Regional Conservation Investment Strategies
WCB is seeking high-quality grant proposals for the development of RCIS's. CDFW's RCIS program encourages public agencies to develop regional conservation planning documents using the best available science to identify regional conservation priorities and other actions to help California’s species populations that may be vulnerable or declining by protecting, restoring, creating, and reconnecting their habitats.
An Regional Conservation Investment Strategy (RCIS) is a voluntary, non-regulatory document that provides guidance on actions that, if implemented, would result in effective regional conservation. And public agency may propose an RCIS that is developed in consultation with local agencies that have land use authority within the RCIS area.
The RCIS Grant Program (Program) supports the following priorities:
• Geographic areas lacking an NCCP or regional HCP (i.e., HCP’s that focus on regional conservation with large and interconnected reserve systems)
• Geographic areas with a local (non-regulatory) conservation plan or strategy approved or adopted by a public agency
• Proposals with matching funds (including in-kind match)
• Proposals that demonstrate readiness and qualifications
- Public Agency
- Tribal Government
Matching Funding Requirement:
Cost share is not required but may be beneficial, in particular to complete a larger project. Applications with higher proportions of secured cost share contribution towards total project cost will score more points through the “Cost Share” application evaluation criterion.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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