Grant Programs Funded by the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1)
March 24, 2017 - FY 2017-18 Draft Proposal Solicitation Notice Released
The Draft Proposal Solicitation Notice for Fiscal Year 2017-18 (PDF) is now available for review and public comment. Email comments to WatershedGrants@Wildlife.ca.gov. CDFW will host a public meeting April 10, 2017, at 1:00 PM, in the Natural Resources Building auditorium.
March 17, 2017 - Delta Focused Grant Workshop Planned
CDFW, along with the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Conservancy, will host a workshop April 6, 2017, at 2:00 PM, to discuss respective their Proposition 1 funded grant programs with a focus on the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. See Flyer (PDF)for details.
March 2, 2017 - Southern California Workshop Materials Available
CDFW, along with the Coastal Conservancy, Wildlife Conservation Board, Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy, Baldwin Hills Conservancy, and the Natural Resources Agency conducted four workshops throughout Southern California last week to discuss their respective Proposition 1 funded grant programs. The materials presented at each workshop are available below.
December 20, 2016 - FY 2016-17 Awards Announced
CDFW awards $40 Million to 44 projects.
December 2, 2016 - Awards for Fiscal Year 2016-17 will be announced mid-December, 2016
Originally anticipated for November 2016, the awards for the FY 2016-17 Solicitation are now scheduled for the week of December 12, 2016.
October 4, 2016 - Additional Awards Announced for FY 2015-16 Grant Cycle
CDFW announced the award of $9.4 Million to fund additional ecosystem and watershed restoration projects through its Fiscal Year 2015-16 Watershed Restoration Grant Program cycle. These awards were made following an augmentation of Proposition 1 funding for Fiscal Years 2015-16 and 2016-17.
CDFW established two new grant programs to fund multi-benefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects, as outlined in Proposition 1 (PDF). The Watershed Restoration Grant Program focuses on water quality, river, and watershed protection and restoration projects of statewide importance outside of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (Delta). The Delta Water Quality and Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program focuses on water quality, ecosystem restoration and fish protection facilities that benefit the Delta.
Approved by voters in November 2014, Proposition 1 provides funding to meet three broad objectives of the California Water Action Plan (PDF): more reliable water supplies; the restoration of important species and habitat; and a more resilient, sustainably managed water resources system (water supply, water quality, flood protection, and environment) that can better withstand inevitable and unforeseen pressures in the coming decades.
These competitive grant programs will invest $285 million in projects of statewide importance outside of the Delta and $87.5 million in projects that benefit the Delta over a 10 year period. Eligible applicants include state and local public agencies, nonprofit organizations, public utilities, federally recognized Indian tribes, state Indian tribes listed on the Native American Heritage Commission's California Tribal Consultation List, and mutual water companies.
A portion of the Proposition 1 bond funds will be allocated annually through the State Budget to fund Watershed Restoration Grant Program projects. The first grant cycle was initiated in 2015 with awards announced in January of 2016.