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Enhancement Program

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The Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council (Stewardship Council) is requesting concept applications for enhancement projects on the PG&E Watershed Lands with a due date of April 27, 2020. The Stewardship Council anticipates awarding up to $3 million in grants through this competitive 2020 process, which will likely be the final round of funding made available through the Stewardship Council.  

We encourage all applicants who have ideas for projects that would enhance the Beneficial Public Values  (BPVs)  of natural habitat, outdoor recreation, sustainable forestry, agriculture, open space,  or cultural and historic resources to submit a concept application.  

Eligible Applicants – Eligible Applicants include nonprofit organizations, federal and state recognized tribes, or public agencies.   

Types of Eligible Projects - Grants will only be awarded for eligible projects on PG&E Watershed Lands that fall under one or more of the categories described below:  

  • Habitat Restoration such as meadow or riparian habitat restoration, revegetation, and fuels treatments.  
  • Physical Improvements such new or additional trails, day use areas, onsite structure improvements, and noxious weed treatments.  
  • Protection which may include studies or plans, but directs the majority of funds toward physical enhancements to the land, such as fencing, berms, vehicle barriers such as boulders, and signage.

Application materials are available for download below.

PDF iconConcept Application Guidelines
Concept Application (Word format)
PDF iconConcept Application Scoring Rubric
PDF iconFrequently Asked Questions

Project Selection Considerations - When reviewing enhancement project proposals submitted to the Stewardship Council, the Enhancement Review Committee will evaluate the proposal for its merit with respect to the following six considerations:    

  • Contribution to preserve or enhance one or more BPVs
  • Capacity and demonstrated ability to implement the project
  • Includes feasible implementation timeline, including time for permitting and environmental review
  • Provides youth and youth serving organizations meaningful opportunities and partnerships
  • Leverages funding from other sources
  • Includes partnerships and stakeholder support

  
The Stewardship Council does not require proposals to be strong with respect to all of the above consideration but instead is looking to fund projects that address many of the considerations and are of high quality and impact. 
Stewardship Council staff is excited to provide this opportunity and is available to advise you on your concept application. We encourage you to contact us before applying for funding through the Enhancement Program.

To discuss a concept or get answers to questions please contact Steve Schweigerdt at enhancement@stewardshipcouncil.org or (916) 277-0700.

 

 

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