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Grants-Fiscal Year 2010-11

Thank you for your interest in the Sierra Nevada Conservancy Grants Programs. The grants section of this Web site will provide interested applicants and grant recipients with information about SNC grant programs.

The Department of Finance, Office of State Audits and Evaluations, completed an audit of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy’s Proposition 84 Grant Program for the period ending June 2009 earlier this year. Click here to see the final audit report. The SNC appreciates the report's acknowledgement of our process improvements over time, and we welcome the Department of Finance's additional recommendations that will help us to provide even better service to our stakeholders in the Region.


California voters passed Proposition 84, the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coast Protection Bond Act of 2006 (the Act) on November 7, 2006.  Proposition 84 added Section 75050 to the Public Resources Code (PRC), authorizing the State to issue bonds, and the Legislature to appropriate the proceeds, for the protection and restoration of rivers, lakes and streams, their watersheds and associated land, water, and other natural resources.  Section 75050 (j) allocates $54 million of these funds for the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC).

The Laird-Leslie Sierra Nevada Conservancy Act, enacted in 2004 and commencing with PRC Section 33300, established the SNC, and Sections 33343 and 33346 set forth the authority for the SNC to award grants of funds in order to carry out the purposes of the Act. 

In Fiscal Year 2010-11, the SNC offered Proposition 84 grants in two grant categories and awarded grants in a single grant round.  Category One grants included acquisition and site improvement/restoration projects.  Category Two grants were limited to pre-project planning activities associated with specific future on-the-ground projects which also met the SNC Proposition 84 grants criteria. 

$10 million was available for Proposition 84 grant awards in FY 2010-11 and on March, 2011 the SNC Governing Board awarded twenty-nine Proposition 84 grants for a total of $10 million.  Awards included 12 Category One grants (8 Acquisitions, 4 site improvement/restorations) and 17 Category Two grants (pre-project due diligence).   Anyone interested in viewing successful grant applications can follow this link and use the searchable grants database to search for grants awarded in FY 2010-11.