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Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs

Grant Programs Funded by the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1)

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February 1, 2017 - Southern California Workshops

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW), along with the Wildlife Conservation Board, the Coastal Conservancy, and other Proposition 1 funding agencies, are holding a series of grant workshops in Southern California. The purpose of these workshops is to engage local stakeholders in an effort to increase the number and quality of proposals submitted to Prop 1 for projects in Southern California. 


  1. Overview of various Proposition 1 Grant Programs
  2. Discussion of grant application processes. What makes a great proposal?
  3. Breakout sessions with various funding agencies. An opportunity for applicants to discuss their projects with representatives of each agency present.

Dates and Locations

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - San Diego
1:00PM – 4:00PM
San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board
2375 Northside Dr.
San Diego, California 92108

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 – Calexico (CDFW Only Department Presenting)
4:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Camarena Memorial Library
850 Encinas Ave
Calexico, CA 92231 

Thursday, February 23, 2017 – Riverside  
1:00PM – 4:00PM
Riverside County Administrative Center
4080 Lemon Street,
Riverside, 92501 Conference Room D, 5th floor F

Friday, February 24, 2017 – Ventura 
10:00AM -1:00PM
California State Parks
Channel Coast District Office
911 San Pedro Street
Ventura, CA 93001-3744


To RSVP or if you have questions please email

December 20, 2016 - FY 2016-17 Awards Announced
link opens in new windowCDFW 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
link opens in new windowCDFW 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.

June 30, 2016 - Proposals for Awarded FY 2015-16 Projects Posted
The proposals for projects awarded under the Fiscal Year 2015-16 solicitation have been posted.

June 27, 2016
The Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-17 solicitation is closed; 120 proposals were submitted, seeking approximately $173 million in funding. Awards will be announced in November 2016.

May 9, 2016 - Fiscal Year 2016-17 Proposal Solicitation Notice Released
CDFW has released its Proposal Solicitation Notice for Fiscal Year 2016-17. Proposals are due Friday, June 24, 2016, by 4:00 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Proposals may be submitted using the link opens in new windowFinancial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST).

April 21, 2016 - Fiscal Year 2015-16 List of Proposals Released
CDFW has released the link opens in new windowList of Proposals (PDF) received in response to the Fiscal Year 2015-16 Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs Proposal Solicitation Notice.

Prior News (Archives)


CDFW established two new grant programs to fund multi-benefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects, as outlined in link opens in new tab or windowProposition 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 link opens in new tab or windowCalifornia 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.

Watershed Restoration Grants Branch
1416 Ninth Street, 12th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814