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Northern California Forests and Watersheds

January 9, 2020

Grant Name: Northern California Forests and Watersheds

Administering Authority; National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF)

Who Can Apply: Non-Profit, Town, City or County Government, Native American Tribal Government, Institution of Higher Education, State Government

Geographic Coverage; CA


Deadline: 02/26/2020


Award Details:

Grants can range from $25,000 to $400,000 per project. Project costs must be approved and expended within the project’s start and end date. Projects are expected to be completed by summer/September 2021 *updated*.

Projects are expected to provide a 50% non-federal match to be competitive and the strongest projects will meet or exceed a 100% non-federal match.


Total Funding Available$4,860,000.00


Matching Requirement: Yes



Overview: The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and our federal partner, the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), are pleased to announce funding for the Northern California Forests and Watersheds Program (Program). This funding program will aid the recovery of lands and watersheds degraded from the influences of past wildfire events as well as restore Sierra Nevada meadows and remove targeted fish passage barriers. Much of this funding will address the impact of two wildfires: Lassen National Forest’s Storrie Fire and Eldorado National Forest’s Power Fire. NFWF and the USFS are also providing funding for watershed infrastructure restoration projects within the Klamath National Forest (KNF), Shasta-Trinity National Forest (STNF), and Six Rivers National Forest (SRNF). Additionally, NFWF will fund Sierra Nevada meadow restoration projects that will benefit the Desert Terminal Lakes basins. Specifics on this Program’s projects and focus can be found in our Restoration Strategy. which is a precursor to a Northern California Forests and Watersheds business plan.


Through this collaborative strategy, the goals of this competitive grant program are to:
1. Support projects that strategically address impacts to watersheds affected by the wildfires referenced above;
2. Identify and fund projects that provide sustainable and lasting ecological benefits to the forest/watersheds;
3. Promote projects that provide additional efficiency and innovation to improve forest health, and;
4. Among the projects identified, restore and protect cultural and tribal resources where necessary.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c) organizations, U.S. Federal government agencies, state government agencies, local governments, municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions.

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