The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) is pleased to announce the 2022 Wildfire Recovery and Forest Resilience Directed Grant Program to create more-resilient forest landscapes, reduce wildfire risk, and accelerate recovery from recent wildfires.
The climate and ecological benefits of forest restoration treatments are well known. Ecologically sound forest management, including prescribed fire, and community protection are critical in securing the overall well-being of the Sierra Nevada Region.
The SNC seeks projects that will help secure carbon stability in the Sierra Nevada by reducing the risk for large, damaging wildfires. Landscape-scale forest health treatments reduce the intensity of wildland fires. Reduced intensity of wildland fire also makes it safer for firefighting resources to utilize fuel breaks to protect structures if a fire enters the wildland urban interface (WUI).
The primary priority of the 2022 Wildfire Recovery and Forest Resilience Directed Grant Program is the planning and implementation of forest health projects that promote wildfire recovery and forest resilience and support the goals of California’s Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan and the WIP.
The Focal areas include:
- Multi-Benefit Projects: This grant program aims to support forest health projects that result in a combination of multiple watershed, ecosystem, and community benefits.
- Landscape-Scale Projects: This grant program will support forest health projects that promote resilient and healthy forests at a landscape scale.
- High-Impact Projects: This grant program will also support forest health projects that will result in an especially strong, direct benefit to communities, critical infrastructure, or high-value resources or assets.
- Wildfire Recovery: This grant program will also support forest and watershed health projects that address recovery needs resulting from recent record-breaking wildfire years.
- Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Projects: This grant program will also support forest health projects which were developed under the California Department of Conservation Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program (RFFCP).
Up to $25 million may be available for this program round, with a second round anticipated in June 2022. All projects funded under the 2022 Wildfire Recovery and Forest Resilience Directed Grant Program must be complete by January 1, 2028.
To be eligible to receive a grant award from the SNC under this program, projects must meet all of the following criteria:
- Be located within or provide services to the Sierra Nevada Region as defined by SNC governing legislation.
- Be consistent with the SNC mission and program areas as defined in the SNC Strategic Plan.
- Be consistent with the requirements of the funding source and budget provisions.
- Be complete by January 1, 2028.
- Result in a clear, demonstrable, and enduring public benefit.
- Meet all California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements, as applicable.
Grant funds may be authorized for:
- Public agencies: any city, county, special district, joint powers authority, state agency, or federal agency
- Qualifying 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations: “Nonprofit Organization” means a private, nonprofit organization that qualifies for exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of Title 26 of the United States Code, and whose charitable purposes are consistent with the purposes of the SNC
- Eligible Tribal Entities: an Indian tribe, band, nation, or other organized group or community, or a tribal agency authorized by a tribe, which is one or both of the following:
- Recognized by the United States and identified within the most current Federal Register;
- Listed on the contact list maintained by the Native American Heritage Commission as a California Native American tribe
Eligible tribal entities are encouraged to apply. On September 25, 2020, the governor released a Statement of Administration Policy on Native American Ancestral Lands to encourage every state agency, department, board, and commission subject to his executive control to seek opportunities to support California tribes’ co-management of and access to natural lands that are within a California tribe’s ancestral land and under the ownership or control of the State of California. The SNC may give favorable consideration to projects which “assist California tribes with procurement, protection or management of natural lands located within their ancestral territories, subject to available resources.”
NOTE: SNC does not allow grants to mutual water companies.
For more information, visit https://sierranevada.ca.gov/funding/snc-grants/