Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy Proposition 1 Grant Program

Portal ID:
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
Last Updated:



Implement the California Water Action Plan in the Coachella Valley and its watersheds.


Grants are awarded for projects that fulfill one or more of the statutory objectives of Proposition 1 and complies with the General Obligation Bond Law. Three categories of projects are specifically preferred : (a) acquisition projects involving the purchase of land for conservation that implements the key objectives of the California Water Action Plan, (b) watershed restoration projects associated with the enhancement of watershed-related natural features, such as washes, channels, streams or riverbeds, and (c) infrastructure projects related to the improvement of water management structures to complement surrounding habitat values.

Awards are made through a competitive process initiated by periodic Notices of Funding Availability (NOFA), which typically are issued once or twice a year.  This NOFA was released on July 1, 2022.   To respond to the  the NOFA, a short preliminary application form, available from the Conservancy, must be submitted, and thereafter the applicant must participate in a pre application consultation with Conservancy staff.  After that, the application can be submitted for review by the Conservancy's independent review panel and ultimately consideration by the Conservancy board.  Further details on the application procedure can be found in the Proposition 1 Guidelines on the Conservancy's website.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Eligible Geographies:

Within the Conservancy's territorial jurisdiction.   Projects that benefit economically disadvantaged communities with a median income of less than 80 % of the statewide median receive additional points in the scoring process.

Matching Funding Requirement:

While matching funds are not required, applications that include matching funds received additional points in the scoring process.   Most projects that have been funded provided at least 20% in matching funds.

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
November 2022
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
Usually 24 months

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
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.
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.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Yes ( see Description for details )
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another 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:

Proposition 1 provides funding for this program.

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.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Diana Rosas, 1-760-776-5026,