Proposition 1 Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program

Draft 2017/2018 Proposition 1 Grant Guidelines

The Delta Conservancy has released its draft 2017-2018 Grant Guidelines for public review and comment. Please submit comments via email to The public comment period will close on June 30, 2017.

On June 20th, the Conservancy will hold a public workshop to provide information about the revised Grant Guidelines and to prepare applicants for the upcoming grant proposal cycle. Public comment will be invited at the workshop. For more information, visit the Conservancy’s Training Opportunities webpage.


Delta Conservancy Approves $4.4 Million to Benefit Delta Ecosystems, Water Quality, and Water-Related Agricultural Sustainability

WEST SACRAMENTO – The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy (Conservancy) approved approximately $4.4 million for four projects that restore and enhance ecosystems, improve water quality, and support water-related agricultural sustainability in the Delta. The Conservancy provides funding through a competitive grant process made possible by a voter-approved bond measure, Proposition 1 – the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014.

The approved projects will amplify the benefit of bond dollars by bringing in more than $1.9 million in private, State, and federal cost share dollars. The projects will restore upland and wetland ecosystems; enhance and connect habitats that are critical for migratory, threatened, and endangered species; create riparian habitat and improve water quality on working lands; and promote a better understanding of how to restore native vegetation. All projects must complete administrative and/or environmental compliance prerequisites before they receive funding.

“The Delta Conservancy is proud to partner with the organizations implementing these projects to create a more viable Delta ecosystem,” said Campbell Ingram, the Conservancy’s Executive Officer. “Each project is has support from members of the Delta community, and will provide benefits for natural and human communities.”

This is the second round of grants the Conservancy has awarded though Proposition 1, which provided a total $50 million for the Delta Conservancy for the competitive grants. The Conservancy will open a third grant solicitation in August of 2017 and anticipates awarding funding in the spring of 2018. The Conservancy plans to administer at least one grant cycle each fiscal year through 2020.

Working collaboratively and in coordination with local communities, the Delta Conservancy leads efforts to protect, enhance and restore the Delta economy, agriculture and working landscapes, and environment for the benefit of the Delta region, its local communities, and the citizens of California.

2016-2017 Approved Projects

Project Description County Grant Funding

The Dutch Slough Revegetation project will plant native vegetation to restore 578 acres of upland and wetland ecosystems.


Contra Costa $2,900,000
The Petersen Ranch: Working Waterway Habitat Enhancement project will install cattle fencing and native vegetation to create riparian habitat and improve water quality on private, agricultural land.


Solano $444,795
The Investigations of Restoration Techniques that Limit Invasion of Tidal Wetlands project will study methods of using native plants to abate invasive plant outbreaks in restored areas.


Contra Costa $107,655
The Restoration of Priority Freshwater Wetlands for Endangered Species at the Cosumnes River Preserve project will remove invasive plants to improve habitat for Giant Garter Snake and other wildlife.


Sacramento $943,549

Training and Workshops for Potential Proposition 1 Applicants

Looking for opportunities to learn more about the Proposition 1 Grant Program or topics relevant to successful project development and implementation?

You can find information on upcoming workshops or recommended training here. This page is continually updated. If there are no workshops or training highlighted, be sure to check back regularly.

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