California River Parkways Grant Program (RP California)
California Natural Resources Agency
Who Can Apply?
Non-Profit, Town, City or County Government
Award Details: There is no maximum or minimum funding request amount.
Total Funding Available: $7,000,000.00
Matching Requirement? No
Overview: The California Natural Resources Agency will be awarding approximately $7.0 million for the acquisition, restoration, protection and development of river parkways in accordance with the California River Parkways Act of 2004. This money was allocated under the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 (Proposition 68). This is a onetime funding cycle.
Statutory Requirements: 1. Projects must involve natural creeks, streams and/or rivers, even if they flow only during the rainy season, or channelized or culverted creeks, streams and/or rivers.
2. Projects must meet at least two of the following five statutory conditions: a) Recreation - Provide compatible recreational opportunities, including trails for strolling, hiking, bicycling and equestrian uses along rivers and streams. b) Habitat - Protect, improve, or restore riverine or riparian habitat, including benefits to wildlife habitat and water quality. c) 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. d) Conversion to River Parkways - Convert existing developed riverfront land into uses consistent with river parkways. e) Conservation and Interpretive Enhancement - Provide facilities to support or interpret river or stream restoration or other conservation activities.
3. Projects must provide public access or be a component of a larger parkway plan that provides public access.
4. Projects must comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Division 13 (commencing with Section 21000).
5. Property must be acquired from a willing seller and in compliance with current laws governing relocation and acquisition of real property by public agencies (Government Code, Chapter 16, Section 7260 et seq.,).
6. Projects must comply with current labor and prevailing wage Codes.
Funding Sources (Proposition 68) Requirements 1. Priority will be given to projects that leverage private, federal, local funding or produce the greatest public benefit.
2. Funds cannot be used to fulfill any mitigation requirements imposed by law.
3. Priority may be given to projects with components that emphasize efficient use and conservation of water supplies, use of recycled water, capture of stormwater, facilitation of safe and reliable drinking water to park and open-space visitors, or carbon sequestration features in project design.
4. For development projects, priority may be given to projects that include the use of services of the California Conservation Corps or certified conservation corps to implement projects.
5. At least 20 percent of the funds shall be allocated for projects serving severely disadvantaged communities (community with a median household income less than 60 percent of the statewide average).
6. For projects that serve a disadvantaged community, advanced payments in increments of up to 25% may be available upon compelling need.
7. Up to 5 percent of the grant may be used for community access. Community access is defined as “engagement programs, technical assistance, or facilities that maximize safe and equitable physical admittance, especially for low-income communities, to natural and cultural resources, community education, or recreational amenities.” This includes, but is not limited to transportation, physical activity programming, resource interpretation, multilingual translation, natural science, workforce development and career pathways, education, and communication related to water, parks, climate, coastal protection, and other outdoor pursuits.
Eligibility: Public Agencies and qualified California Nonprofit Organizations (see definitions in Appendix P).
Contact Phone(916) 653-2812