Grant Opportunities

The following are potential sources of funding for management and/or monitoring projects in San Diego County.

California Landscape Conservation Cooperative

The California LCC is accepting proposals for collaborative Place-based Projects that lead to Climate-Smart Conservation actions by natural resource managers. Proposals must be submitted by a team of managers and scientists working together. Proposals with Tribal engagement will receive special consideration. An information webinar will take place March 15, 2016 at 2pm. Proposals are due March 28, 2016 by 5pm. For more information, see the LCC website

Coastal Conservancy Prop 1 Grant Program

The Coastal Conservancy announces Round 2 of its Proposition 1 Grant Program. For the second competitive grant round, the Conservancy invites project proposals that protect and enhance anadromous fish habitat. Applications are due December 31, 2015. For the full grant solicitation, click here.

TRANSNET Land Management Grants

The TransNet Extension Ordinance and Expenditure Plan, as approved by the voters on November 2, 2004, includes an Environmental Mitigation Program (EMP). The EMP is a funding allocation category for the costs to mitigate habitat impacts for regional transportation projects. The EMP is a unique component of the TransNet Extension in that it goes beyond traditional mitigation for transportation projects by including a funding allocation for habitat acquisition, management, and monitoring activities as needed to help implement regional habitat conservation plans. For more information on TRANSNET, click here.

The 2016 Call for Projects was announced 3/7/2016. Applications are due Friday, June 10, 2016 by 4:00 pm. A pre-proposal workshop will be held on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 from 9:30-11:00 am in the SANDAG board room. Grant application forms can be downloaded here. [Long: 217KB][Short: 179KB]


Click here to view Selected Past Proposals and Grant Reports

USFWS Section 6 Grants

The Cooperative Endangered Species Conservation Fund (Section 6 of the Endangered Species Act) provides funding to States and Territories for species and habitat conservation actions on non-Federal lands. States and Territories must contribute a minimum non-Federal match of 25% for the estimated program costs of approved projects, or 10% when two or more States or Territories implement a joint project. A State or Territory must currently have, or enter into a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) to receive grant funds. For more information on Section 6 Grants, click here.  


Landscape Conservation Collaborative (LCC)

The California Landscape Conservation Cooperative (CA LCC) is a management-science partnership among agencies, non-governmental organizations and other entities that informs on-the-ground conservation actions addressing climate change and other stressors within and across landscapes. For more information on the CA LCC, click here.  


Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management Program 

The Department of Defense (DoD) is steward of an estimated 29 million acres of land in the United States that contains both invaluable cultural and natural resources. In order to support military readiness while preserving the nation’s natural and cultural heritage, the DoD Legacy Resource Management Program (Legacy) was established by Congress in 1990. The goal of the Legacy Program is to protect, enhance, and conserve natural and cultural resources using the three principles of stewardship, leadership, and partnership. The program is focused on ecosystem management, regional wide-spread conservation, partnerships, multidisciplinary integrated conservation efforts, and technological implementation. In 1997 Legislation for National Defense Authorization Act was established, giving more definition to the Legacy Program. Funded projects must have regional or DoD wide significance, meet legal requirements, and be effectively managed at the DoD level.  Read the DoD Legacy Resource Management Program Fact Sheet [127KB].

For more information of the DoD Legacy Program,
click here



The Natural Community Conservation Planning Local Assistance Grant (NCCP LAG) Program was created to assist local public and non-profit entities in the implementation of NCCPs throughout California, as authorized under Fish and Game Code (FGC) Section 2802. Additional legal authority for the NCCP LAG program is provided by FGC Section 1501.5, which allows the CDFW to grant funds for fish and wildlife habitat preservation, restoration, and enhancement. CDFW offers NCCP LAGs to eligible applicants on an annual basis for highest priority tasks needed to implement NCCPs. Highest priority tasks are identified by the NCCP implementing partners and Wildlife Agencies throughout the preceding year.


For more information, click here.

Science Support Partnership (SSP)

In FY 2001, the USGS devoted $3.4 million per year to the SSP program that meets priority science needs by the FWS. An additional $750,000 of funding from the former Species At Risk program has since been included, increasing the total to $4.1 million annually. Through this partnership, the USGS has undertaken 350 projects in support of FWS local, regional, and national programs such as:

• Migratory bird management
• Endangered species recovery
• Freshwater fisheries restoration
• Ecosystem-based management
• Coastal habitat conservation
• Fish and wildlife law enforcement
• National Wildlife Refuge System management

For information on past projects and the call for research proposals, click here.


National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Five Star Restoration Program

The Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program began in 199 as a partnership among NFWF, NACo, WHC and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In total, the program has supported over 620 projects with more than $5 million in federal funds, $3.7 million in private and corporate contributions, and $37 million in matching funds at the local level. Projects focus on restoring wildlife habitat and urban waters.


For a full list of funded projects and additional grant information, click here.

EMP Land Acquisition Grant Program Project Proposals

As a means to distribute the $20 million of economic benefit funds, on September 27, 2013, the SANDAG Board of Directors approved the release of the Fiscal Year (FY) 2014 Call for Projects for the TransNet Environmental Mitigation Program (EMP) Land Acquisition Grant Program. This competitive grant process will request land acquisition project proposals that promote the success of the Natural Communities Conservation Planning Program through conservation of habitat areas critical to promoting endangered species and wildlife movement.


Attached is the PDF of the FY 2014 Call for Projects for the TransNet EMP Land Acquisition Grant Program for your review. This document contains all the information for the call including overview, instructions, schedule, eligibility and evaluation criteria, application form, and sample escrow instructions, conservation easement, and management agreement. The grant application form is attached as a Word document to aid in your project proposal submission. These documents also are available at the EMP Grant Programs website, click here.


The date for the pre-proposal workshop to discuss the grant project proposal requirements and processes has been finalized for Tuesday, November 5, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the SANDAG Board Room on the 7th floor.


FY2014 Call for Projects [1.7MB]

FY2014 Submission Application [163KB]

Pre-proposal workshop follow-up information:

   Workshop Powerpoint: [604KB]

   Workshop Q and A [89KB]

   Fremontia Article on California Sage Scrub [4.1MB]


Please mail the required one (1) signed hardcopy and one (1) signed electronic copy as a PDF file on disc or flash drive of the project proposal. Project proposals submitted by facsimile or email are not acceptable and will not be considered. Project proposals including all required supporting materials shall be addressed to, and received no later than 4:00 p.m., local time, on January 8, 2014, at the office of:


Katie Levy, Grant Administrator

San Diego Association of Governments

401 B Street, Suite 800

San Diego, CA 92101

*Postmarks will NOT be accepted in lieu of this requirement.*


Please call or email with any questions at (619) 699-7312 or


Department of Defense (DoD) Readiness and Environmental Protection Integration (REPI)

The DoD’s REPI program may provide up to $5 million in FY14 for land transactions at any DoD installation that limit incompatible development in the vicinity of these bases or that relieve current or anticipated environmental restrictions on military testing, training, or operations.


The specific purpose of 2014 REPI Challenge is to encourage projects that advance the concept of Sentinel Landscapes. Sentinel Landscapes are working or natural lands situated in such a way that they protect the military mission from incompatible development. Specifically, Sentinel Landscapes capitalize on the linkage between national defense, conservation, and working lands, including ranching, agriculture, and forestry.


Pre-proposals are Due December 6, 2013.



REPI FY14 Signed memo [444KB]