Public Access Program Grants

State of California Wildlife Conservation Board


Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Next anticipated deadline: Aug 10, 2018 5:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Jun 29, 2019 5:00pm PDT (Pre proposal)

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Capital Project

Location of project: California

Location of residency: California

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Overview:

The Wildlife Conservation Board (WCB) is seeking high quality grant proposals for projects that enhance opportunities for  recreational hunting and/or fishing. Funds granted are expected create opportunities for meaningful wildlife-oriented recreation experiences, which will inspire Californians across the State to serve as conservation stewards. It is the intent of WCB that these funds will be invested in projects that, among other things, provide public benefits addressing critical statewide needs and priorities, and leverage private, federal, or local funding to produce the greatest public benefit.

This Public Access Program (Program) supports local assistance and minor capital outlay projects. It is not intended to fund property acquisition or maintenance activities. Typical projects include the construction and enhancement of public access facilities such as fishing piers or floats, boat launching ramps, hunting blinds, trails, boardwalks, and support facilities such as restrooms, parking lots or fish cleaning stations. Projects shall be compatible with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to the extent possible.

2018 Priorities

For the 2018 grant cycle, priority will be given to projects that adhere to the mission of the WCB with a focus on developing facilities to benefit recreational anglers and/or hunters. The 2018 population priority is for projects that provide benefits to disadvantaged communities, low-income communities, and/or youth/next generation, or urban populations.

Program Funding and Objectives

WCB funds can be used for minor capital outlay and local assistance grants. Funding for competitive grants will depend on fund availability. The Program has typically allocated approximately one million dollars annually, but could rise or fall each year, depending on annual appropriation. Each solicitation will provide Program priorities, which may change from year to year and include varied eligibility factors according to the specific focus for the solicitation.

Funds granted by WCB under the Program will be focused on addressing the objective of creating opportunities for meaningful wildlife-oriented recreation experiences, which will inspire Californians across the State to serve as conservation stewards. It is the intent of WCB that these funds will be invested in projects that, among other things, accomplish the following:

  • Provide public benefits, addressing critical statewide needs and priorities.
  • Leverage private, federal, or local funding to produce the greatest public benefit.
  • Employ new or innovative technology or practices.
  • Promote State planning priorities consistent with governmental sustainable communities strategies

Eligible Project Phases

Project planning and implementation/construction projects are eligible for funding under the Program. Funds may be granted for either planning or construction projects but not both phases during the same grant cycle.

Planning

Planning grants provide funding for planning efforts that will lead to the successful design of construction projects. These efforts may include project specific activities such as preliminary design, environmental review, permitting, and final design. Planning grants will be limited in number, and are intended to support the development of a project that is likely to qualify for future construction funding from the Program.

Construction/Implementation

Successful construction proposals will request funding for new facilities or the enhancement or rehabilitation of existing facilities that will provide for public access to hunting, fishing, and wildlife-oriented activities. They are intended to support high priority "shovel ready" projects that have advanced to the stage where planning and engineering are largely completed. In order to be eligible for construction funding, environmental documentation including an approved California Environmental quality Act (CEQA) document and typically all required permits must be current and complete. 

 Environmental Compliance and Permitting

Activities funded under this grant program must be in compliance with applicable State and federal laws and regulations, including the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), National Environmental  Policy Act (NEPA), and other environmental permitting requirements. The applicant is responsible for project compliance and proposals and may include in their budgets the funding necessary for compliance-related tasks under planning requests only.

Proposals for activities that are subject to CEQA and/or NEPA must identify the state and/or federal lead agency or agencies and provide documentation evidencing that the agency or agencies have accepted the lead agency role. The WCB will not award funding for project implementation/construction until all required environmental review pursuant to CEQA has been completed, and the lead agency has signed off on the environmental document.

Cost Share

Cost share is the portion of the project cost not funded by the awarding agency (WCB) and is provided by the applicant and/or other sources (e.g., private companies, nonprofit organizations, public agencies, and/or other entities). Proposals with higher proportions of secured cost share contribution towards total project cost will receive higher scores during the proposal evaluation process. Proposals providing cost share in the form of cash or other resources (in-kind services) for the support of the project must specify the source and dollar amount of all proposed cost share. Points will be awarded to proposals that are responsive to the Scoring Criteria, where cost share must be:

  • Used to support the proposed project
  • Spent between grant award and end of the proposed WCB funded project term
  • Secured prior to application submission

Incidental but Directly Related Costs (Alternatively known as Administrative or Indirect Costs)

Incidental cost rates are limited to direct grantee costs, minus subcontractor and equipment costs. Any amount over accepted amount as identified in the solicitation will not be funded but may be used as cost share. Indirect costs include but are not limited to workers compensation insurance, utilities, office space rental, phone, and copying which is directly related to completion of the proposed project. Costs for subcontractors and purchase of equipment cannot be included in the calculation of indirect costs in the overall project budget. The applicant must explain the methodology used to determine the rate and provide detailed calculations in support of the indirect cost rate. Please refer to the supplied budget template.

 Disadvantaged Community

The Program 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”. The Program does not require that WCB direct a specific portion of funding to projects that benefit disadvantaged communities. However, WCB will strive to ensure that a portion of its Public Access funding benefits these communities.

The Department of Water Resources has developed the Disadvantaged Communities Mapping Tool that shows the location and boundaries of disadvantaged communities in the State, based on the US Census American Community Survey (ACS) 5-Year Data. The interactive map Application allows users to overlay the following three US Census geographies as separate data layers:

  • Census Place
  • Census Tract
  • Census Block Group

Applicants are required to use the following two-step process to evaluate whether their proposed project will benefit one or more disadvantaged communities.

Step 1 – Determine whether a majority (50%+) of the proposed project area is located within a disadvantaged community. The applicant may use the ACS data at the census place, census tract, or census block group geography levels to determine whether the project is located within a disadvantaged community, based on the geography that is the most representative for that community.

Step 2 – Determine whether the proposed project will provide benefits to a disadvantaged community. If the proposed project meets one or more of the following criteria, it will be deemed to provide benefits to a disadvantaged community.

  • Project site is located within or lies within 1 mile of a disadvantaged community.
  • Project will result in at least 25% of project work hours performed by residents of a disadvantaged community.
  • Project will result in at least 10% of project work hours performed by residents of a disadvantaged community participating in job training programs, which lead to industry-recognized credentials or certifications.
  • Project provides job opportunities for residents of a disadvantaged community for management or maintenance of project facilities. 

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Eligibility:

  • Entities eligible to submit grant proposals in response to this PSN include federal, state, and local government entities, non-profit organizations or public districts that manage and operate wildlife oriented public access facilities or programs. 
  • The Program supports local assistance and minor capital outlay projects. 
    • Typical projects include the construction and rehabilitation of public access facilities such as fishing piers or floats, parking and restrooms, boat launching ramps, hunting blinds, trails, boardwalks, and interpretive facilities.
    • These examples should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of eligible project types
  • Project proponents must demonstrate an ability to assume and continue all operation and maintenance responsibilities throughout the term of the project; which in most cases runs 25 years.

Ineligibility:

  • It is not intended to fund property acquisition or maintenance activities