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

Water Storage Investment Program. In November 2014, California voters approved Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014. Chapter 8 of Proposition 1 provides $2.7 billion for public benefits associated with water storage projects that improve the operation of the state water system, are cost effective, and provide a net improvement in ecosystem and water quality conditions, in accordance with provisions contained in Chapter 8 (Water Code section 79750 (b)). The California Water Commission (Commission), through the Water Storage Investment Program (Program) competitive public process, will award and distribute this funding.  Application due August 14. https://cwc.ca.gov/Documents/2017/WSIP/WSIP_Application_Instructions_Final.pdf

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

FWS Tribal Wildlife Grants Program. FWS announced funding to provide assistance to tribal governments in programs that benefit wildlife and habitat of tribal cultural or traditional importance, including species that are not hunted or fished. Activities may include, but are not limited to, planning for wildlife and habitat conservation, fish and wildlife conservation and management actions, fish and wildlife related laboratory and field research, natural history studies, habitat mapping, field surveys and population monitoring, habitat preservation, conservation easements, and public education that is relevant to the project. The funds may be used for salaries, equipment, consultant services, subcontracts, acquisitions and travel Due September 1. https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=293813

DWR Water Desalination Grant Program. This program will make funding available to a variety of projects related to desalination. Grant due September 1. http://www.water.ca.gov/desalination/2017Cycle4.cfm

NOAA Climate Program Office. NOAA announced funding for climate research programs. Eligible programs can include research to improve observations and monitoring of the climate system, advance understanding of the climate, improvements in modeling and prediction, community engagement related to climate change, and research on interactions between climate and society. Applicants are encouraged to support the principles of diversity and inclusion when writing their proposals and performing their work. Due September 1. https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=293866

National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center Program. DOI announced funding to ensure that the National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center is responsive to the research and management needs of federal and state agencies to provide science and technical support regarding the impacts of climate change in fish, wildlife, plants and ecological processes. National coordination of research and modeling at regional centers will ensure uniformity of downscaling and forecasting models and standardized information to support management of fish and wildlife resources and regional partnership collaborations. The Climate Science Centers will provide access to the expertise at cooperating universities and supports the mission of the Climate Science Center Program. Due September 7. https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=294773

FWS 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

Rose Foundation 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. 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. https://rosefdn.org/grassrootsfund. To be eligible for a grassroots grant, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Geographic Scope: Project impact must be in Northern California (Includes the entire Sierra Nevada Mountains, Bay Area, Central Valley, Central Coast, and North Coast)
  • Organization Size: Annual income or expenses of $100,000 or less (for exceptions, see application)
  • Issues Supported: Include, but are not limited to: Environmental health and justice, land management and urban sprawl, habitat and wilderness protection, sustainable forestry, water resources, agriculture, sustainability, and pollution.
  • Strategies Supported: General support for organizations with an environmental mission, or project support for strategies such as community-based advocacy, technical assistance, litigation, restoration projects, organizing expenses, grassroots campaigns, and environmental education.
  • Tax Status: Applicants may be a nonprofit, be fiscally sponsored by another nonprofit, or ask for fiscal sponsorship from the fund.
  • Frequency of Applying: Organizations whose proposals are rejected may re-apply after one year. Organizations that are funded may re-apply after one year if their evaluation form has been submitted and accepted.
  • Duration of Support: Most grants are for a one year period. Since a goal of the Grassroots Fund is to support the development and creation of small, new nonprofit groups, after three years of funding, groups need to wait two years before reapplying.

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

ONGOING 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.

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