State or Federal?
Conservancy Proposition 1 grants fund multi-benefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects. The Spring 2018 round of funding is open for any Prop 1 priority. Priority project types include: water sustainability improvements, anadromous fish habitat enhancement, wetland restoration and urban greening.
Eligible Entities
Local Public Agencies, Native American Tribes, Nonprofit Organizations, 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).

Eligible projects must advance at least one of the purposes of Chapter 6 of Proposition 1. Proposition 1 contains additional provisions that may make some projects ineligible. Examples of restrictions can be found in Section III.B. Project Eligibility of the solicitation.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Jun 08, 2018
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Apr 06, 2018
Annual or Multi-Year?
Preliminary Items
A webinar will be held on April 16th at 10:00 a.m. To attend the informational webinar, email an RSVP to

Applicants are encouraged to consult with Conservancy staff during the project solicitation period, prior to submitting their applications. Pre-proposal consultation will be available to any potential applicant but will not be required. Conservancy staff will be available to discuss projects and proposal-related questions, they will not be able to review full proposals before they are submitted. For a consultation on your Prop. 1 project proposal, please email a short description of your project (1-2 paragraphs including specific location information) and a consultation request to appropriate Regional Manager, as listed in Section IV.B. Pre-Proposal Consultation of the solicitation.
Match Required?
Match Notes
Applications providing significant matching non-state funds will result in additional points.

The Conservancy typically reimburses grantees for expenses after they are incurred. This means the grantee will have to cover the costs of the project between the time the expenses are incurred and they get paid by the Conservancy. It typically takes about 6 weeks between the time an invoice is received at the Conservancy and the payment is received by the grantee.
State Coastal Conservancy
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
Additional competitive priorities are for projects that benefit disadvantaged communities, that promote and implement state plans and policies, and have matching funds from non-state sources. The Conservancy will award additional points to applicants with significant matching funds from nonstate sources.

The Department of Water Resources has developed an online map viewer that allows users to see the boundaries of the disadvantaged communities, based on census data, while links to key state plans are provided on the Conservancy’s website.

The Conservancy expects to receive an appropriation of $8 million of Proposition 1 in the 2018/19 fiscal year. The Conservancy anticipates releasing up to three solicitations this fiscal year, the amount awarded in each solicitation will depend on the quality of the applications and the needs of the project.
Additional Notes
Previous Prop 1 awards include multiple awards over $1 million, up to a maximum of $4 million.
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