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 Conservation, California Resources Agency, California Department of Water Resources, Strategic Growth Council, 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.


The NCRP planning and project implementation framework is focused on a set of integrated, multi-benefit objectives that protect and enhance watersheds, develop and maintain built infrastructure (water, wastewater, energy, communications and transportation), and sustain human communities through the lens of public health, economic development, jobs and local revenue.

The NCRP regularly develops plans that reflect the shared goals, objectives, strategies and priorities for the North Coast Region. The North Coast Integrated Regional Planning – Healthy Communities, Functional Watersheds and Viable Economies webpage includes the NCRP Integrated Regional Water Management Plan and other strategic planning documents and science-based assessments.



Priorities For Enhancing Watershed, Fireshed, Forest, and Community Resilience in the North Coast Region

This Plan represents a shared vision for watershed, fireshed, forest, and community resilience in the North Coast region of California. Resilience includes the capacity of communities and ecosystems to recover from and adapt to extreme events such as wildfire, flooding, and drought, as well as impacts from climate change, economic, and health disruptions.



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North Coast Resilience Plan

The Plan is guided by and aligned with the goals and objectives of Tribal, federal, state, regional, and local plans. It was created with input and guidance from hundreds of experts, partners, and community members, using the best available data and information, including Indigenous science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge, regional remote sensing, and local knowledge. The Plan includes a comprehensive list of Strategies that articulate a shared regional vision, and Solutions and Projects to implement this vision. Guided by Indigenous knowledge, Good Fire is a critical tool for revitalizing and enhancing the resilience of forests, watersheds, and communities.



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, constraints 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

North Coast Plans, Policies and Reports

December 2022
The comprehensive list of plans and guidance documents includes municipal plans, climate planning, natural resources and watershed plans and assessment, state agency plans and documents, and relevant federal planning documents, including species recovery plans and salmonid recovery planning. The list is provided as an excel spreadsheet with: links to the document website, brief summary, agency,…
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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 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; Strategic Growth Council Sustainable Communities Grant funding; Department of Conservation, Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Program; and local cost-share agreements with the Sonoma County Water Agency. NCRP funding awards from 2005-2022 total over $98 million and leverage over $160 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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Learn more about the NCRP Funding Solicitations

NCRP Proposition 1 IRWM Round 2 Solicitation

The NCRP anticipates allocating $8,480,000 in funding for the implementation of priority projects. To apply for NCRP Proposition 1 IRWM Round 2 project implementation funding, please submit a project proposal no later than 5 pm, November 4, 2022.

NCRP Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Grant Application

The NCRP is pleased to announce that it submitted a regional NCRP Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Grant proposal on January 14 and a NCRP Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief for Underrepresented and Tribal Communities Set-Aside Grant on April 15. Funding Awards were made to 17 Priority Projects for a total of $8,592,756.

NCRP Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Planning

NCRP Regional Forest and Fire Capacity Planning

NCRP was awarded $4.25 million in funding from the California Natural Resources Agency and Department of Conservation for planning and the identification and implementation of local and regional projects to improve forest health and increase fire resiliency. The goal of the Regional Forest and Fire Capacity (RFFC) block grant is to develop a North Coast Regional Priority Plan (RPP) and to prioritize, develop, and implement projects that improve forest health and fire resilience, facilitate greenhouse gas emissions reductions, and increase carbon sequestration.

NCRP RFFC Project Development Technical Assistance Solicitation The NCRP is pleased to offer project development technical assistance through the NCRP Regional Forest & Fire Capacity (RFFC) program for projects that improve forest health, increase fire resiliency and adapt to climate change. The next solicitation for submission of  project development concept proposals for technical assistance is expected to occur in late 2021 or early 2022.

NCRP 2019 Proposition 1 Round 1 IRWM Implementation Project Solicitation


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 to discuss the project proposals and select draft Priority Projects. The Policy Review Panel unanimously approved the suite of Priority Projects on April 26, 2019. The regional proposal was submitted to DWR in September 2019. On April 23, 2020 DWR announced the Final Award.

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


September 2022 Funding Opportunities

Funding Navigation for California Communities. Funding Navigation for California Communities offers the most prominent funding opportunities for local governments and communities. These resources are available to communities across California and are categorized into eight “Project Types.”

California Grants Portal. This site is managed and hosted by the CA State Library to provide a centralized location to find state grant opportunities.

California Financing Coordinating Committee. The California Financing Coordinating Committee (CFCC) combines the resources of four State and two Federal funding agencies to provide a one-stop shop for available grants, loans and bond financing for infrastructure projects.  Since 1998, the CFCC has conducted free funding fairs statewide each year to educate the public and offer potential customers the opportunity to meet with financial representatives from each agency and learn more about their currently available funding programs.

Cal OES Grant Search Web Page. This web page provides information regarding FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance grant programs and has other grant-related information available.

CAL FIRE Grant Program. CAL FIRE offers several grant opportunities each with its own scope and funding priorities.

CDFW Grant Opportunities. California Department of Fish and Wildlife grant programs fund projects that sustain, restore and enhance California’s fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats.

Air Resources Board Funding Wizard. The Funding Wizard is a searchable database of grants, rebates and incentives available in California — gathered all in one place —to help you pay for sustainable projects. The Funding Wizard team combs the internet for funding opportunities in categories such as energy, air quality, climate change, transportation, urban development, waste management, and water.

Grants.Gov. This is a searchable database containing federal funding opportunities.

US EDA. Opportunities available through the US Economic Development Administration.

Interagency Working Group on Coal & Power Plant Communities & Economic Revitalization. The Interagency Working Group created this centralized clearinghouse that features billions of dollars in existing federal funding sources. This government-wide list offers easy access to Energy Communities applying to fund infrastructure, environmental remediation, job creation, and community revitalization efforts.

US EPA Specific EPA Grant Program. Provides information about opportunities available through US EPA.

USDA Rural Development. This page lists current and past Notices of Solicitation of Applications and Notices of Funding Availability.

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. This searchable website allows the user to filter by program, eligibility, and topic.

US Army Corps of Engineers’ Continuing Authorities Program. A group of nine water resource related authorities contained in several different laws. The purpose of the CAP is to plan, design, and construct water resources projects of limited scope and complexity. Unlike General Investigation (GI) studies, CAP projects do not require project-specific authorization from Congress.  The nine CAP authorities are listed in the table below.

All projects in this program include a feasibility phase and an implementation phase. Planning activities, such as development of alternative plans to achieve the project goals, initial design and cost estimating, environmental analyses and real estate evaluations are performed during the feasibility phase to develop enough information to decide whether to implement the project. The feasibility phase is initially federally funded up to $100,000.

Section 14, Flood Control Act of 1946, as amended Streambank and shoreline erosion protection of public works and non-profit public services Fact Sheet and Template Letter of Request
Section 103, River and Harbor Act of 1962, as amended (amends Public Law 79-727) Beach erosion and hurricane and storm damage reduction Fact Sheet and Template Letter of Request
Section 107, River and Harbor Act of 1960, as amended Navigation improvements  
Section 111, River and Harbor Act of 1968, as amended Shore damage prevention or mitigation caused by Federal navigation projects Fact Sheet and Template Letter of Request
Section 204, Water Resources Development Act of 1992, as amended Beneficial uses of dredged material Fact Sheet and Template Letter of Request
Section 205, Flood Control Act of 1948, as amended Flood damage reduction Fact Sheet and Template Letter of Request
Section 206, Water Resources Development Act of 1996, as amended Aquatic ecosystem restoration Fact Sheet and Template Letter of Request
Section 208, Flood Control Act of 1954, as amended (amends Section 2, Flood Control Act of August 28, 1937) Removal of obstructions, clearing channels for flood control  
Section 1135, Water Resources Development Act of 1986, as amended Project modifications for improvement of the environment Fact Sheet and Template Letter of Request


San Francisco Bay Joint Venture. Funding Opportunities may be sorted by Title, Agency, Deadline or Category. Opportunities relevant to SF Bay Area and throughout California.

Sierra Nevada Conservancy Upcoming Grants web page.  Opportunities relevant to the Sierra Nevada region and throughout California.

Get Ed Funding. GetEdFunding provides an easy-to-use, relevant, and reliable database, as well as resources for new and seasoned grant seekers. PreK–12 and higher education educators and experienced educational publishing writers/editors research and write entries based on thorough fact checking, alignment with curriculum, copyediting, and clarity. As the sponsor of the GetEdFunding website, CDW-G’s mission is to help educators and institutions to uncover the funds they need to supplement shoestring budgets, expand innovative programs, prepare students for the increasingly complex skills they’ll need to participate in tomorrow’s workforce, and help close the equity gap in educating students from all backgrounds and circumstances.

Western Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education. Western SARE provides grants in several categories. Each of these grants is available at specific times of the year. Applying online for a grant is a simple step-by-step process. Please read each grant’s specific Calls for Proposals.

Salmon Funding Opportunities in the 2021 Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. The Wild Salmon Center has created this summary as a helpful overview of the breadth of funding opportunities for improvements to watersheds and salmonids.






State Resilience Funding and Financing Program Timelines

ICARP Staff developed Gantt chart graphics in response to a request from the ICARP Technical Advisory Council for a resource that visualizes state funding program timelines. These graphics present information at the highest level of detail possible, but in some cases, especially for new or less-immediate programs, may be approximate. All timelines presented are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information on state funding opportunities, please refer to the State Grants Portal at or the individual program websites.

Opportunities for Tribes

Opportunities for Non-Profits and Community-Based Organizations

Opportunities for Public Sector Entities

Opportunities for Academic Institutions

Opportunities for Private Sector

Universal Opportunities





CA Department of Food and Ag – Conservation Agriculture Planning Grants Program. The Conservation Agriculture Planning Grant Program (CAPGP) will fund the development of conservation agriculture plans that will help farmers and ranchers identify actions for climate change mitigation and adaptation, further environmental stewardship on farms and ranches and ensure agricultural food security into the future.

Eligible entities include Tribes, technical service providers (TSPs) registered with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), professional certified crop advisors, pest control advisors, rangeland managers, non-profit organizations, Resource Conservation Districts, California Public Universities, agricultural cooperatives, groundwater sustainability agencies, and farmers and ranchers in collaboration with a qualified planner.

Awards estimate: $2,400 – $250K per award

Application deadline: 10/23/22, 5 PM

CA Department of Housing and Community Development – Tribal and Rural Allocation of the Regional Early Action Planning Grant Program (REAP 2.0). The principal goal of REAP 2.0 is to make funding available to Tribal and Rural Entities for Transformative Planning and Implementation Activities that meet Housing and equity goals and reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT) Per Capita.

Eligible applicants: Tribes (California), counties of Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino, Modoc, Siskiyou, and Trinity and city, transit/transportation agency, district within those counties.

Minimum award: $100K

Maximum award: $5M

Applications accepted through 12/31/22, early applications encouraged.

Cal OES: Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC). The BRIC program makes federal funds available to states, U.S territories, federally recognized tribal governments, and local communities for hazard mitigation activities. It does so with a recognition of the growing hazards associated with climate change, and of the need for natural hazard risk mitigation activities that promote climate adaptation and resilience with respect to those hazards. These include both acute extreme weather events and chronic stressors which have been observed and are expected to increase in the future. Details here.

Notice of interest due: September 16, 2022

Subapplication due: December 2, 2022

Cal OES is covering matching funds for the non-federal costs share for BRIC project scoping activities and competitive mitigation projects for high hazard risk and socially vulnerable communities in a separate, related solicitation, Prepare California.

Notice of Interest due: 9/16/22

Application due 10/7/22

California State Parks Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program. California State Parks is now accepting applications from public entities to provide outdoor recreational experiences to their communities through the federal Outdoor Recreation Legacy Partnership Program (ORLP). In the sixth phase of this competitive grant program, a total of $192 million is available nationwide for communities with limited or no access to publicly available, close-by, outdoor recreation opportunities. States are required to conduct an internal competitive review process and select applications that best meet the ORLP intent, based on the federal guidelines, prior to submitting applications to National Park Service for the nationwide competition. ORLP focuses on communities with little to no access to publicly available, close-by, outdoor recreation opportunities in urban areas. ORLP funds the acquisition or development of new parks, or substantially renovate parks in economically disadvantaged cities or towns of at least 30,000 people.

  • Projects must be located in urban cities and towns with at least 30,000 people.
  • Projects must involve land acquisition or development for outdoor recreation.
  • Projects must be in a community with a poverty rate at least 20% or at least 10% greater than the city, county and state poverty rate. It must meet all three of those.
  • Project sites that have received LWCF funding and were closed out in the last 7 years are not eligible. Project sites that have one active ORLP grant are eligible to apply for one additional grant at that site.
  • At least 50% of the total project cost must come from an eligible match source.
  • All non-federal (state, local, or private) sources.
  • The only federal sources that are eligible as match for this program are Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act funding, and Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration Program (REPI) funding.
  • For Round 6 A and B, ORLP requires applications that already have complete Section 106 and NEPA Environmental documents.

Eligible applicants: cities, counties, state agencies, federally recognized Tribes, JPAs, Park districts, and special districts with authority to acquire, operate and maintain public park and rec areas.

Round 6B due December 15, 2022.

California Strategic Growth Council – Regional Climate Collaboratives Program. The Regional Climate Collaboratives (RCC) Program is a new capacity building grant program for under-resourced communities in California. Administered by the Strategic Growth Council, RCC enables community-rooted and cross-sectoral partners to deepen their relationships and develop the processes, plans, and projects that will drive and sustain climate action. The goal of the program is to strengthen local coordination, leadership, knowledge, skills, and expertise with a particular focus on increasing access to funding resources for project planning and implementation within under-resourced communities.

The program funds Collaboratives to conduct place-based capacity building activities, within a three-year grant term, that support under-resourced communities in accessing funding and resources to plan and implement climate mitigation, adaptation, and resiliency projects. These place-based activities will both align with and inform regional priorities and efforts. RCC does not fund built infrastructure.

Funding available: $8.35M

Award size: $500K – $1.75M

Final Applications due: 10/7/22

PG&E – Better Together Nature Positive Innovation Grant Program. The PG&E Corporation Foundation (Foundation), is requesting proposals of $100,000 to fund five projects (one in each region of PG&E’s service area) in 2022 that address a specific environmental stewardship focus area:

  • Land Stewardship
  • Air Quality
  • Water Stewardship

Eligible applicants: governmental organizations, Tribes, educational institutions, 501c3 nonprofits; disadvantaged/vulnerable communities prioritized.

Application deadline: September 30, 2022.

PG&E – Resilience Hubs Grant Program. Through the Resilience Hubs grant program, Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is requesting grant proposals to help communities build a network of local resilience hubs. These projects can provide a physical space or set of resources that supports community resilience—such as access to power, shelter, and information—to climate-driven extreme weather events, including wildfires, as well as future Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) events. Once developed, the hubs can also be accessed year-round to build and sustain community adaptive capacity in a trusted location.

Available funding: $400K

Award levels: $25K or $100K levels

Applications due: September 30, 2022

EPA – Tribal Wetland Program.  Tribal Wetland Program Development Grants (WPDGs) assist tribal governments and intertribal consortia to develop or refine tribal programs which protect, manage, and restore wetlands. The primary focus of these grants is to develop/refine tribal wetland programs.

The goals of EPA’s wetland program include increasing the quantity and quality of wetlands in the U.S. by conserving and restoring wetland acreage and improving wetland condition. In pursuing these goals, EPA seeks to develop the capacity of all levels of government to develop and refine effective, comprehensive programs for wetland protection and management.

Eligible applicants: Tribes, intertribal consortia

Available funding: $3.6M

Award ceiling: $3.6M

Due date: October 7, 2022

US Department of Commerce – Middle Mile Grant Program. The Middle Mile Broadband Infrastructure Grant (MMG) Program provides funding for the construction, improvement, or acquisition of middle mile infrastructure. The purpose of the grant program is to expand and extend middle mile infrastructure to reduce the cost of connecting areas that are unserved or underserved to the internet backbone. See Section I of this NOFO for the full Program Description.

Eligible applicant: To apply for the MMG Program, an entity must be a State, political subdivision of a State, Tribal government, technology company, electric utility, utility cooperative, public utility district, telecommunications company, telecommunications cooperative, nonprofit foundation, nonprofit corporation, nonprofit institution, nonprofit association, regional planning council, Native entity, economic development authority, or any partnership of two (2) or more of these entities.

Applications due: September 30, 2022

USDA Forest Service – Community Wildfire Defense Grant 2022 West. The purpose of the Community Wildfire Defense Grant is to assist at-risk local communities and Indian Tribes with planning and mitigating against the risk created by wildfire.

The Act prioritizes at-risk communities in an area identified as having high or very high wildfire hazard potential, are low-income, and/or have been impacted by a severe disaster. The CWDG helps communities in the wildland urban interface (WUI) implement the three goals of the National Cohesive Wildland Fire Management Strategy (Cohesive Strategy):

Restore and Maintain Landscapes: Landscapes across all jurisdictions are resilient to fire-related disturbances, in accordance with management objectives.

Create Fire Adapted Communities: Human populations and infrastructure can withstand a wildfire without loss of life and property.

Improve Wildfire Response: All jurisdictions participate in making and implementing safe, effective, efficient risk-based wildfire management decisions.

Total funding: $150M

Award ceiling: $10M

Eligible applicants: counties, Tribes, nonprofits, special districts, cities or townships, public and state controlled institutions of higher education

Application due: 10/7/22

USDA – NRCS Regional Conservation Partnership Program Critical Conservation Area Nutrient Management Grants. NRCS is announcing the availability of Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) Grants funding for NRCS to eligible applicants to co-invest in impactful and innovative solutions to on-farm, watershed, and regional natural resource concerns. For the 2022 application period, applications will be accepted from eligible entities for projects impacting nutrient management in NRCS RCPP Critical Conservation Areas (CCAs). For North Coast, Klamath Basin, Trinity WMA – see map:

Eligible applicants: a. An agricultural or silvicultural producer association or other group of producers; b. A State or unit of local government, including a conservation district; c. An Indian Tribe; d. A farmer cooperative; e. An institution of higher education; f. A water district, irrigation district, acequia, rural water district or association, or other organization with specific water delivery authority to producers on agricultural land; g. A municipal water or wastewater treatment entity.

Available funding: $40M

Award ceiling: $10M

Award floor: $250K

Due Date: October 31, 2022

USDA – NRCS Classic Conservation Innovation Grant. NRCS is announcing the availability of up to $15 million in CIG funding to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies in conjunction with agricultural production. CIG projects are expected to lead to the transfer of conservation technologies, management systems, and innovative approaches (such as market- based systems) to agricultural producers through the development of technical manuals, guides and for practical instruction for the private sector.

Eligible applicants: no restrictions

Available funding: $15M

Award ceiling: $2M

Award floor: $300K

Due date: October 11, 2022

USDA – Landscape Scale Restoration Grant. The purpose of the Landscape Scale Restoration competitive grant program is to encourage collaborative, science-based restoration of priority rural forest landscapes. This program supports high impact projects that lead to measurable outcomes on the landscape, leverage public and private resources, and further priorities identified in a State Forest Action Plan or equivalent science-based restoration strategy.

Eligible applicants: Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), County governments, State governments, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Special district governments, Private institutions of higher education, City or township governments

Award ceiling: $300K

Award floor: $25K

Due date: October 27, 2022

USDA Forest Service – Landscape Scale Restoration GrantThe purpose of the Landscape Scale Restoration competitive grant program is to encourage collaborative, science-based restoration of priority rural forest landscapes. This program supports high impact projects that lead to measurable outcomes on the landscape, leverage public and private resources, and further priorities identified in science-based restoration strategies.

Eligible applicants: federally recognized Tribes, In addition to Federally Recognized Tribes, the following are also eligible: (1) Alaska Native Corporations/Villages and (2) Tribal organizations as defined in 25 USC 5304 (l) (requires a letter of support from a Federally Recognized Tribe or Alaska Native Corporation/Village)

Program funding: $2M

Award ceiling: $300K

Award floor: $50K

Due date: December 15, 2022

USDA – Rural eConnectivity Program. The Rural eConnectivity Program (ReConnect) Program provides loans, grants, and loan/grant combinations to facilitate broadband deployment in rural areas. In facilitating the expansion of broadband services and infrastructure, the program will fuel long-term economic development and opportunities in rural America.

Eligible applicants: For profit organizations other than small businesses, Independent school districts, City or township governments, Public and State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Small businesses, Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, Special district governments, Private institutions of higher education, County governments, Nonprofits that do not have a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education, State governments, Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities, Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)

Award ceiling: $35M

Award floor: $100K

Due date: 11/2/22

USDOI BIA – National Tribal Broadband Grant. The grant funding is to hire consultants to perform feasibility studies for deployment or expansion of high-speed internet (broadband) transmitted, variously, through DSL, cable modem, fiber, wireless, satellite and BPL. NTBG grants may be used to fund an assessment of the current broadband services, if any, that are available to an applicant’s community; an engineering assessment of new or expanded broadband services; an estimate of the cost of building or expanding a broadband network; a determination of the transmission medium(s) that will be employed; identification of potential funding and/or financing for the network; and consideration of financial and practical risks associated with developing a broadband network. The purpose of the NTBG is to improve the quality of life, spur economic development and commercial activity, create opportunities for self-employment, enhance educational resources and remote learning opportunities, and meet emergency and law enforcement needs by bringing broadband services to Native American communities that lack them.

Total funding: $2.7M

Award Ceiling: $175K

Award floor: $100K

Eligible applicants: federally recognized Tribes

Due date: October 17, 2022




IBank: California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank – Climate Catalyst Program. The Climate Catalyst Revolving Loan Fund is designed to:

  • Jumpstart critical climate solutions through flexible, low-cost credit and credit support.
  • Help bridge the financing gap that currently prevents these advanced technologies from scaling into the marketplace.
  • Mobilize public and private finance for shovel-ready projects that are stuck in the deployment phase.
  • Accelerate the speed and scale at which technologically proven, critical climate solutions are deployed.

The Climate Catalyst Fund is flexible, offering a range of financial instruments to help bridge the financing gap currently preventing advanced technologies from scaling into the marketplace. Because the Climate Catalyst Fund is designed to increase the pace and scale of private financing for climate solutions, potential applicants should have written expressions of interest from other financing parties before completing the Climate Catalyst Intake Form. Open as of 8/28/22.

Project Types:

  • Climate-smart ag
  • Forest biomass management and utilization

Eligibility: private- and public- sector applicants

SWRCB – County-wide and Regional Funding Program. The State Water Board has funding available from various sources within the Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience (SAFER) Program to fund drinking water projects that address drought-related and contamination issues. Although we have several programs already in place, we have identified gaps for regional programs that address the needs of households served by state smalls and domestic wells throughout the State.

DFA does not award funding directly to households, and available DFA funding to address emergency needs of state smalls and domestic wells can’t be implemented on an immediate basis. One key goal of this program is to award funding to counties or their partners to enable them to setup programs proactively, based on anticipated needs, and therefore be ready to respond promptly when urgent needs arise. Open as of 8/28/22.

Eligible applicants: Nonprofit, Public Agency, Tribal Government



Clean Drinking Water Well Replacement Grant Program. The Rural Community Assistance Corporation is offering funding to owners of households and small water systems (serving between 2 – 14 connections, not Public Water Systems) for well replacement. Income must be less than $51,026 on average; up to $45,000 is available for individual wells, and up to $100K for small water systems. Open as of 8/28/22.

Natural Resource Conservation Service Watershed Funding. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is encouraging local sponsors to submit project requests for funding through the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) offers several programs to help communities improve land and water resources within watersheds as well as relieve imminent hazards to life and property created by a natural disaster. NRCS Watershed Programs resources are available here. Emergency Watershed Protection Program info available here.

Funding is available for new projects as well as those already submitted to NRCS. NRCS will give additional consideration to projects in historically underserved communities that directly benefit limited resource areas or socially disadvantaged communities. NRCS will continue to review as funding is available. Open as of 8/28/22.

Eligible project sponsors include state government entities, local municipalities, conservation districts, and federally-recognized Tribal organizations.

Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience.

Small Community Funding is available to help small disadvantage communities (small DACs), providing drinking water service to less than 10,000 people or wastewater service to less than 20,000 people and having a median household income (MHI) of less than 80% the statewide MHI, with technical assistance needs, interim water supplies, and implement eligible drinking water or wastewater capital improvement projects.

The Small Community Funding Program continuously accepts applications starting with a simple pre-application. Open as of 8/28/22.

Opportunities for Tribal Governments through California Climate Investments. Tribal governments can receive funds to reduce climate pollution through clean transportation, agricultural equipment, clean air initiatives, land conservation projects, etc. Several opportunities are available now. Funding opportunities as of 8/28/22.

Wildlife Conservation Board – Grant Opportunities. The WCB funds multiple project types including restoration, conservation, climate adaptation, public access, and monitoring. WCB uses a single continuous grant application process for all proposed projects. Applicants do not need to determine which WCB Grant Program or Funding Source to apply to; rather, WCB staff will determine that during application review. The review and selection of applications will depend on staffing capacity and the number of applications under consideration at any one time.


Statewide Energy Efficiency Best Practices Coordinator: Technical Assistance. If you are a local government practitioner that could use help rounding up answers, resources, and examples to help you make progress on energy or climate issues within your community, please request technical assistance through this form. Opportunity current as of 8/28/22.

On-Request Technical Assistance from DOE Office of Indian Energy. 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. Opportunity current as of 8/28/22.

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. Opportunity current as of 8/28/22.

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.  Still available as of 8/28/22, but stormwater TA is limited, so new communities for stormwater TA are not being accepted. However, a request may be submitted for future consideration as resources allow.

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. Opportunity current as of 8/28/22. 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

Opportunity current as of 8/28/22. 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. Opportunity current as of 8/28/22.


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. Weblink below current as of 8/28/22.

See for details or email with questions.


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 (search for Coastal Watershed Planning and Assessment Program)

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)

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)

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.

USDA Photo Point Monitoring Handbook. 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

Department of Fish and Game BIOS biogeographic data tutorials and training

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