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Upper Kern Fisheries Enhancement Fund

Grants to California Nonprofits in Eligible
Locations to Improve the Local Environment

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Grants to California nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for innovative projects to improve the aquatic environment. Funding is intended for projects to support conservation in local waterways. In previous years, grants have been awarded to improve sanitation, produce educational videos, and create educational materials. Projects must benefit the Upper Kern Basin in Kern County.

As outlined in the MOU, the specific purpose of the Fund is to grant dollars to projects that support three priorities:

  1. Implementation of the Upper Kern Basin Fishery Management Plan;
  2. Restoration of the native Kern River rainbow trout;
  3. Other enhancements of fisheries resources in the Upper Kern Basin upstream from Isabella Lake in Kern and Tulare Counties

Projects that meet the following criteria will be eligible to apply for funding:

  • Improve the status of the Kern River rainbow trout to avoid any need to list it as a sensitive, endangered, or threatened species at either the State or federal level;
  • Contribute to meeting one or more of the objectives of the “Upper Kern Basin Fishery Management Plan.” The priority for accomplishing the objectives will be determined by the voting members of the Committee. These objectives include, but are not limited to:
    • Hatchery development, maintenance, operations, and staffing specifically for the production of Kern River rainbow trout;
    • Kern River rainbow trout genetic stock determinations and development;
    • Habitat improvement for the Kern River rainbow trout;
    • Stocking associated with the Kern River rainbow trout;
    • Monitoring of Kern River rainbow trout and other native fish species populations; and,
    • Monitoring of fish ladder closure impacts on pikeminnow and trout populations;
  • Contribute to restoration or improvement of trout habitat in the Upper Kern Basin;
  • Contribute to the improvement of the quality of the Upper Kern Basin water including the attainment and maintenance of water quality regulatory standards such as fecal coliform levels; and
  • Other activities mutually approved by the Committee voting members.

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GrantWatch ID#: 143172

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are available to nonprofit organizations.

Pre-Application Information:

- The period for applying for Spring 2021 funding will be from Dec. 1, 2020 through Jan. 15, 2021.
- Projects submitted for the Spring 2021 grant application round will be voted on in a meeting of the Upper Kern Fisheries Enhancement Fund Committee (“Committee”) to be held on Tuesday, March 23, 2021. Meetings are open to the public and are usually held at the offices of Kern Community Foundation in Bakersfield; however, during the COVID-19 crisis, they are held virtually via Zoom and telephone.
- Projects approved for funding by the Committee are submitted to the Board of Directors of Kern Community Foundation for final approval.

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USA: California: Kern County

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