Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program – Proposition 1

Portal ID:
2631
Status:
Forecasted
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
Last Updated:

Details

Purpose:

 

The goal of this program is to improve the environmental conditions of the Delta and Suisun Marsh. To do this, the Conservancy will fund projects that address at least one of the following priorities: 1) ecosystem protection, restoration, and enhancement; 2) water quality; and 3) water-related agricultural sustainability.

 

Description:

 

The Proposition 1 Ecosystem Restoration and Water Quality Grant Program provides competitive grants for multibenefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects in accordance with statewide priorities. Program priorities are: 1) ecosystem protection, restoration, and enhancement; 2) water quality; and 3) water-related agricultural sustainability. Emphasis is placed on projects that use public lands and those that maximize voluntary landowner participation in projects that provide measurable and long-lasting habitat or species improvements in the Delta and Suisun Marsh.

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 and land tenure; planning and design: engineering design, planting plans, identifying appropriate best management practices; environmental compliance: permitting, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) activities, Delta Plan consistency; science: developing adaptive management and monitoring plans, baseline monitoring, biological surveys, and studies that will aid and inform the implementation of an on-the-ground project; application development for Proposition 1 implementation grant (as part of a larger planning grant; cannot be a stand-alone proposal for grant application development).

The Conservancy will fund implementation projects, which includes acquisitions projects. Allowable activities for implementation projects include but are not limited to: construction activities: dredging, earthmoving, construction of infrastructure; habitat restoration and enhancement: planting and revegetation, invasive vegetation removal, implementation of Best Management Practices; acquisition of real property: appraisals (including water rights appraisals), negotiation, due diligence, surveys, escrow fees, title insurance, closing costs; final planning and design; environmental compliance (other than CEQA and NEPA): permitting, Delta Plan consistency; science: developing adaptive management and monitoring plans, baseline monitoring, pre- and post-project monitoring; post-project maintenance within the three-year funding term.

Applicants must submit a concept proposal, as found on the Conservancy’s website, before submitting a full proposal. Partnerships are encouraged but not required. Technical assistance is not offered. 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.

The Conservancy has awarded 29 grants to date and the average grant amount is approximately $1.36 million.

 

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

  Only California public agencies may apply. An eligible nonprofit’s charitable purposes must align with the Conservancy’s mission. Tribal organizations must be listed on National Heritage Commission’s California Tribal List or federally recognized.  

Eligible Geographies:

  The Conservancy will fund projects within or benefiting 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).  

Matching Funding Requirement:

     

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.
Spring 2022
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
no more than 3 years
Anticipated Open Date
August 2021

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
$2,100,000
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.
Yes ( see Description for details )
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:

  The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1)  

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)

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.

Resources

For questions about this grant, contact:
Aaron N. K. Haiman, 1-916-376-4023, prop1grants@deltaconservancy.ca.gov