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.
- Public Agency
Non-profits must be 501(c)(3).
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).
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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