NORTHERN CALIFORNIA CONSERVATION PLANNING PARTNERS
TAHOE to the BAY
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration-Community-Based Restoration Program
The NOAA Community-based Restoration Program (CRP) provides funds for small-scale, locally driven habitat restoration projects that foster natural resource stewardship within communities. The program seeks to bring together diverse partners to implement habitat restoration projects to benefit living marine resources. Projects might include restoring salt marshes, mangroves, and other coastal habitats; improving fish passage and habitat quality for anadromous species; restoring and creating oyster reefs, removing exotic vegetation and replanting with native species; removing dams; and similar projects to restore habitat or improve habitat quality for populations of marine and anadromous fish. Partnerships are sought at the national and local level to contribute funding, land, technical assistance, workforce support, or other in-kind services.
Current Deadline for Applications: 2005 TBA
Natural Resource Conservation Service-Grassland Preserve Program
The Grassland Reserve Program (GRP) is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance grasslands on their property. Section 2401 of the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Pub. L. 107-171) amended the Food Security Act of 1985 to authorize this program. The Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency and Forest Service are coordinating implementation of GRP, which helps landowners restore and protect grassland, rangeland, pastureland, shrubland and certain other lands and provides assistance for rehabilitating grasslands. The program will conserve vulnerable grasslands from conversion to cropland or other uses and conserve valuable grasslands by helping maintain viable ranching operations.
Current Deadline for Applications: See NRCS Web page
U.S Fish and Wildlife Service-Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (Section 6)
Grants offered through the Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (authorized under section 6 of the Endangered Species Act fund participation in a wide array of voluntary conservation projects for candidate, proposed and listed species. These funds may in turn be awarded to private landowners and groups for conservation projects.
Current Deadline for Applications: Varies by Program
U.S Fish and Wildlife Service-Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program
Current Deadline for Applications: There is no specific deadline for this grant.
U.S. National Parks Service-Land and Water Conservation Program
The LWCF program, administered nationally by the National Park Service, provides funds to federal agencies, the 50 states and 6 territories. Funds for the program come from federal recreation fees, sales of federal surplus real property, the federal motorboat fuels tax and the Outer Continental Shelf mineral receipts. The money allocated to the states may be used for statewide planning, acquiring, and developing outdoor recreation areas and Facilities.
Under the provisions of the California Outdoor Recreation Resources Plan Act of 1967, (Public Resources Code §5099 et seq.), the expenditure of funds allocated to California is administered by the Director of the Department.
Current Deadline for Applications: May 2, 2005, for local agencies, August 1, for state agencies
Natural Resources Conservation Service-Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program
The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program for people who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat primarily on private land. Through WHIP USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service provides both technical assistance and up to 75 percent cost-share assistance to establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat. WHIP agreements between NRCS and the participant generally last from 5 to 10 years from the date the agreement is signed.
Current Deadline for Applications: Continuous sign-up process
State of California Wildlife Conservation Board-Habitat Enhancement and Restoration (General)
Funds were made available to WCB for the enhancement and restoration of a variety of habitat types through the Habitat Conservation Fund, the General Fund, the Wildlife Restoration Fund through the Safe Neighborhood Parks, Clean Water, Clean Air, and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2000. In addition to wetland and riparian habitat, funds are available for the enhancement and restoration of:
Eligible enhancement and restoration projects must provide for the long-term maintenance of the restored and/or enhanced habitat. Eligible applicants for restoration projects include nonprofit conservation organizations and federal, state or local governmental agencies. Habitat enhancement and restoration projects, like the acquisition and public access projects, are carried out pursuant to recommendations from the DFG. Restoration and public access projects may be located on Department-owned or other lands.
State of California Wildlife Conservation Board-Inland Wetlands Conservation Program
The IWCP has a basis mission to create and implement conservation efforts that make economic as well as social and environmental sense. Working in conjunction with other CVHJV partners, the program has become very innovative at protecting and managing wetlands in the Central Valley.
To achieve their goals, the CVHJV developed the following six objectives:
To accomplish the CVHJV objectives and maximize the use of available resources, the WCB, through the IWCP, is authorized to award grants to nonprofit organizations, local governmental agencies, and state departments. In addition, the WCB is authorized to acquire, lease, rent, sell, or exchange any land or options acquired, with the proceeds going directly to the Inland Wetlands Conservation fund to further support the efforts of the IWCP and the CVHJV.
Current Deadline for Applications: There is no specific deadline for this grant.
State of California Wildlife Conservation Board-Land Acquisition Program
State of California-Oak Woodlands Conservation Program
Prior to WCB awarding a grant for an oak woodland conservation easement, restoration or enhancement project or any public education or outreach project, Section 1366 of the Act requires that a city or county in which grant money would be spent shall prepare or demonstrate that it has already prepared an Oak Woodlands Management Plan. The Act requires the plan to include a description of all native oak species located within the county or city’s jurisdiction.
In September of 2002, Chapter 984, Statutes of 2002, enacted the Rangeland, Grazing Land and Grassland Protection Act of 2002. The Act designated the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) as the lead agency for carrying out the California Rangeland, Grazing Land and Grassland Protection Program. The purpose of the program is to protect California’s rangeland, grazing land and grasslands through the use of conservation easements.
Packard Foundation- Conserving California's Landscape Initiative
The program focuses on three regions of California, all recognized for their important biological resources and spectacular scenic value: the Central Coast, the Central Valley, and the Sierra Nevada. This initiative has two parts: a transactions component, which sets aside funds to purchase land as well as development and water rights in these regions to preserve sites of particular value; and a complementary grants component, which supports compatible efforts in planning, policy development, and capacity-building.
River Network-Watershed Assistance Grants
River Network teamed up with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to institute the Watershed Assistance Grants program, a key action under the Clean Water Action Plan. The purpose of the WAG program is to support the growth and sustainability of local watershed partnerships in the United States. For the purpose of this grant program, a "watershed partnership" includes interested and affected parties in the identified watershed.
The Great Valley Center-LEGACI Grants
Each year, The Great Valley Center awards well over $500,000 in grants to
nonprofit groups, community organizations, and local governments that are
working to improve the Central Valley through initiatives in the areas of land
use, economic development, growth, agriculture, conservation and investment