Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board


Invitation to Apply

The Snohomish County Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board (CFPAB) is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted from March 15th 2020 to May 15th 2020 at 5:00 p.m. for potential funding assistance from the Snohomish County Conservation Futures Program. The CFPAB anticipates application review at the rescheduled June 25th 2020 board meeting and recommendation to the Snohomish County Council in June 2020. Successful program funding is available on a reimbursement basis. It is anticipated that approximately $1.9 to $1.6 million dollars will be available during this grant round for distribution to eligible organizations/jurisdictions per Snohomish County Code Section 4.14.

**PLEASE NOTE** Due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak, the application review process may be adjusted to eliminate portions of the outlined schedule (e.g. site tours) and/or complete portions of the process by an alternative mechanism (e.g. distance meetings).

Application Updates 

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.

Allocation Policies

  • 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 submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. May 15th 2020. Submissions received after this time will not be accepted. Final grant applications can be submitted by mail, or via hand delivery, using information provided on the Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board webpage. If submitting by mail, the submittal must be postmarked by the submission deadline. Submittals shall consist of eight double sided copies of the application along with one digital copy (.pdf).

Presentations should be sent to David McConnell no late than 2:00 p.m. June 24th 2020. If the presentation is too large to be emailed, please contact Dave to make other arrangements.

Grant Application Package

The grant application package can be downloaded here:

  1. Grant Application Package (DOC)

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)

Meeting Schedule

Regular meetings are held in early 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. 

The next regular meeting of the Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board has been re-scheduled for Thursday, June 25th from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Date:                          Thursday, June 25th 2020

Log-In Time:              5:15 p.m.

Meeting Time:           5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. approximately.

Place:                        Virtual Zoom meeting

Topics:                      Grant application presentations, Board deliberations, and Board funding recommendations 

                                   to the Snohomish County Council

Public Participation:  
For members of the public who wish to participate in or provide public comment for this meeting, please contact Dave McConnell to be added to the meeting. Public comment can also be provided using email and sent to Dave McConnell.

If you would like to be notified of upcoming meetings, please contact David McConnell at 425-388-6627 or by email at

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas and Minutes
Meeting Dates Agendas Minutes
6/25/2020 Regular Meeting 6/25/2020 Agenda 6/25/2020 Draft Minutes - Pending
2/25/2020 Regular Meeting 2/25/2020 Agenda (PBF) 2/25/2020 Draft Minutes (PDF)
6/5/2019 Regular Meeting 06/05/2019 Agenda (PDF) 06/06/2019 Minutes (PDF)
1/30/2019 Regular Meeting 01/30/2019 Agenda (PDF) 01/30/2019 Minutes  (PDF)
6/25/2018 Regular Meeting 6/25/2018 Agenda (PDF)
6/25/2018 Minutes (PDF)
3/21/2018 Regular Meeting 3/21/2018 - Agenda (PDF)
03/21/2018 Minutes (PDF)
4/5/2017 Reg-Meeting Continuation 4/5/2017 Agenda (PDF)
4/5/2017 Minutes (PDF)
3/30/2017 Regular Meeting 3/30/2017 Agenda (PDF)
3/30/2017 See 4/5/2017
12/20/2016 Special Meeting 12/20/2016 Agenda (PDF)
12/20/2016 Minutes (PDF)
8/30/2016 Special Meeting 8/30/2016 Agenda (PDF) - Location Changed! 8/30/2016 Minutes (PDF)
8/11/2016 Special Meeting/Celebration 8/11/2016 Agenda (PDF)
8/11/2016 Minutes (PDF)
1/27/2016 Regular Meeting 1/27/2016 Agenda (PDF)
1/27/2016-Meeting Postponed (PDF)
6/2/2015 Regular Meeting 6/2/2015 Agenda (PDF)
6/2/2015 Minutes (PDF)
1/28/2015 Regular Meeting 1/28/2015 Agenda (PDF)
1/28/2015 Minutes (PDF)
11/07/2014 Special Meeting 11/07/2014 Agenda (PDF)
11/07/2014 Minutes (PDF)
4/29/2014 Regular Meeting 4/29/2014 Agenda (PDF)
4/29/2014 Minutes (PDF)
1/30/2014 Regular Meeting 1/30/2014 Agenda (PDF)
1/30/2014 Minutes (PDF)
8/23/2013 Special Meeting 8/23/2013 Agenda (PDF)
8/23/2013 Minutes (PDF)
8/21/2013 Special Meeting 8/21/2013 Agenda (PDF)
8/21/2013 Minutes (PDF)
8/20/2013 Special Meeting 8/20/2013 Agenda (PDF)
8/20/2013 Minutes (PDF)
5/1/2013 Regular Meeting 5/1/2013 Agenda (PDF)
5/1/2013 Minutes (PDF)
4/2/2013 Special Meeting 4/2/2013 Agenda (PDF)
4/2/2013 Minutes (PDF)
1/15/2013 Regular Meeting 1/15/2013 Agenda (PDF)
1/15/2013 Minutes (PDF)
09/26/2012 Special Meeting 09/26/2012 Agenda 09/26/2012 Minutes (PDF)
05/22/2012 Regular Meeting 05/22/2012 Agenda (PDF)
05/22/2012 Minutes (PDF)
05/09/2011 Regular Meeting 05/09/2011 Agenda (PDF)
05/09/2011 Minutes (PDF)
07/23/2010 Regular Meeting 07/23/2010 Agenda 07/23/2010 Minutes (PDF)