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USDA NCRS Environmental Quality Incentives Program.  The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing availability of Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Preproposals due March 7.   http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=250998

EPA National Center for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Modeling Research.  EPA, as part of its Science to Achieve Results program, is seeking applications proposing the creation of a National Center for Sustainable Water Infrastructure Modeling Research. The center should intend to facilitate technology transfer of open source water infrastructure models and share green infrastructure tools and research advancements with local communities and stakeholders. The objective of the award is to establish a center that coordinates the following three components to the advancement of sustainable water models and model research:

  • Novel Research that engages sustainable water infrastructure models, including those that provide solutions to impacts to water from climate change and extreme events;
  • Community Support and Outreach that fosters a global community of sustainable water infrastructure modelers, model users, and stakeholders; and
  • Model and Code Development that supports freely available software models of sustainable stormwater, wastewater, and water supply systems
  • www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=250016
  • Due March 10

EPA Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) Grant Program.  The Source Reduction Assistance (SRA) Grant Program will support pollution prevention (P2)/source reduction and/or resource conservation projects. Successful work plans will be those that present innovative project tools; forge partnerships that engage and educate communities about P2 practices; or augment existing P2 practices by taking a business, community, or locality into a new and resourceful direction to benefit human health and the environment. Demonstrations of P2 practices must involve new or experimental technologies, methods, or approaches, where the results of the project will be disseminated so that others can benefit from the knowledge gained in the demonstration project. Projects awarded in the past include assessments and trainings to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency.  Due March 11.  http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=250092

California Conservation Innovation Grant 2014.  The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), an agency under the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), is announcing availability of Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies. Applications will be accepted from California. NRCS anticipates that the amount available for support of this program in FY 2014 will be up to $375,000. Applications are requested from eligible governmental or non-governmental organizations or individuals for competitive consideration of grant awards for projects between one and three years in duration. Funds will be awarded through a two-phase statewide competitive grants process that will include (1) a pre-proposal process and (2) a full proposal process.  Deadline March 14.  http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=251296

EDA Economic Development Assistance Programs Federal Funding Opportunity.   Under the Economic Development Assistance Programs (EDAP) Federal Funding Opportunity announcement, EDA will make construction, non-construction, and revolving loan fund investments under the Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs. EDA is soliciting applications from rural and urban communities to develop initiatives that advance new ideas and creative approaches to address rapidly evolving economic conditions. EDA's investment priorities include environmentally sustainable development and economically distressed and underserved communities.  Deadline March 14.  http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=248297

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Fisheries Restoration Grant Program's (FRGP) 2014 Proposal Solicitation Notice (PSN). The 2014 PSN will be available at www.dfg.ca.gov/fish/Administration/Grants/FRGP/Solicitation.asp. Information about 2014 PSN workshops will also be available on this site. Applicants are encouraged to attend a workshop as there have been changes made to the 2014 PSN.  For specific proposal questions, contact information is located in Appendix D of the 2014 PSN. For general questions, please contact Patty Forbes at patty.forbes@wildlife.ca.gov. Applications due March 17.

EPA Pollution Prevention Grant Program.  The intent of EPA's Pollution Prevention (P2) Grant Program is to assist state and tribal governments in encouraging businesses to adopt environmental strategies and solutions that significantly reduce or eliminate waste or pollution from air, water, and/or land. Examples of P2/source reduction projects include, but are not limited to, delivering technical assistance and education related to greenhouse gas emission reduction and providing technical assistance on source reduction to manufacturers or small businesses.  Eligible Entities: State governments, federally recognized tribes and intertribal consortia, colleges and universities (recognized as instrumentalities of the state).  Due March 20.  http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=250337

Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants.  The objective of this FOA is to invite Indian Tribes, irrigation districts, water districts and other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the state of California to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on projects that save water, improve water management, create new supplies for agricultural irrigation, improve energy efficiency, and benefit endangered species. Projects should also increase the capability or success rate of on-farm water conservation or water use efficiency projects that can be undertaken by farmers and ranchers through irrigation system improvements and irrigation efficiency enhancements. Water conservation and water use efficiency are critical elements of any plan to address California water issues. With leveraged water sustainability grants, an important step will be taken towards increasing conservation for a more efficient use of water in California. Under this Agricultural Water Conservation Efficiency (AWCE) FOA, Reclamation intends to select projects at a district or water purveyor level that increase opportunities for on-farm improvements.  Due March 24.  http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=250895

California Career Pathways Trust. Funds in the amount of $250 million will be made available to school districts, county superintendents of school, charter schools, and community college districts in the form of one-time competitive grants. Applications due March 28. http://www.cde.ca.gov/ci/ct/gi/ccptinfo.asp

DOE Vehicle Technologies Program.  DOE's Vehicle Technologies Office supports a broad research, development, and deployment technology portfolio focused on reducing the cost and improving the performance of a mix of near- and long-term vehicle technologies. Specifically, activities are aimed at improving vehicle technologies such as electric vehicles, powertrains, fuel, tires, and auxiliary systems. This Funding Opportunity Announcement contains a total of 14 areas of interest in the general areas of advanced light-weighting; advanced battery development; power electronics; advanced heating, ventilation, air conditioning systems; and fuels and lubricants.  Due April 1.   http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=250277

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

The State Cleanup and Abatement Account 1st/2nd Qtr 2014 is currently accepting applications/surveys through May 30.  https://faast.waterboards.ca.gov/

North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA).  The Standard Grants Program supports projects in Canada, the United States, and Mexico that involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats. In Mexico, partners may also conduct projects involving technical training, environmental education and outreach, organizational infrastructure development, and sustainable-use studies.  The Small Grants Program operates only in the United States; it supports the same type of projects and adheres to the same selection criteria and administrative guidelines as the U.S. Standard Grants Program. However, project activities are usually smaller in scope and involve fewer project dollars. Grant requests may not exceed $75,000, and funding priority is given to grantees or partners new to the Act's Grants Program.  Due July 8.  http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/Grants/NAWCA/index.shtm

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

ONGOING ASSISTANCE

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 or mgbrown@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 Strategic Growth Council has released the solicitation notice for the third round of funding for the Urban Greening Grant Program. To access the program guidelines and on-line Concept Proposal Forms for urban greening project and/or planning applications please visit: http://sgc.ca.gov/urban_greening_grants.html.

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.

http://www.swrcb.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/agdrain/agdrain_loan.shtml

North Bay organic dairies are concerned.  Organic cows must forage on organic pasture, pasture that by definition must be within a cow's walking distance from the milking barn. Thanks to the drought, there is virtually no pasture in Marin and Sonoma counties - and without locally grown pasture, a farm can't keep its organic certification.  http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/California-drought-North-Bay-organic-dairies-5229822.php

President Obama announced on Friday that he wants Congress to authorize $1 billion in new spending on the fight against climate change.  http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/obama-wants-billion-fight-climate-change

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.govhttp://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/