Community and Economic Enhancement Grant Program – Proposition 68

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This non-competitive grant program focuses on increasing public access to the Delta through recreation and tourism opportunities, historic and cultural preservation, and environmental education in order to promote a robust Delta economy.


The Community and Economic Enhancement Grant Program is designed to fund projects that address recreation and tourism, historic and cultural preservation, and environmental education in order to sustain the Delta's heritage and enhance the unique values of the Delta today. The solicitation is an ongoing noncompetitive process. Projects serving a Disadvantaged/Severely Disadvantaged Community will receive priority for funding consideration.

The Conservancy will fund planning projects, which include pilot projects. Allowable activities for planning projects include, but are not limited to, project scoping (partnership development, outreach to impacted parties, stakeholder coordination, negotiation of site access or land tenure); planning and design (engineering design, identifying appropriate best management practices); and environmental compliance (permitting, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) activities, Delta Plan consistency).

The Conservancy will fund implementation projects, which include acquisition projects. Implementation projects are specific, bond-eligible, on-the-ground projects that result in the construction, improvement, or acquisition of a capital asset that will be maintained for a minimum of 15 years. Implementation projects are "shovel-ready" projects.

Applicants must submit a concept proposal, as found on the Conservancy's website, to the Conservancy for assessment of project viability before submitting a full proposal. Partnerships are encouraged but not required. The Conservancy may provide technical assistance to facilitate the development of project proposals. There are no limitations on number of submissions by organizations. Applications are received via email for concept proposals and by uploading files to a designated site for full proposals. Awards are announced at a Board meeting and applicants are informed with a letter.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency

Only California public agencies may apply. Only nonprofits with 501(c)3 status may apply. An eligible nonprofit's charitable purposes must align with the Conservancy's mission.

Eligible Geographies:

The Conservancy will fund projects within or benefitting the Delta and Suisun Marsh. The Conservancy may fund a project outside the Delta and Suisun Marsh if the Conservancy Board makes all the findings described in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Reform Act of 2009, Section 32360(g).

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.
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
No more than 3 years

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:

The California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 (Proposition 68)

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).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Grantees submit invoices for reimbursement with progress reports on a quarterly basis.

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Martha Ozonoff, 1-916-375-2088,