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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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07/31/20 Midnight


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Grants to California public agencies, nonprofit organizations, Tribes, and public utilities and water companies for the conservation and improvement of areas located along the State's coastline. Priority will be given to projects that focus on improving fish habitats, advancing water sustainability, creating urban green-space, and benefiting disadvantaged communities. The current solicitation seeks to fund projects in Central California (San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara counties) and Southern California (Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties).

Priority project types include water sustainability improvements, anadromous fish habitat enhancement, wetland restoration, and urban greening.

Project Types:

A. Water Sustainability: Advance the sustainable use and management of water in coastal watersheds in order to achieve conservation benefits, improve ecosystem health, and increase climate resiliency.

B. Protect and Enhance Anadromous Fish Habitat: Restore habitat, including flow needed for achieving the health of anadromous fish populations.

C. Wetland Restoration: Enhance wetlands and subtidal habitats to restore ecosystem function and provide multi-benefit flood protection, resilient shorelines, and other ecosystem benefits.

D. Urban Greening: Build urban greening projects that increase groundwater recharge, reduce runoff, improve water quality, and improve urban watershed health while creating public green-space and expanding urban forests.

E. Priority for Projects that Benefit Disadvantaged Communities: The Conservancy will strive to ensure that a significant portion of its Proposition 1 funding benefits these communities.  

F. Projects that Promote and Implement State Plans and Policies: Priority will be given to projects that implement state plans and policies. For more information about key plans, see:

More details about the project types, see the Proposal Solicitation:

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.   

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 169475

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Estimated Size of Grant:

There are no minimum or maximum award amounts, though most funded projects are typically between $50,000 and $1,000,000.

Term of Contract:

Proposition 1 funds are appropriated to the Conservancy with a maximum of five years for expenditure. Projects must be ready to start work and able to be completed within a maximum of five years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants for Proposition 1 grant funding from the Conservancy are:
- Public agencies as defined in Proposition 1: 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.
- 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, as set forth in Proposition 1, Water Code Section 79712(b).

Proposition 1 contains additional provisions that may make some projects ineligible, these include:
- All projects funded by Proposition 1 must be consistent with the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act (Division 7 of the Water Code) and the State’s five-year infrastructure plan prepared pursuant to Government Code section 13100.
- Proposition 1 cannot be used to fund acquisitions of land by eminent domain. Water Code Section 79711(g).
- Proposition 1 funds may only be used for projects that will provide benefits or improvements that are greater than required applicable environmental mitigation measures or compliance obligations.
- Land acquisition projects, including acquisition of conservation easements, are eligible if they are consistent with the purposes of Chapter 6 of Proposition 1.
- Proposition 1 funds are appropriated to the Conservancy with a maximum of five years for expenditure. Projects must be ready to start work and able to be completed within a maximum of five years.

Coastal Conservancy Jurisdiction:
For this specific grant solicitation projects must fall within the Conservancy’s Central Coast or South Coast regions (see map below). This includes coastal draining watersheds from San Mateo through San Diego counties. Although the Conservancy has specific authority to work in the Santa Ana River watershed to implement the Santa Ana River Conservancy Program, the current solicitation does not include the jurisdiction of the Santa Ana River Conservancy Program.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline for applications is July 31, 2020. Grants will be awarded once a project is approved by the Coastal Conservancy Board at a public meeting.

Solicitation Schedule:
- Proposals due: July 31, 2020
- Evaluation: August – October 2020
- Earliest Potential Board Meeting: January 2021

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.

Applicants are encouraged to consult with Conservancy staff during the project solicitation period, prior to submitting their applications. Pre-proposal consultation and application assistance will be available to any potential applicant but is not required. Conservancy staff will be available to discuss projects and application-related questions, they will not be able to review full proposals before they are submitted.

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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

For a consultation request about the project proposal, please email a short description of your project (1-2 paragraphs including specific location information) and your questions to the applicable regional managers:

Central Coast (San Mateo (coastside only), Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara counties): Trish Chapman,

South Coast (Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties): Megan Cooper,

A request must be submitted, in order to receive application assistance.

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

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

Grant Coverage Areas:

See map of Central and South Coast Jurisdiction:

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Central California (San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Monterey, San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties) and Southern California (Ventura, Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties)

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