Proposition 68 Restoration Grant Programs

News & Events

April 15, 2020 - Questions about COVID-19 and Grants

In response to questions received with regard to grant projects and programs constrained by the COVID-19 emergency, CDFW has developed a link opens in new windowFrequently Asked Questions (PDF) document. Please review and feel free to submit questions related to COVID-19 impacts on grants to WatershedGrants@wildlife.ca.gov.

March 25, 2020

CDFW today announced link opens in new window$31 Million in Proposition 1 funds have been awarded in response to the 2020 Proposal Solicitation Notice. Today's link opens in new windowpress release also includes the $6 Million in Proposition 68 awards announced February 5, 2020.

Additionally, CDFW recognizes the numerous challenges related to COVID-19 our restoration community continues to face. CDFW's Watershed Restoration Grants Branch is continuing its work to support ongoing grant projects and will work to implement newly awarded projects as intended and on schedule. We will work with applicants to incorporate necessary accommodations under these current circumstances.

February 5, 2020

CDFW today awarded $6 Million in Proposition 68 funds in response to the 2020 Proposal Solicitation Notice. Proposals not awarded today are still eligible for Proposition 1 funding, tentatively slated for late March 2020 announcement.

Projects funded through Proposition 68:

Title Organization Project Type Award Amount
East Fork Scott - Meadow Enhancement and Large Woody Debris Addition US Forest Service - Klamath National Forest Implementation $92,299
Tenmile Creek Bridge Design Project Eel River Watershed Improvement Group (ERWIG) Planning $169,945
Chadd Creek Fish Passage Enhancement Planning Project Humboldt County Public Works Planning $189,780
Sulphur Creek Fish Passage Improvement Project - 100% Designs California Trout, Inc. Planning $220,000
Restoring Riparian Habitat for Native Aquatic Species in Southern Sierra Watersheds Yosemite National Park Implementation $264,442
Advancing Fish Passage in the Little Shasta Watershed California Trout, Inc. Planning $292,405
Riprap and Ditch Removal to Restore Merced River Riparian and Meadow Habitat Yosemite National Park Implementation $293,933
Lagunitas Creek Watershed Enhancement Plan  Marin Municipal Water District Planning $300,000
Lakeville Creek Restoration Project, Phase 1 Planning Sonoma Land Trust Planning $332,495
Upper Rose Bar Restoration Project: Planning South Yuba River Citizens League Planning $365,157
Lower Sutter Bypass Anadromous Fish Habitat Restoration Planning River Partners Planning $500,000
Final Design for Santa Margarita River Fish Passage Project and Bridge Replacement California Trout, Inc. Planning $714,865
Russian River Floodplain Restoration Planning Grant Endangered Habitats Conservancy Planning $717,900
Final Fish Passage Design for the I-5 and Metrolink barriers in Trabuco Creek California Trout, Inc. Planning $1,499,499

November 26, 2019 - Solicitation Closed

CDFW received a total of 124 proposals seeking a total of $133 million.

November 19, 2019 - Deadline Extended

In light of the anticipated power shut offs throughout parts of California, CDFW is extending the deadline for applications to Monday, November 25, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. PDT.

October 18, 2019 - Workshop Materials Posted

The link opens in new windowrecording of the October 17 application workshop is available. The workshop is scheduled for November 6, 2019.

October 14, 2019 - FAQ Posted

The link opens in new windowFrequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (PDF) for the 2020 Proposal Solicitation Notice has been posted and will be updated as questions are submitted.

October 2, 2019 - Now Accepting Applications

Thelink opens in new tab or window2020 Proposal Solicitation Notice (PDF) is available. Proposals are due November 25, 2019, by 4:00 p.m. PDT, through link opens in new tab or windowCDFW WebGrants.;

link opens in new tab or windowApplication Workshops (PDF) are scheduled for October 17, and November 6, 2019.

The following are additional application resources:

May 13, 2019 - Awards Announced

CDFW link opens in new windowawards 38 projects $48.5 million in Proposition 1 & 68 funding following solicitations for Delta Science and Statewide projects.

Program Background

The California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access For All Act of 2018 (Proposition 68) was passed by voters in June of 2018. Proposition 68 provides funding to CDFW to award grants to projects that improve a community's ability to adapt to the unavoidable impacts of climate change; improve and protect coastal and rural economies, agricultural viability, wildlife corridors, or habitat; develop future recreational opportunities; or enhance drought tolerance, landscape resilience, and water retention.

CDFW supports three new grant opportunities as outlined in link opens in new windowProposition 68.

  1. Rivers and Streams Grants - Restoration of rivers and streams for fisheries and wildlife.
  2. Southern Steelhead Grants - Restoration of Southern California Steelhead habitat.
  3. Fish and Wildlife Improvement Grants - Improvement of conditions for fish and wildlife in streams, rivers, wildlife refuges, wetland habitat areas, and estuaries.

Beginning in 2018, the Proposition 68 Grant Program will invest $85 million in projects statewide that support the objectives of Proposition 68 and CDFW's mission to manage California’s diverse fish, wildlife, and plant resources, and the habitats upon which they depend, for their ecological values and for their use and enjoyment by the public.

CDFW is currently planning the roll-out of these grant opportunities, including three public meetings to provide opportunity for public review and comment.