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California Riparian Habitat Conservation Program

Grants to California Nonprofits, Agencies, and Public
Districts for Ecological Restoration Projects

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California Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB)

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03/31/21 5:00 PM PST


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Grants to California nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and public districts for ecological restoration projects. Funding is intended to support the planning and implementation of projects that improve and restore riparian habitats and functions. Priority will be given to projects taking place in southern California.

The Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) California Riparian Habitat Conservation Program is accepting concept proposals for projects that provide meaningful and sustainable improvements to riparian habitats.

Riparian habitats are those plant communities supporting woody vegetation found along rivers, creeks and streams. Riparian habitat provides riverbank protection, erosion control and improved water quality, as well as numerous recreational and aesthetic values.

Concept proposals should be for:

  • Implementation of a capital improvement project that restores or enhances riparian habitats and functions, or
  • Design and planning of a riparian habitat restoration project which leads directly to implementing a capital improvement project.

Projects located in southern California (south of San Luis Obispo County) will be prioritized, as well as projects that advance the California Biodiversity Initiative (Executive Order N-82-20).

Shovel-ready implementation projects that have a completed CEQA document will be prioritized. The following project types will be emphasized:

  • Restoration of native riparian vegetation biodiversity, habitat complexity and structure, and habitat for species of special concern.
  • Re-establishing floodplain connectivity.
  • Contouring degraded, incised, or undefined streams to restore natural hydrology.
  • Upper watershed improvements that will benefit on-site and downstream riparian resources. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 191423

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Federal, state, and local government entities, non-profit organizations, and public districts are eligible to apply.

Projects located in southern California (south of San Luis Obispo County) will be prioritized, as well as projects that advance the California Biodiversity Initiative (Executive Order N-82-20).

Partnerships are strongly encouraged.

The Program does not provide funding for maintenance activities or mitigation projects.

Pre-Application Information:

All applicants must complete the online pre-application by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on March 31, 2021.

WCB will then invite select applicants to submit full proposals.

Potential applicants may contact the WCB Program manager to consult about project ideas and ask questions about the Program, WCB, and the grant process.

Grantee or landowner will maintain protected and restored habitat in perpetuity for conservation easements, and typically for 25 years for other implementation projects. A long-term management plan is a requirement of any funded project.

Grantee will complete environmental review for their project as required by state and federal laws and obtain all required environmental permits.

A contribution of either cash or in-kind services is recommended for all projects.

Contact Information:

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

For more information, and to submit the concept proposal by means of the online pre-application form:

For additional information, please contact:
Cara Allen
(916) 926-9584

Wildlife Conservation Board
PO Box 944209
Sacramento, California 94244-2090
(916) 445-8448
Physical Address: 1700 9th Street, 4th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95811

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