Proposition 1 Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program

2017-18 Grant Cycle

The Conservancy anticipates posting its final 2017-18 Grant Guidelines and opening the 2017-18 grant cycle on August 1, 2018. See the timeline below for more information about the projected timeframe for this year’s grant cycle. The draft 2017-18 Grant Guidelines can be found here. Final draft Grant Guidelines will be brought before the Conservancy’s Board on July 26, 2017.  Posting the final Grant Guidelines is subject to Board approval.

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.” (Sec. 79730 and 79731). Per Prop. 1 and the Conservancy’s enabling legislation, 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.” To the extent feasible, projects need to promote state planning priorities and sustainable communities strategies consistent with Government Code 65080(b)(2)(B). Furthermore, all proposed projects must be consistent with statewide priorities as identified in Prop. 1, the California Water Action Plan, the Conservancy’s enabling legislation, the Delta Plan, and the Conservancy’s Strategic Plan.

Program Focus

  • Ecosystem Restoration and Enhancement
  • Water Quality
  • Water-Related Agricultural Sustainability

Eligible Applicants

  • California 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
  • Mutual water companies

Proposals for project implementation funds 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.”


Information on Active Grants

2016-2017 Grant Proposals Received

2015-2016 Grant Proposals Received


If you have any questions, please contact Laura Jensen at (916) 375-2087 or