarding the Grant Program, please contact us at or (530) 823-4689.

Sierra Nevada Conservancy Funding Opportunities Newsletter – July/August 2019

Sierra Nevada Conservancy


July & August 2019

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:

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.

Wildlife Conservation Board’s 2019 Proposal Solicitation Notice – due June 28

The Wildlife Conservation Board’s 2019 Proposal Solicitation Notice (PSN) for its Forest Conservation Program is now available.  Nonprofit organizations and government agencies (federal, state, and local) are eligible to apply. The program has $30 million in funding for projects targeted at an area including most of the Sierra Nevada and Cascade regions.

Proposed projects may include planning, implementation, or acquisition projects within the Sierra Nevada and Cascade Mountains in California.  PSN priorities include meadow restoration, post-fire habitat recovery, and aspen stand restoration as well as acquisitions that protect meadows, migration corridors, or habitat connectivity.

All applicants must complete the simple online Pre-Application by 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time on June 28, 2019. WCB will then invite select applicants to submit full proposals. For questions regarding this PSN or the Program, please contact WCB’s Forest Conservation Program at

SNC awards grant to Plumas Audubon for Forest Health project in Genesee Valley

NEWS RELEASE  – June 6, 2019

Sierra Nevada Conservancy Governing Board Awards More Than $3 Million for Restoration Projects

(AUBURN, Calif.) – At its quarterly meeting, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) Governing Board approved a total of $3,122,551 in funds for five different projects focused on improving watershed and forest health throughout the Sierra Nevada.

Each of the selected projects strike at the heart of the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program (WIP), SNC’s large-scale restoration initiative designed to improve ecosystem and community resilience in the Region.

“The projects authorized for funding by our board today will provide community protection and improve forest and watershed health more broadly,” said Sierra Nevada Conservancy Executive Officer, Angela Avery. “These are great examples of the type and kind of work that the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program is focused on implementing with our partners across the region.”

Four of the approved projects are specifically forest health grants funded through Proposition 1 (The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014) and Proposition 68 (The California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018). The Yuba Watershed Institute was awarded $300,000 for its ‘Inimim Forest Restoration Project – Phase 1 to aid in forest restoration and watershed health in Nevada County. Sagehen Creek Field Station, a research and teaching facility of the University of California at Berkeley located in the Tahoe National Forest, was awarded $1 million for its Pushing the Larger Landscape Into Resiliency Through Fire project. An additional $721,487 was authorized to the Sierra Foothill Conservancy in Mariposa County for the Von Der Ahe Forest Enhancement Project and $506,714 went to the Plumas Audubon Society for its efforts to improve the health of the forests in the Genesee Valley, a significant tributary to the north fork of the Feather River.

Finally, $594,350 was allotted for the Blacksmith Project, an undertaking by the El Dorado National Forest to aid in landscape resilience and improve growing conditions for trees in a 6,000-acre area east of Georgetown, Ca. Funding for this project came from CAL FIRE’s California Climate Investments (CCI) grant program, which puts billions of Cap-and-Trade dollars to work throughout the state to help improve public health, the environment, and the economy by reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions (GHGs).

Additional information about these projects and the programs that fund them can be found at in the June 2019 Board Meeting materials.