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Proposition 68 Restoration Grant Program

Grants to California Nonprofits, Agencies, and Tribes
for Fish and Wildlife Habitat Restoration Programs

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California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW)

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Deadline Date:

11/25/19 4:00 PM PDT


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Grants to California nonprofits, public agencies, public utilities, tribes, and mutual water companies to protect and improve fish and wildlife habitats. Funding is intended to support the restoration of rivers, streams, wildlife refuges, estuaries, and wetland habitat areas for fish and wildlife.

Proposition 68 provides funding to CDFW to award grants to projects that improve a community's ability to adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change; improve and protect coastal and rural economies, agricultural viability, wildlife corridors, or habitat; develop future recreational opportunities; or enhance drought tolerance, landscape resilience, and water retention.

To accomplish this, CDFW has developed three focused grant opportunities:

  •  Rivers and Streams Grants – restoration of rivers and streams for fisheries and wildlife.
  •  Southern Steelhead Grants – restoration of Southern California Steelhead habitat.
  •  Fish and Wildlife Improvement Grants – improvement of conditions for fish and wildlife in streams, rivers, wildlife refuges, wetland habitat areas, and estuaries.

For more information on these grant opportunities, see the following link:

Proposition 68 provides funding to CDFW to award grants to projects that improve a community’s ability to adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change; improve and protect coastal and rural economies, agricultural viability, wildlife corridors, or habitat; develop future recreational opportunities; or enhance drought tolerance, landscape resilience, and water retention (PRC §80130).

Grant Categories:

CDFW will award grants for planning, implementation, and acquisition projects

For more information on each category, see the following link:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 187141

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Term of Contract:

Grant-funded project work must be completed by March 15, 2022 for Proposition 68 funds (January 1, 2022 for University of California agreements).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible entities are limited to public agencies, nonprofit organizations, public utilities, federally recognized Indian tribes, state Indian tribes listed on the Native American Heritage Commission's California Tribal Consultation List (FGC 1501.5(b), and mutual water companies (CWC §79712[a]). A public agency is defined as a federal or state agency or department, special district, joint powers authority, city, county, city and county, or other political subdivision of the state (CWC §79702[s]).

Additionally, in order to be eligible for funding:
- A project proposed by a public utility that is regulated by the Public Utilities Commission or a mutual water company shall have a clear and definite public purpose and shall benefit the customers of the water system and not the investors (CWC §79712[b][1]);
- An urban water supplier shall adopt and submit an urban water management plan in accordance with the Urban Water Management Planning Act (Part 2.6 [commencing with section 10610] of Division 6 of the CWC) (CWC §79712[b][2]);
- An agricultural water supplier shall adopt and submit an agricultural water management plan in accordance with the Agricultural Water Management Planning Act (Part 2.8 [commencing with section 10800] of Division 6 of the CWC) (CWC §79712[b][3]);
- In accordance with CWC section 10608.56, an agricultural water supplier or an urban water supplier is ineligible for funding unless it complies with the requirements of Part 2.55 (commencing with section 10608 of the CWC) of Division 6 of the CWC (CWC §79712[b][4]).

Proposals from private individuals, for-profit enterprises (except those that are eligible for Proposition 68 funding as a public utility), or out-of-state public entities (except those that are federal agencies or nonprofit organizations registered with the California Secretary of State) are ineligible for funding, however, these entities can work as subcontractors for an eligible applicant.

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 on implementation projects; and
- Insurance, including liability insurance.

Pre-proposal Conference:

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.

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.

Web Conference Access:
To access the web conference via Skype for Business, the instructions are as follows.
Click here:
Conference ID: 960127

To Listen:
1. Dial (916) 210-1965
2. When prompted, enter the meeting access code: 960127#

For more information, contact Matt Wells.

Pre-Application Information:

The complete proposal application and all supporting documentation must be submitted via the CDFW WebGrants System by 4:00 PM, Pacific Daylight Time, on November 20, 2019.

- 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*, 2022 (Prop 68)

*January 1 for University of California grants

Cost share is not required; however, proposals with higher proportions of secured cost share will receive
higher scores during the evaluation process.

Workshop Recording:

Contact Information:

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

To apply:

For information about workshops, contact:
Matt Wells
(916) 445-1285.

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