SJRC Proposition 1 Final Grant

State of California San Joaquin River Conservancy

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Grant amount: Up to US $4,800,000

Anticipated deadline: Dec 3, 2019 5:00pm PST

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in California: Fresno County, Madera County

Location of residency: California

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The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1) (California Water Code (WAT) Division 26.7) was approved by voters in November 2014. The total amount of funding authorized in Proposition 1 for San Joaquin River Conservancy (Conservancy) grants is $10 million, of which a maximum of ten percent ($1.0 million) may be expended on planning projects. Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis using specific evaluation criteria contained in the Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP). 

The Conservancy’s grant program will fund or contribute to funding selected multi-benefit water quality, water supply, ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects within its jurisdictional planning area, which is generally the river and floodplain within the 22- mile reach of the San Joaquin River in Fresno and Madera counties between Friant Dam and California State Route 99, and within the watershed immediately tributary to this reach. 

Anticipated Project Types

Possible Conservancy grant projects include but are not limited to:

  • Land acquisition for Parkway riparian habitat and floodplain conservation and restoration;
  • Ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration, including wetland, floodplain, and riparian habitat restoration, and re-establishing flood flows through restored floodplains;
  • Improvements for surface and ground water management, including conjunctive use;
  • Projects that are consistent with or enhance the San Joaquin River Restoration Program, including projects to isolate breeched gravel ponds from the river and projects to provide for off-stream recreational fishing;
  • Projects that assist in the recovery of sensitive species, including but not limited to projects that address the priorities of the National Marine Fisheries recovery plan for Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon;
  • Water quality protection and improvement, including storm water quality management improvements; and
  • Other projects that can demonstrate they meet the intent and purposes of Proposition 1 (see in particular WAT § 79732) as well as the mission, authorities, and plans of the Conservancy

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  • Eligible applicants include: public agencies, nonprofit organizations, public utilities, federally recognized Indian tribes, State Indian tribes listed on the Native American Heritage Commission's California Tribal Consultation List, and mutual water companies.
    • Specific requirements apply to public utilities, mutual water companies, urban water suppliers, and agricultural water suppliers
  • Projects must meet all relevant eligibility criteria in order to be considered for funding.
    • Projects must be capital investments, such as real property acquisitions (including easements) and improvements (including habitat enhancements and constructing facilities).
    • Projects may involve the planning, environmental review, monitoring to inform designs and plans, and  preliminary design of such improvements; however, only a limited amount of funding may be awarded from this grant program for planning activities.
  • Jurisdiction:
    • Projects must be consistent with the statutory mission and authorities of the San Joaquin River Conservancy and the San Joaquin River Parkway Master Plan, and must contribute to the protection or restoration of the San Joaquin River watershed within the Conservancy’s jurisdictional planning area, which is generally the river and floodplain within the 22-mile reach of the San Joaquin River in Fresno and Madera counties between Friant Dam and State Route 99.
    • Since a watershed’s protection and restoration is intrinsically interconnected with its tributaries, projects within the watersheds immediately tributary to this reach that demonstrate a direct nexus and benefits to the watershed within the Conservancy’s jurisdictional planning area may be considered for grant funding. 
  • Purposes:
    • Projects must demonstrate multiple benefits to water quality, water supply, and/or ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration consistent with the requirements and purposes of Proposition 1. In summary, these purposes include, but are not limited to:
      • Protecting healthy watersheds, fisheries, and stream flows;
      • Implementing projects within watersheds that facilitate climate change adaptation;
      • Restoring river parkways and urban river greenways;
      • Conserving and restoring ecosystems;
      • Fulfilling settlement obligations of the State of California related to water resources;
      • Collaborating with federal agencies to protect fish and wetlands;
      • Reducing wildfire risks;
      • Improving watershed health;
      • Reducing contamination of rivers, lakes and streams; and
      • Assisting in the recovery of sensitive species by improving watersheds and associated habitat. (WAT § 79732)


  • This grant cycle does not require matching funds; however, they are considered positively in evaluation scores. 


  • Grant proposals from private individuals or for-profit enterprises will not be accepted.
  • Ineligible projects or project elements include but are not necessarily limited to the examples provided in the Guidelines, such as
    • construction equipment purchased for a single project
    • projects mandated by law or regulation (other than projects that fulfill the obligations of the State in complying with the terms of multi-party settlement agreements related to water resources)
    • education or outreach programs; operations and maintenance funding (with the exception of funds necessary to establish and sustain vegetation within habitat restoration projects until such new vegetation is established, generally not to exceed 4 years)
    • projects to meet mitigation or compliance obligations
    • projects to design, construct, operate, mitigate, or maintain Delta conveyance facilities
    • projects that employ eminent domain to acquire real property.
  • Costs incurred prior to the effective date of the grant agreement are not eligible for reimbursement.