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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

Division of Boating and Waterways Mussel Prevention Grant.  This grant program assists cities, counties, districts, marinas and other governmental agencies, in the prevention, through education, monitoring and management of recreational activities in reservoirs from the infestation of the quagga and zebra mussel.  Defined under California Water Code, Division 3, Part 1, Chapter 1, Section 6004.5, a “reservoir” is referred to as “any reservoir which contains or will contain the water impounded by a dam.”  http://dbw.parks.ca.gov/Funding/QZGrantApp.aspx#

National Marine Sanctuary Foundation, Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Trust Fund.  The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation seeks proposals after Labor Day (2014) to increase ocean awareness and promote action for ocean conservation. NMSF is interested in innovative projects that engage the public in compelling ocean stewardship issues and motivate effective and focused action to benefit both humans and the sea.  They are once again prioritizing proposals that relate to national marine sanctuaries in a meaningful way.  Applications due October 26.  http://www.nmsfocean.org/our-grants

DOE Deployment of Clean Energy and Energy Efficiency Projects on Indian Lands.  DOE is seeking proposals to support development of clean energy and energy efficiency projects on Indian lands. Proposals must either relate to installing clean energy and energy efficiency retrofit projects for tribal buildings, or deploying clean energy systems on a community scale. Projects, which are estimated to result in over 8 megawatts of new generation capacity, should intend to reduce energy costs and increase energy security for Indian tribes and tribal members.  Applications due October 2.  http://www1.eere.energy.gov/financing/solicitations_detail.html?sol_id=863

Whale Tail Grants.  The WHALE TAIL®   Grants Program distributes funds from sales of the WHALE TAIL®   License Plate. The grants support programs that teach California’s children and the general public to value and take action to improve the health of the state’s marine and coastal resources. Adopt-A-Beach® programs, as well as other beach maintenance and coastal habitat restoration projects that have an educational component, are also eligible for these grants. This grants program focuses on reaching communities that are currently poorly served in terms of marine and coastal education.  http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/plate/plgrant.html

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 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

EDA FY14 Regional Innovation Grants - The EDA is seeking applications for three programs that develop regional innovation strategies: the i6 Challenge ($8 million available), Science and Research Park Development Grants ($5 million available), and Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds ($2 million available). The i6 Challenge aims to commercialize innovations, ideas, intellectual property and research into viable companies; the Science and Research Park Development Grants seek to provide research hubs and increase regional competitiveness; and the Cluster Grants for Seed Capital Funds are intended to create sustainable financing institutions for innovation-based startups. Science and Research Park Development Grant applications in the field of energy efficient building technologies, renewable energy, and cogeneration can receive extra consideration  Due November 3, 2014.  http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=263990

NAWCA Small Grants.  The Small Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (Act). These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds.  All potential applicants might consider contacting SFBJV Coordinator, Beth Huning in advance for input on ways to make their application competitive on a national level.  Applications due November 7.   http://www.fws.gov/birdhabitat/Grants/NAWCA/Small/index.shtm?utm_source=August+20%2C+2014&utm_campaign=August+20+2014&utm_medium=email

USDA Rural Community Development Initiative Grant.  Qualified private, nonprofit and public (including tribal) intermediary organizations proposing to carry out financial and technical assistance programs will be eligible to receive the funding. The intermediary will be required to provide matching funds in an amount at least equal to the RCDI grant. The respective minimum and maximum grant amount per intermediary is $50,000 and $250,000. The intermediary must provide a program of financial and technical assistance to a private, nonprofit community-based housing and development organization, a low income rural community or a federally recognized tribe. Application due November 12.  http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=261932

Community-based Marine Debris Removal, NOAA-NMFS-HCPO-2015-2004213.   Projects awarded through this grant competition have strong on-the-ground habitat restoration components involving the removal of marine debris, including derelict fishing gear. Projects also provide benefits to coastal communities, and create long-term ecological habitat improvements for NOAA trust resources. Through this solicitation NOAA identifies marine debris removal projects, strengthens the development and implementation of habitat restoration through community-based marine debris removal, and fosters awareness of the effects of marine debris to further the conservation of living marine resource habitats, as well as contribute to the understanding of debris types and impacts. Successful proposals through this solicitation will be funded through cooperative agreements. Funding of up to $2,000,000 is expected to be available for Community-based Marine Debris Removal Project Grants in FY2015. Typical awards will range from $50,000 to $150,000.  Closing date: November 17, 2014. 

NOAA-NOS-NCCOS Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise.  NOAA/NOS/NCCOS/CSCOR is soliciting proposals under the Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise (EESLR) Program to improve the management of regional and local ecosystem effects of sea level rise and coastal inundation through targeted research on key technologies, natural and nature-based infrastructure, physical and biological processes, and model evaluation. The overall goal of EESLR is to integrate dynamic physical and biological processes with sea level rise and coastal inundation to improve the prediction of coastal ecosystem effects to enable enhanced coastal resiliency. This information will be used to advance the capacity and capabilities of the NOAA Sentinel Site Program. Funding is contingent upon the availability of Fiscal Year 2015 Federal appropriations. Approximately 2 to 5 projects, 2-3 years in duration, are expected to be funded at the level of $150,000 to $200,000 per year per proposal. Electronic Access: Background information about NOAA’s Ecological Effects of Sea Level Rise Program can be found at http://coastalscience.noaa.gov/about/centers/cscor, and the NOAA Sentinel Site Program at http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/sentinelsites/. Proposals should be submitted through Grants.gov, http://www.grants.gov.  Closing Date: November 18, 2014.

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

Drought Response Outreach Program for Schools (DROPS).  The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has adopted Guidelines for the Drought Response Outreach Program for Schools (DROPS). DROPS is focused on projects that reduce stormwater pollution and provide multiple benefits including water conservation, water supply augmentation, energy savings, increased awareness of water resource sustainability, and reduced dry weather runoff. All projects must include an education/outreach component that is designed to increase student and public understanding of the project's environmental benefits and the sustainability of California's water resources directly related to the project.  Closing date: January 15, 2015.  http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/drops/index.shtml

ONGOING ASSISTANCE

California Water Boards has released a Notice of Funding Availability for Interim Emergency Drinking Water.  Public Agencies, Not-for-Profit Water Districts, Not-for-Profit Organizations, and Tribal Governments can apply for interim replacement drinking water for economically disadvantaged communities with contaminated water supplies. http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/caa/dw_droughtfund/index.shtml

The State Water Board, Division of Financial Assistance (DFA), announces a new “Funding Finder” to assist you in finding the most appropriate funding source for your water quality project.  After answering a few simple questions about your project, the “Funding Finder” will provide you with DFA’s currently available funding source(s).   http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/

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 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

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. 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 -1% Loans.  The mission of the Water Recycling Funding Program (WRFP) is to promote the beneficial use of treated municipal wastewater (water recycling) in order to augment fresh water supplies in California by providing technical and financial assistance to agencies and other stakeholders in support of water recycling projects and research.   http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/water_recycling/index.shtml

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 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. 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

Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants.  These small grants average approximately $8000 with priority given to applicants that: protect Earth's beauty and bounty; create a robust, healthy food system; increase opportunities for outdoor activity; reduce environmental health hazards; and/or build stronger communities.  Grant cycles are quarterly, generally around the 15th of the month.  http://clifbarfamilyfoundation.org/Grants-Programs

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Environmental Solutions for Communities.  Funding priorities for this program include: Supporting sustainable agricultural practices and private lands stewardship; Conserving critical land and water resources and improving local water quality; Restoring and managing natural habitat, species and ecosystems that are important to community livelihoods; Facilitating investments in green infrastructure, renewable energy and energy efficiency ; Encouraging broad-based citizen participation in project implementation. Grants will be offered once a year to support priority projects, and funds may be used to leverage resources associated with other NFWF funding opportunities. http://www.nfwf.org/environmentalsolutions/Pages/home.aspx#.VAH0jfldXn