Baldwin Hills Conservancy: Proposition 1 Solicitation Grant Program

Baldwin Hills Conservancy

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Grant amount: More than US $2,000,000

Next deadline: Apr 30, 2020 5:00pm PDT

Later deadlines: Jun 30, 2020 5:00pm PDT, Aug 31, 2020 5:00pm PDT, Oct 31, 2020 5:00pm PDT, Dec 31, 2020 5:00pm PST, Feb 28, 2021

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Los Angeles County, California

Location of residency: California

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The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (“Proposition 1”) was approved by voters in November 2014. Proposition 1 is codified as Division 26.7 of the Water Code. The purposes of Proposition 1 include generating funding to address water quality, water supply and watershed protection and restoration. 

Purpose of Proposition 1

  • Protect and increase the economic benefits arising from healthy watersheds, fishery resources and in-stream flow.
  • Implement watershed adaptation projects in order to reduce the impacts of climate change on communities and ecosystems.
  • Restore river parkways throughout the state, including but not limited to projects pursuant to the California River Parkways Act of 2004 and urban river greenways.
  • Protect and restore aquatic, wetland and migratory bird ecosystems including fish and wildlife corridors and the acquisition of water rights for in-stream flow.
  • Fulfill the obligations of the state of California in complying with the terms of multiparty settlement agreements related to water resources.
  • Remove barriers to fish passage.
  • Collaborate with federal agencies in the protection of fish native to California and wetlands in the central valley of California.
  • Implement fuel treatment projects to reduce wildfire risks, protect watersheds tributary to water storage facilities and promote watershed health.
  • Protect and restore rural and urban watershed health to improve watershed storage capacity, forest health, protection of life and property, storm water resource management, and greenhouse gas reduction.
  • Protect and restore coastal watersheds including but not limited to, bays, marine estuaries, and near shore ecosystems
  • Reduce pollution or contamination of rivers, lakes, streams, or coastal waters, prevent and remediate mercury contamination from legacy mines, and protect or restore natural system functions that contribute to water supply, water quality, or flood management.
  • Assist in the recovery of endangered, threatened, or migratory species by improving watershed health, instream flows, fish passage, coastal or inland wetland restoration, or other means, such as natural community conservation plan and habitat conservation plan implementation.
  • Assist in water-related agricultural sustainability projects.

Strategic Plan Priorities

The Strategic Plan calls for the prioritization of watershed protection and recreation projects that feature multiple benefits which is consistent with the language objectives of the bond. Most state agencies have a statewide jurisdiction with broad geographic boundaries. The Baldwin Hills Conservancy has a focused jurisdiction in the most compact and heavily populated geographic district in the State. The Conservancy possesses a broad mission, including providing recreation, protection of natural resources, interpretation and restoration of habitat. This structure positions the Conservancy well to implement multiple benefit projects that benefit the Ballona Creek Watershed.

The Conservancy will seek to align its funding and project priorities with other local agencies and their Integrated Water Management Plans in order to help implement priorities in the Governor’s California Water Action Plan 2016. The Conservancy will continue to support preliminary project planning, working with grantees to design and develop shovel-ready projects that can compete for grant funding from the Conservancy and other local, state and federal agencies.

Based on the priority issues within our jurisdiction, reviewing existing state plans, and screening for projects that achieve multiple benefits, serve disadvantaged communities, and result in quantifiable outcomes, the Conservancy identified three priorities for Proposition 1 expenditures. The three priorities are:

  • Resource Protection: Advance the optimal management of resources in the watershed in order to achieve conservation benefits, improve ecosystem health, and increase climate resiliency
  • Habitat Restoration: Restore native habitat to improve ecosystem function and provide multi-benefit wildlife corridors, species biodiversity and other ecosystem benefits.
  • Urban Greening: Build urban greening projects that increase groundwater recharge, reduce runoff, improve water quality and improve urban watershed health while creating public green-space and expanding urban forests. 

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  • Eligible applicants for Proposition 1 grant funding from the Conservancy are: 
    • Public agencies as defined in Proposition 1
      • any state agency or department, special district, joint powers authority, city, county, city and county, or other political subdivision of the state, and whose purposes are consistent with the Conservancy’s enabling legislation.
    • Any private, nonprofit organization that qualifies under Section 501(c) (3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code
    • Indian Tribes that are either federally recognized or listed on the Native Heritage Commission’s California Tribal Consultation List
    • Public utilities and mutual water companies
      • projects proposed by this type of applicant must have a clear and definite public purpose and must benefit the customers of the water system and not the investors. Additional eligibility requirements apply to any eligible grantee that is also an urban water supplier or an agricultural water supplier. 
  • Project Eligibility:
    • Projects must be consistent with the Conservancy’s enabling legislation, meet the required project selection criteria, support the Strategic Plan and advance at least one of the purposes of Chapter 6 of Proposition 1.
    • Proposition 1 funds must be spent consistent with the General Obligation Bond Law, Government Code Section 16720-16727.
      • Generally, this means projects must entail the construction of, or acquisition of capital assets and/or activities that are incidentally, but directly, related to construction or acquisition, such as planning, design and engineering.
    • Proposition 1 funds are appropriated to the Conservancy with a maximum of five years for expenditure.
      • Projects must be ready to start work and able to be completed within a maximum of five years.
    • Land acquisition projects, including acquisition of conservation easements, are eligible if they are consistent with the purposes of Chapter 6 of Proposition 1.
    • All projects funded by Proposition 1 must be consistent with the Porter-Cologne Water Quality Control Act and the California’s Five-Year Infrastructure Plan prepared pursuant to Government Code section 13100. 
  •  Conservancy-Required Project Selection Criteria: The Existing Program Guidelines contain required criteria that must be satisfied by all projects and additional criteria that are not mandatory but are taken into account for purposes of priority. The Required Selection Criteria are:
    • Promoting the Conservancy’s statutory programs and purposes;
    • Consistency with the Baldwin Hills Park Master Plan;
    • Consistency with purposes of the funding source;
    • Demonstrated support from the public;
    • Location (must benefit the Baldwin Hills and Ballona Creek region);
    • Need (desired project or result will not occur without Conservancy contribution);
    • Greater-than-local interest; and
    • Demonstrated expertise in the proposed program area.


  • Priority for Projects that Benefit Disadvantaged Communities:
    • Proposition 1 defines a disadvantaged community as “a community with an annual median household income that is less than 80 percent of the statewide annual median household income.” (CA Water Code Section 79505.5.)
    • Chapter 6 of Proposition 1 does not require that a specific portion of funding go to disadvantaged communities.
    • However, the Conservancy will strive to ensure that a significant portion of its Proposition 1 funding benefit these communities.
  • Promotion and Implementation of State Plans and Policies:
    • Priority will be given to projects that implement state plans and policies. 


  • Proposition 1 funds cannot be used for acquisitions of land by eminent domain.