Proposition 1 Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program

2017-18 Grant Cycle

Delta Conservancy Announces 2017-2018 Request for Concept Proposals for the Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program

The 2017-2018 solicitation period for Concept Proposals to the Delta Conservancy’s Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program opens on August 1, 2017. Concept proposals must be received by the Conservancy by 5:00 P.M. PST on August 31, 2017. All files should be submitted electronically one of two ways:

  • via email to
  • via a removable storage device (such as a flash drive) or CD and mailed or hand delivered to 1450 Halyard Drive, Suite 6, West Sacramento, CA 95691. In person delivery should occur on normal business days between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, with the exception of August 31, 2017 when drop-offs until  5:00 pm will be accepted.

FY 17-18 Grant Guidelines

Concept Proposal Documents

Applicants may, and are encouraged to, consult with the Conservancy during the drafting of their concept proposal.  Contact Conservancy Proposition 1 staff to arrange a specific meeting or to RSVP for office hours (see dates and times below). Once a concept proposal has been submitted, Conservancy staff will only be able to provide status updates until the proposal has been reviewed and a feedback meeting is scheduled (expected by September 31, 2017).

Prop 1 Concept Proposal Office Hours

Held in the Delta Conservancy conference room located at 1450 Halyard Drive, Suite 6, West Sacramento, CA 95691, office hours are:

  • Monday, August 14, 2017, 11 am – 1 pm
  • Thursday, August 24, 2017, 12 pm – 2 pm
  • Monday, August 28, 2017, 11 am – 1 pm

Application Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


2017-18 Full Proposal Solicitation (October 2-November 30, 2017) and Full Application Materials

The second step in the application process is submittal of a full proposal.  Each applicant is responsible for deciding whether or not to submit a full proposal based on feedback received at the concept proposal stage (expected by September 31, 2017).  A full proposal will only be accepted if a concept proposal was submitted. Only full proposals submitted prior to the submission deadline (November 30, 2017) will be considered.

Full Application Documents


Other Proposition 1 Resources

Information on Active Grants

2016-2017 Grant Proposals Received

2015-2016 Grant Proposals Received

Training Opportunities

Proposition 1 Resources


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.” 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

Eligible Applicants

  • 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.”

If you have any questions, please contact Beckye Stanton at (916) 375-4994 or