Grant Program Funded by the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1)

September 21, 2017 – The Conservancy Board awarded $3,359,081 in Proposition 1 Round 2 funds for eight watershed restoration and forest health projects. Click here to view the list of awarded projects.

March 17, 2017 –  The Conservancy’s Proposition 1 – Round 2 Grant Announcement is now available.  The Proposition 1 Grant Guidelines, adopted in June 2015, should be used in conjunction with the Round 2 Grant Application Package and fillable form (please download before trying to open) when applying a Conservancy Proposition 1 Round 2 grant.

March 17, 2016 –  The Conservancy awarded over $7 million for seven watershed restoration and forest health projects. Click here to view the list of awarded projects.

October 9, 2015 – The Conservancy received 32 applications totaling over $30 million in requests. Click here to view the list of applications received.

July 21, 2015 – The Conservancy’s Proposition 1 Grant Announcement for the Fiscal Year 2015-2016 is now available. Should potential applicants ask questions of relevance to others during the grant application solicitation period a Solicitation FAQ will be prepared and updated to ensure applicants have equitable information. The Grant Application Package and its accompanying fillable forms are required.

Proposition 1 Grant Program Guidelines

The Conservancy’s final Proposition 1 Grant Program Guidelines  were adopted by the Conservancy Board on June 18, 2015. Applicants should use these Guidelines in conjunction with the Grant Application Package when applying for Conservancy Proposition 1 grants.


The Conservancy’s new Proposition 1 grant program funds up to $14 million in multi-benefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects.

Approved by voters in November 2014, Proposition 1  provides funding to meet the objectives of the California Water Action Plan and other Statewide Priorities. The Action Plan specifically highlights the importance of continuing restoration efforts in the Lake Tahoe Basin, including implementation of the Lake Tahoe Environmental Improvement Program. Competitive grant programs throughout the State will invest in the State’s most important projects. Tahoe Basin-specific funding through the Conservancy will support high priority, multi-benefit Environmental Improvement Program efforts across five Focus Areas: Stormwater Quality, Ecosystem and Watershed Management, Aquatic Invasive Species, Forest Health, and/or Sustainable Communities projects.

Eligible applicants for Conservancy Proposition 1 funding include:

  • Public agencies, including cities, counties, special districts, joint powers authorities, state agencies or departments, or other political subdivisions of the State of CA;
  • Federally-recognized Indian tribes; and
  • Eligible nonprofit organizations whose principal charitable purposes include the preservation of land for scientific, historic, educational, recreational, scenic, or open-space opportunities, or protection of the natural environment or preservation or enhancement of wildlife (Government Code section 66905.9).

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