Project Application Process

Previous Project Proposals

  • SRS web address: El Dorado County - Note: This link is provided as a source to view previous project proposals. The site is no longer active for project submittal nor does it have up to date committee information or forms.

Step 1: Determine if your project is appropriate for the Program

Requirements: Project proposals must meet the following conditions as set forth in the Secure Rural School legislation:

Project funds may be used for the purpose of making additional investments in, and creating additional employment opportunities through, projects that improve the maintenance of existing infrastructure, implementing stewardship objectives that enhance forest ecosystems, and restoring and improving land health and water quality. Projects shall enjoy broad based support with objectives that may include, but not limited to:

  • Road, trail, and infrastructure maintenance or obliteration
  • Soil productivity improvement
  • Improvements in forest ecosystem health
  • Watershed restoration and maintenance
  • Restoration, maintenance and improvement of wildlife and fish habitat
  • Control of noxious and exotic weeds
  • Reestablishment of native species

At least 50 percent of all Title II funds must be used for projects that are primarily dedicated to:

  • Road maintenance, decommissioning, or obliteration
  • Restoration of streams and watersheds.

Step 2: Determine if your project has the support of the appropriate Federal Official

Projects proposed to the El Dorado County Resource Advisory Committee must be within the geographical boundary of El Dorado County on federal lands (or non-federal lands only if there is a strong nexus and benefit to federal lands. To begin the process, determine the geographical location of your proposed project and contact the appropriate District Ranger listed below. If your project is on Federal lands managed by another agency, contact the appropriate agency to discuss your project and request a letter of support.

Placerville Ranger District
Scot Rogers, District Ranger
530-647-5314, Email

Pacific Ranger District
Steve Hall, Acting District Ranger
530-647-5410, Email

Georgetown Ranger District
Andrea Cabida, Acting District Ranger
530-333-5511, Email

Amador Ranger District (for the portion in Eldorado County)
Rick Hopson, District Ranger
209-295-5910, Email

Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit (El Dorado County east of Sierra Crest)
Lisa Herron, Information Officer
530-543-2815, Email

*Required as part of package: A letter of support from the local District Ranger must be included with each proposal to indicate whether the project will benefit the National Forest and that the local District(s) has the capacity to implement the project or work with sponsoring cooperator(s). All proposals must receive a letter of support from the appropriate Federal agency and representative.

Step 3: Project Application Process and Instructions

Application Submittal Period: March 5 to April 16, 2021 

Project Submittal Package:

Where to Submit Proposal: 

HEADS UP!!! Email address change. 

Submit the Project Package project electronically to by the close of business (4:30 pm) on April 16, 2021.

Prescreening of Project Proposals: Proposals received will be reviewed by the Designated Federal Official (DFO) to ensure that the application is complete, that the project meets the intent of the legislation, is consistent with the Forest Plan and Federal laws and regulations, and that the funding identified is accurate.

Step 4: Project Review and Recommendation

Review: The Committee will review the project proposals and may contact the project coordinators if they have additional questions. The following is a list of some of the criteria the Resource Advisory Committee will use when reviewing and selecting projects.

Required Elements

  • Does the project meet the intent of the Legislation?
  • Is there support from the District Ranger(s)?
  • Will it be accomplishable within the allotted time frame?  Project must be initiated by September 30, 2022 and funds must be obligated by September 30, 2023.

Additional Criteria

  • Why is this project necessary here and now?
  • Is there a project advocate with the capacity, competence, and ability to complete the project?
  • Is the NEPA/CEQA work completed or is the project NEPA/CEQA compliant?
  • Will this address a problem that the Forest Service within El Dorado County is committed to?
  • Is there an opportunity to leverage additional funds?
  • Are there other partners?
  • Are there letters of support from other stake holders?
  • Is there a high likelihood of success?
  • Are provisions included in the project for maintenance into the future?

After reviewing and discussion the Committee selects the projects and amounts that are being recommended for funding.

Step 5: Project Approval and Notification

  1. The recommendation package is reviewed and signed off by the Designated Federal Official, the Eldorado National Forest Supervisor, Lake Tahoe Basin Management Unit Forest Supervisor, or other Federal land manager representative.
  2. Project Coordinators are contacted with the decision and information on the next steps.

Forms for Approved Projects

RAC Agreements

  • Grantee/Cooperator Contact Information [pdf]
  • SF-270 - Request for Reimbursement [pdf] [instructions]
  • Description of Activities Performed Under Agreement [pdf]

RAC Agreement Forms

Participating or Challenge Cost Share Agreements
  • Financial Form - Long (xls)
  • Financial Form - Medium (xls)
  • Financial Form - Short (xls)
Federal Financial Assistance Awards (Domestic Grants)
  • SF-424 - Application for Federal Financial Assistance [pdf]
  • Certification Regarding Lobbying [pdf]
  • SF-424a - Budget Information - Non-Construction Programs [pdf]
  • SF-424b - Assurances - Non-Construction Programs [pdf]
  • SF-425 - Federal Financial Report [pdf] [xls] [instructions]
  • AD-1047 - Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, and Other Responsibility Matters (Primary Covered Transactions) [pdf]
  • AD-1048 - Certification Regarding Debarment, Suspension, Ineligibility and Voluntary Exclusions (Lower Tier Covered Transactions) [pdf]
  • AD-1049 - Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements (Required for all except individuals and State governments) [pdf]
  • AD-1050 - Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements (Required for Grantees who are individuals) [pdf]
  • AD-1052 - Certification Regarding Drug-Free Workplace Requirements (Required for Grantees who are State governments) [pdf]
  • AD-3030 - Representations Regarding Felony Conviction and Tax Delinquent Status for Corporate Applicants (Requested for Grantees who are incorporated) [doc]