Public Access Program 2021 Proposal Solicitation Notice

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Closed (70 total applications submitted)
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  • Grant
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Wildlife Conservation Board’s Public Access Program’s projects should focus on creating meaningful outdoor experiences for all Californians. Projects should provide public benefits, leverage funding to produce the greatest benefit, and provide access to natural and wild areas.


The 2021 Public Access Proposal Solicitation (PSN) has up to $5 million to spend, with an average grant term of 3 years. The PSN prioritizes: boating access projects, hunting and fishing projects, and non-consumptive wildlife-oriented recreation. Planning and implementation projects are to be considered. Planning grants are intended to support the development of projects that are likely to qualify for future implementation funding under this program. Implementation grants are intended for construction, enhancement, or rehabilitation of public access facilities.

The solicitation will not fund property acquisition, maintenance activities, or mitigation. Entities eligible to submit grant proposals include federal, state, and local government entities, non-profit organizations (501(c)(3), or public districts that manage and operate wildlife-oriented public access facilities or programs.

All applicants must submit a pre-application online. Please see the announcement on WCB’s website for the full PSN document, online pre-application form, and more information. 

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency

Non-profits must be 501(c)(3).

Eligible Geographies:

Proposition 68 requires that at least 20 percent of the chapter funds available be allocated for projects serving severely disadvantaged communities. Projects that directly benefit a severely disadvantaged community and/or are located within a severely disadvantaged community will score more points through the “Serving Disadvantaged Communities” proposal evaluation criterion.

Matching Funding Requirement:

Proposals with higher proportions of secured cost share contribution towards total project costs may receive higher score through the “cost share” proposal evaluation criterion. Proposals must specify the source and dollar amount of all cost share contributions of cash or in-kind services (e.g., volunteer time, materials, land donations).

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 2021
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
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.
  • Federal and State

Funding Source Notes:

Funding for the 2021 Public Access Program includes moneys from Proposition 68 and the Sport Fish Restoration Act. Proposition 68 funding is for projects resulting in enduring benefits and enhanced public access. Sport Fish Restoration Act funds are specifically for boating projects.

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:

WCB may provide advance funds for planning and implementation projects that serve Disadvantaged Communities. After grant execution, grantee may request a single Advance of up to 25% of the grant award. WCB shall disburse the remainder of the grant award in arrears.

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Heather McIntire, 1-916-926-9585,