Cannabis Restoration Grant Program, Watershed Remediation and Enhancement

Portal ID:
5452
Status:
Active
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
Last Updated:
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Details

Purpose:

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is seeking high quality grant proposals for the cleanup and remediation of environmental damage in watersheds affected by cannabis cultivation on qualified government lands, which may include lands owned by eligible entities, or proposals that support the enhancement of watersheds and/or communities where cannabis cultivation occurs.

Description:

Cleanup and remediation proposals should focus on the severe impacts of illicit cannabis operations such as: unlawful water diversions for irrigation, conversion of lands, poaching, and use of prohibited herbicides, rodenticides, and other environmental contaminants that are severely impacting California's fish and wildlife. There are two project types under this priority:

(1) Project Type: Upland refuse and infrastructure removal - Cannabis cultivation site restorations that will reduce delivery of environmental contaminants, and waste to stream channels by removing refuse and infrastructure associated with illegal cannabis cultivation in upland habitat.

(2) Project Type: Riparian refuse and infrastructure removal - Cannabis cultivation site restoration of partially denuded banks adjacent to the stream and within the riparian area, and restoration that will reduce delivery of environmental contaminants and waste to stream channels by removing refuse and infrastructure associated with illegal cannabis cultivation instream and within the riparian area. Bare or partially denuded banks eligible as a project shall be the result of cannabis cultivation vegetation removal, and cannabis cultivation grading. Projects can include the removal of stream crossings or water diversion infrastructure associated with illegal cannabis cultivation. The riparian area shall be defined as the area between a stream and the adjacent upland identified by soil characteristics and distinctive vegetation. It includes wetlands and those portions of floodplains and valley bottoms that support riparian vegetation.

Proposals to enhance watersheds and/or communities should solicit funds for, but not limited to: road decommissioning, road crossing upgrades, erosion and sediment delivery prevention actions, culvert upgrades, or enhancing biodiversity and wildlife habitat at and around cannabis cultivation sites, among other projects of similar nature. There are also two project types under this priority:

(1) Project Type: Road treatments - Activities that may be eligible through this Solicitation under road treatments, which are necessary due to cannabis cultivation activities include, but are not limited to: road upgrading, road decommissioning, culvert and road crossing upgrades, and other sediment prevention delivery actions.

(2) Project Type: Wildlife Enhancements - Activities that may be eligible through this Solicitation under wildlife enhancements, which are necessary due to cannabis cultivation activities include but are not limited to: preventing accidental injury/death; habitat improvements for birds, bats, and pollinators; poisoning prevention with rodenticides, limiting human disturbance to wildlife, minimizing the spread of invasive species, and enhancing native habitat and habitat connectivity. 

All grants funded by CDFW under this Solicitation must fall within one of the priorities and project type.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Eligibility under this Solicitation is defined by Fish and Game Code Section §1501.5(b). Eligible entities include: federal state, and local public agencies within California (including public universities); nonprofit organizations qualified to do business in California and qualified under Section 501(c)(3) of Title 26 of the United States Code; and California Native American tribes as defined in the Public Resources Code section 21073.

Eligible Geographies:

Statewide

Matching Funding Requirement:

Match is not required; however, proposals with higher proportions of secured match22 will receive higher scores during the evaluation process.

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantor.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
Summer 2021
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
36-months

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
$2,000,000
Expected number of awards A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Dependent
Estimated amount per award Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Dependent
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
No
Requires Matched Funding? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
No
Funding Source: The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

These grants are provided through the Environmental Restoration and Protection Account pursuant to Revenue and Taxation Code section 34019(f)(2).

Funding Method: The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.