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.
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.
- 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.
Matching Funding Requirement:
Match is not required; however, proposals with higher proportions of secured match22 will receive higher scores during the evaluation process.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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