Grant Programs

Ancient Rock ArtThe Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy is now accepting project proposals on a continuing basis until funding is no longer available for the following Bond Acts:

  • Proposition 12: Safe Neighborhood Parks, Clean Water, Clean Air and Coastal Protection Bond Fund.
  • Proposition 40: California Clean Water, Clean Air Safe Neighborhood Parks and Coastal Protection Fund.
  • Proposition 68: California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection and Outdoor Access for all Act of 2018.
  • Proposition 84: Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control River Protection Fund.

Eligible applicants include: cities, special districts and other public agencies as well as nonprofit organizations.

The criteria for project proposals will be based on the following:

  • Bond Eligibility Requirements: the protection and restoration of rivers, lakes and streams, their watersheds and associated land, water, and other natural resources, enhanced access to recreation or efforts to respond to climate change.
  • Conservancy Current Grant Guidelines and Priorities: habitat or resource values, extent of development potential, availability of other funding, parcel size and location near other conservation or recreational sites.

The Conservancy also operates a grant program funded by Proposition 1, the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014, to support projects implementing the California Water Action Plan in the Coachella Valley. For this program, the Conservancy issues periodic Notices of Funding Availability for competitive rounds of funding. Consult the Proposition 1 Grant Program Guidelines for more details on eligible projects.

Proposition 1: APPROVED GUIDELINES

Proposition 68: APPROVED GUIDELINES

CRCA Grant Program 

The Coachella Valley Mountains Conservancy has launched its Climate Resistance & Community Access Grant Program offering up to $2.5 million in state funding to local agencies, tribes and nonprofit organizations for projects that will enhance the Valley’s local capacity to respond to climate change, better protect natural resources in the face of global warming or enhance equity in access to outdoor recreation in underserved communities.  Attached is the Request for Proposals No. CRCA-01 that describes the program and its application requirements.

APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED ELECTRONICALLY BY CVMC’S OFFICE NO LATER THAN 5 PM ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2022.

Decisions about funding will be made by the Conservancy’s board in early March 2022.  For further information about the Conservancy’s mission and objectives, please refer to its Strategic Plan 2020-2025 which may be found at www.cvmc.ca.gov.

Feel free to share the RFP with other prospective applicants, please feel free to contact CMVC’s Executive Director Jim Karpiak at jkarpiak@cvmc.ca.gov or (760) 776-5026 if you have any questions.

RFP_Climate Resilience & Community Access Grant Program