Guest Post by Nick Sadrpour, Ocean Protection Council 

The Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Prop 1) was approved by voters in November 2014 (California Water Code (CWC) Division 26.7). Funding from Prop 1 is intended to fund projects that meet the goals of the Water Action Plan to provide more reliable water supplies, restore important species and habitat, and develop a more resilient and sustainably managed water system (water supply, water quality, flood protection, and environment) that can better withstand inevitable and unforeseen pressures in the coming decades.

Prop 1 Chapter 6: “Protecting Rivers, Lakes, Streams, Coastal Waters, and Watersheds”, allocates funding for a competitive grant program for multibenefit ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration projects in accordance with statewide priorities.

Applicants that are eligible for Prop 1 grant funding are public agencies (federal agencies are not considered public agencies) including public universities, 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.

Prop 1 funds must be spent consistent with the General Obligation Bond Law, Government Code §16727. In general, this means projects must entail the construction or acquisition of capital assets and/or activities that are incidentally but directly related to construction or acquisition, such as planning, design and engineering. 

These are some of the agencies with upcoming grant deadlines: 

Ocean Protection CouncilDraft Guidelines
Multibenefit program
Proposed final guidelines up for adoption at Sept 22 meeting
$9,505,000 allocated for FY 2015/16

State Coastal ConservancySolicitation open and due Sept 30th
Multibenefit program
$15,000,000 allocated for FY 2015/16

Department of Fish and Wildlife Solicitation open and due Sept 16th
Watershed restoration
$27,931,000 allocated for FY 2015/16

Department of Fish and Wildlife Solicitation open and due Sept 16th
$8,575,000 allocated for FY 2015/16

Delta Conservancy Solicitation open and due Sept 14th
Multibenefit program
$9,871,000 allocated for FY 2015/16

Several other agencies have grant programs that deal with a wide variety of water quality, supply, and infrastructure projects. Information on those can be found on the bound accountability site through these links

Other Useful Links:
Overall Bonds
Prop 1 specific
Prop 1 Contacts
Allocation Report