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: https://map.dfg.ca.gov/bios/?al=ds1754).
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.