Resource Conservation & Development

NRCS’s Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP)

The Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) promotes coordination of NRCS conservation activities with partners that offer value-added contributions that expand our collective ability to address on-farm, watershed, and regional natural resource concerns. NRCS seeks to co-invest with RCPP partners to implement projects that demonstrate innovative solutions to conservation challenges and provide measurable improvements and outcomes tied to the resource concerns they seek to address.

Elemental Excelerator

The Elemental Excelerator is a cleantech startup accelerator that provides grants to small companies deploying projects in Hawaii and Asia Pacific. They are looking for technologies in these sectors:

  • Energy
  • Mobility
  • Food and Ag
  • Water
  • Circular Economy

What does Elemental Excelerator supply? A grant up to $1 million in exchange for a 1-2% equity donation.

CAL FIRE Forest Health Program

CAL FIRE’s Forest Health Program funds landscape-scale land management projects intended to restore and maintain healthy forests and conserve working forests. Projects funded under the Forest Health Program contribute to the goals of the Forest Carbon Plan, California’s Natural and Working Lands Implementation Plan, and California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB32).

WaterSMART Drought Response Program

The Bureau of Reclamation's Drought Response Program supports a proactive approach to drought by providing assistance to water managers to: develop and update comprehensive drought plans, and implement projects that will build long-term resiliency to drought.

Program areas include:

Contingency Planning
Resiliency Projects
Emergency Response Actions

Green Infrastructure Grant Program

The California Natural Resources Agency will be accepting proposals for the Green Infrastructure Program from May 13 through June 28, 2019 via the System for Online Application Review (SOAR) . $18.5 million in awards will be funded by this program. Applicants submitting the most competitive proposals will be invited to participate in the next level of the competitive process, anticipated for late Summer/early Fall 2019.

Ford Foundation Grants

The Ford Foundation makes grants that support the three I's: Institutions, Ideas, and Individuals. Having recently done away with their siloed grants program, the Ford Foundation accepts grant proposals that start in seven program areas, or entry points, as they say.

The seven program areas:

  • Civic Engagement and Government
  • Creativity and Free Expression
  • Future of Work(ers)
  • Gender, Racial, and Ethnic Justice
  • Just Cities and Regions
  • Natural Resources and Climate Change
  • Technology and Society

Environmental Enhacement and Mitigation (EEM) Grant Program

Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation (EEM) programs projects contribute to mitigation of the environmental effects of transportation facilities.

Eligible EEM projects must fit one of the following categories:

A. Urban Forestry projects designed to offset vehicular emissions of carbon dioxide.

B. Resource Lands projects for the acquisition or enhancement of resource lands to mitigate
the loss of, or the detriment to, resource lands lying within the right-of-way acquired for
transportation improvements.