Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board
Invitation to Apply
EVERETT, Wash., January 4, 2021—The Snohomish County Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board (CFPAB) is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted from Monday, January 11, 2021 to Friday, February 26, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. for potential funding assistance from the Snohomish County Conservation Futures Program. The CFPAB anticipates application review at the March 2021 board meeting and recommendation to the Snohomish County Council in May 2021. Successful program funding is available on a reimbursement basis. It is anticipated that a maximum amount of $2 million to $3 million dollars may be available during this grant round for distribution to eligible organizations/jurisdictions per Snohomish County Code Section 4.14.
Please note the following significant changes in the Snohomish County Conservation Futures Program (SCCFP) grant process:
- A Preliminary Title Report is required with all applications, for each property proposed to be acquired.
- Applicants may be determined ineligible for application for SCCFP funding if they are determined to be out of compliance with prior SCCFP projects (see Allocation Policies).
- Funding for awarded projects will be provided on a reimbursable basis only, following project completion, and will be limited to the amount allocated by the County Council, or that percentage of the total project cost, as indicated in the original grant application for Conservation Futures funding, whichever is less. Documentation of match and total project costs will be required. Exceptions to the requirement that funding is provided as a reimbursement may be allowed on a case-by-case basis. If this is an anticipated need, applicants should check with staff prior to applying.
- Snohomish County will allocate Conservation Futures Program funds on a competitive basis through an application and evaluative project selection process.
- Matching funds are encouraged but not required.
- Funding to successful awardees is provided only on a reimbursable basis once the project is complete. Extensions to this policy may be considered on a case-by-case basis and applicants should check with staff prior to applying.
- Projects may be funded at a level below the amount requested by the project sponsor, as recommended by the Snohomish County Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board (the "CFPAB) and forwarded through the Snohomish County Executive to the Snohomish County Council for review and final consideration for funding approval.
- Prior fund recipients that have been determined to be out of compliance with project Interlocal or Acquisition Agreements and/or property Conservation Easements, shall not be eligible to apply for additional funding until the compliance issue(s) have been corrected to the satisfaction of Snohomish County.
Application Submission & Due Date
Grant applications and accompanying attachments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 26th, 2021. Submissions received after this time will not be accepted. Final grant applications shall be submitted by mail, or electronically, using information provided on the Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board webpage. No hand delivered submissions will be accepted! If submitting by mail, the submittal must be received by the submission deadline of 5:00 p.m. Friday, February 26th, 2021. Submittals shall consist of eight double sided copies of the application along with one digital copy (.pdf).
**PLEASE NOTE** Due to COVID19, the board meeting and grant presentations are expected to be held via Zoom. Applicants will be notified prior to the scheduled meeting of the login time and link.
Grant Application Package
The grant application package can be downloaded here:
About the Board
The Snohomish County Conservation Futures Program was started in 1988 as a way to distribute Conservation Futures Property Tax Funds as authorized by RCW 84.34.230. The purpose of this funding is to acquire interests, or rights, in real property for the preservation of open space, farm and agricultural land, and timber land per SCC 4.14.010. These resources are available through the County’s authority to levy up to six and one-quarter cents per thousand dollars on all taxable property within the County for the purpose of acquiring open space.
The Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board (CFPAB) makes recommendations to the Snohomish County Council for projects to be funded as part of the Conservation Futures Program, and develop strategic, long-range plans for the program. Recommendations from the CFPAB are forwarded to the Snohomish County Executive for transmittal to the County Council for final action. The CFPAB consists of the County Executive (or designee); two members of County Council; one elected official selected by all cities and towns whose population base, independently, is 10,000 or greater, one elected official selected by all cities and towns whose population base, independently, is less than 10,000, and two members representing citizens of Snohomish County. Board members serve four-year terms.
Since 1988 over $80 million dollars has been expended to acquire land or easements throughout the county by Snohomish County, cities and towns and eligible non-profit organizations, as allowed by state law.
2020 Conservation Futures Board Matrix (PDF) - Update pending 2/2021.
Regular meetings are held in February and June of each year and special meetings are scheduled as needed. The February regular meeting will occur on the last Tuesday of February and the June regular meeting will occur on the first Tuesday in June. The meeting location will be advertised in advance of each meeting. Special meetings are scheduled as needed.
The next regular meeting of the Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board is scheduled on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021 from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Date: Second 1/2 of March 2021, to be determined.
Meeting Time: 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. approximately.
Place: Zoom virtual meeting, to be determined.
Topics: Regular business meeting. Agenda items may include:
1. Election of Chair and Vice-Chair
2. Review Status of Current Projects
3. Application review & presentations for 2021 Grant Funding Round.