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Grants to California Cities, Counties, and Districts for the Protection of Wildlife and Habitats


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USA: California

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Habitat Conservation Fund (HCF) Program Grant

State of California - Department of Parks and Recreation

Agency: State

GrantWatch ID #157795

Grant Description

Grants to California cities, counties, and park or open-space districts for a broad range of habitat conservation projects. Eligible projects may involve the protection of animal and plant species, nature programming that brings residents of cities to wildlife areas and parks, and the acquisition and development of wildlife trails and corridors.

Funds can be used for the following:

  • Wildlife Area Activities – An event or series of events intended to bring urban residents into areas with indigenous plants and animals (park and/or wildlife areas)
  • Acquisition of species habitats
  • Enhancement or restoration of species habitats
  • Enhancement, restoration, or development of trails

There are seven unique categories, each is further explained in the HCF Category Chart and Application Guides. 

  • Deer/Mountain Lion Habitat
  • Rare, Endangered, Threatened or Fully Protected Species Habitat
  • Wetlands
  • Anadromous Salmonids and Trout Habitat
  • Riparian Habitat
  • Trails
  • Wildlife Area Activities

For the Application Guides, see Supporting Documents, below.

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  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Cities
- Counties
- Districts

District: any regional park or open-space district formed pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Public Resources Code Section 5500) of Chapter 3 of Division 5 and any recreation and park district formed pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with Public Resources Code Section 5780) of Division 5. With respect to any community or unincorporated region (which is not included within a regional park or open-space district or a recreation and park district, and in which no city or county provides parks or recreational areas or facilities), "District" also means any other district which is 1) authorized by statute to operate and manage parks or recreational areas or facilities, 2) employs a full-time park and recreation director, 3) offers year-round park and recreation services on lands and facilities owned by the district, and 4) allocates a substantial portion of its annual operating budget to parks or recreation areas of facilities.

Maintenance costs are not eligible costs.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The California Department of Parks and Recreation Office of Grants and Local Services invites you to attend application workshops through Microsoft Teams on the following dates:

Application Workshops will occur:

- Tuesday, November 9, 2021 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, November 10, 2021 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
- Tuesday, November 16, 2021 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, November 17, 2021 from 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

For more information and to register:

Pre-Application Information:

April 7, 2022 Application Deadline - Due before 5:00 p.m.

The application deadline is extended by one month (from the original March 1, 2022 deadline) due to a high volume of applications currently under review for the Outdoor Equity Grants Program, Rural Recreation and Tourism Program, Regional Parks Program, and Land and Water Conservation Fund.

The HCF grant program requires a dollar-for-dollar match of grant funds. The match must be spent on eligible costs. The match may not come from another state funding source. Indirect costs cannot be used as match.

All applicants will receive either an award notification letter or a non-award notification letter at the end of the review process.

Application workshop recording:

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

There are no minimum or maximum grant request amounts.

Term of Contract:

The performance period for each project is 5 years starting on July 1 of the fiscal year following the application.

Contact Information:


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If you would like to ask any questions on the Habitat Conservation Fund before or after the webinar, please email the Competitive Review Officer for your county. See

Submit Applications to:
California Department of Parks and Recreation
Office of Grants Local Services (OGALS)
1416 9th Street, Room 918 (P.O. Box 942896)
Sacramento, California 95814 (94296-0001)

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