Spotlight Grants


Economic Development Administration 2018 Disaster Grant

Subject to the availability of funds, this investment assistance will help communities and regions devise and implement long-term economic recovery strategies through a variety of non-construction and construction projects, as appropriate, to address economic challenges in areas where a Presidential declaration of a major disaster was issued under the Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act (42 U.S.C. § 5121 et seq.) (Stafford Act) as a result of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, and of wildfires and other natural disasters occurring in calendar year 2017.

Application accepted on a continuing basis.  


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.

Application accepted on a continuing basis.


SNC Funding Opportunities Newsletter

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 11 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 to get their June-July Funding Opportunities.


NEW - SNC Forest Health Project Grant, Watershed Improvement Program

The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 and the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 allocated funding to the Conservancy for a competitive grant program supporting forest health projects that result in multiple watershed benefits.

Request for Pre-Applications due July 18, 2018.

Pre-Applications due July 25, 2018.

Applications due October 1, 2018


NEW - CDFW Greenhouse Gas Benefit Restoration Projects Grant

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting proposals for wetland restoration projects to provide greenhouse gas benefits under its Wetlands Restoration for Greenhouse Gas Reduction Program. For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-18, $12.75 million is available from the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund for projects. The Proposal Solicitation Notice released today focuses on restoration of coastal tidal wetlands, Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta wetlands, and mountain meadows, to provide greenhouse gas benefits and other co-benefits.

Applications due July 31, 2018.


DOI WaterSMART Grants: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants

Through Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects, Reclamation provides assistance to states, tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other entities with water or power delivery authority to undertake specific small-scale water efficiency projects that have been prioritized through planning efforts led by the applicant. This Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects FOA supports specific small-scale water efficiency projects that have been prioritized through planning efforts led by the applicant. These projects conserve and use water more efficiently; mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; and accomplish other benefits that contribute to water supply reliability in the western United States.

Applications due July 31, 2018.


Partners for Places Grant Solicitation

In partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network, the Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN) is pleased to announce the opening of Round 13 of the Partners for Places matching grant program, which improves U.S. and Canadian communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability leaders and place-based foundations.

Applications due July 31, 2018.


Active Transportation Program Grant

The California Transportation Commission just released its Cycle 4 Call for Projects for the 2019 Active Transportation Program grant, which was created to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation. Grant applications of up to $5 million will be accepted until July 31. In the meantime, be sure to check out their flash training resource for application assistance.

Applications due July 31, 2018.


Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program

The Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALC Program), a component of the Strategic Growth Council's (Council's) Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program, supports the State's greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction goals by making strategic investments to protect agricultural lands from conversion to more GHGintensive uses. Protecting critical agricultural lands from conversion to urban or rural residential development promotes smart growth within existing jurisdictions, ensures open space remains available, and supports a healthy agricultural economy and resulting food security. A healthy and resilient agricultural sector is becoming increasingly important in meeting the challenges occurring and anticipated as a result of climate change.

Applications due August 1, 2018.


SNC Newsletter - The Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment: Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund

The Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund supports small grassroots groups throughout greater northern California that are tackling tough environmental problems including toxic pollution, urban sprawl, sustainable agriculture, climate change, environmental degradation of our rivers and wild places, as well as, of our communities and our health. 

Applications due August 1, 2018.


CAL FIRE Fire Prevention Grant Program

California Fire Safe Council (CFSC) will be re-opening its $5.45 million grant competition for 2018 Fire Prevention Grants Program for funding for fire prevention education, planning  and hazardous fuels reduction projects. The 30 day extension will encourage applicants to utilize CAL FIRE's 2018 California Climate Investments (CCI ) Fire Prevention grants to meet the match requirement, however all eligible organizations are encouraged to apply. Applications submitted during the first round may be revised or left as-is. For more details, download the Frequently Asked Questions(FAQ) or Grant Program Quick Reference Guide.

Application re-opened from August 1-30, 2018.


NEW - CHEJ Small Grants Program

Grassroots communities of color, low wealth, rural and urban groups are encouraged to apply. This grant program will support projects that help groups move toward their goals by building leadership, increasing capacity and/or providing training and education. A priority of CHEJ's Small Grants Program is to help grassroots community groups to build their capacity. The program is designed to especially reach people from low wealth communities and communities of color who are impacted by environmental harm

Applications due August 3, 2018.


Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program

The purpose of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program is to provide grants to acquire and/or develop public lands for outdoor recreation purposes consistent with the purposes of the LWCF, but with the further specific goals of funding projects that: Are located within or serve jurisdictions delineated by the Census Bureau from the 2010 Census as "urbanized areas," that is, areas with a population of 50,000 or more people and consisting of densely settled territory; Are located in or are directly accessible to neighborhoods or communities that are underserved in terms of parks and recreation resources and where there are significant populations of people who are economically disadvantaged.

Applications due September 14, 2018.


National Forest Foundation Travel Scholarships

The National Forest Foundation is pleased to offer an exciting opportunity for recent grant recipients to leverage their conservation impact. Recent NFF grant recipients are eligible to submit an application to receive free roundtrip e-Passes anywhere that Southwest Airlines flies in the continental US and Puerto Rico. Recipients can use e-Passes to travel to workshops, trainings, conferences, or other similar events or activities related to NFF's Mission: Engaging Americans in promoting the health and public enjoyment of our National Forests.

Applications due January 10, 2019


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


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