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

Project Criteria

  • Projects must be supported by an existing or demonstrated wildlife oriented public access need in the area.
  • Project improvements must be opened to the public during normal operation hours, in most cases daylight hours, sunrise to sunset.
  • Projects must be ADA accessible, when applicable.
  • Project Proponents must demonstrate an ability to maintain and operate the improvements over the management term (25 years).
  • Projects must be reviewed and supported by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife.
  • Project improvements should be designed to ensure long-term life, with minimal repairs, maintenance and upkeep.

Desirable Features

  • Projects that accommodate multiple wildlife-oriented public access uses.
  • Projects with matching funds, with 50% being the preferrred amount.
  • Projects where all CEQA, designs and permitting are, or will be, completed prior to WCB funding the project; in these cases the cost to complete these tasks can be accounted for as project proponent match.
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