Proposition 1 Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program

The Cycle 4 Proposition 1 Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program concept proposal has closed.  A list of concept proposals received can be found here.  The full proposal solicitation period will open on October 22, 2018.  Full proposals are only accepted for projects that have submitted a concept proposal during this round. 

Applicants who intend to submit a full proposal are encouraged to consult the Cycle 4 Checklist, below, for information regarding proposal requirements. 

Cycle 4 Timeline

Cycle 4 Application Materials

Cycle 4 Grant Guidelines (pdf)

Cycle 4 Checklist (Word)

FAQsupdated 8/16/2018

Full Proposal Materials

Materials will be posted by 8:00 a.m. on October 22, 2018.

Full Proposal Application Instructions – For Planning Projects (Word)

Full Proposal Application Instructions – For Implementation Projects (Word)

Attachment 1 – Financial Management Systems Questionnaire and Cost Allocation Plan (Word)

Attachment 2 – California Conservation Corps Consultation (Word)

Attachment 3 – Schedule and List of Deliverables (Word)

Attachment 4 – Acquisition Tables (Word)

Attachments 5 & 6 – Budget Tables (Excel)

Attachment 7 – Performance Measures Table (Word)


Other Proposition 1 Information

Training Opportunities


Funded Projects

Grant Proposals Received


Background Information

The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Prop. 1) was approved by voters in November 2014. Prop. 1 provides funding to implement the three objectives of the California Water Action Plan: more reliable water supplies, restoration of important species and habitat and a more resilient and sustainably managed water infrastructure. The Conservancy’s Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program intends to focus on the restoration of important species and habitat.

In Prop. 1, $50 million is identified for the Conservancy “for competitive grants for multibenefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects in accordance with statewide priorities.” (California Water Code Sections 79730 and 79731). Per Prop. 1 and the Conservancy’s enabling legislation (Public Resources Code Sections 32300 to 32381), emphasis will be placed on projects using public lands and those that “maximize voluntary landowner participation in projects that provide measureable and long-lasting habitat or species improvements in the Delta.” All proposed projects must be aligned with statewide priorities as identified in Prop. 1, the California Water Action Plan, the Conservancy’s governing statute, the Delta Plan, and the Conservancy’s 2017-2022 Strategic Plan.

Programmatic Priorities

  • Ecosystem Protection, Restoration, and Enhancement
  • Water Quality
  • Water-related Agricultural Sustainability

Eligible Applicants

  • California public agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Tribal organizations
  • Public utilities
  • Mutual water companies, including local and regional companies

Proposals for implementation projects must adhere to the State General Obligation Bond Law, which requires that capital outlay projects be maintained for a minimum of 15 years (section 16727(a)): ”Proceeds from the sale of any bonds issued pursuant to this chapter shall be used only for the following purposes: (a) The costs of construction or acquisition of capital assets. “Capital assets” mean tangible physical property with an expected useful life of 15 years or more.”

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