Thursday, July 19, 2018

Public Access Program


• On May 24, 2018, the Board approved the FY 2018/19 Public Access Program Proposal Solicitation Notice. The solicitation period opened on June 4, 2018. 

Program Information

2017 Public Access Award List

2017 Public Access Non-Award List

FY 2018-19 Public Access Program Solicitation Period Now Open

Solicitation Materials

Program Guidelines

Proposal Solicitation Notice


Full Application

Appendix A

Appendices B, C, D, and E

Due Dates and Contact Information 

Email complete proposal packages to, Subject: “Public Access Grant Proposal” – please note - attachments must be less than 20 Megabytes. 

While the WCB encourages the use of email submittals, applicants may submit proposal packages on a data storage device (e.g., flash drive/CD) via U.S. Mail or other delivery service. Send to:

Wildlife Conservation Board 

Attention: Public Access Grant Proposal 

P.O. Box 944209, Sacramento, CA 94244-2090

All proposals must meet deadlines in order to be eligible for consideration.

Emailed pre-proposal submissions must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. (PDT) on June 29, 2018.

Pre-proposals submitted via U.S. Mail or other delivery service must be postmarked no later than 5:00 p.m. (PDT) on June 29, 2018.

Emailed Full applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. (PDT) on August 10, 2018.

Full Applications submitted via U.S. Mail or other delivery service must be postmarked no later than 5:00 p.m. (PDT) on August 10, 2018.

For questions, please contact Sadie Smith, Public Access Program Manager, (916) 445-1113 or

Public Access Development Program

Program History

The Public Access Program is one of the original Wildlife Conservation Board programs established under the Wildlife Conservation Law of 1947 that created the WCB.

Initially much of the activity associated with the Public access Program focused on the protection and development of public access areas in support of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the promotion of hunting and fishing opportunities. In many cases this led to the construction of fishing piers, fishing ponds, boat ramps, wetlands for waterfowl, duck blinds, and development of parking lots and restrooms at CDFW managed wildlife areas. Overtime as the public demand for other wildlife oriented uses grew and expanded, including uses such as bird watching, kayaking and hiking, the WCB also broadened its program to accommodate these types of uses, helping fund construction of ADA trails, kayak "put-in" areas, interpretive signs and bird observation shelters.

In most years the WCB receives approximately $1 million from the Wildlife Restoration Fund for minor capital outlay and local assistance grants. The majority of these funds are used to support Public Access Projects.

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