Spotlight Grants

Forest Resilience Bond

The Forest Resilience Bond is a public-private partnership that enables private capital to finance much-needed forest restoration across the western U.S. Investors provide upfront capital with public and private beneficiaries then make contracted payments based on the water, fire, and other benefits created by the restoration activities.

 

Rural Development Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant

Applications accepted continuously. This program provides grants to assist rural communities that have had a significant decline in quantity or quality of drinking water. Grant may fund waterline extensions from existing systems, construction of new water lines; repairs to existing systems, construction of new wells, reservoirs, transmission lines, treatment plants, and other water sources. Priority is given to areas with less than 5,000 people, low-income areas, and communities facing imminent decline and shortage of water.

 

SNC Funding Opportunities Newsletter April - May 2018

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy looks to the organizations, agencies, and local governments in the region to help achieve its vision for the future - that the magnificent Sierra Nevada Region enjoys outstanding environmental, economic and social health with vibrant communities and landscapes sustained for future generations. Their monthly funding opportunity newsletter features eleven opportunities for restoration, outdoor recreation development, humanities and wood products markets from funding agencies like US Forest Service, National Forest Foundation, CAL FIRE and many more. Sign up for their newsletter here.

 

Potential 2017 Grants for Tree Mortality Efforts by CALFIRE

An eight page list of grants compiled by CALFIRE detailing potential grants offered by numerous organizations to aid in tree mortality efforts. While this is a packet designed for the 2017 year, a 2018 packet should be expected as well as providing information on opportunities which could be reinstated in 2018.

 

Northern California Forests and Watersheds 2018 Request for Proposals

Funding requests are being accepted for projects that help restore lands and watersheds damaged by recent California wildfires. The funding opportunity covers damage done by two wildfires, the Storrie Fire in Lassen National Forest, and the Power Fire in El Dorado National forest. $3.4 million is available. The proposal deadline is Thursday, March 22, 2018.

 

Low Carbon Transit Operations Program Allocation Requests

The Low Carbon Transit Operations Program (LCTOP) encourages transit agencies aiming to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and improve mobility to apply for funding. LCTOP will also be holding workshops across the state to assist with the application process. Allocation requests will be accepted until March 30, 2018.

 

NEW - Fund Your Environmental Start-Up with Elemental Excelerator

Every year, Elemental Excelerator (EEx) funds 12-15 companies with innovative solutions in energy, water, mobility, agriculture, and equity up to $1 million to deploy their technologies with customers. So far this year, EEx has 214 applicants, 27% of which are based in California. Applications due March 30, 2018.

 

NEW - CDFW Fisheries Habitat Restoration Project Proposals

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting proposals for projects under its Fiscal Year 2018-19 Fisheries Habitat Restoration Proposal Solicitation Notice (PSN). Eligible applicants include public agencies, recognized tribes and qualified nonprofit organizations. Funded projects could include habitat restoration, water conservation, education, monitoring and restoration planning. Applications due March 30, 2018.

 

NEW - Urban Greening Grant Program

The Natural Resources Agency has recently announced that the solicitation for their Urban Greening Grant Program is now open. Funded through Cap-and-Trade revenues, these grants support projects that convert built environments into green spaces that improve air and water quality and provide opportunities for walking, biking and recreation. An "Urban Area" is defined as a geographic area designated or defined as urban by an applicable plan covering the project area, including, but not limited to general plans, specific plans, or community plans. At least 10% of funds will go to low-income communities and 60% to Disadvantaged Communities. Applications due April 11, 2018.

 

NEW - Strategic Growth Council Climate Change Research

This Program is an opportunity to advance the SGC's vision to support healthy, vibrant, and resilient communities. It is designed to leverage SGC's role as an interagency body to focus on cross-cutting research investments that build community resilience, integrate land use and development considerations, and facilitate the transformation of California communities. The Program will demonstrate how the State's investment can build an innovative, outcome-driven partnership between the State and the research community that will directly support achieving California's climate change goals. Proposals due April 13th, 2018.

 

NEW - PG&E Better Together Resilient Communities Program

As part of the 5-year program which began in 2017, each year PG&E will award four individual grants of $100,000 to grant proposals that address local resilience to climate change. In 2018, PG&E is requesting grant proposals that will help communities prepare for increased frequency and severity of extreme heat events. Eligible projects include research, planning or demonstration projects that better prepare communities for a future with more extreme heat events. Applications due May 11, 2018.

 

2018 National Forest Foundation Matching Awards Program

MAP supports the implementation of on-the-ground conservation and restoration projects that have an immediate, quantifiable impact on the National Forest System. These projects provide a lasting impact to the lands, waters, and wildlife of the National Forest System through the alteration of the physical environment. 2nd Deadline: June 13, 2018

 

Agricultural Conservation Easement Program

The USDA's ACEP provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands and wetlands and their related benefits. Under the Agricultural Land Easements component, NRCS helps American Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations protect working agricultural lands and limit non-agricultural uses of the land. Applications are welcomed anytime (with the exception of wetlands reserve easements, as the deadline has passed for this component). Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

 

 

Funding Resources

FUNDING EV CHARGING STATIONS: QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE

The Governor's Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) has created a new guide to help you navigate the funding options for plug-in electric vehicle charging infrastructure. It is designed to both help in the prioritization of facilities and in the process of securing funding for the stations and associated infrastructure costs.

 

FUNDING WIZARD

The California Air Resources Board's Funding Wizard combs the internet weekly for funding opportunities to help support a sustainable future.

 

SIERRA NEVADA CONSERVANCY GRANTS 

CEQA/NEPA FUNDING FOR RESTORATION PROJECTS 

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FUNDING

FUEL REDUCTION ON PUBLIC AND PRIVATE LANDS

GRANTS FOR TRIBES AND TRIBAL ENTITIES

HABITAT PRESERVATION AND RESTORATION FUNDING

LAND ACQUISITION FUNDING

PARKS AND TRAILS FUNDING 

RECREATION AND TOURISM DEVELOPMENT FUNDING

RIPARIAN, WETLAND, AND AQUATIC HABITAT RESTORATION FUNDING