May 7, 2021 – NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) – WILDFIRE EARLY ACTION PLAN

MEMORANDUM FOR: GRANT APPLICANTS

SUBJECT: NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA)

FROM: SAN DIEGO RIVER CONSERVANCY

RE: WILDFIRE EARLY ACTION PLAN

[Download the announcement in PDF]

On April 13, 2021, the Governor signed SB 85 (Committee on Budget and Fiscal Review), which amends the 2020-21 Budget Act to provide additional funding for various wildfire and forest resilience activities. This wildfire package enables the state to take urgent action on projects that support wildfire suppression, improve forest health and build resilience in communities to help protect residents and property from catastrophic wildfires in diverse landscapes across the state.

Funding through the Wildfire Early Action Plan allocated $12 million to the San Diego River Conservancy to support projects that restore the ecological health of forests and watersheds, fuel breaks around vulnerable communities, statewide fire prevention grants targeting projects to advance community hardening, and improvements to defensible space to mitigate wildfire damage.

Eligible applicants include:

  • Public Agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status
  • Federally-Recognized Indian Tribes or Tribes on the list maintained by the Native American Heritage Commission

Projects must meet at least one of the goals of California’s Wildfire and Forest Resilience Action Plan, including but not limited to:

  • Fuels Reduction or Forest Thinning Projects
  • Vegetation Management
  • Prescribed Fire
  • Shaded Fuel Breaks or Defensible Space projects
  • Restoration and enhancement of fire-prone habitats using methods known to reduce fire risk

Email application to Dustin Harrison Dustin.Harrison@sdrc.ca.gov  and Julia Richards Julia.Richards@sdrc.ca.gov as soon as possible.

To obtain an application, you may download a PDF or Word Doc

San Diego River Conservancy is Allocated $12 Million for Regional Wildfire Prevention, Protection and Forest Health Projects

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 14, 2021 (also available in PDF or Doc)

CONTACT: Julia Richards, Executive Officer Julia.Richards@sdrc.ca.gov

San Diego (April 14, 2021) – The San Diego River Conservancy announced today that Senate Bill 85 was signed by the Governor that allocates $12 million to the Conservancy under the Wildfire Early Action Program. These funds will be used to strengthen fire resiliency including creating fire breaks, fuel reduction, the removal of dead, diseased and dying trees, the removal of invasive non-native vegetation, reforestation projects, repairing fire access roads, monitoring and assessing forest health, and public outreach to support and encourage home hardening in the wildland urban interface zone. … read more

Proposition 68 Grants – Concept Proposal Form

Concept Proposal Form [pdf] [doc]

Concept Proposals are due to the Conservancy by 5 p.m. on February 26, 2021. After the Conservancy completes review of the proposals, eligible applicants will be invited to submit full applications that are due by 4 pm on May 31, 2021. Submit documents by email to  dustin.harrison@sdrc.ca.gov  or by hard copy to the San Diego River Conservancy, 11769 Waterhill Rd., Bldg. #2, Lakeside, California, 92040.

January 4, 2021 – NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) – PROPOSITION 68 GRANT PROGRAM, ROUND 2

January 4, 2021

MEMORANDUM FOR: GRANT APPLICANTS
SUBJECT: NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA)
FROM: SAN DIEGO RIVER CONSERVANCY
RE: PROPOSITION 68 GRANT PROGRAM, ROUND 2

[pdf] [doc]

Funding for this grant program is provided by Proposition 68 – The California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act, approved by voters in June 2018. This second round of funding furthers the purposes of the Conservancy’s enabling legislation, Division 22.9, which authorizes the Conservancy to award grants. The Conservancy supports projects that advance a number of goals, including public access, recreation, conservation, resource protection, climate resiliency, improve water quality and native habitat restoration to increase biodiversity of flora and fauna.

The San Diego River Conservancy is pleased to announce the availability of approximately $2 million in funding for Proposition 68, Round 2. The amount awarded will depend on the quality of the proposals submitted. Work performed under the grant program is on a reimbursement basis and subject to availability of funds through the State’s normal budget process.

Eligible projects categories:
(1) Land Conservation Projects
(2) Resource Protection and Restoration Projects
(3) Vegetation Management and Fire Safety Projects
(4) Trail and Facility Improvement Projects
(5) Planning and Design Projects
(6) Water Quality and Flood Management Projects
(7) Community Access

Concept Proposals are due to Dustin Harrison Dustin.harrison@sdrc.ca.gov and Julia Richards Julia.richards@sdrc.ca.gov no later than 5:00 pm on February 26, 2021. Applicants are encouraged to consult with the Conservancy prior to submitting a Concept Proposal.

For information, forms and sample documents, please visit: http://sdrc.ca.gov/prop68
Guidelines for Prop 68 grant program: http://sdrc.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/SDRC-prop-68-guidelines-complete-20190314.pdf

For inquiries contact the Program Manager:
Dustin Harrison at 619.390.0571 or
Dustin.harrison@sdrc.ca.gov