Proposition 1 Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program

The current solicitation cycle for full proposals is closed.  Full proposals were to be received by the Delta Conservancy by 5:00 pm PST on Friday, January 13, 2017. Late proposals were not considered for funding. A new solicitation cycle will open in Fall 2017.

The Full Application Form and Instructions and attachments for the full proposal can be found at the links below:

Applicants are advised to carefully review and consider the Grant Guidelines when preparing their applications. The Grant Guidelines can be found here:

Questions about this solicitation may be submitted via e-mail to Written responses to questions will be submitted to the questioner and posted on the Delta Conservancy’s website at the link below:


2016-2017 Grant Solicitation Timeframe










Concept Proposal Solicitation Workshop

The Delta Conservancy held a 2016-2017 proposal solicitation workshop on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at the Delta Conservancy’s office in West Sacramento. The workshop provided information about applying to the Conservancy’s grant program, including important presentations about two critical components of successful applications: adaptive management and monitoring.

The slides from the workshop can be found below:

Overview of the Delta Conservancy’s Proposition 1 Grant Program

Delta Plan Adaptive Management Framework

Delta Plan Covered Actions

WRAMP and CRAM Monitoring for Proposition 1 Funded Projects


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.”

Landowner Access Agreement Template

Sample Grant Agreement Template

Information on Active Grants

2015-2016 Grant Proposals Received



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