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Applying For A Grant

Please Note: The next application deadline is September 1, 2016.

Applicants should first review the SNC Proposition 1 Grant Guidelines and Grant Application Packet and are strongly encouraged to work with a SNC Area Representative in order to develop a project for this grant round.  SNC Area Representatives are identified along with their contact information  on the map on the right side of this page.

Application Deadlines


Application DeadlineBoard Authorization Dates

September 1, 2015

  • December 10, 2015 - 5 projects awarded for $853,190
  • March 2, 2016 - 2 projects awarded for $609,808

March 1, 2016

  • June 2016 -
  • September 2016 -

September 1, 2016

(Next Application Deadline)

  • December 2016 -
  • March 2017 -
March 1, 2017*
  • June 2017 -
  • September 2017 -

* This application date will apply only if there are remaining Proposition 1 funds for the FY 2015-17 $10 million grant round.

Application forms

    Project Funding and Eligibility

    Grants up to $500,000 for Category 1 (on-the-ground projects), and up to $75,000 for Category 2 (necessary activities that will lead to a specific future on-the-ground project), will be made by the SNC for projects meeting all of the following criteria:

    • Be located within a conifer or mixed-conifer forested area of the Sierra Nevada Region, or have a direct impact on forest lands and waters within the Region.
    • Be consistent with the SNC mission and program areas as defined in the SNC Strategic Plan and the Sierra Nevada Watershed Improvement Program (WIP) as they relate to forest health.
    • Meet the requirements of Proposition 1 in regard to forest and watershed health.

    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.

    Applicant Eligibility

    Grant funds may be authorized for:

    • Public agencies (any city, county, special district, joint powers authority, state agency): Please note that federal agencies are not eligible to receive Proposition 1 grants per the definition of eligible entities.
    • Qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations: “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 SNC.
    • Eligible 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 47868 to 47872, inclusive, of Number 155 of Volume 77 (August 10, 2012) of the Federal Register, as that list may be updated or amended from time to time).

    NOTE: SNC’s governing statute does not allow grants to mutual water companies or to state Indian tribes on the Native American Heritage Commission’s California Tribal Consultation List (entities otherwise eligible under Proposition 1), unless the state Indian tribes also meet the Eligible Tribal Organizations criteria listed above.

    CEQA Requirements

    All projects funded by the SNC must meet the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). All applicants should consult with SNC staff as soon as possible regarding the appropriate process and documents required.

    Sample Grant Agreements

    Sample Category 1 Grant Agreement Template

    Sample Category 2 Grant Agreement Template



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      Grant Program Contacts

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      Please click on the map above to find the contact information for the SNC Representative or Manager in your area.

      If you have general questions about the SNC Grant Program, please contact the SNC Grant Program Coordinator, Patrick Eidman at (530) 823-4689.