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Applying For A Grant

Applicants will be required to work with a SNC Area Representative to create a project proposal for this grant round.  SNC Area Representatives and their contact information are available on the map on the right side of this page.  If a project proposal is successful, an invitation to submit a full application will be issued.  Project proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis and can be submitted any time after the Grant Guidelines and Grant Application Packet are released, until funds are depleted.

Eligible projects for this grant round include projects that meet Proposition 84 eligibility criteria and SNC mission and program goals.  In addition, projects must either

  • Improve the health of the forest including reducing the risk of large damaging fires and improving forest stand and habitat conditions, or result in the utilization of forest biomass removed as a part of restoration activities, or
  • Contribute to improved water quality and reliability by removing toxins associated with historic abandoned mine lands from waters and waterways and/or preventing them from entering waters and waterways.

Please Note: For purposes of this grant program, projects on private property must demonstrate a public benefit (protection, restoration or improvement of natural resources) occurring beyond the project property boundaries. Examples include, but are not limited to, improvement in water quality or quantity, fish and wildlife habitat, and air quality. Applicants with questions regarding their project and the assessment of “public benefit” should contact SNC staff for more project-specific information.

Eligible Applicants

An eligible applicant for an SNC grant is defined as:

  • A public agency – any city, county, district, or joint powers authority; state agency; public university or federal agency,
  • A qualifying non-profit 501(c)(3) organization –nonprofit organization" means a private, nonprofit organization that qualifies for exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of Title 26 of the United States Code, and whose charitable purposes are consistent with the purposes of the Conservancy.
  • Tribal organizations – includes any Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, or a tribal agency authorized by a tribe, which is recognized as eligible for special programs and services provided by the United States to Indians because of their status as Indians and is identified on pages 52829 to 52835, inclusive, of Number 250 of Volume 53 (December 29, 1989) of the Federal Register, as that list may be updated or amended from time to time.

CEQA Requirements

All projects funded by the SNC must meet the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). All other applicants should consult with SNC staff as soon as possible regarding the appropriate process and documents required.  Please contact the Area Staff in your region for additional information.    For more information on CEQA and its requirements, you may refer to this list of state and federal resources.

Performance Measures Applicable to All SNC Funding Opportunities

Every grant application to the SNC must include project-specific performance measures.  Performance measures are used to track progress toward project goals and desired outcomes.  They provide a means of reliably measuring and reporting the outcomes and effectiveness of a project and how the project outcomes contribute to the SNC’s achieving its larger programmatic goals.

Sample Grant Agreements

The following sample grant agreements and exhibits are provided so that potential grant applicants can preview SNC grant requirements as part of their consideration of application for an SNC grant.




Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Grant Program Contacts

Grants Project Map

To find the contact information for the SNC Representative in your area, please click on the map above.

If you have administrative questions about your grant agreement or managing your grant, please contact one of our Grants Administrators.

Grants Administration
SNC Main Office

Lisa Forma
Senior Grants Analyst

Matthew Daley
Senior Grants Analyst

Barbara Harriman
Grants Financials Administrator

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