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.


NEW - SNC Funding Opportunities Newsletter February - March

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.


Caltrans Adaptation Planning Grants - Round 2

Caltrans is making available $40.8 million for transportation planning projects statewide, including $29.5 million in Sustainable Communities Grants, $4.3 million in Strategic Partnership Grants, and $7 million for adaptation planning grants to reduce climate impacts on the transportation system. Visit the Caltrans site to find the 2018-19 Grant Application Guides, application forms, required templates, and presentations and events. Applications due on February 23, 2018.



Up to $200 million is now available through CAL FIRE's Forest Health grants (including conservation easements through the California Forest Legacy Program) and Fire Prevention grants. Concept Proposals will be due on February 21, 2018 by 3pm. Up to $20 million in grant funds is available through CAL FIRE's Urban and Community Forestry program. Concept Proposals will be due on February 26, 2018 by 3pm. Additionally, CAL FIRE will continue to partner with the California Conservation Corps (CCC) by making $5 million available to the CCC's for Forest Health and Fire Prevention activities. Applications due February 26, 2018.


CalEPA Environmental Justice Small Progrants Program

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) Environmental Justice (EJ) Small Grants Program offers funding opportunities authorized by California Code of Regulations Title 27, Division 1, Chapter 3, Article 1 to assist eligible non-profit community organizations and federally-recognized Tribal governments address environmental justice issues in areas disproportionately affected by environmental pollution and hazards. The EJ Small Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Applications due on February 28th, 2018.


NEW - The Schwemm Family Foundation Grants 

The Foundation support projects that strengthen community ties through the enhancement of natural environments. The funding agency seeks to sustain and protect resilient, local ecosystems and related biodiversity by focusing on proactive conservation, comprehensive restoration, and related educational efforts. Due February 28.


NEW - Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation - Sustainable Forests and Communities

As part of the Initiative's mission to promote environmental sustainability and financial viability in forest communities, the Foundation is seeking proposals in the area of Forest Ecosystem Services. Many vital public benefits are derived from forests, but their costs and values are either completely ignored or partly under-priced and undervalued in the wider economy and in local forested communities. Thus, we encourage proposals that aim to include forest ecosystem costs and values in market-based pricing in order to improve ecosystem benefits or halt their degradation, thereby leading to greater forest and economic sustainability. Applications due on March 1, 2018.


NOAA Climate and Societal Interactions

The mission of the NOAA Climate and Societal Interactions (CSI) research portfolio is to inform improvements in planning and preparedness in diverse socio-economic regions and sectors throughout the U.S. and abroad via the integration of knowledge and information about extreme weather and climate. Our research advances the nation's understanding of climate-related risks and vulnerabilities across sectors and regions - within and beyond our borders - and the development of tools to foster more informed decision making. These efforts support NOAA's vision to create and sustain enhanced resilience in ecosystems, communities, and economies. Applications due March 5, 2018.


NEW - Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency (AWCE) Grants

The objective of this Bureau of Reclamation FOA is to invite Indian Tribes, irrigation districts, water districts and other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the state of California to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on projects that save water, improve water management, improve energy efficiency, and benefit endangered species. Water conservation and water use efficiency are critical elements of any plan to address these resource issues. Applications due March 6, 2018.


EPA Environmental Education Local Grant Program

EPA will award three to four grants of $50,000 to $100,000 each for locally focused environmental education projects in each of the 10 EPA regions. This grant program supports projects that promote environmental awareness and stewardship and provide people with the skills to take responsible actions to protect the environment. The 2018 program includes support for projects that reflect the intersection of environmental issues with agricultural best practices, conservation, food waste management, and natural disaster preparedness. Applications due March 15, 2018.


NEW 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.


NEW - 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.


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. 1st Deadline: January 23, 2018. 2nd Deadline: June 13, 2018


Seventh Annual Zero Net Energy Design Competition

PG&E and the American Institute of Architects, California Council announced the seventh annual Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy building designs. The competition is open for entries from students and professionals worldwide. Deadline: January 30, 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


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.



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