Category/Topic
Environment
State or Federal?
State
Summary
The Program funds projects that enhance stream flows and are consistent with the objectives and actions outlined in the California Water Action Plan, with the primary focus on enhancing flow in streams that support anadromous fish; support special-status, threatened, endangered, or at-risk species; or provide resilience to climate change. The goals of the Program are to:

1. Support projects that lead to meaningful increases in the availability and quality of water in streams, particularly by protecting and restoring functional ecological flows for streams identified as a priority for fish and wildlife.
2. Support projects that work to remove key barriers to securing enhanced flows for nature (e.g., by making it easier to change the timing of flows as needed, or streamlining processes for long-term transfers of water for stream flow).
3. Support projects that allocate resources for infrastructure (e.g., gauges) for evaluating stream flow conditions and stream responses to enhancement efforts.

Examples of project types (should not be viewed as exhaustive lists of eligible project types):
-Water Transactions (e.g., changes to a stream’s hydrograph through lease, transfer, or seasonal exchange of water)
-Acquisition of water from willing sellers – permanent and long-term (not less than 20 years) dedications for the purpose of instream flow
-Habitat restoration projects (e.g., weed eradication, wet meadow restoration, restoration of entrenched streams, upper watershed restoration or forest thinning) that reshape stream hydrograph.
-Planning studies requiring CEQA compliance, permitting, and engineering for specific projects
-Studies to evaluate instream flow needs, identify priority streams and watersheds, or evaluate habitat suitability and temperature needs
-Water efficiency generally – Irrigation efficiency and water infrastructure improvements (e.g., diversion, conveyance, and on-farm projects) that save water and enable reshaping of the stream hydrograph
-Reconnecting flood flows with restored flood plains
-Capital outlay projects that allow reservoir operations both at existing and new storage sites
Eligible Entities
Academic Institutions, Local Public Agencies, Native American Tribes, Nonprofit Organizations
Eligibility Notes
public utilities, and mutual water companies
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Sep 10, 2019
Due Date Notes
By 5:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Early submission is recommended.
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Jul 09, 2019
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
$64,000,000
Match Required?
No
Match Notes
Leverage funds is considered a Scoring Criterion which accounts for up to 7.5 points out of 100.

• Proposals in which >40% of the budget is funded by leveraging other funds will receive 5 points
• Proposals in which 31-40% of the budget is funded by leveraging other funds will receive 4 points
• Proposals in which 21-30% of the budget is funded by leveraging other funds will receive 3 points
• Proposals in which 11-20% of the budget is funded by leveraging other funds will receive 2 points
• Proposals in which 1-10% of the budget is funded by leveraging other funds will receive 1 point
• Proposals that do not leverage other funds (0%) will receive a score of zero

These points are then weighted by 1.5, allowing the maximum score received to be 7.5.
Funder
Wildlife Conservation Board
Total Amount Available for All Grants
$64,000,000
Competition Notes
Funding for Scientific Studies will be limited to $2.5 million through this Solicitation. While there is no specified award ceiling, past awards include awards greater than $1m.
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