Basil Ibewiro, CDFW Watershed Restoration Grants Branch, (916) 322-8840
Jordan Traverso, CDFW Communications, (916) 654-9937
The California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) is now accepting proposals for restoration projects that further the objectives of the California Water Action Plan (CWAP).
For Fiscal Year (FY) 2015-2016, a total of $31.4 million in Proposition 1 funds will be made available through CDFW’s two Proposition 1 Restoration Grant Programs. The Watershed Restoration Grant Program will fund up to $24 million in projects of statewide importance outside of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, while the Delta Water Quality and Ecosystem Restoration Grant Program will fund up to $7 million in projects that specifically benefit the Delta.
“Californians overwhelmingly approved Proposition 1,” said CDFW Director Charlton H. Bonham. “The department is ready to use these proposition funds to protect and restore important ecosystems around the state. We are really excited to receive grant applications, complete the review and award projects by the end of this year.”
Approved by California voters in November 2014, Proposition 1 provides funds to implement the three broad objectives of the CWAP: establishing more reliable water supplies, restoring important species and habitat and creating a more resilient, sustainably managed water resources system (water supply, water quality, flood protection and environment) that can better withstand inevitable and unforeseen pressures in the coming decades.
The FY 2015-2016 Proposal Solicitation Notice, application instructions and other information about the Restoration Grant Programs are available at www.wildlife.ca.gov/Conservation/Watersheds/Restoration-Grants.
Proposals must be submitted online at https://faast.waterboards.ca.gov/.
The deadline to apply is Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2015 at 4 p.m.