California River Parkways Grant Program

The California Natural Resources Agency is accepting concept proposals for the California River Parkway grant program from August 15, 2018 through September 27, 2018. This money was allocated under the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 (Proposition 68) and is meant for the acquisition, restoration, protection and development of river parkways in accordance with the California River Parkway Act of 2004.

Funding Information

California River Parkways Grant Program
Eligible Applicants:  Public Agencies and qualified California Nonprofit Organizations
Funding Available: $7 million – There is no maximum or minimum funding request amount.  
Cost Share: 20% required, unless the project has been identified as serving a disadvantaged community. 
Loans or Grants: Grant
Project Types: Projects must meet at least two of the following five statutory conditions and must provide public access:

  • Recreation – Provide compatible recreational opportunities, including trails for strolling, hiking, bicycling and equestrian uses along rivers and streams.
  • Habitat – Protect, improve, or restore riverine or riparian habitat, including benefits to wildlife habitat and water quality.
  • Flood Management – Maintain or restore the open space character of lands along rivers and streams so that they are compatible with periodic flooding as part of a flood management plan or project.
  • Conversion to River Parkway – Convert existing developed riverfront land into uses consistent with river parkways.
  • Conservation and Interpretive Enhancement – Provide facilities to support or interpret river or stream restoration or other conservation activities.
How to Submit: This cycle of funding includes a two-step application process

1. Submit concept proposal (required)
2. If invited back, submit full application

Concept proposals must be submitted via SOAR by 5:00 pm on September 27, 2018.

Program Website:  California River Parkways Grant Program