Santa Barbara County
Weed Management Area


Grant Resources
Ordered by agency:
American Sportfishing Association and FishAmerica Foundation; Citizen Driven Habitat Restoration
The American Sportfishing Association and FishAmerica Foundation funds proposals for citizen-driven habitat restoration projects. The partnership encourages local efforts to accomplish meaningful on-the-ground restoration of marine, estuarine and riparian habitats, including salt marshes, seagrass beds, coral reefs, mangrove forests, and freshwater habitats important to anadromous fish species (fish like salmon and striped bass that spawn in freshwater and migrate to the sea). Emphasis is on using a hands-on, grassroots approach to restore fisheries habitat across coastal America. For more information visit or email or call 703-519-9691.
CALFED Bay-Delta Program; Ecosystem Restoration Program
2004 Monitoring and Evaluation Proposal Solicitation
Application Period: September 20 - November 19, 2004 The CALFED Bay-Delta Program agencies through the California Bay-Delta Authority, the California Department of Fish and Game, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA Fisheries, requests proposals for programs and projects to monitor and evaluate ecosystem restoration actions previously funded by the CALFED Ecosystem Restoration Program or by Central Valley Project Improvement Act programs. The proposal solicitation package can be downloaded from on September 20, 2004. Proposal Due Date: November 19, 2004. Complete proposals must be filed electronically on the Internet at by 3:00 p.m. Pacific Time, November 19, 2004. Proposals received after this date and time will not be accepted. Information about Other CALFED Program Proposal Solicitations You can automatically receive information about other CALFED Program Proposal Solicitations by subscribing to CALFED's Grant Opportunities and Workshops listserve at If you have any questions, please contact Dan Ray of the California Bay-Delta Authority, Ecosystem Restoration Program at (916) 445-5243.
California Coastal Commission Whale Tail Grant
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.
California Dept of Fish and Game; Fisheries Restoration Grant Program
The Department of Fish and Game solicits proposals to accomplish anadromous salmon and steelhead fishery restoration work in the coastal counties [Alameda; Contra Costa; Del Norte; Humboldt; Lake; Los Angeles; Marin; Mendocino; Monterey; Napa; Orange; San Benito; San Francisco; San Luis Obispo; San Mateo; Santa Barbara; Santa Clara; Santa Cruz; Siskiyou; Sonoma; Trinity; Ventura] of California. Grants are made to a variety of public and private enitites. Amount of each grant may vary from under $1,000 to $500,000 and over. The Proposal Solicitation Notice and application form will be available to downloading after March 19, 2003, from the Department's website. For more information contact Kimberly Karcher 916.327.8849.
California Dept of Forestry and Fire Protection; Proposition 12 Grants
The California Dept. of Forestry and Fire Protection sponsors grants for tree planting by for local government and non-profit organizations. The Proposition 12 competitive grant program is designed to assist communities of California by providing a grant opportunity to increase community tree planting with follow-up tree care support. The Proposition 12 grant program will be offering grants up to $50,000. In this year, $200,000 of the $1.125 million for tree planting grants under Prop 12 will be set aside for communities with a population of 25,000 or less to foster greater outreach in assisting these small communities. Under this special set aside program, small communities, under 25,000, can apply for grants of up to $25,000. This change will allow smaller communities a greater chance in obtaining access to tree planting funds. Grant application information are available through Mr. Herb Bunt, Urban & Community Forestry Program, CA Dept. of Forestry & Fire Protection, PO Box 944246, Sacramento, CA 94244-2460. Phone # (916) 653-7209 or email: Applications are available online at: <> Select "news" then "announcements"
California Dept of Water Resources; Flood Protection Corridor Program
The Flood Protection Corridor Program (FPCP) was established through Proposition 13, the "Safe Drinking Water, Watershed Protection and Flood Protection Act." The FPCP authorized bond sales of $70 million for primarily nonstructural flood management projects that include wildlife habitat enhancement and/or agricultural land preservation. Of the $70 million, approximately $5 million will go to educational programs and administrative costs. Another $5 million was earmarked by the Legislation for the City of Santee, leaving approximately $60 million for flood corridor protection projects throughout the state.
California Dept of Water Resources; Grants and Loans Program
Grants and/or loans are available for water conservation, groundwater management, and studies and activities to enhance local water supply reliability. Project eligibility depends on the type of organization(s) applying and participating in the project and the specific type of study or project. More than one grant or loan may be appropriate for a proposed acrtivity.
California Dept of Water Resources; Urban Streams Restoration Program
With recent voter approval of Proposition 40, the Urban Streams Program anticipates an additional application cycle for urban stream restoration projects in Fiscal Year 2003/2004. Please check their website for updates on when the next application cycle will take place, and how much funding will be available.
California Integrated Waste Management Board; Solicitation For Partners to Apply for External Funding for Organic Materials Management Projects
The California Integrated Waste Management Board (CIWMB) is seeking potential partners for the purpose of working together to secure external (i.e., other State or Federal agency) grant funds for the partners for projects that will promote waste prevention and market development of municipally derived green materials. Acceptable proposals should explore innovative uses of compost and mulch by end-users for such applications as revegetation, environmental restoration, bioremediation, conversion technologies, wetlands restoration, erosion control, integrated pest management, and other agricultural and non-agricultural applications. This solicitation is being undertaken to identify funding sources and to provide ample lead-time for aiding the partner in the development of applications to secure long-term funding. The CIWMB intends to work closely with selected partners in developing and writing applications for specific grant programs, overseeing the application process in general, and providing in-kind technical assistance (e.g., technical reviews, assistance at workshops during project implementation). Under this arrangement, successful CIWMB partners would receive all awarded grant money, and would be responsible for programmatic and fiscal leads, with sole control over project management and fund flows. The project must be located in California. For an example of a successful partnership between the CIWMB and the UC Cooperative Extension of Santa Clara County, please see <>.
If interested in applying for partnership status with CIWMB, please see
<> for more details and application materials, or contact Ron Lew at (916) 341-6592,, for information or questions.
California Resources Agency: River Parkways Grant Program
The California River Parkways Program in the Office of the Secretary for Resources is a competitive grant program for river parkways projects. Eligible projects must provide public access or be a component of a larger parkway plan that provides public access. In addition, projects must meet two of the following conditions:
* Provide compatible recreational opportunities including trails for strolling, hiking, bicycling, and equestrian uses along rivers and streams.
* Protect, improve, or restore riverine or riparian habitat, including benefits to wildlife habitat and water quality.
* Maintain or restore the open-space character of lands along rivers and streams so that they are compatible with periodic flooding as part of a flood management plan or project.
* Convert existing developed riverfront land uses into uses consistent with river parkways.
* Provide facilities to support or interpret river or stream restoration or other conservation activities.
California Resources Agency; Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program
California State Water Resources Control Board; Consolidated Request for Concept Proposals
The State Water Resources Control Board 's (SWRCB) Consolidated Request for Concept Proposals has been released. Tens of millions of dolloars in grant funds are available through the consolidated proposals concept this year. This process combines funds from Proposition 13, Proposition 50, and the federal Nonpoint Source Implementation Program (Clean Water Act Section 319(h) grants). Workshops regarding this funding will be scheduled throughout the State during the month of April. The closest meeting to Santa Barbara is scheduled in Riverside on April 10, 2003. See the "Workshop Schedule" at the above link (index).
Center for Invasive Plant Management Grants
Overview of Grants
Central Valley Habitat Joint Venture; Fish & Game Inland Wetlands Conservation Program ( <-- This link is obsolete - DC 041210)
In recognition that public funds alone are not sufficient to arrest the continuing decline of existing wetlands and waterfowl habitat, the Central Valley Habitat Joint Venture (CVHJV) was established. The CVHJV is a coalition of public, private and nonprofit organizations dedicated to protecting and restoring wetlands and waterfowl populations in the Central Valley of California. The Inland Wetlands Conservation Program (IWCP) was created within the Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) by legislation in 1990, with a specific goal to carry out the mandates of the CVHJV: to increase waterfowl populations in the Central Valley of California through the protection, restoration, enhancement and maintenance of wetland habitat. To accomplish the CVHJV objectives and maximize the use of available resources, the WCB, through the IWCP, is authorized to award grants to nonprofit organizations, local governmental agencies, and state departments. In addition, the WCB is authorized to acquire, lease, rent, sell, or exchange any land or options acquired, with the proceeds going directly to the Inland Wetlands Conservation fund to further support the efforts of the IWCP and the CVHJV. The WCB meets four times a year, usually in February, May, August and November. Processing time for applications can vary depending on completeness of the application, project benefits, and funding availability. Allow a minimum of six months from submittal of application to project approval. For more information contact (916) 445-8448 or visit ( <-- This link is obsolete - DC 041210)
Cooperative State Research Education and Extension Service; National Research Institute. Biology of Weedy and Invasive Plants
Due January 7, 2005. The goal of this program is to support: (1) research on general processes and principles that contribute to plant competitiveness or invasiveness; or (2) development of novel methods to alter plant species competitiveness, invasiveness, or abundance. It is expected that the knowledge gained from these studies will ultimately be applied to agricultural settings or closely related systems involving weedy or invasive plants. This program also invites applications for projects that integrate research, extension, and/or education to address novel and environmentally sound forms of controlling weedy or invasive plants.
The Conservation Fund
The Conservation Fund forges partnerships to preserve our nation's outdoor heritage -- America's legacy of wildlife habitat, working landscapes and community open-space. Pioneering a unique brand of conservation driven by Effectiveness, Efficiency, and Environmental and Economic Balance, the Fund produces unsurpassed results.
Earth Island Institute; David Brower Youth Awards
Earth Island Institute is soliciting the fourth annual David Brower Youth Awards. We are seeking your help in bringing forth qualified applicants -- people age 13 to 22 who have demonstrated outstanding leadership with projects in environmental Conservation, Preservation, and/or Restoration. Six winners from the U.S. and Puerto Rico will each receive a cash award of $3,000 and ongoing support of their development as environmental leaders. Recipients will be honored at a ceremony in Berkeley, California, on September 25, 2003. Applicants are not nominated, but must apply. Interested young people can simply download an application from our web site, or they can request one by contacting Cindy Arch at 415-788-3666, Ext. 160, or Applications can be mailed or e-mailed, but must be received by June 1. The Brower Youth Awards were established by Earth Island to honor founder and lifelong environmentalist David R. Brower, and to recognize and celebrate a new generation of young leaders who are following in his footsteps. The activities of previous recipients have ranged from campus organizing, to habitat restoration, to neighborhood clean-up of toxic wastes. For more information, see website and contact information above.
ESRI Grants
ESRI provides grants to government and others to support the development of GIS/GPS solutions.
Home Depot Foundation; Environmental Grants
The Home Depot Foundation assists organizations that direct efforts toward protecting the environment. Environmental grants focus on forestry, sustainability and green design, cleanup and recycling, and lead poisoning prevention. Applications are accepted four times a year.
Kodak American Greenways Award
Apply by June 1
The Kodak American Greenways Awards, a partnership project of the Eastman Kodak Company, The Conservation Fund, and the National Geographic Society, provides small grants to stimulate the planning and design of greenways in communities throughout America.
The Laura Jane Musser Fund; Environmental Stewardship and Dispute Resolution Grants
The Laura Jane Musser Fund encourages communities—whether represented by local governments, state agencies or grass roots nonprofit organizations—to use a consensus-based approach to environmental decision-making. The Fund proposes to assist local governments or other public or not-for-profit entities in rural areas and non-urban communities in undertaking consensus-based processes in the areas of environmental stewardship and dispute resolution.
National Association of Counties; Community-Led Wetland & Watershed Restoration Grants
Apply by March 1, 2004
The National Association of Counties (NACo) and the Five Star Restoration Challenge Grant project partners are currently accepting applications for the Five Star Restoration Challenge Grants. The grant program awards and aids community-led initiatives that focus on wetland and watershed restoration. Project sites can be public land, such as parks, streams, and school campuses, or private land, such as corporate facilities.
National Fish & Wildlife Foundation; Bring Back the Natives
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation ( ), in cooperation with its partner agencies, requests pre-proposals from nonprofit organizations; universities; Native American tribes; and local, state, and federal agencies interested in restoring native populations of sensitive or listed aquatic species for its Bring Back the Natives (BBN) program. The initiative funds on-the-ground efforts to restore native aquatic species to their historic range. Projects should involve partnerships between communities, agencies, private landowners, and organizations that seek to rehabilitate streamside and watershed habitats, and should focus on habitat needs of species such as fish, invertebrates, and amphibians that originally inhabited waterways across the United States. BBN program funding requires a $2 non-federal match for each federal dollar requested by applicants. The program will award between twelve and fifteen matching grants annually. The average grant is about $60,000 and can be used to support direct project-related salaries, contractual services, and materials needed for on-the-ground restoration. Pre-proposals should be submitted electronically through the online application form available on the NFWF Web site. See the Web site for complete program information and application procedures.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Pulling Together Initiative
National Forest Foundation
The National Forest Foundation (NFF), chartered by Congress, engages America in community-based and national programs that promote the health and public enjoyment of the 192 million acre National Forest System, and administers private gifts of funds and land for the benefit of the National Forests. Currently, the NFF is concentrating its efforts on the four natural resource issues the USDA Forest Service Chief's identified as threats to the National Forest System: fire and fuels, invasive species, unmanaged recreation, and habitat fragmentation. The NFF will accept applications from non-governmental, nonprofit organizations working on or adjacent to National Forests and Grasslands to address these threats in a collaborative way. A complete transcript of the 2003 speech in which Chief Bosworth presented these issues is available via the NFF website.
In the area of invasive species the NFF is making strategic investments in collaborative projects that address the damaging spread of invasive species on and around National Forests and Grasslands nationwide through project activities such as:
o Removal and control of noxious weeds;
o Citizen-based monitoring and GIS-mapping in areas of high infestation;
o Watershed health improvement through re-seeding of riparian areas with native species;
o Cultivation of native species for restoration use.
Applications will be accepted from non-federal partners, community-based organizations, Native American tribes, and other nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations. Applications cannot be accepted from federal, state or county agencies.
National Geographic Conservation Trust
The objective of the Conservation Trust is to support conservation activities around the world as they fit within the mission of the National Geographic Society. The trust will fund projects that contribute significantly to the preservation and sustainable use of the Earth's biological, cultural, and historical resources.
Native Plant Conservation Initiative
For additional RFPs in Environment, visit:
Deadline (Pre-proposal submission): February 15, 2005 and August 15, 2005
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, in partnership with the Plant Conservation Alliance, has announced a Request for Proposals for the 2005 Native Plant Conservation Initiative (NPCI).

Through the initiative, grants of federal dollars will be provided to nonprofit organizations and agencies at all levels of government to promote the conservation of native plants. NPCI grants are modest, ranging from $5,000 to $40,000, with the average grant size roughly $15,000. It is expected that all grant funds will be matched by non-federal contributions from project partners. In-kind contributions of goods or services are also eligible as matches for the program.

There is a strong preference for "on-the-ground" projects that involve local communities and citizen volunteers in the restoration of native plant communities. Projects that include a pollinator conservation component are also encouraged. NPCI funds cannot be used for direct land acquisition costs or political advocacy.
National Tree Trust; Community Tree Planting
Hundreds of community organizations around the country are planting trees to enhance public land in both urban and rural settings. To accomplish the task, they are taking advantage of the National Tree Trust grant program called Community Tree Planting. The program provides groups with 1-year-old, regionally appropriate, bare-root tree seedlings in bundles of 100 per species for planting on public property and along roadsides.
National Resources Conservation Service; Conservation Innovation Grant
Funding for local government and non-profit organizations to lead and implement region-wide conservation projects on private lands. Invasive species control is eligible. The overall funding per year for each project is $75,000-$450,000. This is an opportunity to continue some of the cost-share programs that were funded under SB1740. Proposals are due MAY 28, 2004. They will require some work and will be best if coordinated with your local RCD and in consultation with your local NRCS District Conservationist.
NOAA Community-Based Restoration Program
NOAA Restoration Center.
Also visit American Rivers:
NOAA Community-based Restoration Program; The California Salmon Partnership (click on Tools and then Library for CSP documents)
and at:
The California Salmon Partnership, funded by the NOAA Community-based Restoration Program, will award $200,000 to fund restoration projects that will benefit anadromous salmonid species in California watersheds. Technical assistance in developing full proposals or implementing projects will be offered by the CSP Partners. The CSP is soliciting preliminary proposals for community-based watershed restoration projects that are feasible, high-priority, cost-effective and cientifically-sound. Five to ten grants, ranging from $5K-$40K will be awarded. Direct funding for project implementation will be limited to tribal, community-based or community-led organizations, and communities themselves. Eligible organizations include Tribes, non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, and municipalities. Projects funded may include riparian habitat restoration, upslope sediment remediation, upslope erosion control, road decommissioning, road storm proofing, fish passage projects, in-stream fish structures, stream bank erosion control. Pre-proposals must be received by March 17 2003 and can be mailed to CLC, PO Box 1580, Redway, CA 95560 or, emailed to by 4pm. Contact Jude Wait with CLC at (707) 223-0848, or by email with questions.
Partners for Fish and Wildlife
Patagonia Enviro Action
Patagonia funds only environmental work. They are most interested in making grants to organizations that identify and work on the root causes of problems and that approach issues with a commitment to long-term change. They look for programs with a clear agenda for change and a strategic plan for achieving the organization's goals. Because they believe that true change will occur only through a strong grassroots movement, their funding focuses on organizations that build a strong base of citizen support.
Rockfeller Brothers Fund; Sustainable Development Program
Human activity is causing the depletion of essential resources, global warming, rapid loss of biodiversity, and accelerating degradation of Earth's life support systems. These developments threaten the livelihoods, health, and security of people in all nations and cultures as well as the well being of the greater community of life. The RBF's sustainable development grantmaking endeavors to address these challenges by supporting environmental stewardship that is ecologically based, economically sound, socially just, culturally appropriate, and consistent with intergenerational equity. The Fund encourages government, business, and civil society to work collaboratively on environmental conservation and to make it an integral part of all development planning and activity.
San Francisco Estuary Institute
The San Francisco Estuary Institute is administering "The Aquatic Pesticide Monitoring Program (APMP)," which has $175,000 for demonstration projects that use non-chemical methods to control aquatic plants, algae, or mosquitoes. All projects are to be conducted in California waters by October of 2003. A total of $175,000 is anticipated to be allocated among 5 to 10 separate demonstration projects. There is no deadline for proposal submission. Proposal review will begin on April 28, and funds will be awarded on a rolling basis. The APMP is administered by the San Francisco Estuary Institute, a nonprofit organization based in Oakland, California ( Questions regarding the project can be directed to Ben Greenfield at or by calling 510-746-7385.
Santa Barbara County, Planning and Development, Energy Division; Coastal Resource Enhancement Fund
Grant applications for the 2006 cycle are due on Sept 12, 2005.
Santa Clara River Grants
The Santa Clara River Trustee Council, made up of representatives from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Game, has announced the availability of up to $1.5 million to fund ecological restoration projects in the Santa Clara River watershed in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. Ecological restoration projects include habitat improvement, and ecological research, monitoring, and educational efforts associated with habitat restoration. Project pre-proposals will be accepted throughout the first half of 2004 and are slated for review and action within two decision cycles. The first pre-proposal deadline is February 2, 2004. The second (and last) pre-proposal deadline is June 14, 2004.
Sea World Busch Gardens Conservation Fund
The fund's mission: To work with purpose and passion on behalf of wildlife and habitats worldwide, encouraging sustainable solutions through support of species research, animal rescue and rehabilitation and conservation education.
Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project; Work Plan Update
The Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project (WRP) is requesting proposals for acquisition, restoration, and enhancement projects for coastal wetlands and watersheds in Southern California. Proposals are due February 1, 2005.
Southern California Wetlands Recovery Project; Small Grants Program
The Request for Proposals to the Wetland Recovery Project’s 2005 Small Grant Program is now posted on the Recovery Project’s new website at under “What’s New.” The due date for proposals is 11 March 2005.
The WRP Small Grants Program provides funding for community-based restoration projects in coastal wetlands and watersheds in the region. The purpose of the program is to further the goals of the WRP Regional Strategy; build local capacity to plan and implement wetland restoration projects; promote community involvement in wetlands restoration activities; and foster education about wetlands ecosystems. The program is administered by Environment Now, a non-profit group located in Santa Monica. Nonprofit organizations and local agencies are eligible to apply.
Surdna Foundation Environment Program
Surdna's Environment Program has chosen four focus areas where they feel can make a meaningful contribution in the United States: Biological Diversity and the Human Communities Which Depend On It; Realigning Human and Natural Systems; Transportation and Urban/Suburban Land Use; and Energy. Their goals are to prevent irreversible damage to the environment and to promote more efficient, economically sound, environmentally beneficial and equitable use of land and natural resources. Contact 212-557-0010.
Trout Unlimited/NOAA; Embrace a Stream
Another grant opportunity via the partnership between Trout Unlimited (TU) and NOAA Restoration Center's Community-based Restoration Program. As only TU chapters can apply, you must find a local TU chapter to partner with. Although this grant opportunity is relatively small (max $10,000 per project award) it has liberal policies in terms of what types of projects can be applied for. November 22, 2004 is the deadline for the TU chapter to contact the TU regional lead about a pending application, and the actual application is due December 20, 2004.
Univ of Calif Santa Barbara Shoreline Preservation Fund
The Shoreline Preservation Fund provides funds to enhance, protect and restore the shoreline associated with UCSB through preservation, education, open access, research, and restoration.
Univ of Calif Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program
The University of California Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education Program (SAREP) has released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to support research and education projects on sustainable food systems. Targeted topic areas include: direct or regional marketing/distribution systems demonstration or pilot projects) and socioeconomic analyses of conventional or alternative food systems. Total funding available is approximately $80,000 with typical awards of $10,000-20,000. Larger budgets will be considered if well justified. Grants are available to individuals affiliated with California public or private educational institutions, with California non-profit, tax-exempt organizations, or with federal or state government agencies. For complete guidelines on how to apply, see the full Request for Proposals on line at
USDA 2002 Farm Bill
The new 2002 Farm Bill provides a historic commitment to conservation over the next six years. Expanded programs include: Environmental Quality Incentives Program, Conservation of Private Grazing Land, Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program, Wetlands Reserve Program, Farmland Protection Program, Resource Conservation and Development Program, Conservation Reserve Program, Small Watershed Rehabilitation. New programs: Conservation Security Program, Conservation Innovation Grants, Grasslands Reserve Program, Forest Land Enhance Program.
US EPA Wetlands Program Development Grants
The Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs), initiated in FY90, provide eligible applicants an opportunity to conduct projects that promote the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys, and studies relating to the causes, effects, extent, prevention, reduction, and elimination of water pollution.
US Fish and Wildlife North American Wetlands Conservation Act Grants Program
The North American Wetlands Conservation Act of 1989 provides matching grants to private or public organizations or to individuals who have developed partnerships to carry out wetlands conservation projects in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Due Date for Applications: Dec 03, 2004
Small Grants proposals may be submitted at any time, but must be dated no later than the posted deadline. Regardless of date of submission, all applications received before the deadline will be reviewed at the same time. Applications review and funding decisions usually occur within four months. Final funding decision is made following the March meeting of the Migratory Birds Conservation Commission each year.
US Fish & Wildlife Pathways to Nature
Grants to enhance environmental education activities and bird/wildlife viewing opportunities at significant nature tourism destinations . The Pathways To Nature grant funds are currently committed to funding only projects within the National Wildlife Refuge System through 2005.
US Fish & Wildlife Private Stewardship Grants Program
The PSGP provides grants or other Federal assistance on a competitive basis to individuals and groups engaged in private, voluntary conservation efforts that benefit species listed or proposed as endangered or threatened under the Act, candidate species, or other at-risk species on private lands within the United States. Examples of the types of projects that may be funded include managing nonnative competitors, reintroducing imperiled species, implementing measures to minimize risk from disease, restoring streams that support imperiled species, erecting fencing to exclude animals from sensitive habitats, or planting native vegetation to restore a rare plant community. Private landowners, individually or as a group, are encouraged to submit project proposals for their properties. Additionally, individuals or groups (for example land conservancies, community organizations, or conservation organizations) working with private landowners on conservation efforts are also encouraged to submit project proposals provided they identify specific private landowners who have confirmed their intent to participate on the project or provide other evidence in the project proposal to demonstrate landowner participation will occur.

Grant Resources Link Sites
California Dept of Food & Agriculture
California Pest Management Center
California Resources Agency California Watershed Funding Database
Center for Invasive Plant Management
The Environmental Grantmaking Foundations directory


Obsolete Links:
The following links are old, go to a time specific document or I can't find where they moved the page or it doesn't appear as if the organization is offering again. Sometimes it's hard to tell. Anyways, I've kept them for reference, so I can do more research, when I feel like working overtime, again. (In no particular order and it may get kinda sloppy.)
US Fish & Wildlife Landowner Incentive Program
In recent years, natural resource managers have increasingly recognized that private lands play a pivotal role in linking or providing important habitats for fish, wildlife, and plant species. To protect and enhance these habitats through incentives for private landowners, the President's Budget for Fiscal Year 2002 requested funding to address this need and Congress responded by appropriating $40 million from the Land and Water Conservation Fund for the Service to establish and administer a new Landowner Incentive Program (LIP). The Service will award grants to States for programs that enhance, protect, or restore habitats that benefit federally listed, proposed, or candidate species, or other at-risk species on private lands. A primary objective of LIP is to establish, or supplement existing, State landowner incentive programs that provide technical and financial assistance, including habitat protection and restoration, to private landowners for the protection and management of habitat to benefit federally listed, proposed, or candidate species, or other at-risk species on private lands as stated in the appropriations language. LIP complements other Federal private lands conservation programs that focus on the conservation of habitat.
WAPMS Scholarship Available for Work on Aquatic Plants
WAPMS will present two $1000 scholarships in 2003. Scholarship funds may be used by the recipient to cover costs associated with education and/or research expenses. Eligible applicants must be enrolled as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student in an accredited college or university in the western United States. Course work or research in an area related to the biology, ecology, or management of aquatic plants in the West is also required.
California Dept of Parks & Recreation; Habitat Conservation Fund
Program Goals/Funded Projects: Acquisition and restoration of wildlife habitats and significant natural areas, in the following categories: (1) Deer/Lion (2) Rare, Threatened and Endangered species, (3) Wetlands, and (4) Riparian habitat. Eligible Applicants: California Counties, Cities, and special districts. Funding Available: $2 million available. Up to $400,000 per project funded in 2002. *Note: funds not yet appropriated from state budget. Requirements: One to one non-state funding match required.
California State Parks Foundation; Environmental and Recycling Programs
The California State Parks Foundation awards grants to fund environmental improvements and recycling bin installation as part of its Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup program. Grants ranging from $500 to $2500 are available for State Parks, community parks, environmental nonprofit organizations and schools. Grant applications are being accepted through December 1, 2002. The Earth Day 2003 Restoration and Cleanup event takes place Saturday, April 12, 2003 and is co-sponsored by the California State Parks Foundation and Levi Strauss. In 1998, the California State Parks Foundation developed its Earth Day Restoration and Cleanup program to encourage California residents to actively participate in environmental improvement projects in their communities. Statewide, thousands of volunteers each year launch recycling or composting programs, plant trees and community gardens, restore trails and wildlife habitats and cleanup beaches and park lands. In 2003, the Foundation plans to distribute $100,000 in grants to approximately 50 project sites. The California State Parks Foundation helps protect, enhance and advocate for California's 273 State Parks. For more information or to obtain a grant application, call 1-888-98-PARKS or visit the Foundation's website
Federal Highway Administration; Small Business Innovation Research
Federal Highway Administration 03-FH4 Development and Use of Native Plant Sods for Erosion and Sediment Control on Highway Construction Projects. The full 2003 Solicitation Topic descriptions will be available February 14 in the 2003 Program Solicitation.
Natural Resources Conservation Service; Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program
Office of Environmental Justice, Environmental Justice Small Grants Program for Fiscal Year 2003
The purpose of this grant program is to provide financial assistance to eligible community groups (i.e., community-based/grassroots organization, churches, or other nonprofit organizations) and federally recognized tribal governments that are working on or plan to carry out projects to address environmental justice issues. Preference for awards will be given to community-based/grassroots organizations that are working on local solutions to local environmental problems. Funds can be used to develop a new activity or substantially improve the quality of existing programs that have a direct impact on affected communities. All awards will be made in the form of a grant not to exceed one year.
Resources for Community Collaboration; 2003 Call for Proposals
The Resources for Community Collaboration (RCC) program of the Sonoran Institute invites interested organizations to submit proposals in support of community-based collaborations working to resolve conflicts over use of natural resources in the rural West.
In 2003, RCC will provide grants, up to $10,000, to provide seed money for organizations involved in community based collaborations. Grants are made to groups engaged, or preparing to engage, in collaborations that: 1) develop solutions for long-term protection, sustainable use or restoration of natural landscapes in the rural West; 2) are viable, healthy processes that include key stakeholders and utilize good decision making; and 3) are supported and sustained by community leaders.
Student Research and Education Award; Santa Ynez Valley Natural History Society
contact: Carey McKinnon, (805) 688-4214,
Santa Ynez Valley (Santa Barbara County, California) students, grades 6 through 12, are invited to submit projects for consideration for the Society's 5th Annual Research and Education Award. Last year's award winner was Ryan Huebel of Dunn Middle School for "Eco-Columns and Natural Filtration." Honorable Mention went to Stephen Krause of Jonata School for his project, "The Cooper's Hawk." The 2004 winners will be announced in June.
US EPA National Center for Environmental Research
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Science to Achieve Results (STAR) program, is seeking applications for research into the development of regional-scale stressor-response models. The
goal of this research solicitation is to develop improved models for use by ecosystem managers to address regional environmental problems. Models proposed for development under this RFA will address interactions among at least one of the following suites of stressors: 1) those associated with the listed impairments in the current Clean Water Act 303(d) listing process; that is, suspended and embedded sediments, nutrients, pathogens, 2) those influenced by climate change (e.g., flow variability, thermal regimes, UVB), 3) changes in land use patterns affecting regional habitat, and 4) the introduction of exotic species. The modeling endpoints will reflect variables of concern for aquatic ecosystems. These concerns include freshwater and coastal fish and shellfish populations, as well as ecosystem services (e.g., biodiversity, production, life-support function).