Sierra Nevada Conservancy accepting grant applications

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) is now accepting grant applications for a variety of projects that will result in improving watershed health and protecting natural resources in the region. Public agencies, eligible nonprofit organizations, and tribal organizations throughout the Sierra Nevada Region are encouraged to consider submitting a grant application.

The funding for the grants comes from Proposition 84, the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coast Protection Bond Act passed by California voters in November 2006. The SNC will distribute a total of $17 million dollars in grants in fiscal year 2007-08.

The SNC is currently accepting applications for the following types of



Competitive Grants
are designed for larger acquisition, site improvement or restoration projects between $100,000 and $1,000,000.



The deadline for submission of Competitive Grants is
November 15, 2007. Awards for competitive grants are expected to be made by the SNC Board in March 2008.



Strategic Opportunity Category I Grants
are designed for acquisition, site improvement or restoration projects up to $100,000.



Strategic Opportunity Category II and III Grants
are designed for activities that do not include acquisition, site improvement or restoration projects, including educational efforts, important research and planning activities, as well as increasing the capabilities of local governments and organizations.



Strategic Opportunity Grant applications may be submitted to the SNC at any time during the year. Grant awards will be made on an ongoing basis, subject to fund availability, based on the following application submission schedule.

  • December 30, 2007, to be considered for March 2008 Board meeting;
  • February 29, 2008, to be considered for May 2008 Board meeting.

All background materials, guidelines and grant application forms are available on the SNC’s Web site (