BHC Proposition 84 Grant Program

Baldwin Hills Conservancy


Grant amount: Up to US $1,000,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Los Angeles County, California

Location of residency: California

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Overview:

The Baldwin Hills Conservancy (BHC) is accepting applications for a year-round Proposition 84 BHC grant program to support projects that protect the water quality of the Ballona Creek Watershed and provide linkages and trails to the Baldwin Hills Parklands.

Background

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. Proposition 84, the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006, was passed by California voters on November 7, 2006. Proposition 84 allocated $10 million to the BHC for the protection of the Ballona Creek Watershed and the Baldwin Hills Parklands. Proposals for up to $1 million can be submitted by applicants under the BHC’s open solicitation program. Projects approved for funding 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 84 grant and project implementation.

Project Objectives

The purpose of the BHC Prop 84 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:

  • Protecting or preventing contamination and degradation of coastal waters and watersheds;
  • Protecting and restoring the natural habitat values of coastal waters and lands; or
  • Promoting access to and enjoyment of the coastal resources of the state.

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

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • 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 25% match is required. 
  • Project proposals are required to demonstrate the following standard objectives:
    • Promotion 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.

Preferences:

  • 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 issues
    • 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)