Proposition 1 Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program
2017-18 Grant Cycle
The 2017-2018 full proposal solicitation has closed. A summary table of the eighteen concept proposals received is available here. Full proposals are currently being reviewed. The Conservancy Board will make funding decisions at the March 2018 Board meeting.
All application materials, including Application Frequently Asked Questions, have been archived on the Proposition 1 Resources page.
Other Proposition 1 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.” To the extent feasible, projects need to promote state planning priorities and sustainable communities strategies consistent with Government Code Section 65080(b)(2)(B). Furthermore, all proposed projects must be aligned 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 2017-2022 Strategic Plan.
Programmatic Focal Areas
- Ecosystem Protection, Restoration, and Enhancement
- Water Quality
- Water-related Agricultural Sustainability
- California public agencies
- Nonprofit organizations
- Tribal organizations
- Public utilities
- Mutual water companies, including local and regional companies
Proposals for Category 2 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.”
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