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2014 Water-Energy Grant Program. DWR has released the 2014 Water-Energy Grant Program Draft Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package. The funding is intended for water efficiency efforts that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while reducing water and energy use. Local agencies, joint power authorities and non-profit organizations are eligible grant applicants and there is $19,000,000 available to fund this program. DWR will hold a public meeting to receive comments on the draft document in the Sierra Hearing Room at the CalEPA Building in Sacramento at 1:00 pm on August 25th. This meeting will be web broadcast. For more information please visit:http://www.water.ca.gov/waterenergygrant/index.cfm

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program. Applications are being accepted for the 2015/2016 Environmental Justice Small Grants Program. Funding will go to projects that address environmental and public health goals, including ensuring safe drinking water. Community-based non-profit groups and federally recognized tribal governments are eligible grant applicants. The application deadline is Tuesday, September 30th. http://www.calepa.ca.gov/EnvJustice/Funding/ 

USDA Disaster Assistance Programs.  As of April 15, eligible farmers and ranchers can sign up for U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) disaster assistance programs restored by passage of the 2014 Farm Bill.  Depending on the size and type of farm or ranch operation, eligible producers can enroll in one of four programs administered by the Farm Service Agency. The Livestock Forage Disaster Program (LFP), and the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) will provide payments to eligible producers for livestock deaths and grazing losses that have occurred since the expiration of the livestock disaster assistance programs in 2011, and including calendar years 2012, 2013, and 2014. The Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees, and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) provides emergency assistance to eligible producers of livestock, honeybees and farm-raised fish that have suffered losses because of disease, severe weather, blizzards and wildfires.  Producers have 3 - 9 months (July 15 - October 15) to apply depending on the program and year of loss.  https://www.fsa.usda.gov/FSA/newsReleases?area=newsroom&subject=landing&topic=ner&newstype=newsrel&type=detail&item=nr_20140415_rel_0060.html

Local Coastal Program Assistance Grant Program.  The state of California is pleased to announce grant funding for FY 2014-2015 to support local governments in planning for sea-level rise and climate change, and developing new or updating existing Local Coastal Programs (LCP), consistent with the California Coastal Act.

FY 2014-2015 Grants: Funds will be available through two coordinated grant programs:

  • California Coastal Commission LCP Planning Assistance Grant Program- $1 million available for FY 2014-2015
  • Ocean Protection Council (OPC) LCP Sea-Level Rise Grant Program - approximately $1.2 million available for FY 2014-2015

The California Coastal Commission, Ocean Protection Council, and State Coastal Conservancy are working together to manage these grants. The full grant announcement and application will be available in late spring 2014, with full applications due in summer 2014. http://www.coastal.ca.gov/lcp/lcpgrantprogram.html?utm_source=March+26%2C+2014&utm_campaign=March+26%2C+2014&utm_medium=email

Assistance to High Energy Coast Rural Communities.  The Rural Utilities Service (RUS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), announces the availability of up to $7 million in Fiscal Year 2014 for competitive grants to assist communities with extremely high energy costs. The grant funds may be used to acquire, construct, or improve energy generation, transmission, or distribution facilities serving communities with average annual residential expenditure for home energy exceeding 275 percent of the national average. On-grid and off-grid renewable energy projects and implementation of energy efficiency, and energy conservation projects are also eligible. Grant funds may not be used for the preparation of the grant application, or for: payment of utility bills, fuel purchases, routine maintenance or other routine operating costs, or for the purchase of any equipment, structures, or real estate not directly associated with provision of community energy services.  Applications due 8/1/2014. http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=258500

National Clean Diesel Campaign 2014 Tribal Request for Proposals.  EPA's National Clean Diesel Campaign (NCDC) is now soliciting proposals from tribal applicants for projects that reduce emissions from older diesel engines. The total estimated funding for this competitive opportunity is $1 million and will be funded through the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA).  Proposals due August 12. http://epa.gov/cleandiesel/prgtribal.htm#rfp

2014 FGRP Forest and Drought Proposal Solicitation Notice.  CDFW has released a summer solicitation for restoration grants with two focuses: 1) projects to address impacts of the 2014 drought and preparing for future droughts- this will be for coastal and inland watersheds statewide where anadromous salmonids exist; 2) targeted projects to address legacy effects from timber harvest on private and state forest lands- this will be for a select set of watersheds.  Deadline August 12. http://www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/Administration/Grants/FRGP/Solicitation.asp

California Conservation Corps.  The California Conservation Corps is making crews available to assist with water efficiency projects through a new program funded by emergency drought relief legislation enacted earlier this year.  Applicants are required to submit a short application to the CCC detailing the scope of the project. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis through Sept. 2 for projects in 2014. Applications for 2015 projects will be accepted beginning Nov. 1 through Aug 1, 2015. http://www.acwa.com/news/water-supply-challenges/ccc-crews-available-assist-water-conservation-projects

US Fish and Wildlife Service Coastal Program.  The Coastal Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to coastal communities and landowners to restore and protect fish and wildlife habitat on public and private lands. Coastal Program staff coordinate with project partners, stakeholders and other Service programs to identify geographic focus areas and develop habitat conservation priorities within these focus areas. Geographic focus areas are where the Coastal Program directs resources to conserve habitat for federal trust species. Project work plans are developed strategically, in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from Service field staff. Projects must advance our mission, promote biological diversity, and be based upon sound scientific biological principles. Program strategic plans inform the types of projects funded under this opportunity. Applicants seeking funding under this program should review the program strategic plan and also contact the regional Coastal Program office prior to submitting an application for funding.  Deadline September 30, 2014. http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=246793

Fund for Wild Nature Fund for Wild Nature Grants. Provides small grants for North American campaigns to save native species and wild ecosystems, with particular emphasis on actions designed to defend threatened wilderness and biological diversity.  Submission deadlines on May 1 and December 1 each year.  http://fundwildnature.org/proposal-dates-a-guidelines/dates-a-guidelines.html


Planning and Local Technical Assistance Programs.  Under the Planning and Local Technical Assistance programs grants, the Economic Development Administration assists recipients in creating regional economic development plans designed to stimulate and guide the economic development efforts of a community or region.  As part of this program, EDA supports Partnership Planning investments to facilitate the development, implementation, revision or replacement of Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies which articulate and prioritize the strategic economic goals of recipients' respective regions.  Applications are accepted on a continuing basis and processed as received. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=189193

The California Fisheries Fund offers three types of loans: fishing association loans, infrastructure loans, and business loans.  http://www.californiafisheriesfund.org/loan.html

The California Energy Commission has announced the availability of funds for low-interest loans for energy efficiency and energy generation projects. Low interest rates of 3 percent can help local jurisdictions invest in energy efficiency, save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create new jobs and industries for your community. http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/financing/index.html

The California Wildlife Conservation Board continues to provide funding for wetland, riparian, oak woodland, and other fish and wildlife habitat improvement projects and land acquisition from Propositions 40, 50, and 117.  The WCB's Riparian, Inland Wetlands, and Oak Woodlands programs continue and are continuously open for proposal submission.  http://www.sfbayjv.org/

The REAP/EA/REDA Grant Program will provide grants for energy audits and renewable energy development assistance.  Applications accepted on a continuous basis.http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/BCP_ReapEaReda.html

The State Water Board executed a contract with California Rural Water Association (CRWA) to provide up to $500,000 in wastewater-related technical assistance to small, disadvantaged communities (SDACs) statewide.  If you have questions regarding this contract, or if you are working with a SDAC that could benefit from this type of assistance, please contact either Ms. Meghan Brown at (916) 341-5729 ormgbrown@waterboards.ca.gov, or Ms. Diana Conkle at (916) 341-5660 or dconkle@waterboards.ca.gov

The SWRCB Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Program is currently accepting applications. The CWSRF Loan Program provides low-interest loan funding for construction of publicly-owned wastewater treatment facilities, local sewers, sewer interceptors, water recycling facilities, as well as, expanded use projects such as implementation of nonpoint source (NPS) projects or programs, development and implementation of estuary Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plans, and storm water treatment. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/srf/index.shtml

The USDA Rural Development Electric Program provides direct loans and loan guarantees to upgrade, expand, maintain, and replace America's vast rural electric infrastructure including the construction of electric distribution, transmission and generation facilities, and on- and off-grid renewable energy systems. Applications accepted on a continuous basis.  http://www.usda.gov/rus/electric/index.htm

The SWRCB Agricultural Drainage Loan Program and Agricultural Drainage Management Loan Program is currently accepting applications. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

The USDA provides loans and grants to develop water and waste disposal systems in rural areas and towns with a population not in excess of 10,000. The funds are available to public bodies, non-profit corporations and Indian tribes.  Applications are accepted at any time through the Rural Development State and Area Offices.  http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UWP-dispdirectloansgrants.htm.  To locate an office near you go to http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/recd_map.html

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program provides cost-share funding and technical assistance to private land owners and their local partners.  Assistance is given to restore streams, wetlands and other native habitat on private property.  The program operates on a voluntary basis. We rely on landowners who want to restore their property. The landowners agree to maintain the restoration for at least ten years. Otherwise, they keep full control of their lands.  Maximum funding request is $25,000 per project with a minimum 1:1 non-federal match (monetary and/or in-kind match). Partnerships with other funding agencies are encouraged. Contact Kate Symonds, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program for SF Bay, (tel) 707-578-8515, (cell) 707-480-2675, or at kate_symonds@fws.gov . http://www.fws.gov/sacramento/CP/Partnerships/cp_partners-for-fws.htm

The State Water Resources Control Board is proud to announce that its online application system, the Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST), is now available for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), the Water Recycling Funding Program (WRFP), and the Small, Disadvantaged Community (SDAC) Wastewater Grant Program.  https://faast.waterboards.ca.gov/

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) is pleased to announce the availability of the new Universal Pre-Application for the CDPH Safe Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program.   The new Universal Pre-Application (UPA) is available continuously for submission at CDPH's DRINC Portal. http://drinc.ca.gov/preapp/

The Climate Solutions University is providing funding for the 2015 Climate Solutions University: Forest & Water Strategies for 6 communities.  You are a good fit to participate if you seek to build community capacity for climate resilience for at-risk urban and rural populations, and the critical forested watershed ecosystems and ecosystem services upon which they depend. As part of the program, upstream rural areas will partner with urban municipalities whose water resources, public health, and economic stability depend on ecosystem services in adjacent rural areas.    In addition to communities that need to create a forest & water adaptation plan, Climate Solutions University: Forest & Water Strategies is also for those whose land use or comprehensive plans are up for revision, whose watershed plans fail to address how climate change impacts hydrology, or those struggling to implement a completed plan. Join our network of communities implementing their adaptation plans! http://www.mfpp.org/csu/

Low Interest Loans for Water Recycling Projects.  The State Water Board is continuing to accept applications for a total of $800 million in extremely low-interest loans for water recycling projects that can be completed during the next three years.  http://www.acwa.com/news/water-recycling/low-interest-loans-still-available-water-recycling-projects