Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Program (General)


The Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Program (General) is the Board's general restoration program that includes all projects that fall outside the Board's other mandated programs listed above. This includes native fisheries restoration, restoration of wetlands that fall outside the jurisdiction of the Inland Wetland Conservation Program such as coastal, tidal, or fresh water habitats, other native habitat restoration projects including coastal scrub, grasslands, and threatened and endangered species habitats, in-stream restoration projects including removal of fish passage barriers and other obstructions, and other projects that improve native habitat quality within the State.

The main sources of funding available to the Board for these projects are the Habitat Conservation Fund and various bonds passed by voters.

Eligible projects that are approved and funded must provide for the long-term maintenance of the project once completed.

Projects must receive a recommendation from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Projects may be located on CDFW lands, or other public or private lands.

Who May Apply

WCB is authorized to award grants or contracts to nonprofit organizations, local governmental agencies, and state or federal departments to restore and enhance California habitat.

Grant Process and Application

WCB meets four times a year, typically in February, May, August and November. Processing time for applications can vary depending on completeness of the application, project benefits, and funding availability. Allow a minimum of six months from submittal of application to project approval.

Applications should be sent to: 
John P. Donnelly, Executive Director
Wildlife Conservation Board
1807 13th Street, Suite 103
Sacramento, California 95814-7117

WCB will accept proposals on a continuous basis, and will notify applicants about whether or not the proposal is acceptable or complete. All proposals will be evaluated with assistance from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. If a proposed project is accepted, and funding is available, a grant agreement or contract will be prepared for the applicant, and the proposal will be scheduled for consideration at a future WCB meeting.

Contact Habitat Enhancement and Restoration Program (General)

Wildlife Conservation Board
1807 13th Street
Suite 103
Sacramento, California  95811
Phone: (916) 445-8448
Fax: (916) 323-0280


Service Area

Statewide Program in:
  • California

Office Locaters

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