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Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Program

Grants to California Nonprofits, Agencies, Tribes, and Public
Utilities for Resource Conservation and Restoration Projects

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California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)

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02/19/21 4:00 PM PDT


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations, public agencies, tribes, public utilities, and mutual water companies for conservation and restoration projects. Eligible projects are those related to water quality, wildfire prevention and recovery, habitat restoration, and protection of natural resources.

The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1) provides funding to implement the objectives of the California Water Action Plan for more reliable water supplies, the restoration of important species and habitat, and a more resilient, sustainably managed water resources system. Proposition 1 authorizes CDFW to award grant funds to multi-benefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects. CDFW distributes these funds on a competitive basis through the:

1. Watershed Restoration Grant Program, and

2. Delta Water Quality and Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program

This Solicitation addresses priorities which will contribute to the objectives of Proposition 1, and that contribute to the implementation of California Water Action Plan, State Wildlife Action Plan, Sacramento Valley Salmon Resiliency Strategy, Delta Plan, California EcoRestore, Safeguarding California Plan, the California Biodiversity Initiative, and the fulfillment of CDFW’s Mission. This solicitation also focuses on projects that address impacts from recent wildfires throughout California. Proposals must address at least one of the following priorities:

Watershed Restoration Grant Program Priorities

  1. Large-scale wildfire recovery response and prevention
  2. Manage headwaters for multiple benefits
  3. Protect and restore mountain meadow ecosystems
  4. Protect and restore anadromous and other native fish habitat
  5. Protect and restore coastal wetland ecosystems
  6. Protect and restore cross-border urban creeks and watersheds

Delta Water Quality and Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program Priorities

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

For additional funding priorities, see the following link:

For a list of eligible activities, see the following link:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183711

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Under this Solicitation, up to $40 million is anticipated for award:
1. Up to $33 million for the Proposition 1 Watershed Restoration Grant Program; and
2. Approximately $7 million for the Proposition 1 Delta Water Quality and Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program.

Term of Contract:

Grant-funded project work must be completed by March 15, 2025. Agreements with California public universities must be completed by January 1, 2025.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Entities eligible to apply for this Proposition 1 grant are defined by California Water Code Sections (CWC) §79702[p], §79702[s], and §79712. The following entity types are eligible for funding: state and local public agencies within California, federally recognized Indian tribes and State Indian tribes listed on the Native American Heritage Commission’s California Tribal Consultation List, non-profit organizations, and public utilities and mutual water. Other entities that are not eligible for funding under this Solicitation may work as subcontractors for an eligible applicant.

Projects which fulfill required environmental mitigation are not eligible for Proposition 1 funding (CWC Section § 79737[e], § 79738 [f]. Projects must provide ecosystem benefits that are greater than required applicable environmental mitigation measures or any compliance obligation.

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

Pre-proposal Conference:

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) will conduct an online application workshop to walk through the application process for the 2021 Proposition 1 Proposal Solicitation Notice (Solicitation). This workshop is optional and not required as part of the application process. The session will be recorded and later posted online with the presentation.

Tuesday, January 26, 2021, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

I. Overview of the 2021 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.

Microsoft Team Web Conference Access:
Join on your computer or mobile app:

Or call in (audio only)
+1 916-535-0984, United States, Sacramento
Phone Conference ID: 409 165 538#

For additional information, please contact Lauren Barva at the email address listed below.

Pre-Application Information:

- Release Proposal Solicitation Notice: January 11, 2021
- Online Application Workshop: January 26, 2021
- Proposals due by 4:00 PM, Pacific Daylight Time (PDT): February 19, 2021
- Deadline for CEQA completion if applicable: May 7, 2021
- Proposal Evaluation: February - April 2021
- CDFW Director approval/awards announced: May/June 2021
- Execute grant agreements: June-October 2021
- All project work completed, and final invoice submitted for payment: March 15*, 2025


Webinar Recording:

Proposition 1 Background:
Restoration Grant Resources:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Lauren Barva

Questions regarding the CDFW WebGrants website should be directed to the CDFW WebGrants Help Desk e-mail at

Watershed Restoration Grants Branch
1416 Ninth Street, 12th Floor,
Sacramento, CA 95814

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