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Proposition 1 Grants

Grants to California Agencies, Nonprofits, and Utility Companies
for Watershed and Ecosystem Restoration Projects

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California State Coastal Conservancy

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Grants to California public agencies, nonprofit organizations, Tribes, and public utilities and water companies for the protection, enhancement, and restoration of resources located along the State's coastline. Interested applicants are required to contact staff before applying. Funding is intended to support projects promoting wetland restoration, anadromous fish habitat enhancement, urban greening, and water sustainability improvements.

The State Coastal Conservancy works along the entire length of California’s coast, within the watersheds of rivers and streams that extend inland from the coast, and throughout the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. Proposition 1 grants fund multi-benefit ecosystem, water quality and supply, and watershed protection and restoration projects.

For details on the Coastal Conservancy’s priorities, see the Strategic Plan listed in Supporting Documents below.

For a detailed description of priority areas, see

The Conservancy will prioritize projects that help California communities prepare for the impacts of climate change. The Conservancy will also support implementation of sustainable community strategies within its jurisdiction, including the Priority Conservation Areas in the San Francisco Bay Area region. The Conservancy prioritizes projects that benefit disadvantaged communities, as well as projects that implement state plans and policies.

The Conservancy will seek to align its funding and project priorities with those of other state agencies administering Proposition 1 funding for related objectives. The California Department of Fish and Wildlife will administer Proposition 1 grants for coastal wetland and watershed restoration, the Wildlife Conservation Board will administer grants to secure instream flows, and DWR will administer grants related to water sustainability.

Projects must entail the construction or acquisition of capital assets and/or activities that are incidentally but directly related to construction or acquisition, such as planning, design and engineering. For more details about Project Eligibility, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 169475

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants for Proposition 1 grant funding from the Conservancy are:

- Public agencies: 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). Eligibility of nonprofit organizations is defined by whether an organization’s articles of incorporation (and IRS letter) demonstrate that the organization’s purposes are consistent with Division 21 of the Public Resources Code, the Coastal Conservancy’s enabling legislation.
- 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.

The Conservancy supports projects within coastal draining watersheds and in the entirety of the nine-county Bay Area region. The Conservancy also has specific authority to work in the Santa Ana River watershed to implement the Santa Ana River Conservancy Program. To see the map of the Conservancy's Jurisdiction, see Supporting Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

Prospective applicants must discuss their projects with Conservancy staff prior to completing or submitting the application. Please contact the appropriate Program Manager (see Contact Information). 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 the appropriate Regional Manager.

Prop 1 Schedule:

- January 2019: Release RFP
- January 29, 2019: Informational Webinar, recording posted here
- April 30 2019: Applications Due
- May-Sept 2019: Evaluation
- October 2019: Board Meeting*
- Fall 2019 and Later: Grants Awarded

*All Proposition 1 grants will be awarded at a Coastal Conservancy board meeting. The specific meeting when a grant will be considered will depend on project readiness and staff capacity. The soonest a grant could be awarded from this round will be October 2019.

The Conservancy expects that it will take an average of six months from application submittal to Conservancy board approval and at least one additional month for execution of the grant agreement.

The Coastal Conservancy encourages all applicants to consider using the California Conservation Corps for construction projects. Applications for Prop 1 funding for restoration and ecosystem protection projects must include a completed Corps Consultation Review form (see Supporting Documents below).

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit the completed application by email to

If you are unable to email your application, you may send the electronic files on common electronic storage device. Mail the files to:

State Coastal Conservancy
1515 Clay Street, Suite 1000
Oakland, CA 94612

Regional Managers:

- North Coast: Del Norte County to coastside Sonoma and Marin Counties
Karyn Gear

- San Francisco Bay Area: Nine Bay Area Counties, excluding the coastside of Sonoma, Marin, and San Mateo Counties
Matt Gerhart

- Central Coast: Coastside San Mateo County to Santa Barbara County
Trish Chapman

- South Coast: Ventura County to San Diego County
Megan Cooper

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USA: California