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Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Program

Grants to California Nonprofits, Agencies, Public Universities,
Utilities, Municipalities, and Indian Tribes for Watershed Protection

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California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)

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11/25/19 4:00 PM PDT


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Grants to California nonprofits, public universities, agencies, municipalities, Indian tribes, utilities and water companies for statewide projects for watershed protection and conservation; and ecosystem preservation, water quality, and fish protection that benefit eligible areas. Eligible project categories include acquisition, planning, implementation, and scientific studies for eligible proposals.

Proposition 1, which was passed by California voters in November 2014, amended the CWC to add among other articles, sections 79737 and 79738, authorizing the Legislature to appropriate funds to CDFW for watershed restoration projects statewide; and water quality, ecosystem restoration, and fish protection facilities that benefit the Delta; respectively.

Proposition 1 defines the ‘Delta’ to mean the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta as defined in California Water Code (CWC) §12220 and the Suisun Marsh as defined in Public Resources Code §29101 (CWC §79702[e]).

Eligible project categories for this Solicitation are Planning, Implementation, Acquisition, and Scientific Studies (Delta Proposals Only)

Program Purposes:

Proposition 1 provides funding to implement the three broad objectives of the California Water Action Plan: more reliable water supplies; the restoration of important species and habitat; and a more resilient, sustainably managed water resources system (water supply, water quality, flood protection, and environment) that can better withstand inevitable and unforeseen pressures in the coming decades. Funds granted by CDFW will primarily focus on addressing the objective of restoring important species and habitat; however, cobenefits of such actions may contribute towards attaining other California Water Action Plan objectives. It is the intent that these funds will be invested in projects that:

  • Provide public benefits, addressing critical statewide needs and priorities (CWC §79707[a]);
  • Advance the purposes articulated in CWC section 79732;
  • Leverage private, federal, or local funding or produce the greatest public benefit (CWC §79707[b]);
  • Promote State planning priorities consistent with section 65041.1 of the Government Code and sustainable communities strategies consistent with the provisions of subparagraph (B) of paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of section 65080 of the Government Code, to the extent feasible (CWC §79707[i]);
  • Use best available science to inform decisions regarding water resources (CWC §79707[d]);
  • Employ new or innovative technology or practices including decision support tools that support integrated resource management (CWC §79707[e]); and
  • Achieve working agricultural and forested landscape preservation wherever possible through use of conservation easements and voluntary landowner participation, including, but not limited to, the use of easements pursuant to Division 10.2 (commencing with section 10200) and Division 10.4 (commencing with section 10330) of the Public Resources Code and voluntary habitat credit exchange mechanisms, to the extent feasible (CWC §79707[j]).

Proposals must address at least one of the following priorities:

Watershed Restoration Grant Program

  • Large-scale wildfire recovery response and prevention
  • Manage headwaters for multiple benefits
  • Protect and restore mountain meadow ecosystems
  • Protect and restore anadromous and other non-game native fish habitat
  • Protect and restore coastal wetland ecosystems
  • Protect and restore cross-border urban creeks and watersheds

Delta Water Quality and Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program

  • Improve water quality
  • Improve habitats in the Delta
  • Planning for multi-benefit restoration through regional partnerships
  • Scientific studies to support implementation of the Delta Science Plan and the 2017-2021 Science Action Agenda

For a detailed description of each of these areas, including project categories please see

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183711

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract:

Grant-funded project work must be completed by March 15, 2024 for Proposition 1 funds (January 1, 2024 for University of California agreements)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Entities:
The following entity types are eligible for Proposition 1 funding (CWC §79712):
• public agencies within California (state agencies or departments, public universities, special districts, joint powers authorities, counties, cities, or other political subdivisions of the state (CWC §79702[s])),
• non-profit organizations registered with the California Secretary of State (CWC §79702[p]),
• federally recognized Indian tribes and state Indian tribes listed on the Native American Heritage Commission's California Tribal Consultation List,
• public utilities (CWC §79712[b][1]), and
• mutual water companies (CWC §79712[b][2], [3], & [4]).

Additional eligibility requirements for public utilities, mutual water companies, and agricultural and urban water suppliers can be found in Section 2.1 of the Proposition 1 Guidelines.

Proposals from private individuals, for-profit enterprises (except those that are eligible for Proposition 1 funding as a public utility), or out-of-state public entities (except those that are nonprofit organizations registered with the California Secretary of State) are ineligible for funding under this Solicitation, however, these entities can work as subcontractors for an eligible applicant.

Ineligible costs for Acquisition projects include:
• Appraisal preparation;
• Environmental Site Assessment;
• Mineral Rights Assessment;
• Other fees and costs to accomplish the transaction and the conveyance and acquisition of the property; and
• Title escrow and closing costs.

Ineligible Costs
Following are ineligible costs for reimbursement:
• Costs incurred outside of the grant agreement term;
• Costs related to the preparation of the grant proposal;
• Indirect costs greater than 20% of the direct costs, or indirect costs calculated with subcontractor costs greater than $25,000 or any equipment costs;
• Student tuition and fees;
• Intern stipends;
• Travel, equipment, and other property costs not specifically identified in the grant budget;
• Out of state travel without prior written authorization from CDFW;
• Appraisal, title, or escrow costs;
• Costs for CEQA or NEPA completion within implementation projects; and
• Insurance, including liability insurance.

Pre-proposal Conference:

2020 Solicitation Application Workshops

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will conduct two online application workshops to walk through the application process for the 2020 Proposition 1 Proposal Solicitation Notice (Solicitation). These workshops are optional and not required as part of the application process. Both sessions will be recorded and later posted online with the presentation.

- Thursday, October 17, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
The recording of the October 17 application workshop is available:

- Wednesday, November 6, 2019, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

I. Overview of the 2020 Application and attachments.
II. Tips for submitting complete proposals.
III. Overview of WebGrants, which will be used to submit proposals online.
IV. Questions – please note, CDFW can clarify elements of the application but cannot
assist in the development or consultation of individual projects.

For additional information including Web Conference Access instructions, please see:

Pre-Application Information:

In light of the anticipated power shut-offs throughout parts of California, CDFW is extending the deadline for applications to Monday, November 25, 2019, at 4:00 PM PDT.

- Proposals must be submitted electronically through CDFW WebGrants online.
- To access the application, applicants must register an account in WebGrants.
- Applicants are encouraged to allow sufficient time to submit proposals to avoid last minute errors and omissions.

Proposal Solicitation Process and Anticipated Schedule:
- Draft Solicitation public review and comment period: August 21, 2019 – September 6, 2019
- Public Workshop on Draft Solicitation: August 28, 2019
- Release Proposal Solicitation Notice: October 1, 2019
- Online Application Workshops:
October 17, 2019
November 6, 2019
- Proposals due by: 4:00 PM, Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) November 20, 2019
- Deadline for CEQA completion if applicable: February 7, 2020
- Proposal Evaluation: November 2019 – January 2020
- CDFW Director approval/awards announced: Spring 2020
- Execute grant agreements: Summer/Fall 2020
- All project work completed, and final invoice submitted for payment: March 15*, 2024 (Prop 1)
*January 1 for University of California grants

Applicants awarded grants for projects that are covered actions under the Delta Plan will be required to ensure that a written certification of consistency with the Delta Plan is prepared as part of the pre-implementation project permitting requirements, including an adequate adaptive management plan (Delta Plan General Policy 1); this process includes consulation with the Delta Science Program’s Adaptive Management Liaison team.

General Program Requirements:
- Cost Share
Cost share is not required; however, proposals with higher proportions of secured cost share will receive higher scores during the evaluation process.
- Indirect Costs
Indirect cost (administrative overhead) calculations are limited to actual costs not to exceed 20 percent of the direct costs.
- California Conservation Corps and Certified Community Conservation Corps Consultation
All applicants for implementation projects and for projects that include field work shall consult with the California Conservation Corps (CCC) or a certified local conservation corps as to the feasibility of using their services as defined in section 14507.5 of the Public Resources Code to implement projects (CWC §79734).
- Disadvantaged Communities
Applicants are required to evaluate whether the project will benefit a disadvantaged community. A disadvantaged community is defined as “a community with an annual median household income that is less than 80 percent of the statewide annual median household income” (CWC §79505.5)
- Land Tenure/Site Control
Applicants for projects that involve access to private property must demonstrate landowner permission to access the site.

For additional information about these and other program requirements please see:

Contact Information:

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

To register online:
Apply online:

Matt Wells
(916) 445-1285

CDFW’s Watershed Restoration Grants Branch

Questions regarding the CDFW WebGrants website should be directed to the CDFW WebGrants Help Desk at (916) 323-0477 or by e-mail at

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