Other Funding Opportunities

A new request form is available to small, disadvantaged communities in need of technical assistance to develop projects for Proposition 1 funding programs. The Office of Sustainable Water Solutions is offering the assistance. Potential types of help to be made available include legal, project coordination, and environmental analysis. http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/proposition1/docs/prop1_ta_fact_sheet.pdf

DWR Save Our Water Rebates. Turf replacement and toilet rebates are available for individual homeowners through the Department of Water Resources. http://www.saveourwaterrebates.com/

LandSmart Carbon Farm Plan applications are available through the Gold Ridge RCD for agricultural enterprises in the RCD’s jurisdiction. The RCD and its LandSmart® partners are developing carbon farm plans as an integral component of the comprehensive conservation plans developed through the LandSmart® program. Carbon farm plans identify practices that allow agricultural operations to increase carbon sequestration and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These practices provide multiple benefits for climate change resiliency, by reducing atmospheric CO2 levels while improving soil health, water holding capacity, and crop and forage production. Carbon farming practices may also promote water conservation and reduce irrigation needs, which in turn may reduce stream withdrawals and enhance water quality and instream habitat. Finally, practices such as hedgerows and windbreaks work to both sequester CO2 while enhancing on-farm wildlife and pollinator habitat. Applications are taken on a continuous basis. http://goldridgercd.org/htm/carbon-farm-planning.htm

Funding for Small Scale Water Storage Projects through the Coho Partnership Program: Dutch Bill and Green Valley Creek Watersheds in Sonoma County. Gold Ridge RCD, in collaboration with the Coho Partnership, is seeking eligible landowners for participation in a voluntary water storage program in Green Valley and Dutch Bill Creek Watersheds. Residents living in the upper reaches of these creeks who get water directly from the creek or shallow, near-stream wells may be eligible for funds to design and construct water storage systems with the RCD. Storage systems include rainwater catchment, off-channel storage in tanks or ponds, and water use efficiency projects. http://www.goldridgercd.org/htm/alternative-water-source-and-storage.htm

Groundwater Sustainability Plans and Projects.  The Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant Program is designed to provide funding for projects that develop and implement groundwater plans and projects consistent with sustainable groundwater planning. http://water.ca.gov/irwm/grants/sgwp/sgwp_docs/2017_SGWP_Grant_PSP_09132017.pdf

2017 Transformative Climate Communities Program. The Strategic Growth Council is accepting applications for projects that reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through the development and implementation of neighborhood-level transformative climate community plans that include multiple, coordinated GHG emissions reduction projects that provide local economic, environmental, and health benefits to disadvantaged communities. Concept proposals for implementation grants must be submitted by 5PM on October 18.Planning grant applications must be submitted by 5 PM on 11/30. http://sgc.ca.gov/Grant-Programs/Transformative-Climate-Communities-Program.html

US Standard North American Wetlands Conservation Act Grant.  The U.S. Standard Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds. US Small Grants due October 19. https://www.fws.gov/birds/grants/north-american-wetland-conservation-act/standard-grants/united-states.php

Coastal Conservancy Proposition 1 Grant Solicitation. Priority project types include: water sustainability improvements, anadromous fish habitat enhancement, wetland restoration and urban greening.. Applications due October 31. http://scc.ca.gov/grants/proposition-1-grants/

Marine Debris Removal. The NOAA Marine Debris Program, authorized in the Marine Debris Research, Prevention, and Reduction Act, codified at 33 U.S.C. 1951-1958, supports the development and implementation of locally-driven, marine debris prevention, assessment, and removal projects that benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and NOAA trust resources. Projects awarded through this grant competition will create long-term, quantifiable ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources through on-the-ground marine debris removal activities, with priority for those targeting derelict fishing gear and other medium- and large-scale debris. Projects should also foster awareness of the effects of marine debris to further the conservation of living marine resource habitats, and contribute to the understanding of marine debris composition, distribution and impacts. Due November 1. https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=296757

National Endowment for the Humanities Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections. The Sustaining Cultural Heritage Collections (SCHC) program helps cultural institutions meet the complex challenge of preserving large and diverse holdings of humanities materials for future generations by supporting sustainable conservation measures that mitigate deterioration, prolong the useful life of collections, and support institutional resilience. As museums, libraries, archives, and other collecting institutions strive to be effective stewards of humanities collections, they must find ways to implement preventive conservation measures that are sustainable. This program helps cultural repositories plan and implement preservation strategies that pragmatically balance effectiveness, cost, and environmental impact. Sustainable approaches to preservation can contribute to an institution’s financial health, reduce its use of fossil fuels, and benefit its green initiatives, while ensuring that collections are well cared for and available for use in humanities programming, education, and research. Due December 5, 2017. https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=297837

Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act. The NMBCA program provides matching grants to Neotropical migratory bird conservation projects throughout the Western Hemisphere, with at least 75 percent of funding going to projects outside the United States. The competitive grants require that grant requests be matched by partner contributions at no less than a 3-to-1 ratio. The purpose of the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act is to provide financial support and foster international cooperation for initiatives that will perpetuate healthy bird populations. Due November 7. https://www.fws.gov/birds/grants/neotropical-migratory-bird-conservation-act.php

Transformative Climate Communities Program. This program funds projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions through development and implementation of neighborhood-level transformative climate community plans that include multiple, coordinated GHG emissions reduction projects that provide local economic, environmental, and health benefits to disadvantaged communities. Due November 30. http://sgc.ca.gov/Grant-Programs/Transformative-Climate-Communities-Program.html

USDA Farm to School Grant. TheFarm to School Program assists eligible entities, through grants and technical assistance, in implementing farm to school programs that improve access to local foods in eligible schools. USDA anticipates awarding approximately $5 million in grant funding to support efforts that improve access to local foods in schools via: (i) Training; (ii) Supporting operations; (iii) Planning; (iv) Purchasing equipment; (v) Developing school gardens; (vi) Developing partnerships; and, (vii) Implementing farm to school programs. Applicants may apply for a planning grant, implementation grant, or training grant. Due December 8https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=297858

Department of Treasury RESTORE Act Direct Component. FWS announced funding to provide direct technical assistance and financial assistance to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Projects should specify benefits for species and habitats considering the expected effects of climate change. FWS will favor conservation activities and projects that incorporate ecosystem adaptation and help coastal ecosystems and communities adapt to the effects of sea level rise and greenhouse gases. Due December 11. https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=289863

Assistance to High Energy Cost Communities. The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the availability of up to $10 million in competitive grants to assist communities with extremely high energy costs. The grant funds may be used to acquire, construct, or improve energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities serving communities where the average annual residential expenditure for home energy exceeds 275% of the national average. Eligible projects also include on-grid and off-grid renewable energy projects and the implementation of energy efficiency and energy conservation projects for eligible communities. Projects cannot be for the primary benefit of a single household or business. Grant funds may not be used for the preparation of the grant application, payment of utility bills, fuel purchases, routine maintenance or other routine operating costs, or for the purchase of any equipment, structures, or real estate not directly associated with the provision of community energy services. Due December 11. https://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/high-energy-cost-grants

Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program. The Strategic Growth Council's Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program provides grants and affordable housing loans for compact transit-oriented development and related infrastructure and programs that reduce greenhouse gas ("GHG") emissions. These projects increase the accessibility of housing, employment centers, and key destinations via low-carbon transportation options (walking, biking, transit) resulting in fewer vehicle miles traveled (VMT) and mode shift. Applications accepted on FAAST through 1/16/2018. http://sgc.ca.gov/Grant-Programs/AHSC-Program.html

EPA Clean Diesel Tribal Grants. EPA’s Office of Transportation and Air Quality is seeking proposals for tribal projects that achieve significant reductions in diesel emissions and diesel emissions exposure, particularly from fleets in areas designated as having poor air quality. Priority for funding may be given to projects that result in outcomes that benefit affected communities, those that engage affected communities with respect to the design and performance of the project, and those that can demonstrate the ability to promote and continue efforts to reduce emissions after the project has ended. Grant funds may be used for clean diesel projects that use:

  • Verified Exhaust Control Technologies
  • Verified Engine Upgrades and Certified Remanufacture Systems
  • Verified/Certified Cleaner Fuel Use
  • Verified Idle Reduction Technologies:
  • Verified Aerodynamic Technologies and Low Rolling Resistance Tires
  • Certified Engine Replacement
  • Certified Vehicle/Equipment Replacement
  • Certified Clean Alternative Fuel Conversion

Applications due: January 18, 2018. https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=297865

Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program. The Healthy Watersheds Consortium GrantProgram goal is to accelerate strategic protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds. This goal will be achieved by:

  • Developing funding mechanisms, plans, or other strategies to implement large-scale watershed protection, source water protection, green infrastructure, or related landscape conservation objectives;  
  • Building the sustainable organizational infrastructure, social support, and long-term funding commitments necessary to implement large-scale protection of healthy watersheds; and 
  • Supporting innovative or catalytic projects that may accelerate funding for or implementation of watershed protection efforts, or broadly advance this field of practice.

Applications due February 1, 2018. http://www.usendowment.org/healthywatersheds.html

Drinking Water for Schools Grant Program. To be eligible for funding, applicants must provide documentation of impaired drinking water quality, impaired access to drinking water, or a combination of both. Water quality impairments are documented violations of drinking water standards with the potential to directly impact human health. The inability to provide access to free, fresh drinking water during meal times in the food service areas, or having drinking water facilities that are not in “good repair” are examples of impaired access. Funds for eligible projects must be encumbered by June 30, 2019. http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/schools/

ONGOING ASSISTANCE

No-cost Technical Assistance for Tribal Governments from DOE. The DOE Office of Indian Energy provides federally recognized Indian tribes, including Alaska Native villages, tribal energy resource development organizations, and other organized tribal groups and communities, with technical assistance to advance tribal energy projects at no cost. Technical experts from DOE and its national laboratories, along with other partnering organizations, provide support to assist Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages with energy planning, housing and building energy efficiency, project development, policy and regulation, resilience, and village power. https://energy.gov/indianenergy/technical-assistance/request-technical-assistance

The State Water Board, Division of Financial Assistance (DFA), has launched a  “Funding Finder” to assist you in finding the most appropriate funding source for your water quality project. After answering a few simple questions about your project, the “Funding Finder” will provide you with DFA’s currently available funding source(s).  http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/applications/index.shtml

Ecosystem Restoration on Agricultural Lands. The Wildlife Conservation Board's agricultural program is formally known as the Ecosystem Restoration on Agricultural Lands (ERAL) program. The intent of the funding is to assist landowners in developing wildlife friendly practices on their properties that can be sustained and co-exist with agricultural operations. In California, a large number of wildlife species are dependent on privately owned agricultural lands for habitat. Agricultural lands can provide significant habitat and connectivity with protected wildlife areas. In many cases agricultural landowners are willing to integrate wildlife habitat benefits into the management and operations of their properties, but lack the capital and/or expertise to implement these practices. Applications accepted on a continuous basis. https://www.wcb.ca.gov/Programs/Agricultural-Lands

Proposition 1 Funding is available for Drinking water through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program and Wastewater Funding is being administered through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program.  Applications are continuously accepted online

Clean Water State Revolving Fund’s Loan Forgiveness for Green Projects.  Effective with the Clean Water State Revolving Fund’s (CWSRF) 2015 Capitalization Grant from U.S. EPA, the State Water Resources Control Board will provide CWSRF loan (principal) forgiveness to projects that address water or energy efficiency, mitigate storm water runoff, or encourage sustainable project planning, design, and construction.  The State Water Board has approximately $30 million available in loan forgiveness from the 2015 Capitalization Grant.

Eligible Projects 

Any CWSRF eligible project that is consistent with the Green Project Reserve:  Guidance for Determining Project Eligibility (see page 50 of 94) or the attached excerpt from the Guidance.  Green Project Reserve (GPR) measures eligible for loan forgiveness can be stand-alone projects or included as part of a larger CWSRF project.                   

Loan Forgiveness Limits 

Fifty (50) percent of actual eligible costs, up to a maximum of $2.5 million, for all measures consistent with the GPR Guidance document

Applications continuously accepted.  http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/srf/

Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants. This program helps eligible communities prepare for, or recover from, an emergency that threatens the availability of safe, reliable drinking water for households and businesses. Areas that may be served include: Rural areas and towns with 10,000 or fewer people--check eligible addresses, Tribal Lands in rural areas. The area to be served must also have a median household income less-than the state's median household income for non-metropolitan areas--contact your local RD office for details. Funds may be used for:

  • Water transmission line grants up to $150,000 are for construction of waterline extensions, repairs to breaks or leaks in existing water distribution lines, and related maintenance necessary to replenish water supply
  • Water Source grants up to $500,000 are for construction of a new water source, intake and/or treatment facility

Partnerships with other federal, state, local, private and NGOs are encouraged.  Applications for this program are accepted through your local Rural Development Office year-roundhttp://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/emergency-community-water-assistance-grants

Groundwater Quality Funding Programs. Recent legislative changes created two groundwater quality funding (GWQF) programs to be implemented by the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board). These are:

The State Water Board will accept applications for projects to be funded by either GWQF program. The GWQF Pre-Application is the first step in the process to apply for projects requesting funds from Proposition 1 Groundwater Sustainability or the Site Cleanup Subaccount. The requested information is needed in order to review proposed projects based on the current requirements in law.

The State Water Board will determine which program, if any, is the most appropriate for each project; therefore, applicants do not need to designate a program preference. The GWQF Pre-Application must be submitted electronically using the Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST). FAAST will automatically pre-load information from the GWQF Pre-Application into the Final Application; therefore, applicants will only need to enter information not provided in the GWQF Pre-Application. Final Applications are not yet available.  Pre Application is currently accepting applications/surveys from 8/3/2015 12:00:00 PM through 8/3/2020 5:00:00 PM via the Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST).

Sonoma County Water Agency offers water-efficiency rebates for private well users Private well owners in the Russian River Watershed can now get rebates for toilet and turf replacement. http://www.scwa.ca.gov/drought/

California Water Boards has released a Notice of Funding Availability for Interim Emergency Drinking Water. Public Agencies, Not-for-Profit Water Districts, Not-for-Profit Organizations, and Tribal Governments can apply for interim replacement drinking water for economically disadvantaged communities with contaminated water supplies. http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/caa/dw_droughtfund/index.shtml

Planning and Local Technical Assistance Programs. Under the Planning and Local Technical Assistance programs grants, the Economic Development Administration assists recipients in creating regional economic development plans designed to stimulate and guide the economic development efforts of a community or region. As part of this program, EDA supports Partnership Planning investments to facilitate the development, implementation, revision or replacement of Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies which articulate and prioritize the strategic economic goals of recipients’ respective regions. Applications are accepted on a continuing basis and processed as received. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=189193

The California Fisheries Fund offers three types of loans: fishing association loans, infrastructure loans, and business loans. http://www.californiafisheriesfund.org/loan.html

The California Energy Commission has announced the availability of funds for low-interest loans for energy efficiency and energy generation projects. Low interest rates of 3 percent can help local jurisdictions invest in energy efficiency, save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create new jobs and industries for your community. http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/financing/index.html

The California Wildlife Conservation Board continues to provide funding for wetland, riparian, oak woodland, and other fish and wildlife habitat improvement projects and land acquisition from Propositions 40, 50, and 117. The WCB’s Riparian, Inland Wetlands, and Oak Woodlands programs continue and are continuously open for proposal submission. https://www.wcb.ca.gov/Programs

The USDA Rural Development Electric Program provides direct loans and loan guarantees to upgrade, expand, maintain, and replace America’s vast rural electric infrastructure including the construction of electric distribution, transmission and generation facilities, and on- and off-grid renewable energy systems. Applications accepted on a continuous basis. http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UEP_HomePage.html

The SWRCB Agricultural Drainage Loan Program and Agricultural Drainage Management Loan Program is currently accepting applications. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.
http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/agdrain/agdrain_loan.shtml

The USDA provides loans and grants to develop water and waste disposal systems in rural areas and towns with a population not in excess of 10,000. The funds are available to public bodies, non-profit corporations and Indian tribes. Applications are accepted at any time through the Rural Development State and Area Offices. http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UWP-dispdirectloansgrants.htm. To locate an office near you go to http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/recd_map.html

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program provides cost-share funding and technical assistance to private land owners and their local partners. Assistance is given to restore streams, wetlands and other native habitat on private property. The program operates on a voluntary basis. The landowners agree to maintain the restoration for at least ten years. Otherwise, they keep full control of their lands. Maximum funding request is $25,000 per project with a minimum 1:1 non-federal match (monetary and/or in-kind match). Partnerships with other funding agencies are encouraged. Contact Kate Symonds, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program for SF Bay, (tel) 707-578-8515, (cell) 707-480-2675, or at kate_symonds@fws.gov . http://www.fws.gov/sacramento/CP/Partnerships/cp_partners-for-fws.htm

The State Water Resources Control Board -1% Loans. The mission of the Water Recycling Funding Program (WRFP) is to promote the beneficial use of treated municipal wastewater (water recycling) in order to augment fresh water supplies in California by providing technical and financial assistance to agencies and other stakeholders in support of water recycling projects and research.  http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/water_recycling/index.shtml

Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants. These small grants average approximately $8000 with priority given to applicants that: protect Earth's beauty and bounty; create a robust, healthy food system; increase opportunities for outdoor activity; reduce environmental health hazards; and/or build stronger communities. Grant cycles are quarterly, generally around the 15th of the month. http://clifbarfamilyfoundation.org/Grants-Programs

Pacific Seabird Group Craig S. Harrison Conservation Fund. The objective of the Conservation Fund is to advance the conservation of seabirds by providing funds or supplies to individuals from developing countries as well as those from elsewhere working in those developing countries primarily in or bordering the Pacific Ocean, (1) for conservation and restoration activities that benefit seabirds in the Pacific Ocean; and (2) to help develop within-country seabird expertise in developing countries within or bordering the Pacific Ocean. http://www.pacificseabirdgroup.org/index.php?f=grants&t=Grant%20Program&s=1