Vibrant Recreation and Tourism Directed Grant Program

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Closed (9 total applications submitted)
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  • Grant
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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.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • 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. 

Eligible Geographies:

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

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
March 2022
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
Spent by: 01.01.27

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
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.
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.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Yes ( see Description for details )
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another 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:

Proposition 68, the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018 funds this grant program. Proposition 68 recognizes the critical importance of recreation and tourism to California’s economy and ecology. Funds support and expand recreation economies, opportunities, and access to outdoor recreation. Section 80110(9) allocates funds to SNC for purposes specified by its governing statute. 

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 percent 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.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Shannon Ciotti, 1-530-906-7345,