FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES NEWSLETTER
July and August 2023
· The GRID Alternatives: Tribal Solar Gap Funding Program (due July 14) supports solar projects of any type that require a tribal cost-share.
· The CA Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) Forest Legacy Grants Program (pre-applications due July 16) protects environmentally important forest land threatened with conversion to non-forest uses through purchase of conservation easements or fee title.
· Bells Brewery Small Grassroots Grants (due July 30) fund water projects, including those which strengthen and protect ecosystem health and biodiversity.
· The US Department of Transportation (DOT) Wildlife Crossings Pilot Program (due August 1) funds both construction and non-construction projects that reduce wildlife vehicle collisions and improve habitat connectivity for terrestrial and aquatic species.
· The National Endowment for the Arts: Our Town Program (due August 3) is a creative placemaking grant program for activities that integrate arts, culture, and design into local efforts that strengthen communities.
· The CA Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) Natural Community Conservation Planning Local Assistance and 30X30 Grant Program (proposals and pre-applications due August 4) provides funding for planning and implementing natural community conservation plans (NCCPs) and/or habitat conservation plans (HCPs), as well as for land-acquisition projects.
· The National Association of Conservation Districts and Natural Resources Conservation Service: Outreach and Technical Assistance Grants (due August 6) aim to achieve equitable outcomes for producers and communities, while addressing conservation issues on private lands.
· The US Department of Transportation (DOT) Build America Bureau’s Rural and Tribal Assistance Pilot Grant Program (opens August 14, first-come, first-served) provides states, local governments, and tribal governments with grants to support project development leading to future applications to DOT credit or grant programs.
· The Thornton S. Glide Jr., and Katrina D. Glide Foundation Grant (due August 15) provides support for tax-exempt organizations committed to service priorities, including animal protection, land and wildlife conservation, agricultural purposes, and preservation of land in its natural state (including wetlands).
· The Leary Firefighters Foundation: Jeremiah Lucey Grant Program (due August 15) supports paid and volunteer fire departments throughout the country by providing funding for training, equipment, and technology.
· The US DOT Promoting Resilient Operations for Transformative, Efficient, and Cost-Saving Transportation (PROTECT) Program (Part C): Community Resilience and Evacuation Route Grants (due August 18) help plan for and strengthen surface transportation to be more resilient to natural hazards, including climate change, sea level rise, flooding, extreme weather events, and other natural disasters.
· The CA Office of Emergency Services Flood Mitigation Grant Program (Notice of Interest due August 18) helps local communities to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
· The CA Strategic Growth Council Community Resilience Center Grant Program (due September 5, Implementation grant pre-proposals due August 25) provides planning, implementation, and project-development funding for neighborhood-level community resilience centers.
· The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program (ICARP) Regional Resilience Planning and Implementation Grant Program (due August 29) funds regional climate-resilience efforts, including identifying climate-resilience priorities, building capacity, and implementing projects that respond to a region’s greatest climate risks.
· The Campbell Foundation Grant Program (due August 31) protects living resources and their habitats and includes requests for general support, capacity building, and capital campaigns.
· The International Mountain Bicycling Association (IMBA): Trail Accelerator Grants (due August 31) accelerate the pace of mountain bike trail building by jump-starting communities that have the interest and political support to develop trail systems, but need assistance to get projects up and running.
· The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) National Fire Plan: Wildland Urban Interface Community Fire Assistance Grant Program (due September 1) funds implementation of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy and assists communities at risk from catastrophic wildland fires.
· The Yamaha Motor Corporation Guaranteeing Responsible Access to our Nation’s Trails (GRANT) Program (due September 30) provides support to implement projects that will promote safe, responsible, and sustainable use of off-highway vehicles (OHVs), educate the public on proper recreational land use and wildlife conservation practices, and/or protect appropriate and sustainable access to public lands.
· The US Forest Service Wildland Urban Interface Community Fire Assistance Grants Program (rolling, next round will begin in the near future) provides funding for:
-Community programming that supports local risk management and planning, training, mitigation activities, and community and homeowner education and action;
-Planning and implementation of fuels-management reduction activities including associated monitoring or maintenance, on federal and adjacent nonfederal land;
-Enhancement of local and small business employment opportunities for rural communities; and,
-Education and training focused on increasing knowledge and fire protection capability of rural fire districts.
· Vadon Foundation Grants (rolling) support innovative community-based initiatives that sustain healthy thriving Indigenous communities and develop visionary change-makers to foster long-term progress.
· The Community Heart and Soul Seed Grant Program (rolling) helps small cities and towns move toward a brighter, more prosperous future by engaging residents in identifying what they love most about their community, what future they want for it, and how to achieve it.
· The Economic Development Administration (EDA) Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Program: Disaster Supplemental Funding (rolling) supports regions impacted by wildfires, flooding, and other natural disasters during 2021-2022; helping communities devise and implement long-term economic recovery strategies and become resilient to future disasters through construction and non-construction projects.
· The NDN Collective Community Action Fund Grant Program (rolling) supports on-the-ground action to build the collective power of Indigenous peoples, communities, and nations to exercise their inherent right to self-determination, while fostering a world that is built on a foundation of justice and equity for all people and the planet.
· The US DOT Rural and Tribal Assistance Pilot Program (rolling) provides financial, technical, and legal assistance to rural and tribal communities, augmenting organizational capacity to evaluate and develop infrastructure projects eligible for federal funding and financing programs.
· The BoatUS Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water: Grassroots Grants Program (rolling) helps nonprofit organizations implement creative and innovative projects that promote safe and clean boating on local waterways.
· The California Wildlife Conservation Board’s (WCB) Oak Woodlands Conservation Program (rolling) supports projects that conserve and restore California’s oak woodlands.
California Prescribed-Fire Burn Boss Training
The Cal Poly Fuels Management Training Program provides workshops, webinars, and in-person training related to fire and fuels management. You can sign up for Cal Poly’s Fuels Management Training Program Mailing List to get the information on the offerings. An important opportunity coming up is a California Prescribed-Fire Burn Boss Training, which will take place in San Luis Obispo November 6-10, 2023. Applications are open July 1 to August 1.
More Information and Assistance
Consult with the SNC Funding Team to get advice about specific funding opportunities or general funding development strategies. Contact your SNC Area Representative to set up a meeting with the Funding Team.
The Sierra Nevada Conservancy provides the Funding Opportunities Newsletter as a free resource under our Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program.