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
NOAA DARRP Restoration Implementation Grants. NOAA restores marine and coastal natural resources damaged by hazardous waste, oil spills, and other physical impacts. Through this funding opportunity, NOAA seeks to collaborate with non-federal partners to accomplish common restoration goals related to these damages. Applicants selected through this federal funding opportunity will be capable of implementing restoration activities across a wide geographic scale. Recipients, in collaboration with NOAA and trustee councils, will select, implement, and oversee activities identified in natural resource damage assessment and restoration plans, or develop or solicit projects to meet restoration goals. Project implementation may include direct implementation by the recipient, or through contracts or sub-awards. Applicants with technical capabilities related to particular geographic areas, long-term ecological monitoring or site maintenance, or specific natural resources (i.e. fish, marine mammals, birds, corals) are encouraged to highlight those skills. Due March 6. http://www.habitat.noaa.gov/funding/darrp.html
Improving the Capability of Indian Tribal Governments to Regulate Environmental Quality. The Environmental program provides funding for projects that support the development, enforcement, and monitoring of tribal environmental quality and regulatory programs. The purpose of the Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (ERE) program is to provide funding for the costs of planning, developing, and implementing programs designed to improve the capability of tribal governing bodies to regulate environmental quality pursuant to federal and tribal environmental laws. The ERE program supports the principle that projects must follow tribal cultural preservation and natural resource management priorities in order to achieve environmentally healthy, sustainable Native American and Alaska Native communities. Application due March 10, 2017. http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=288552
CDFW Fisheries Restoration Grant Program. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) through the Fisheries Restoration Gran t Program (FRGP) is soliciting proposals for projects that restore, enhance, or protect anadromous salmonid habitat in anadromous watersheds of California or projects that lead to restoration, enhancement, or protection of anadromous salmonid habitat. The re are four focuses under which funds can be awarded: Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP), Steelhead Report and Restoration Card Program (SHRRC), Forest Land Anadromous Restoration (FLAR), and Commercial Salmon Stamp Program (CSS). Due March 15. http://www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/Administration/Grants/FRGP/Solicitation.asp
FTA Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program. FTA announced funding to support planning, capital, and, in limited circumstances, operating assistance for tribal public transit services. Public transportation under the project is defined by regular, continuing shared-ride surface transportation services open to the public, and projects exclusive to an urbanized area are not eligible. FTA will award grants to eligible tribes located in rural areas. Due March 20. https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-01-19/pdf/2017-01171.pdf
Wells Fargo and NFWF, Resilient Communities Program. The specific funding priorities for this program include:
Pre-proposal deadline March 30. http://www.nfwf.org/ResilientCommunities/Pages/home.aspx
USDA Rural Energy for America Program for Federal Fiscal Year 2017. USDA is making available funding to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses reduce energy costs and consumption through energy efficiency and renewable energy. Renewable Energy Systems and Energy Efficiency Improvements Assistance provides grants and loans for energy efficiency and renewable energy systems. Applications due March 31. https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-18/pdf/2016-25163.pdf
CDFW Fisheries Restoration Grant Program. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) through the Fisheries Restoration Gran t Program (FRGP) is soliciting proposals for projects that restore, enhance, or protect anadromous salmonid habitat in anadromous watersheds of California or projects that lead to restoration, enhancement, or protection of anadromous salmonid habitat. The re are four focuses under which funds can be awarded: Fisheries Restoration Grant Program (FRGP), Steelhead Report and Restoration Card Program (SHRRC), Forest Land Anadromous Restoration (FLAR), and Commercial Salmon Stamp Program (CSS). Due April 3. http://www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/Administration/Grants/FRGP/Solicitation.asp
Corporation for National and Community Service 2017 RSBP Expansion Notice of Funding Opportunity. T he Senior Corps RSVP Expansion Competition will award grants to eligible organizations proposing to engage RSVP volunteers age 55 and older in a diverse range of volunteer activities. Through this expansion competition, CNCS focuses on increasing the impact of national service in certain counties across the country. Please note that this competition is limited to only those counties across the country that are currently not being served. A complete list of all such counties is set forth by state in Appendix A. Applicants may apply for one or more counties. The minimum amount per grant is $75,000. In addition to serving one or more counties, Senior Corps' funding priorities for the competition will be the following: Evidence-based program implementations, Elder Justice, Education - Intergenerational Programming, Access to Care in Opioid Abuse, Aging in PLace - Transportation, and Economic Opportunity. North Coast counties listed in Appendix A are: Modoc, Sonoma, and Trinity. Due April 4. https://www.nationalservice.gov/build-your-capacity/grants/funding-opportunities/2017/2017-rsvp-expansion-competition
US EPA Wetland Program Development Grant. Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) assist state, tribal, local government (S/T/LG) agencies and interstate/intertribal entities in developing or refining state/tribal/local programs which protect, manage, and restore wetlands. The primary focus of these grants is to develop/refine state and tribal wetland programs. A secondary focus is to develop/refine local (e.g. county or municipal) programs. Due April 10. https://www.epa.gov/wetlands/region-9-wetland-program-development-grant-request-proposals
US Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART Water Marketing Strategy Funding Opportunity. The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking applications for a new WaterSMART water marketing strategy funding opportunity. Reclamation is inviting states, Indian Tribes, irrigation districts, water districts and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to cost-share with Reclamation and develop a water marketing strategy to help prevent water-related conflicts and contribute to water sustainability. Due April 19. https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=291812
USDA Regional Conservation Partnership Program. Through the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), NRCS seeks to co-invest with partners in innovative, workable and cost-effective approaches to benefit farming, ranching, and forest operations, local economies, and the communities and resources in a watershed or other geographic area. RCPP partners develop project applications, as described in this notice, to address specific natural resource objectives in a proposed area or region. Partnering organizations design, promote, implement, and evaluate the project outcomes. NRCS will select final RCPP projects following a two-phase application process that includes: (1) a pre-proposal application; and (2) a full proposal application. NRCS will assess and evaluate RCPP project applications against four criteria—solutions, contributions, innovation, and participation. The full proposal process is only open to applicants whose pre-proposal applications are selected by the agency to go forward from the pre-proposal stage. All RCPP applications become the property of NRCS for use in the administration of the program and will not be returned to the applicant. RCPP federal assistance is delivered in accordance with the authorities of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), and Healthy Forests Reserve Program (HFRP), and in certain geographic areas, the Watershed Protection and Flood Prevention program. NRCS and partners implement RCPP projects by working with agricultural producers and owners of agricultural and forest land. The purpose of this notice is to announce the availability of CCC funding for RCPP and to solicit applications from potential partners. Subject to fiscal year (FY) 2018 appropriations, NRCS anticipates the availability of up to $252.6 million in funding for RCPP. RCPP is not a grant program. Through RCPP, NRCS works with partners to provide a combination of financial and technical assistance to help producers implement conservation practices. Due April 21. http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=291192
California Department of Water Resources Agricultural Water Use Efficiency & State Water Efficiency and Enhancement Program. The grant funding provided in this joint program is intended to address multiple goals including: 1) water use efficiency, conservation and reduction, 2) greenhouse gas emission reductions, 3) groundwater protection, and 4) sustainability of agricultural operations and food production. It is also anticipated that there will be benefits to water and air quality, groundwater security, surface water conservation, and improved nutrient management and crop health through this program. Excellent proposals will demonstrate the specific regional needs and benefits of their proposals. Projects that enhance and upgrade the supplier’s water conveyance, delivery and water measurement system to allow on-demand and flexible farm-gate deliveries, reduce spills and losses, increase the efficiency, and improve water management. A water supplier’s proposed project must generate State benefits to be eligible for grant funding. Benefits to the State include: water savings; increased in-stream flow or improved flow timing; improved water quality; increased energy conservation; reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions; and increased local water supply reliability. The project must be located within California. On-farm agricultural operations must achieve both GHG emission reductions and water savings to be eligible for funding. In addition, projects must: (i) use the associated improvements made to the surface water conveyance system proposed by the associated agricultural water supplier as part of the joint application, and (ii) eliminate on-farm groundwater pumping. Application due April 21. http://www.water.ca.gov/wuegrants/AgWUEPilot.cfm
California State Coastal Conservancy Explore the Coast. The Coastal Conservancy announces the availability of grants that facilitate and enhance the public's opportunities to "Explore the Coast." The purpose of this grant program is to support activities that allow more people to explore California's spectacular coast, improve the visitor experience or help the public to learn about natural, recreational, cultural and historic resources of the coast. Approximately $500,000 will be awarded in this grant round. There is no established minimum grant amount; the anticipated maximum grant amount is $50,000. Applications due April 28. http://scc.ca.gov/grants/explore-the-coast-grants/
Patagonia Environmental Grants. Patagonia funds only environmental work and is most interested in providing grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. They believe true change will occur only through a strong grassroots movement and focus on organizations that build a strong base of citizen support. Application deadlines are on April 30 and August 31 annually. Funding amounts of $2,500 – 15,000. http://www.patagonia.com/environmental-grants.html
Rose Foundation Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund. T he 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. The Grassroots Fund is a pooled re-granting fund supported by about 20 funding partners. In addition to being one of the funding partners, Rose Foundation serves as the Grassroots Fund’s host and trustee. Guided by a board of community activists and veteran funders, the Fund’s mission is to bridge a significant gap between grassroots environmental groups and the traditional funding patterns of organized philanthropy by awarding small grants ($5,000 or less) to small organizations that are underserved by most foundations’ funding strategies.
The Grassroots Fund has an application deadline every 3 months. Applications must be submitted by 5pm on the deadline date of: February 1st, May 1st, August 1st, November 1st. If the deadline falls on a Saturday, Sunday or official holiday, then submissions are due at 5pm on the next business day. Applications may be submitted at anytime. If they are submitted after the deadline, they will automatically be rolled over to the next grant round.
To be eligible for a grassroots grant, the applicant must meet the following criteria:
USDA Forest Service 2018 Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Cost Share Grant Program. The National Urban and Community Forestry Advisory Council seeks innovative (new, cutting-edge or builds upon existing studies) grant proposals for program development, study, and collaboration that will address strategies in the National Ten Year Urban Forestry Action Plan (2016-2026). Applications due May 24, notation under closing date for applications states: “Changed Post Date Due to Dept. Administration Hold on all grant RFP Announcements. This RFP status is pending.” https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=291515
USFWS National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program. The National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program annually provides grants of up to $1 million to coastal and Great Lakes states, as well as U.S. territories to protect, restore and enhance coastal wetland ecosystems and associated uplands. The grants are funded through the Sport Fish Restoration and Boating Trust Fund, which is supported by excise taxes on fishing equipment and motorboat fuel. Due June 30. http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=national%20coastal%20wetlands%20conservation%20program
Coastal Program. The Coastal Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Coastal Program staff coordinate with project partners, stakeholders and other Service programs to identify geographic focus areas and develop habitat conservation priorities within these focus areas. Geographic focus areas are where the Coastal Program directs resources to conserve habitat for federal trust species. Project work plans are developed strategically, in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from Service field staff. Projects must advance our mission, promote biological diversity, and be based upon sound scientific biological principles. Program strategic plans inform the types of projects funded under this opportunity. Applicants seeking funding under this program should review the program strategic plan and also contact the regional Coastal Program office prior to submitting an application for funding. Authorizing statues include Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956, 16 U.S.C. 742a-c, 747e-742j; and Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1958, 16 U.S.C. 661 667(e).Applications due September 30, 2017. http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=289863
Partners for Fish and Wildlife. The Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to private landowners to restore and conserve fish and wildlife habitat for the benefit of federal trust resources. The PFW Program is delivered through more than 250 full-time staff, active in all 50 States and territories. Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program staff coordinate with project partners, stakeholders and other Service programs to identify geographic focus areas and develop habitat conservation priorities within these focus areas. Geographic focus areas are where the PFW Program directs resources to conserve habitat for federal trust species. Project work plans are developed strategically, in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from Service field staff. Projects must advance our mission, promote biological diversity, and be based upon sound scientific biological principles. Program strategic plans inform the types of projects funded under this opportunity. Applications due September 30, 2017. http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=289882
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.
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:
Partnerships with other federal, state, local, private and NGOs are encouraged. Applications for this program are accepted through your local Rural Development Office year-round. http://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.
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 email@example.com . 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