Cultural, Community and Natural Resources Grant Program

California voters passed the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018 (Proposition 68) on June 5, 2018. Proposition 68 authorized the Legislature to appropriate $37 million to the California Natural Resources Agency (the “State”) for competitive grants that protect, restore, and enhance California’s cultural, community and natural resources. This resulted in the Cultural, Community and Natural Resources (“CCNR”) Grant Program. It is the intent of the people of California that projects funded by Proposition 68, including the CCNR Grant Program, result in public benefits addressing the most critical statewide needs and priorities for public funding. Applicants submitting the most competitive proposals will be invited to participate in the next level of the competitive process, anticipated early Spring 2019.

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There are no maximum or minimum grant amounts.

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California Natural Resources Agency
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Eligible applicants include local agencies, nonprofit organizations, non-governmental land conservation organizations, federally recognized Native American tribes, or non-federally recognized California Native American tribes listed on the California Tribal Consultation List maintained by the Native American Heritage Commission.
Projects must qualify under one of the following five categories: 1. Resources - Restore, protect and acquire Native American, natural, cultural, and historic resources within the State. 2. Fossil Fuel Powerplant Conversions - Convert and repurpose properties or parts of properties that served as the site of a fossil fuel powerplant to create permanently protected open space, tourism and park opportunities through fee title or conservation easement acquisition (powerplants must have been retired on or before June 5, 2018 or must be scheduled to be retired prior to January 1, 2021). 3. Science Centers - Enhance visitor experiences through development, expansion, and improvement of science centers operated by foundations or other nonprofit organizations in heavily urbanized areas. 4. Park, Water and Natural Resources - Enhance park, water, and natural resource values through improved recreation, tourism, and natural resource investments in areas of the state not within the jurisdiction of a state conservancy (a map of state conservancies and their boundaries can be found at: 5. Community, Culture and Education - Promote, develop and improve any of the following: • Community, civic, or athletic venues • Cultural or visitor centers that recognize the contributions of California’s ethnic communities or celebrate the unique traditions of these communities, including those of Asian and Hispanic descent • Visitor centers or nonprofit aquariums that educate the public about natural landscapes, aquatic species, or wildlife migratory patterns.
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