2021 Immediate Action Wildfire and Forest Resilience Directed Grant Program

Portal ID:
5692
Status:
Closed (32 total applications submitted)
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
Last Updated:
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Details

Purpose:

The specific focus of the 2021 Immediate Action Wildfire and Forest Resilience Directed Grant Program is the implementation of forest health projects that address wildfire recovery and resilience and support the goals of California’s Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan and SNC’s Watershed Improvement Program. The program aims to support projects that result in a combination of multiple watershed, ecosystem, and community benefits.

Description:

The specific focus of the 2021 Immediate Action Wildfire and Forest Resilience Directed Grant Program is the implementation of forest health projects that address wildfire recovery and resilience and support the goals of California’s Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan and SNC’s Watershed Improvement Program (WIP).

California’s Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan identifies three goals that are strongly aligned with the WIP: healthy and resilient natural places, safe communities, and sustainable economies. Both plans also stress the importance of climate resiliency, regionally tailored solutions, the linkages between ecological and economic health, the importance of low-intensity fire, and the need to work strategically across land ownership boundaries.

The program aims to support projects that result in a combination of multiple watershed, ecosystem, and community benefits. Examples of such benefits include reduced likelihood of high-intensity fire and the negative consequences of such fires, protection and enhancement of natural resources, habitat and recreation, improved air and water quality, increased carbon sequestration and reduced Greenhouse Gas emissions, and supporting regional economies.

To be eligible to receive a grant award from the SNC under this program, projects must meet all of the following criteria:

1)    Have completed environmental compliance

2)    Be located within the Sierra Nevada Region as defined by current SNC governing legislation

3)    Be consistent with the SNC mission and program areas as defined in the SNC Strategic Plan.

4)    Be consistent with the requirements of the funding source and budget provisions.

5)    All project implementation MUST be complete by 01/01/2025.

6)    Request no less than $200,000.

7)    Results in a clear, demonstrable, and enduring public benefit

Consistent with provisions of the program funding and objectives of the proposed project, the SNC may give favorable consideration to projects which involve California Native American tribes, employ a collaborative approach in project development or implementation; directly benefit severely disadvantaged (SDAC) or disadvantaged (DAC) communities; leverage private, federal, or local resources; or enable the equitable geographic distribution of SNC resources.

Application Process:

Projects must be developed in collaboration with SNC. Please contact the appropriate contact SNC Area Representative  or other SNC staff to determine if the project meets SNC criteria. The Area Representative will share the proposal form with the applicant and assist in developing the project.

Proposals will be accepted and reviewed on a continuous basis as funding is available. Recommendations will be made to the SNC Governing Board no less than quarterly.

Please read and review the full grant program guidelines here

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

· Public agencies: any city, county, special district, joint powers authority, state agency, or federal agency
· Qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit
· Eligible Tribal Entities which is one or both of the following: (1) Recognized by the United States and identified within the most current Federal Register; (2) Listed on the contact list maintained by the Native American Heritage Commission as a California Native American tribe.

Eligible Geographies:

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy region as defined by the Conservancy's current governing legislation. The Sierra Nevada region stretches from Modoc County in the north to Kern County in the south and covers 25 million acres and all or part of 22 counties.

Matching Funding Requirement:

While match funding is not required, it is considered in the project evaluation process. 

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantor.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
July & Sept 2021 
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
Spent by: 01/01/2025

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
$20,000,000
Expected number of awards A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Dependent
Estimated amount per award Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Dependent
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
No
Requires Matched Funding? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
No
Funding Source: The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

State of California General Fund authorized in Budget Act of 2020

Funding Method: The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Grant funds are disbursed for eligible costs on a reimbursement basis or, in certain cases, through advances. Advances may be given in 30% increments of the grant award amount.  There is a 10 percent retention of expenditure reimbursements. The total retention will be held until all project reports and deliverables have been submitted and approved. 

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.

Resources

For questions about this grant, contact:
Shannon Ciotti, 1-530-906-7345, shannon.ciotti@sierranevada.ca.gov

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