This program aims to support innovative, collaborative efforts to enhance, promote, and develop sustainable recreation and tourism opportunities and increase access to public lands in the Sierra Nevada Region.
The specific focus areas of the Vibrant Recreation and Tourism Directed Grant Program are outlined below. To be considered for funding, projects must fall within at least one of the focus areas:
Collaborative Project Implementation Implementation of capital improvement projects designed by a collaborative group organized specifically for the purpose of recreation and tourism. Projects must clearly have multiple benefits, such as recreation infrastructure with water quality benefits, or recreation with habitat protection. Collaborative Project PlanningSupport the establishment or capacity-building of collaboratives through grants which result in the identification, prioritization, and preparation for capital improvement projects. Projects must clearly have multiple benefits, such as recreation infrastructure with water quality benefits, or recreation with habitat protection.
Consistent with the requirements of Proposition 68 and objectives of the proposed project, all projects must either plan for or implement capital improvement projects that will benefit California citizens for no less than 30 years. 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 or disadvantaged communities leverage private, federal, or local resources enable the equitable geographic distribution of SNC resources
Additionally, projects must be consistent with the SNC mission and program areas as defined in the SNC Strategic Plan, meet the vibrant recreation and tourism requirements of Proposition 68, be consistent with recommendations of the 2018 California Forest Carbon Plan, and result in a clear, demonstrable, and enduring public benefit.
Application Process: Projects must be developed in collaboration with SNC. Contact your SNC Area Representative to discuss project ideas. Applicants will submit a concept proposal, and then may be invited to develop a full proposal in collaboration with SNC. This grant program cycle will repeat every quarter through March 2022, with the first expected grant award announcement in March 2021.
- Public Agency
- Tribal Government
Grant funds may be authorized for: Public agencies: any city, county, special district, joint powers authority, state agency, or federal agency. SNC's governing statute does not allow grants to mutual water companies. Qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Native American Tribal Entities listed on the current Federal Register or the California Native American Heritage Commission.
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.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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