RMC Grants

RMC has issued tens of millions of dollars in grants to eligible applicants including non-profits organizations, public agencies, and federally and state recognized tribes for projects that preserve open space and habitat, increase public access to it, and help create healthy and climate resilient communities.  Since 2003, the RMC has authorized 262 total projects, which consist of 204 completed projects.  The Cumulative Grant Project Status Summary reflects projects with activity during current fiscal year.

The Conservancy has developed and initiated a number of Grant Programs to address the range of relevant resource issues in the LA Basin based on RMC’s funding sources.  Grant Program Guidelines establish the process and criteria that the RMC will utilize to solicit applications, evaluate proposals and award grants, pursuant to RMC guiding principles for each funding source and allocation.

Ongoing Funding Opportunities

PROPOSITION 68 – Parks and Water Bond Act of 2018

Prop 68 logo

Priorities for RMC Prop 68:
1) Develop urban recreation projects and habitat protection or restoration projects,
2) Provide workforce development opportunities,
3) Expand access to diverse populations,
4) Secured matching funds

More information on Prop. 68 and other programs, see Resource’s Bond Accountability page (you can search projects funded by Prop 68).  Email any comments or questions to Prop68@rmc.ca.gov

RMC PROPOSITION 68 Grant Program Lower Los Angeles River

Lower LA River cities

Lower LA River cities

Over $30 Million is available for RMC’s Lower LA River Prop 68 Open Call For Projects.  RMC’s Lower LA River Grants are specific to the Lower LA River corridor, considered within 1.5 miles of the main stem of the Lower LA river.  80% for Implementation, 10% planning, and 10% technical assistance (20% must serve Disadvantaged Communities).  Projects should be consistent with the Lower LA River Revitalization Plan, learn more here.  

RMC Proposition 68 LLAR – Guidelines


PROPOSITION 1 – Water Bond of 2014

Prop 1 logo

Priorities for RMC Prop 1:
1) Ecosystems and watershed protection and restoration projects,
2) Protect and enhance the Lower LA River,
3) Expand access to diverse populations,
4) Secured matching funds

Please email any comments or questions to RMCProp1@rmc.ca.gov

RMC PROPOSITION 1 Grant Program – Lower Los Angeles River

Lower LA River map

Lower LA River Cities

Over $30 Million is available for RMC’s Lower LA River Prop 1 Open Call For Projects.  RMC’s Lower LA River Grants are specific to the Lower LA River corridor, considered within 1.5 miles of the main stem of the Lower LA river.  90% for Implementation and 10% planning.    Projects should be consistent with the Lower LA River Revitalization Plan, learn more here

RMC Proposition 1 LLAR – Guidelines


RMC PROPOSITION 1 & 68 Subset Grant Program Small Grants Program 

Regionwide & Lower Los Angeles RiverProp 1 logoProp 68 logo

As a subset of RMC’s Prop 1 & 68 allocations, RMC’s Small Grants Program will be limited to 15% of each allocation.  RMC’s Small Grants Program are grants between $50,000 and $300,000.  Project’s evaluated under Evaluation Criteria that receive an average score of 70 percent or better (as opposed to 80 percent or better for regular grant program) will be considered competitive.  Applications will be evaluated quarterly or biannually.

Priorities for RMC Small Grants Program:
1) Jump-start projects and small design-build projects

RMC Territory

RMC Territory, click to explore an interactive map

2) Project Planning
3) Technical Assistance, such as application assistance (to disadvantaged communities)
4) Secured matching funds

RMC Prop 1 & 68 Small Grants Program – Guidelines


RMC PROPOSITION 1 & 68 Subset Grant Program Very Small Grants Program 

Regionwide & Lower Los Angeles RiverProp 1 logoProp 68 logo

As a subset of RMC’s Prop 1 & 68 allocations, RMC’s Very Small Grants Program will be limited to 15% of each allocation (combined with Small Grants Program).  RMC’s Very Small Grants Program are grants less than $50,000, and has a more simplified application process compared to all other RMC programs.  Project’s evaluated under Evaluation Criteria that receive an average score of 75 percent or better will be considered competitive.  Applications will be evaluated quarterly or biannually.

Priorities for RMC Very Small Grants Program:
1) Technical Assistance, such as application assistance (to disadvantaged communities)
2) Project Planning
3) Gap, emergency, and high-need project implementation
4) Secured matching funds

RMC Prop 1 & 68 Very Small Grants Program – Guidelines


RMC’s Wildfire Prevention Grant Program 

Wildfire History in Southern California

Wildfire History in Southern California (before 2019) – Historical fire perimeters show that many sections of the San Gabriel Mountains range and Puente Hills have burned repeatedly.

Regionwide

On April 13, 2021, Governor Newsom signed into law an Early Action Budget for Wildfire Prevention (SB 85), which allots $536 million for the state of California to put toward preventative measures to increase fire-resilience and prevention, improve forest health, restore burned areas, and stimulate workforce development. Under SEC. 14. Item 3825-102-0001, $12 million were directed to the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC) for wildfire prevention projects.

Priorities for RMC Wildfire Prevention Grant Program:

  • Protect and expand native forests/wildlands;
  • Support communities in increasing their resilience to wildfire and improving fire safety;
    promote sustainable land use;
  • Promote investment in wildlands management and workforce development;
  • Protect cultural resources vulnerable to wildfire.

Funding for projects will fall under three main categories:

  1. San Gabriel Mountains and Foothills Fire Prevention Planning and Management: Projects under this category will serve mainly the San Gabriel Mountains and Foothills. Work may include invasive species management and fuel break maintenance in the Angeles National Forest, fuel modification of open spaces in foothill communities, or protection of tribal cultural resources from fire impacts.
  2. Urban Wildlands and Hills Fire Prevention Planning and Management: Projects under this category will serve mainly the San Jose, San Rafael, Montebello, Puente, Chino, and Coyote Hills, which are urban wildlife corridors surrounded by urban development. Work may include fire prevention planning, fuel load reduction, invasive species management, and maintenance of defensible space.
  3. Forest Health: Fire Recovery, Response, Restoration, Education and Stewardship: Projects under this category will cover all regions in the Mountains, Hills, and Foothills. Work will improve forest health through a variety of actions with co-fire prevention benefits including native habitat revegetation, infrastructure improvements, and public stewardship building.

Next Call-for-Projects: On-Going Call For Projects (APPLY NOW)

Send applications to Sally Gee at SGee@rmc.ca.gov, Project Development Analyst.


RMC PROPOSITION 68 Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance along the Grant Project Continuum

Technical Assistance along the Grant Project Continuum

 Pursuant to Section 8008(b)(1) of Proposition 68, up to 10% of the funds available may be allocated for technical assistance to disadvantaged communities.  RMC’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP) supports local communities with application assistance with the goal of facilitating access to the Conservancy’s funding programs.  Technical Assistance can be applied to through RMC’s Small and Very Small Grants Programs or requested by through RMC staff. Email any comments or questions to Prop68@rmc.ca.gov

RMC Proposition 68 Technical Assistance Program (TAP)


Sample Templates

Payment Request

In order to receive payment, RMC grantees must comply with the Grant Agreement (contract) with the RMC, and submit required documents.  See Payments Request page for more details.

Quarterly Reports

In order for the RMC to monitor compliance with the terms of each grant agreement, certain reports must be submitted quarterly.  See Quarterly Reports page for more details.

 

Email: info@rmc.ca.gov


Other State Grant Opportunities

State Parks

  • Round 4 Statewide Park Program ($395.3M)
    Applications are due by or before March 12, 2021 in the online Submittable portal: parks.ca.gov/spp.
  • Regional Park Program ($23M) and Rural Recreation and Tourism ($23M)
    Application Workshops for both programs start January 11, 2021.  Application due date: November 5, 2021. Please sign up at parks.ca.gov/rpp or parks.ca.gov/rrt.
  • Outdoor Equity Program ($19M)
    The draft Application Guide will be posted in a few weeks at parks.ca.gov/oep. A 30-day public comment period will start soon. Stay tuned and another email blast will be sent once the public comment period is open. We look forward to your feedback!
  • Opportunities in Spring 2022: