State or Federal?
The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (“Proposition 1”) was approved by voters in November 2014. The purposes of Proposition 1 include generating funding to address water quality, water supply and watershed protection and restoration. Chapter 6 of Proposition 1 allocates $100.5 million to the Conservancy for competitive grants for multi-benefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects.

The Conservancy has identified four priorities for Proposition 1 expenditures. The four priority project
types include:
-Water Sustainability Improvements: Advance the sustainable use and management of water in coastal watersheds in order to achieve conservation benefits, improve ecosystem health, and increase climate resiliency.
-Anadromous Fish Habitat Enhancement: Restore habitat, including flow needed for achieving the health of anadromous fish populations.
-Wetland Restoration: Enhance wetlands and subtidal habitats to restore ecosystem function and provide multi-benefit flood protection, resilient shorelines and other ecosystem benefits
-Urban Greening: Build urban greening projects that increase groundwater recharge, reduce runoff, improve water quality and improve urban watershed health while creating public green-space and expanding urban forests.
Eligible Entities
Local Public Agencies, Native American Tribes, Nonprofit Organizations, Private Corporations, State Government
Eligibility Notes
Eligible applicants for Proposition 1 grant funding from the Conservancy are:
• Public agencies as defined in Proposition 1: any state agency or department, special district, joint powers authority, city, county, city and county, or other political subdivision of the state.
• Any private, nonprofit organization that qualifies under Section 501(c) (3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, and whose purposes are consistent with the Conservancy’s enabling legislation (Division 21 of the Public Resources Code).
• Indian Tribes that are either federally recognized or listed on the Native Heritage Commission’s California Tribal Consultation List.
• Public utilities and mutual water companies; projects proposed by this type of applicant must have a clear and definite public purpose and must benefit the customers of the water system and not the investors. Additional eligibility requirements apply to any eligible grantee that is also an urban water supplier or an agricultural water supplier, as set forth in Proposition 1, Water Code Section 79712(b).
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Apr 30, 2019
Due Date Notes
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Most Recent RFP Release Date
Jan 01, 2019
Annual or Multi-Year?
Match Required?
Match Notes
The Conservancy will award additional points to applicants with significant matching funds from nonstate sources.
State Coastal Conservancy
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
Proposition 1 defines a disadvantaged community as “a community with an annual median household income that is less than 80 percent of the statewide annual median household income.” (CA Water Code Section 79505.5.) Chapter 6 of Proposition 1 does not require that a specific portion of funding go to disadvantaged communities. However, the Conservancy will strive to ensure that a significant portion of its Proposition 1 funding benefit these communities.
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