Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board
- 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 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 only 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.
- A Boundary Line Survey will be required for all successful acquisitions and must be submitted as part of project close out.
- 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. Exceptions 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 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 prior project Interlocal or Acquisition Agreements and/or property Conservation Easements, shall not be eligible to apply for additional funding until the compliance issue is corrected to the satisfaction of Snohomish County.
- Projects that can be completed and closed within 24 months of formal County approval will be given priority for funding approval.
Application Submission and Due Date
2023 Grant Round 1 Funding Recommendation
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 develops 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 the 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.
Regular meetings are held in the early spring and summer of each year and special meetings are scheduled as needed. The meeting location will be advertised in advance of each meeting. Special meetings are scheduled as needed.
Date: Monday, September 25, 2023
Log-In Time: 5:50 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Meeting Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. approximately.
Place: Zoom meeting
- The spring regular meeting of the board will be a business meeting and will cover reports, policy questions and whether or not to have a 2024 grant round.
Topics: Regular Meeting
Agenda items may include:
- Call to Order
- Introduction of Board Members and Guests
- Election of 2024 Board Chair and Vice-Chair
- Public Comment
- Conservation Futures Program Fund Balance Report
- Funded Project Status Report
- Discussion Items
- Will there be a grant round in 2024?
- Other items to be added as needed
- Comments from the Board
If you would like to be notified of upcoming meetings, please contact David McConnell at 425-388-6627 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For agendas and minutes from previous years, please contact Dave McConnell at 425-388-6627.