Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board


Invitation to Apply


The Snohomish County Conservation Futures Program Advisory Board (CFPAB) is pleased to announce that applications are being accepted through February 28th, 2017, for potential funding assistance from the Snohomish County Conservation Futures Program.  The CFPAB anticipates application review in late March 2017 with funding recommendations to the Snohomish County Council in April 2017.  Successful project funding is available on a reimbursable basis.  It is anticipated that approximately $2 million dollars will be available during this grant round for distribution to eligible organizations/jurisdictions as per Snohomish County Code Section 4.14.

Allocation Policies

  • Snohomish County will allocate Conservation Futures Program funds on a competitive basis through an application and evaluative project selection process.
  • Conservation Futures Program resources are allocated on a county-wide basis to assure that the most highly rated projects receive funding.
  • Matching funds are encouraged.
  • Projects may be funded at a level below the amount requested by the project sponsor, as recommended by the CFPAB and forwarded through the County Executive to the Snohomish County Council for review and final consideration for funding approval.

Application Submission and Due Date

Grant applications and accompanying attachments (eight color copies) must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. February 28, 2017. Submissions received after this time will not be accepted.  Detailed instructions for completing the application and submitting it are found in the application packet. Final grant applications can be submitted by mail or hand delivery, using information provided in the application packet. If submitting by mail, the packet submittal must be postmarked by the submission deadline. A “.docx” of this document is available at the link below.

Application for Conservation Futures Funds - 2017 Program Year

For further information or questions, please call 425-388-6627.  

Success Celebration

A 'Success Celebration' was held August 11, 2016 to celebrate acquisition projects that were funded and completed between 2011 and 2016.  During this time, over $31 million was distributed and over 2,500 acres were acquired. 

Documents from the Success Celebration:

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 develop 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 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.
Contact 425-388-6627 for more information.  
2017 Conservation Futures Board Matrix

Meeting Schedule

Regular meetings are held in January and May of each year and special meetings are scheduled as needed.

The regular meeting normally held in March 30th 2017, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., and will be held at the Snohomish County Department of Parks and Recreation board room. This meeting will be a regular business meeting and will also review 2017 Conservation Futures program grant applications.

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Agendas and Minutes

  • 3/30/2017 Regular Meeting
  • 12/20/2016 Special Meeting
  • 8/30/2016 Special Meeting
  • 8/11/16 Special Meeting/Celebration
  • 1/27/16 Regular Meeting -
  • 6/2/15 Regular Meeting - 
  • 1/28/15 Regular Meeting -
  • 11/17/14 Special Meeting -
  • 4/29/14 Special Meeting -
  • 1/30/14 Regular Meeting -
  • 8/23/13 Special Meeting -
  • 8/21/13 Special Meeting -
  • 8/20/13 Special Meeting -
  • 5/1/13 Regular Meeting -
  • 4/2/13 Special Meeting -
  • 1/15/13 Regular Meeting -
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