The Valencia Soil and Water Conservation has opened the application period for the Financial Assistance Program.
Any community member who lives within the Valencia Soil and Water Conservation District, and who pays in to the district’s mill levy taxes is eligible for this funding. The district’s funding available for 2020-2021 is about $40,000 and directly funded by mill levy taxpayer dollars.
There are three different application processes depending on the funding you are seeking: the Standard Conservation Application, which is due Sept 30, 2020; the Stand Alone Applications are accepted all year and awarded at a first-come first-serve basis; and the Free Soil Testing, provided all year.
The Standard Conservation Application is awarded through a competitive ranking process for projects that have soil, water or wildlife conservation merit. These projects can be completed on public or private land. Standard Conservation Projects are typically more involved and require a free site visit to support your planning process.
Funding is awarded through reimbursement for a percentage of the total cost of the project. The Standard Conservation Application must be received by Sept. 30, 2020, and you are encouraged to apply early to ensure all information has been provided and to receive adequate support in planning.
The district is also launching a new simple application called the Stand Alone Application for requesting funds for specific items that do not require an in-depth review process — hoop houses, water harvesting barrels, water efficient toilets, bioreactor kits, native trees, shrubs or seeds. The district will receive applications throughout the year and they are awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The district also continues to provide free soil testing to all community members throughout the year.
If interested in learning more, visit the VSWCD website at valenciaswcd.org and go to Assistance Programs, or call the Valencia Soil and Water Conservation District at 864-8914.