The North Coast Resource Partnership (NCRP) engages in multi-objective integrated planning to achieve its regional goals and to guide local project implementation. These regional plans incorporate the best available science and data related to watershed and community health, and include strategies informed by local expertise, knowledge and priorities. Additionally, NCRP planning documents include the relevant priorities and goals of key partner agencies, such as the California Department of Water Resources, the Strategic Growth Council, California Department of Conservation, California Resources Agency, the State Coastal Conservancy, State Water Resources Control Board, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, California Department of Food and Agriculture, and the USDA and its agencies.

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The NCRP has a history of synchronizing statewide planning priorities with local planning efforts to guide local project implementation, including Integrated Coastal Watershed Management Plans and Storm Water Resource Management Plans. These planning documents are informed by the best available technical information and local knowledge, and include input from interested stakeholders. Local plans that are integrated into the NCRP planning process can be found on the NCRP Integrated Local Plans webpage.

The NCRP regularly develops science-based assessments and plans that fill data gaps in the region and reflect the shared goals, objectives, strategies and priorities for the North Coast Region. Supported by a Strategic Growth Council Sustainable Communities grant, the NCRP is significantly enhancing the climate change elements of its planning and implementation framework – weaving together existing plans, data, and projects into an integrated approach to addressing climate change adaptation and GHG emissions reductions while achieving other benefits such as ecosystem health, clean water, and economic vitality. The NCRP has released a number of technical reports and assessments that formed the basis of key guidance and planning documents. Technical reports, assessments and strategy plan can be found on the North Coast Integrated Regional Planning – Healthy Communities, Functional Watersheds and Viable Economies webpage.


Project Planning Tools

Project Planning Tools

The NCRP has developed model planning and policy tools that are compatible with the region’s unique rural natural resource economy, promoting approaches that will help to reinforce and build the value of the natural infrastructure, while promoting functional built infrastructure, community health and economic vitality. Tools include the small community toolbox, which helps water service providers make decisions about maintenance and upgrades and model planning and policy tools with context sensitive strategies that reflect local priorities and constraints, compliance with AB 32 and SB 375, and support for the specific needs in the North Coast.

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NCRP Small Community Toolbox

The Small Community Toolbox has been created to provide resources to help with system maintenance, replacement and upgrades as well as to assist in the project development process. The Toolbox is intended to help small utilities develop a “first order” understanding of what their options are, how they should begin to budget, where to find funding opportunities, and how to get help. This resource is organized around the steps associated with the “Utility Management Cycle”. Tools contained in the Toolbox may be provided as documents, maps, charts, or links to web resources. The Small Community Toolbox webpage contains more detail about this program and provides access to the tools.

PDF Resources

Guide for Tribal Renewable Energy Sovereignty Master Planning

December 2016
Guide for Tribal Renewable Energy Sovereignty Master Planning. The Bear River Tribe developed the guide to other sovereign nations and municipalities as a template for developing on-site renewable energy to supply a year-round energy surplus for all energy needs, with particular applicability to other North Coast sovereign nations and Humboldt County.
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Planning Guide for Development of Tribal Environmental Protection Ordinances

October 2016
The Yurok Tribe developed a Planning Guide and a Model Tribal Environmental Protection Ordinance intended to assist other Tribes to improve their environmental protection programs. The Planning Guide describes the steps and options necessary to develop a Tribal Environmental Protection Ordinance.
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Model Tribal Environmental Enforcement Response Plan

August 2016
The Yurok Tribe developed a Model Tribal Environmental Enforcement Response Plan is intended to assist other Tribes to improve their environmental programs and focuses on enforcement elements. The Model Tribal Enforcement Response Plan is offered to other tribal nations as a template for their efforts, with particular applicability to other North Coast Tribal nations.
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Decentralized Wastewater Treatment System Planning Model

October 2016
The Hoopa Valley Tribe developed a guidance document about current technologies available to treat and manage wastewater on Tribal lands. The guide includes: Options Evaluation Methodology; Disposal Solutions Scenarios; and Management Model Guidelines
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Site Resilience and Energy Assessment Process for Key Assets Guide

December 2016
The Redwood Coast Energy Authority outlined a process to identify, evaluate, and prioritize critical facilities that are a good fit for on-site generation, energy-storage, and load-management systems to support continuity of operations when the grid is down, as well as reap the environmental and cost-savings benefits of those systems during regular operation. Site Resilience and Critical…
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Site Resilience and Critical Essential Services Model Toolkit

December 2016
This toolkit is designed to help with Energy Assurance Planning (EAP) for a region of interest.  Each sheet contains information and instructions for filling out the tables. More details on the general EAP process can be found in the companion document Site Resilience and Energy Assessment Process for Key Assets.
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North Coast Irrigation Water and Fertigation Management Tool

August 2017
The NCIWFMP uses Excel workbooks as an input framework for agricultural producer inputs and is based on calculating a water and nutrient balance for a variety of crop types for enhanced management of farm resources and to maximize crop production.
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Project Monitoring

The NCRP focuses on planning and implementing high quality projects that result in positive outcomes for North Coast communities and landscapes. To this end, the NCRP requires assessments to document project priority and feasibility, as well as post-implementation monitoring to evaluate project completion, lessons learned and impact.

For project proponents, stakeholders and others who wish to access NCRP monitoring resources, tools, technical assistance and training, please visit the Learn More section.

NCRP Project Performance and Monitoring Plan Guidelines

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Resources for Project Monitoring

Monitoring and Assessment Protocols and Data Sources

Protocol Sources

Landscape Condition

CalFire Fire and Resource Assessment Program (FRAP) Development and Vegetation Trends methodology

Biotic Condition

California Department of Fish and Game protocol: Aquatic Bioassessment Laboratory

California Department of Fish and Game California Salmonid Stream Habitat Restoration Manual

California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM) method for riparian condition measures: Collins et al 2008

California Watershed Assessment Manual II Chapter 4 (Shilling 2005a; periphyton) and 5 (Shilling 2005b; benthic macroinvertebrates)

EPA rapid bioassessment protocol (Barbour et al. 1999)

Riparian Bird Conservation Plan (California Partners in Flight and Riparian Habitat Joint Venture) methods for monitoring riparian bird populations

SWAMP protocols (“Standard Operating Procedures”)

Selected reports under “Bioassessment” at

USGS National Water Quality Assessment Program (NAWQA)

Chemical & Physical Characteristics

California Watershed Assessment Manual II Chapter  2 (Washburn and Schilling 2005)

Groundwater Ambient Monitoring Program information at

SWAMP protocols (“Standard Operating Procedures”)

Hydrology and Geomorphology

California Rapid Assessment Method (CRAM) method for riparian condition measures: Collins et al 2008

California Watershed Assessment Manual II Chapter 3 (Florsheim 2005)

Florsheim 2005 and references therein provide methods for measuring discharge; measuring sediment transport; calculating effective discharge; assessing substrate and grain size distributions; and assessing morphology:

SWAMP physical habitat procedures…/swamp/…/stream_physical_habitat.pdf

USDA Forest Service: Cumulative watershed effects: Reid 1993

Data Sources

Landscape Condition

CalFire: CalVeg

CalFire: Composite Dataset of California Landcover

CalFire: FRAP Watershed Data

CalFire and USDA Forest Service: California Land Cover Mapping and Monitoring Program (LCMMP)

Groundwater Ambient Monitoring Program

USDA: National Agriculture Inventory Program (NAIP) found at CalAtlas

USEPA: ATtILA extension for GIS Landscape Analysis (land use quantification)

USGS: National Wetlands Inventory (NWI)

USGS: National Hydrography Dataset

USGS: National Land Cover Dataset

Biotic Condition

California Department of Fish and Wildlife Biogeographic Information and Observation System (BIOS;

California Native Diversity Database (CNDDB; ),Coho stream habitat assessments, and other data sets; the CDFG Watershed Assessment Program does fisheries-based assessments of coastal streams

CalEpa and others: Environmental Protection Indicators for California (EPIC) project is responsible for developing and maintaining a set of “environmental indicators” for California.

CalFlora (for specific plant species)

California Native Plant Society (for specific plant species)

EPAs Western Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program (WEMAP)

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service Central California Coast Coho Salmon Recovery Plan.

NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service Southern Oregon Northern California Coho Salmon Recovery Plan.

Riparian Habitat Joint Venture: data on riparian habitat restoration in California, especially for birds

Riparian Bird Conservation Plan (California Partners in Flight and Riparian Habitat Joint Venture) monitoring data for some focal species

SWAMP BMI,  stream assessment, and other reports including Ode 2007, SWAMP 2005, and Ode and Rehn 2005

Chemical and Physical Characteristic (Water Quality)

Department of Water Resources (DWR) Integrated Water Resources Information System (IWRIS)

EPA TMDL program

EPA WEMAP (Western Environmental Monitoring and Assessment Program for physical habitat structure, sediment metabolism, sediment chemistry, water quality parameters, and riparian vegetation.


SWRCB North Coast Basin Plan

USGS groundwater quality data

Hydrology and Geomorphology

DWR Integrated Water Resources Information System (IWRIS)

USEPA Watershed Assessment of River Stability and Sediment Supply (WARSSS)…/Assessment/Rosgen_2007_WARSSS.pdf

USGS National Hydrography Dataset

USGS National Water Information System (NWIS)

Monitoring Protocols for Project Evaluation

Salmonid Habitat Improvement

SWAMP Data Management System.   Provides a database, templates, field data sheets, QAPP guidance and templates, and webinar trainings. Provides detailed Standard Operating Procedures .for:

CDFW California Stream Bioassessment Procedure.  Provides a scoring template for stream habitat conditions, a Bioassessment worksheet, biological metrics, sampling design, and sampling metrics.

CDFW Salmonid Stream Habitat Restoration Manual.  2010.  Provides assessment and monitoring methods as well as project evaluation and monitoring protocols.

CDFW Qualitative Implementation and Effectiveness Monitoring of Fisheries Habitat, 2006.  Includes recommendations for field-tested monitoring protocols.  Http://

Monitoring the Implementation and Effectiveness of Fisheries Habitat Restoration Projects.  Provides descriptions of study design, sampling considerations, and monitoring procedures.

Watershed/ Habitat Improvement

California Watershed Assessment Manual.  Volume II.    Provides sampling guidance, measurement techniques, and discusses limitations of and appropriate use of data. Provides detailed information about monitoring methods and/ or assessment:

California Rapid Assessment Method.  Provides a “cost-effective and scientifically defensible rapid assessment method for monitoring the conditions of wetlands throughout California.”  Provides access to data spatially in an interactive map, data entry, SOPs for several types of wetland habitats, and other informational and guidance documents.

California Native Plant Society Vegetation Program.  Provides Rapid Vegetation Assessment and Releve Protocol and field forms.  Requests that those who use these protocols send a copy of their datasheets to update statewide CNPS database.

CDFW Survey and Monitoring Protocols and Guidelines.  Protocols from various sources that have been tested and reviewed by CDFW.  Survey and monitoring protocols provided for plants, invertebrates, specific amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals.  Also provides a photo point monitoring handbook from the US Forest Service.

USDA Forest Service Photo Point Monitoring Handbook, 2002.  Provides specific field procedures and concepts and analysis techniques.

SWRCB Methodology for On-the-Ground Photo Monitoring, 2014.  Specific methodology for establishing and documenting monitoring points.

SWRCB CWT Stream and Shoreline Photo Documentation SOP.  Available as part of the Guidance Compendium for Watershed Monitoring and Assessment, this SOP provides an equipment list, methods, and forms.

Water Quality Improvement

SWAMP – Clean Water Team Citizen Monitoring Tool Box, 2014.  Provides a tool box with templates to help manage and organize water quality monitoring data.  Field data sheets, calibration data sheets, advanced tools, and project monitoring.

SWAMP – Field Methods Course.  This is a training resource for SWAMP Field Methods.  Subjects include water quality, flow, water and sediment sampling, and physical assessments.

SWAMP – CWT Guidance Compendium for Watershed Monitoring and Assessment, 2011.  Comprehensive source for monitoring and assessment – from setting up the monitoring strategy to SOPs for water quality, nutrients, bacteria, biological communities, physical attributes, toxicity, and pollution.

CDFW Quantitative Effectiveness Monitoring of Bank Stabilization and Riparian Vegetation Restoration, 2007.  Reports on field testing specific protocols for bank stabilization and riparian vegetation restoration.

UCCE Sediment Delivery Inventory and Monitoring.  Contains inventory worksheet and photo records to provide landowners with tools to inventory and monitor sites that have potentially deliverable sediment.

Road Upgrading, Decommissioning and Maintenance.

Water Supply Reliability

SWAMP – CWT Guidance Compendium for Watershed Monitoring and Assessment, 2011.  Section 4. Provides methods and SOPs for measuring flow.

Educational Materials and Training Opportunities

General Resources

Surface Water Ambient Monitoring Program (SWAMP) website has a number of tools and resources

Information about the statewide effort to develop biological objectives and how to participate

SWAMP Clean Water Team, Citizen Monitoring: training and educational materials

SWAMP Field Methods Course (CD) which is also available online at

Information about the course at

The California Water Quality Monitoring Council report “Preliminary Inventory of Monitoring Programs” (2008). It has helpful information about, and links to, the state’s major monitoring/assessment programs, support tools, and data libraries

“Webinars” on various water issues are available through SWRCB’CWQMC

California Watershed Assessment Manual has a comprehensive treatment of watershed data collection and assessment

Salmonid Restoration Federation trainings in watershed assessment

IMAP monitoring related training

Department of Fish and Game BIOS biological data viewer tutorials

SWAMP Clean Water Team Clean Water Team Resources

Water Clarity (Transparency) and Color Using a Secchi Disc

Water Clarity (Transparency) Using a Transparency Tube

Using Transparency Tube and Total Suspended Solids(TSS) Data to Assess Stream Turbidity

Turbidity Measurement Using the Dual Cylinder Method

Turbidity Using a Nephelometer (“Turbidimeter”)

Collection and Use of Total Suspended Solids

Fact Sheet – Water Color

Determining Color Water

Project Funding

Since 2005, the NCRP planning process and project implementation has been financed from a variety of sources, including via IRWM grant funding; California Energy Commission, Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant Program; and Strategic Growth Council Sustainable Communities Grant funding; and local cost-share agreements with the Sonoma County Water Agency. NCRP funding awards from 2005-2016 total over $67 million and leverage over $110 million in funding match. With its commitment to achieving multiple objectives through local action, the NCRP is well poised to attract and utilize new federal, state, local, and private funding sources as they become available.

Other Funding Opportunities

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The Proposition 1 Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Grant Program provides funding for projects that help meet the long term water needs of the state, including:

  • Assisting water infrastructure systems adapt to climate change;
  • Providing incentives throughout each watershed to collaborate in managing the region’s water resources and setting regional priorities for water infrastructure; and
  • Improving regional water self-reliance

The North Coast funding area Proposition 1 IRWM allocation is $26.5 M and has approximately $22 M available for implementation projects over two rounds of funding.

On March 15, the NCRP received 36 project proposals in response to the NCRP 2019 Proposition 1 IRWM Project Solicitation for a total request of approximately $35.5 million. The Technical Peer Review Committee (TPRC) conducted their technical review and met on April 18 & 19 in Eureka to discuss the project proposals and select draft Priority Projects. The Policy Review Panel unanimously approved the suite of Priority Projects on April 26 at the NCRP Quarterly Meeting in Yreka.


On-going Implementation Project Application Form

Increasingly, funding opportunities for project implementation require or give preference to projects that are included in an Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Plan. The Preliminary Implementation Project Application will provide a mechanism for including projects on an on-going basis into the NCRP IRWM Plan.

Other Funding Opportunities

Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Subbasin Water Use Efficiency Program. The Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Subbasin Well Water Use Efficiency Program provides several opportunities for groundwater users to reduce their water use. Well users in the Santa Rosa Plain may be eligible for free water efficiency programs and rebates through Proposition 84 funding offering high-efficiency toilet, turf replacement rebate, and  clothes washer rebates and an onsite water use consultation. Private well users within Santa Rosa Plain Groundwater Subbasin are eligible to participate in these programs. Private well users include individual well owners, mutual water systems, shared wells (serving more than one APN), community wells, and other not for profit type water systems. Water users who receive their primary source of water from a municipal, retail or urban water supplier are not eligible for the program. Call 707-524-1165 for assistance in determining eligibility or visit Sonoma Water

USDA Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Agricultural Systems. Applications to the FY 2019 Agriculture and Food Research Initiative – Sustainable Agricultural Systems (SAS) Request for Applications (RFA) must focus on approaches that promote transformational changes in the U.S. food and agriculture system within the next 25 years. NIFA seeks creative and visionary applications that take a systems approach, and that will significantly improve the supply of abundant, affordable, safe, nutritious, and accessible food, while providing sustainable opportunities for expansion of the bioeconomy through novel animal, crop, and forest products and supporting technologies. These approaches must demonstrate current and future social, behavioral, economic, health, and environmental impacts. Additionally, the outcomes of the work being proposed must result in societal benefits, including promotion of rural prosperity and enhancement of quality of life for those involved in food and agricultural value chains from production to utilization and consumption. Proposals due September 26.

Air Grants Program. The purpose of the Air Grants Program is to provide community-based organizations in California with logistical and technical assistance to support their efforts in improving local air quality, in line with the goals of AB 617. Proposals due September 30.

Honda Marine Science Foundation Grants. Honda created the Honda Marine Science Foundation based on the idea that humans can and should have a mutually beneficial relationship with coastal ecosystems. This idea is known as “sato-umi”. In Japanese, “sato” means the area where people live, and “umi” means the sea. Sato-umi is a coastal area where biological productivity and biodiversity thrive due to human interaction. HMSF considers projects that advance the understanding and/or implementation of living shorelines, which are natural approaches to protecting coastal habitats and communities (“community” is interpreted broadly beyond strictly geographical parameters). Living shorelines promote harmonious interaction between humans and the ocean. They also provide habitat value, enhance coastal resilience, and boost ecosystem services. Projects must integrate the sato-umi philosophy of prolonged human interaction. Letters of intent due 10.1.2019.

The California Natural Resources Agency will be accepting project proposals for the Recreational Trails and Greenways Grant Program to fund projects that provide nonmotorized infrastructure development and enhancements that promote new or alternate access to parks, waterways, outdoor recreational pursuits, and forested or other natural environments to encourage health-related active transportation and opportunities for Californians to reconnect with nature. The Trails and Greenways grant program, funded by Proposition 68, will fund approximately $27.7 million in awards. Applicants submitting the most competitive proposals will be invited to participate in the next level of the competitive process, anticipated mid-late December 2019.Eligibility and program requirements, including online submittal information, can be found at Proposals due October 11, 2019.

WaterSMART Drought Response Program: Drought Resiliency Projects for Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021. This proposal is open to states, tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on Drought Resiliency Projects that will increase the reliability of water supplies; improve water management; and provide benefits for fish, wildlife, and the environment to mitigate impacts caused by drought. Applications due October 16.

North American Wetlands Conservation Act 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. 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. Due October 17.

USBR Applied Science Grants. The Applied Science Grants Funding Opportunity seeks proposals to develop tools and information to support the management of water resources for multiple uses. Projects funded under Applied Science Grants inform how drought impacts water management, develop tools and information to inform watershed management, and develop platforms to improve access and use of water resources data by resource managers in the West. Application due October 30.

Wildfire Assistance Program. This Program will provide urgent need funds to certain persons affected by the 2017 and 2018 wildfires. The fires that qualify are the Atlas, Adobe, Blue, Camp, Cascade, Cherokee, Honey, LaPorte, Lobo, Maacama, McCourtney, Nuns, Norrbom, Partrick, Pocket, Point, Pressley, Pythian, Redwood, Sulphur, Tubbs and “37” Fires. Deadline to apply is November 15, 2019.


Hazardous Tree Removal Program. The County of Mendocino has secured grant funding to support removal of dead or dying hazardous trees on private property within the 2017 Redwood Complex Fire footprint.  The County has partnered with the Mendocino County Resource Conservation District (MCRCD) along with the Mendocino County Fire Safe Council, who will be administering the program on behalf of the County.  As part of the program, the MCRCD will be conducting public outreach and seeking eligible participants.

To be eligible for the program, participants must meet the following requirements:

  • Properties must be located within the Redwood Complex Fire Footprint
  • Participants must own the property on which trees are proposed for removal
  • Participants must either a) contribute a cost share of $200 per tree, with a maximum contribution of $600 total, or b) agree to dispose of felled trees

Trees eligible for removal must meet all of the following requirements, to be verified by a Registered Professional Forester:

  • Be assessed as dead or dying
  • Be at least 10 inches in diameter and 20 feet tall
  • Be located within 300 feet of a residence or proposed building pad
  • Structurally threaten the residence or building pad

Interested participants are to contact Imil Ferrara, MCRCD Project Coordinator, at to receive the application by mail or email.

Ford Foundation. The Ford Foundation is always open to new ideas, and we welcome your input. Please keep in mind that in relation to the large number of worthwhile submissions we receive, our funds are limited: In a typical year, less than one percent of unsolicited grant ideas result in funding. Focus areas include Natural Resources and Climate Change and Civic Engagement and Government.

Acorn Foundation. Acorn Foundation The Foundation is particularly interested in small and innovative community-based projects that engage in community organizing in order to: Advocate for environmental health and justice, particularly in low-income communities, communities of color and indigenous communities; Preserve and restore habitats supporting biological diversity and wildlife; and Prevent or remedy toxic pollution. Acorn Foundation offers general support grants to grassroots organizations in the range of $5,000 – $10,000. The Acorn Foundation has an open Letter of Inquiry (LOI) process, however, full proposals are accepted by invitation only.

Funding for the Development of Regional Conservation Investment. The Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) is seeking high-quality grant proposals for the development of Regional Conservation Investment Strategies (RCIS). Proposals accepted on a continuous basis.

Funding for Rural Road Improvements and Erosion Control in Sonoma Creek watershed. Grant funding is available to help winegrowers in Sonoma Creek watershed who may need assistance with implementing erosion control and rural road projects, particularly for complying with the Vineyard General WDRs permit. Grant funds can cover 85% of the cost and are available for projects such as:

  • Renovating rural roads – road reshaping, installing rolling dips or ditch relief culvert, decommissioning creek crossings
  • Erosion control – grade control structures, grassed waterways, headcut repair
  • Riparian Restoration – invasive removal and native replanting along creek channels

Contact us today if you’d like to learn more and to get on the list for the 2019 construction season: Anya Starovoytov at or (707) 569-1448 ext. 109

Mazda Foundation Education Grants. The Mazda Foundation is offering grants to nonprofits with programs emphasizing education and literacy, environmental conservation, cultural education, social justice, or scientific research. Mazda prioritizes organizations in areas where they have offices (Irvine, CA; Bridgewater, NJ; Chicago, IL; Sugarland, TX; and Jacksonville, FL). Applicants who submit a project of interest to Mazda will need to send a formal proposal. If interested, Mazda may schedule a meeting for further discussion. Applications accepted May 1 to July 1, annually.

Kresge Foundation Building Place-Based Opportunity Ecosystems. We welcome proposals from organizations that:

  • Advocate for policies that foster greater collaboration among sectors and high impact approaches to human services
  • Clearly articulate a community and audience engagement strategy
  • Demonstrate application of research on outcomes based policy driven approaches
  • Implement a highly targeted evaluation that can expand integrated, high impact practices in the human services sector

We accept and review these proposals on an ongoing basis. There is no deadline.

ecoTech Grants. The Captain Plant Foundation (CPF), with support from the Voya Financial Foundation, is sponsoring grants aimed at combining technology and ecology. ecoTech Grants are trying to end the idea that “students needed to choose between ‘the screen’ or ‘the green’” and can instead combine the two to combat today’s challenges. Applicants should have youth-led projects that tackle environmental problems through use of technology. Deadline: Applications accepted year-round in two cycles.

DWR Save Our Water Rebates. Turf replacement and toilet rebates are available for individual homeowners through the Department of Water Resources.

Cornell Douglas Foundation Grants. The Cornell Douglas Foundation offers small grants to non-profit organizations that work to advocate for environmental health and justice, promote stewardship, and encourage respect for sustainability. With grant amounts averaging $10,000, the Foundation supports programs in environmental health, sustainability, and education for elementary and high school students.

Amgen Foundation Science Education Grants. With a mission to inspire future innovators and inventors, the Amgen Foundation makes grants to nonprofit organizations that advance scientific education at local and national levels. Two main funding priorities are professional development opportunities in math and science for teachers, and pivotal hands-on science experience for students. Award amounts range from $10,000 to multi-million dollar grants.

Boeing Company Charitable Trust Education Grants. Boeing intends to help students gain fundamental 21st century skills relevant to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), such as the ability to think critically and solve problems, collaborate well, be creative, and communicate effectively. Boeing funds programs that improve the preparation of early caregivers and drive public awareness of the importance of early education. Boeing also supports school and teacher leadership programs that support educators in shifting their practices so that they are equipped to create learning environments that allow students to practice and acquire twenty-first century skills. Finally, Boeing funds problem-based learning opportunities related to STEM experiences and skills for students and their families.

FREE Erosion Control for Tubbs and Redwood Fire Victims – Attention Property Owners:
You may not be aware, but you are responsible for installing and maintaining erosion controls to prevent sediment and otherpollutants from leaving your property when it rains and during the rebuilding process. Russian Riverkeeper is here to help you meet that requirement at NO COST to you.

Veterans interested in farming can get help with funding through the USDA.

A new request form is available to small, disadvantaged communities in need of technical assistance to develop projects for Proposition 1 funding programs. The Office of Sustainable Water Solutions is offering the assistance. Potential types of help to be made available include legal, project coordination, and environmental analysis.

Fire Recovery Funding: State Waterboards has compiled a list of funding availability for grants and loans relevant to fire recovery projects. Various due dates, many ongoing.

No-Cost Technical Assistance Opportunities. The DOE Office of Indian Energy provides federally recognized Indian tribes, including Alaska Native villages, tribal energy resource development organizations, and other organized tribal groups and communities, with technical assistance to advance tribal energy projects at no cost. Technical experts from DOE and its national laboratories, along with other partnering organizations, provide support to assist Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages with energy planning, housing and building energy efficiency, project development, policy and regulation, resilience, and village power. For more information, visit the on-request technical assistance description.

LandSmart Carbon Farm Plan applications are available through the Gold Ridge RCD for agricultural enterprises in the RCD’s jurisdiction. The RCD and its LandSmart® partners are developing carbon farm plans as an integral component of the comprehensive conservation plans developed through the LandSmart® program. Carbon farm plans identify practices that allow agricultural operations to increase carbon sequestration and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These practices provide multiple benefits for climate change resiliency, by reducing atmospheric CO2 levels while improving soil health, water holding capacity, and crop and forage production. Carbon farming practices may also promote water conservation and reduce irrigation needs, which in turn may reduce stream withdrawals and enhance water quality and instream habitat. Finally, practices such as hedgerows and windbreaks work to both sequester CO2 while enhancing on-farm wildlife and pollinator habitat. Applications are taken on a continuous basis.

Funding for Small Scale Water Storage Projects through the Coho Partnership Program: Dutch Bill and Green Valley Creek Watersheds in Sonoma County. Gold Ridge RCD, in collaboration with the Coho Partnership, is seeking eligible landowners for participation in a voluntary water storage program in Green Valley and Dutch Bill Creek Watersheds. Residents living in the upper reaches of these creeks who get water directly from the creek or shallow, near-stream wells may be eligible for funds to design and construct water storage systems with the RCD. Storage systems include rainwater catchment, off-channel storage in tanks or ponds, and water use efficiency projects.

Groundwater Sustainability Plans and Projects.  The Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant Program is designed to provide funding for projects that develop and implement groundwater plans and projects consistent with sustainable groundwater planning.

Drinking Water for Schools Grant Program. The Drinking Water for Schools Grant Program will provide $9.5 million in funding to improve access to, and the quality of, drinking water in public schools pursuant to Senate Bill 828.  Projects must be in schools that serve disadvantaged communities as defined by the state.

Proposition 1 Funding is available for Drinking water through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program and Wastewater Funding is being administered through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program.  Applications are continuously accepted online

Household & Small Water System Drought Assistance Program. The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) authorized $5 million to assist individual households and small water systems to address drought-related drinking water emergencies. Funds are administered by three non-profit organizations. Funding is available as low-interest loans and/or grants based on recipient’s income and affordability.

Ecosystem Restoration on Agricultural Lands. The Wildlife Conservation Board’s agricultural program is formally known as the Ecosystem Restoration on Agricultural Lands (ERAL) program. The intent of the funding is to assist landowners in developing wildlife friendly practices on their properties that can be sustained and co-exist with agricultural operations. In California, a large number of wildlife species are dependent on privately owned agricultural lands for habitat. Agricultural lands can provide significant habitat and connectivity with protected wildlife areas. In many cases agricultural landowners are willing to integrate wildlife habitat benefits into the management and operations of their properties, but lack the capital and/or expertise to implement these practices. Applications accepted on a continuous basis.

Clean Water State Revolving Fund’s Loan Forgiveness for Green Projects.  Effective with the Clean Water State Revolving Fund’s (CWSRF) 2015 Capitalization Grant from U.S. EPA, the State Water Resources Control Board will provide CWSRF loan (principal) forgiveness to projects that address water or energy efficiency, mitigate storm water runoff, or encourage sustainable project planning, design, and construction.  The State Water Board has approximately $30 million available in loan forgiveness from the 2015 Capitalization Grant. Any CWSRF eligible project that is consistent with the Green Project Reserve:  Guidance for Determining Project Eligibility (see page 50 of 94) or the attached excerpt from the Guidance.  Green Project Reserve (GPR) measures eligible for loan forgiveness can be stand-alone projects or included as part of a larger CWSRF project. Fifty (50) percent of actual eligible costs, up to a maximum of $2.5 million, for all measures consistent with the GPR Guidance document. Applications continuously accepted.

Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants. This program helps eligible communities prepare for, or recover from, an emergency that threatens the availability of safe, reliable drinking water for households and businesses. Areas that may be served include: Rural areas and towns with 10,000 or fewer people–check eligible addresses, Tribal Lands in rural areas. The area to be served must also have a median household income less-than the state’s median household income for non-metropolitan areas–contact your local RD office for details. Funds may be used for:

  • Water transmission line grants up to $150,000 are for construction of waterline extensions, repairs to breaks or leaks in existing water distribution lines, and related maintenance necessary to replenish water supply
  • Water Source grants up to $500,000 are for construction of a new water source, intake and/or treatment facility

Partnerships with other federal, state, local, private and NGOs are encouraged.  Applications for this program are accepted through your local Rural Development Office year-round

Groundwater Quality Funding Programs. Recent legislative changes created two groundwater quality funding (GWQF) programs to be implemented by the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board). These are:

The State Water Board will accept applications for projects to be funded by either GWQF program. The GWQF Pre-Application is the first step in the process to apply for projects requesting funds from Proposition 1 Groundwater Sustainability or the Site Cleanup Subaccount. The requested information is needed in order to review proposed projects based on the current requirements in law.

The State Water Board will determine which program, if any, is the most appropriate for each project; therefore, applicants do not need to designate a program preference. The GWQF Pre-Application must be submitted electronically using the Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST). FAAST will automatically pre-load information from the GWQF Pre-Application into the Final Application; therefore, applicants will only need to enter information not provided in the GWQF Pre-Application. Final Applications are not yet available.  Pre Application is currently accepting applications/surveys from 8/3/2015 12:00:00 PM through 8/3/2020 5:00:00 PM via the Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST).

Sonoma County Water Agency offers water-efficiency rebates for private well users Private well owners in the Russian River Watershed can now get rebates for toilet and turf replacement.

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.

The California Fisheries Fund offers three types of loans: fishing association loans, infrastructure loans, and business loans.

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.

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.

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.

The SWRCB Agricultural Drainage Loan Program and Agricultural Drainage Management Loan Program is currently accepting applications. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

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. To locate an office near you go to

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 .

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.

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.

Pacific Seabird Group Craig S. Harrison Conservation Fund. The objective of the Conservation Fund is to advance the conservation of seabirds by providing funds or supplies to individuals from developing countries as well as those from elsewhere working in those developing countries primarily in or bordering the Pacific Ocean, (1) for conservation and restoration activities that benefit seabirds in the Pacific Ocean; and (2) to help develop within-country seabird expertise in developing countries within or bordering the Pacific Ocean.

Patagonia Environmental Grants. Patagonia funds only environmental work and is most interested in providing 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 believe true change will occur only through a strong grassroots movement and focus on organizations that build a strong base of citizen support. Application deadlines are on May 1 and August 31 annually.


The EPA Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water has developed a new online training system. The online training system is a self-paced training system that provides an overview of the NPDWRs and is available to anyone interested in learning about drinking water regulations. This training system in unique because the participant creates an account, selects a curriculum, and the training system tracks their progress. Once a curriculum is completed, the participant may print out a certificate of completion. The online training system can be found at: In addition to the regulatory training modules, the online training system now has a suite of training modules that focus on sustainability topics, including Capacity Development, Asset Management, Assessing Financial Capacity, Operator Certification, and Drinking Water Program Collaboration.

EPA Technical Assistance to Brownfields Communities Program. The Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Communities Program helps communities, states, tribes and others understand risks associated with contaminated or potentially contaminated properties, called brownfields, and learn how to assess, safely clean up and sustainably reuse them. EPA funds three organizations—Kansas State University, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Center for Creative Land Recycling—to serve as independent sources of technical assistance. Each of these TABs has an extensive network of partners, contractors and other contacts that provides services across the country. They help communities tackle a variety of challenges related to identifying, assessing, cleaning up and redeveloping brownfields. The technical assistance comes at no cost to communities. TAB helps communities:

  • Identify, inventory and prioritize brownfields for redevelopment.
  • Determine the potential public health impact of brownfields.
  • Get the public and other stakeholders involved.
  • Facilitate site reuse goal-setting and planning charrettes.
  • Evaluate economic feasibility of reuse plans.
  • Conduct educational workshops, seminars and webinars.
  • Use Web-based tools to facilitate brownfields redevelopment.
  • Interpret technical brownfield reports, assessments and plans.
  • Identify appropriate funding/financing approaches.
  • Integrate approaches to brownfield cleanup and redevelopment.
  • Understand and navigate regulatory requirements.
  • Apply for and manage EPA brownfields grants.
  • Develop work plans.
  • Hire planning and environmental contractors and consultants.
  • No cost, no application due.

NREL Solar Technical Assistance Team. The Solar Technical Assistance Team (STAT) Network gathers NREL solar technology and deployment experts to provide unbiased information on solar policies and issues for state and local government decision makers. The expert assistance is intended to support legislators, regulators, state agencies, and their staff members in making informed decisions about solar projects and policies. The STAT Network is a project of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office that is implemented in partnership with NREL.

The STAT Network program consists of:

  • State solar technical assistance—NREL provides direct technical assistance to state and local governments on matters that require solar market expertise to either answer a time-sensitive question or to provide expert testimony on policy best practices.
  • Do-it-yourself online education—The STAT Network provides information on solar technologies, resources, and the role that state and local governments play in supporting the development of those resources to achieve their economic, environmental, and/or energy security goals.

No due date, no cost.

Proposition 1 Technical Assistance (TA) Funding Program. Proposition 1 authorized $7.545 billion in general obligation bonds for water projects including surface and groundwater storage, ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration, and drinking water protection. Prop 1 requires the State Water Board to operate a multidisciplinary TA program for small disadvantaged communities, and allows for the State Water Board to fund TA.

No-cost Technical Assistance for Tribal Governments from DOE. The DOE Office of Indian Energy provides federally recognized Indian tribes, including Alaska Native villages, tribal energy resource development organizations, and other organized tribal groups and communities, with technical assistance to advance tribal energy projects at no cost. Technical experts from DOE and its national laboratories, along with other partnering organizations, provide support to assist Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages with energy planning, housing and building energy efficiency, project development, policy and regulation, resilience, and village power.

NREL Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Team. The Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance Team is a network of energy efficiency policy and implementation experts who provide timely, unbiased expertise to assist policymakers and regulators in making informed decisions about energy efficiency programs and policies. Requests for technical assistance must be submitted by state officials, including state legislative or regulatory bodies and their staff members.

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.

DOE Clean Cities Coalition Network Technical Assistance. Clean Cities connects transportation stakeholders with objective information and experts to assist with alternative fuels, fuel economy improvements, and emerging transportation technologies. Through these trusted, time-tested resources, Clean Cities has helped fleets and fuel providers deploy hundreds of thousands of alternative fuel vehicles and fueling stations that serve a growing market. Clean Cities continues to support the entry of new transportation technologies into the marketplace. For more information, visit the technical assistance description.

DOE Technical Assistance Program 2019. The Office of Insular Affairs is requesting proposals for its Technical Assistance Program (TAP) which provides grant funding for short-term projects intended to meet the immediate needs of the insular areas. Funding priorities include, but are not limited to, projects that foster the development of the insular areas in the following categories:

  • Accountability, financial management, economic development, education, energy production, management control initiatives, disaster assistance, natural and cultural resources, capacity building, public safety/emergencies, health initiatives, and invasive species management.

For more information, visit the technical assistance description.

NREL Decision Support for Tribes. NREL’s State, Local, and Tribal program partners with Native American tribes and Alaska Native villages, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and other federal agencies, nonprofits, and intertribal organizations to provide resources and direct assistance that support energy technology delivery and connect motivated tribal governments with NREL’s world-class science and analytics. Energy Decision Support: To connect tribes with credible, timely, and actionable scientific information on which to base their energy decisions, NREL provides the following tailored programs:

  • Technology and market analytics
  • Direct technical assistance
  • Capacity building
  • Resilience assessment and planning
  • For more information, visit the technical assistance description.

Training Resources and Videos for Introduction to Video Series. Whether you need a high-level introduction to the application process, or you are looking for a step-by-step explanation of a particular Applicant task, we encourage you to consult the resources on this page.

Tribal Online Training Opportunities

The following self-paced, online courses are currently available through Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals:

  • Residential Building Science Review
  • Building Performance: Improving IAQ in Cold Climates
  • Quality Assurance Fundamentals / QAPP Series
  • Radon Fundamentals
  • Emissions Inventory Fundamentals / Advanced
  • Tribal Data Toolbox Version 3.1
  • Partnerships and Community Outreach
  • Tribal Strategic Planning: Ensuring Successful Development of Your ETEP

These online courses contain assignments, quizzes, videos, examples, downloadable spreadsheets, and other resources. While they are self-paced, each course provides the opportunity for individual interaction with subject matter experts. See for details or email with questions.