Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Program

State of California Wildlife Conservation Board

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit For-Profit Business

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: California

Location of residency: California

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Note: WCB accepts proposals on a continuous basis and WCB meets four times a year, typically in February, May, August and November. Prospective applicants for all habitat restoration projects should discuss their projects with WCB staff prior to completing or submitting an application

The Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Program (General) is the Board's general restoration program that includes all projects that fall outside the Board's other mandated programs. This includes native fisheries restoration, restoration of wetlands that fall outside the jurisdiction of the Inland Wetland Conservation Program such as coastal, tidal, or fresh water habitats, other native habitat restoration projects including coastal scrub, grasslands, and threatened and endangered species habitats, in-stream restoration projects including removal of fish passage barriers and other obstructions, and other projects that improve native habitat quality within the State.

The main sources of funding available to the Board for these projects are the Habitat Conservation Fund and various bonds passed by voters.

Project Examples

The Wildlife Conservation Law of 1947 (Fish and Game Code, Section 1300 et seq.) authorized the WCB to begin a program of restoration and enhancement of habitats throughout the State of California.

Here are some examples which have been funded under this program:

  • Moss Landing Wildlife Area Wetland Restoration
  • Salmon and Steelhead Restoration Projects throughout the state
  • Grasslands Regional Park Habitat Restoration
  • Malibu Lagoon State Park Coastal
  • San Pablo Bay Pepperweed Removal and Habitat Restoration
  • Topanga State Park Rodeo Grounds Stream Restoration
  • Dos Palmas Area Saltcedar Removal and Habitat Restoration
  • Napa-Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area Wetland Restoration

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


  • Projects must receive a recommendation from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
  • For projects to restore and enhance wildlife habitats, the WCB is authorized to award grants to:
    • nonprofit organizations [501(c)(3)]
    • local governmental agencies
    • State departments
    • federal agencies
  • Eligible projects that are approved and funded must provide for the long-term maintenance of the project once completed.
  • Projects may be located on CDFW lands, or other public or private lands.