BHC Proposition 40 Grant Program

Baldwin Hills Conservancy

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Los Angeles County, California

Location of residency: California

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The BHC’s mission is to acquire open space, manage public lands within the Baldwin Hills area, and to provide recreation, restoration and protection of wildlife habitat within the territory for the public's enjoyment and educational experience.

The voters of California passed the California Clean Water, Clean Air, Safe Neighborhood Parks, and Coastal Protection Act of 2002 (Proposition 40) in March 2002. The State Legislature has appropriated funds to the BHC for capital outlay and local assistance projects within the territory. Funds are to be awarded for the acquisition, development, rehabilitation, restoration, interpretation and protection of land and creation of educational resources consistent with the statute creating the BHC.

Projects funded under this grant program will be implemented through the execution of a standard grant agreement between the project applicant and the BHC. BHC staff will be responsible for oversight of the Proposition 40 grant and project implementation. 

Project Objectives

The purpose of the BHC Prop 40 grant program is to provide funds for planning and capital improvement projects that benefit the Ballona Creek Watershed and Baldwin Hills Conservancy territory through either:

  • Acquisition of open space;
  • Development of park land;
  • Rehabilitation of park facilities;
  • Restoration of habitat; or
  • Protection of land and water resources. 

Eligible projects must be consistent with the adopted Baldwin Hills Park Master Plan for expansion of Kenneth Hahn State Recreation Area and the priorities set forth in the Baldwin Hills Conservancy’s Summarized Strategic Plan. Proposed projects should seek to implement or expand on one or more of the following goals:

  • Increase active recreation opportunities for underserved communities.
  • Create and implement a comprehensive trail system.
  • Provide for public access and entry ways.
  • Protect and restore natural habitat.
  • Protect critical view sheds.
  • Protect and improve urban water quality.
  • Emphasize connection between existing parks, trails, and urban streams.
  • Restore industrial lands to park and open-space purposes.
  • Protect watersheds connecting to Santa Monica Bay.

Proposals are also subject to review for consistency with General Obligation Bond Law. Grant applicants are strongly encouraged to contact BHC staff to ensure projects meet eligibility requirements and conform to BHC priorities prior to application submittal. All projects funded under this grant program must primarily benefit the Ballona Creek Watershed within the Baldwin Hills Conservancy Territory. All grants are funded through scheduled reimbursement payments. All grants are funded on a reimbursement payment basis. 

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  • Any public entity or non-profit organization established pursuant to the laws of the State of California and qualified under the Internal Revenue Code section 501(c)(3), 501 (c)(4), or 501(c)(5)  is eligible to apply for grant funds under this program. 
  • Joint proposals between multiple organizations involved in similar or related activities are strongly encouraged.
    • Grant funds, however, may only be encumbered by one organization per agreement.
  • There is no limit to the number of applications an organization may submit. 
  •  A minimum match of 25% percent is required.
  • Project proposals are required to demonstrate the following standard objectives:
    • Promotion of the BHC’s statutory programs and purposes;
    • Consistency with the Baldwin Hills Park Master Plan;
    • Consistency with purposes of the funding source;
    • 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 will be given to projects that address the following:
    • Urgency (threat to a resource from development or natural or economic conditions;pressing need; or fleeting opportunity);
    • Resolution of more than one issue
    • Leverage (contribution of funds or services by other entities)
    • Conflict resolution
    • Innovation (for example, using new technique or technology to address environmental or economic issue)
    • Readiness (ability of the grantee and others to start and finish the project in a timely manner)
    • Realization of prior BHC goal (advances previous BHC projects)
    • Cooperation (extent to which the public, nonprofit groups, landowners, and others will contribute to the project)