$3 million in grants available for conservation & outdoor recreation projects

The Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (NDCNR) is pleased to announce that approximately $3 million in grant funding is now available through the Conserve Nevada Program for projects that support conservation and outdoor recreation in Nevada. Conserve Nevada grants are open to all Nevada cities, counties, towns, general improvement districts (GIDs), conservation districts, water conservancy districts, nonprofit organizations, and State agencies.

Competitive grant project categories include:

  • Wildfire mitigation and restoration
  • Designing/constructing recreational facilities, campsites, or trails
  • Acquiring land and/or water for conservation or recreation (including conservation easements)
  • Enhancing and restoring the Truckee and Carson River Corridors
  • Protecting and restoring wetlands
  • Acquisition of credits to protect sagebrush ecosystems

Past projects have included the restoration of the Panaca Fairgrounds, development of the Elko Peace Park, installation of the City of Reno Bicentennial Bridge, acquisition of 395 acres along the Carson River in Carson City, as well as acquisition of 21 acres along the Truckee River to preserve wildlife habitat, water quality, and natural resources along Washoe County’s Truckee River Greenbelt.

The application and program rules are available online at ConserveNevada.nv.gov. Applications are due by December 28, 2023 at 12:00 p.m. The Conserve Nevada Program will award grants beginning in February 2023.

“For more than two decades, Nevada’s landmark conservation bond funding program has been instrumental in the preservation and restoration of Nevada’s natural and cultural resources,” said NDCNR Director James Settelmeyer. “This grant funding helps create fire-resilient landscapes, protects rivers and wetlands, preserves historic and cultural resources, and develops outdoor recreation opportunities for Nevadans. I thank our many partners and public leaders for their support of the Conserve Nevada Program, which will help cultivate a healthy, vibrant Nevada for generations to come.”

To learn more about Conserve Nevada, please visit ConserveNevada.nv.gov and check out this video clip. Questions? Please contact Conserve Nevada Program Manager Brandon Bishop at brandon.bishop@dcnr.nv.gov or (775) 684-2707.