Pollinator Habitat Program

Portal ID:
13673
Status:
Active
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
Last Updated:

Details

Purpose:

The program’s primary objective is to support pollinators through provision of floral resources, host plants, and other elements of suitable habitat to be integrated with farming operations. Projects funded through the PHP can be expected to have additional benefits to California’s biodiversity and agricultural production.

Description:

The Budget Act of 2021 (SB 170, Skinner) allocated $15 million to CDFA for fiscal year 2021-2022 to provide grant funding for the establishment of pollinator habitat on agricultural lands throughout California. The Budget Act of 2021 (SB 170, Chapter 240) directed the Department to administer the Pollinator Habitat Program and to prioritize the planning of native habitats for the benefit of native biodiversity and the use of locally appropriate native plant seed mixes when feasible. Non-native plants can be utilized to balance the practicality of availability, cost effectiveness, pollinator value, and likelihood of successful establishment; however native is preferred.

The Pollinator Habitat Program will provide up to $14.5 million in funding to established and experienced organizations (See Eligibility) to work directly with farmers and ranchers to install habitat and implement management practices that support pollinators.

The grant term will be three years. Awarded projects must be complete and operational no later than 36 months after the start of the grant agreement. The anticipated start date May 1, 2023.
The maximum award is $2,000,000. Of this amount, 18% may be used for technical assistance, administrative tasks, and indirect costs. Indirect costs of up to 25% of direct costs are included in this amount. The reminder of the grant funds will be dedicated to practice implementation and reimbursed through flat payment rates. Grants are paid out on a reimbursement basis following invoice submission by awardee.

The following entities are eligible to apply for PHP grants: Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs); University of California (UC), California Community Colleges, or California State Universities (CSU); Non-profits including, but not limited to: Land Trusts with the conservation of agricultural lands as their mission or amongst their stated purposes; Federally- and California-Recognized Native American Indian Tribes. Agricultural commodity groups are encouraged to apply in partnership with the above eligible entities.
Entities applying for PHP grants must have demonstrated expertise and experience in habitat restoration on agricultural lands or implementation of conservation management practices that support pollinators. Partnerships between multiple organizations are encouraged.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Tribal Government

The following entities are eligible to apply for PHP grants:
Resource Conservation Districts (RCDs); University of California (UC), California Community Colleges, or California State Universities (CSU); Non-profits including, but not limited to: Land Trusts with the conservation of agricultural lands as their mission or amongst their stated purposes; Federally- and California-Recognized Native American Indian Tribes

Eligible Geographies:

The funding is available for projects throughout the state of California. Pollinator habitat projects must be installed on agricultural land.

Matching Funding Requirement:

Before the end of the grant term, Recipients will develop an Outcome Monitoring Plan that will identify metrics to be monitored and reported to CDFA for three years following the end of the grant agreement. Execution of the monitoring plan in years 1-3 after the end of the grant term will be considered cost share.

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
January 2023
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.
$14,250,000
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.
7 – 12
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.
$200,000
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:

The Budget Act of 2021 (SB 170, Skinner) allocated $15 million to CDFA for fiscal year 2021-2022 to provide grant funding for the establishment of pollinator habitat on agricultural lands throughout California. The Department was directed to administer the Program and to prioritize the planning of native habitats for the benefit of native biodiversity and the use of locally appropriate native plant seed mixes when feasible.

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).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Grants are paid out on a reimbursement basis following invoice submission by awardee. If selected for funding, Recipients may be eligible for an advance payment, subject to the provisions of section 316.1 “Advance Payments” of the California Code of Regulations, Division 1, Chapter 5. If appropriate justification is submitted and awardee is in compliance with grant management requirements, additional advance payments may be issued.

How to Apply

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

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