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The San Diego River Conservancy is an independent, non-regulatory state agency established to preserve, restore and enhance the San Diego River Area. The Conservancy's 17 member Governing Board consists of both state and local representatives, creating a diverse partnership dedicated to conserving this highly valued resource of statewide significance.

The San Diego River Conservancy's mission is accomplished by conserving land, and protecting or providing recreational opportunities, open space, wildlife species and habitat, wetlands, water quality, natural flood conveyance, historical, cultural, and tribal resources, and educational opportunities. For example, one important Conservancy goal is to build, in conjunction with our partners, a River-long park and hiking trail stretching fifty-two miles from the River's headwaters near Julian to the Pacific Ocean.

With over 10,000 years of human habitation, the San Diego River Area boasts no less than twenty-nine State Historic Landmarks, four National Historic Landmarks, three state parks, twenty local and municipal parks and public open spaces, as well as rich cultural resources. Today, the region is home to over one-half million people, including five Native American tribes, and at least twenty-five state and federally listed endangered and threatened plant and animal species. The region is also of significant economic value, welcoming more than twenty five million visitors, and helping to support an annual tourism industry in San Diego of over five billion dollars.

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NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) – SAN DIEGO RIVER CONSERVANCY – November 18, 2022

November 18, 2022

MEMORANDUM FOR: POTENTIAL APPLICANTS

SUBJECT: NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) SAN DIEGO RIVER CONSERVANCY

The San Diego River Conservancy (“Conservancy”) is pleased to announce the availability of approximately $8 million in funding for the Conservancy’s Directed Grant Program (grant program).

Funding for this grant program was provided through the Budget Act of 2022-23 for local assistance projects. This funding furthers the purposes of the Conservancy’s mission, enabling legislation Public Resources Code, Division 22.9, Sections 32630 et al. (“the San Diego River Conservancy Act”), the Conservancy’s Strategic Plan Update 2018-2023, and other state-approved priorities and plans.

Eligible applicants must be a public agency, special district, joint powers authority, public college, public university, a nonprofit organization that qualifies under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, or a Native American Tribe that is either federally recognized or California Native American Tribe on the Native American Heritage Commission contact list and is located within traditional Kumeyaay territory and culturally affiliated with the County of San Diego.

Work performed under the grant agreement is subject to the availability of funds through the State’s normal budget process. Focus areas include land acquisition and conservation, resource protection, native habitat creation or restoration, public access, climate, wildfire and forest resilience.

Guidelines, the concept proposal, and additional information are available on the San Diego River Conservancy’s website. Link: San Diego River Conservancy’s Directed Grant program. Any potential applicants must consult with the Conservancy and Concept Proposals are accepted on a continuous basis. Full Application is by invitation only.  Link: Concept Proposal

If interested, please email the Program Manager: Dustin Harrison at dustin.harrison@sdrc.ca.gov

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NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) – SAN DIEGO RIVER CONSERVANCY – November 7, 2022

November 7, 2022

MEMORANDUM FOR: POTENTIAL APPLICANTS

 SUBJECT: NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) SAN DIEGO RIVER CONSERVANCY

The San Diego River Conservancy (“Conservancy”) is pleased to announce the availability of approximately $4 million in funding for the Conservancy’s Direct Grant Program (grant program).

Funding for this grant program was provided through the Budget Act of 2022-23 for local assistance projects.  This funding furthers the purposes of the Conservancy’s mission, enabling legislation Public Resources Code, Division 22.9, Sections 32630 et al. (“the San Diego River Conservancy Act”), the Conservancy’s Strategic Plan Update 2018-2023, and other state-approved priorities and plans.

Eligible applicants must be a public agency, special district, joint powers authority, public college, public university, a nonprofit organization that qualifies under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, or a Native American Tribe that is either federally recognized or California Native American Tribe on the Native American Heritage Commission contact list and is located within traditional Kumeyaay territory and culturally affiliated with the County of San Diego.

Work performed under the grant agreement is subject to the availability of funds through the State’s normal budget process. Focus areas include land acquisition and conservation, resource protection, native habitat creation or restoration, public access, climate, wildfire and forest resilience.

Guidelines, the concept proposal, and additional information are available on the San Diego River Conservancy’s website. Link: https://sdrc.ca.gov/san-diego-river-conservancys-directed-grant-program/ . Any potential applicants must consult with the Conservancy and Concept Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis Link: https://sdrc.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/02/concept-proposal-BA-21-22-Directed-Grant-Program-final-for-website.docx . Full Application is by invitation only.

If interested, please email the Program Manager: Dustin Harrison at dustin.harrison@sdrc.ca.gov

[Download Notice in PDFl]


Notice of Public Meeting San Diego River Conservancy – November 10, 2022

A virtual public meeting of the Governing Board of The San Diego River Conservancy will be held Thursday, November 10, 2022
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm … read more


Notice of Public Meeting San Diego River Conservancy – September 8, 2022

A virtual public meeting of the Governing Board of The San Diego River Conservancy will be held Thursday, September 8, 2022
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm … read more


NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) – SAN DIEGO RIVER CONSERVANCY – JANUARY 18, 2022

MEMORANDUM FOR: POTENTIAL APPLICANTS

SUBJECT: NOTICE OF FUNDING AVAILABILITY (NOFA) – SAN DIEGO RIVER CONSERVANCY

The San Diego River Conservancy (“Conservancy”) is pleased to announce additional funding of approximately $6.5 million for the Conservancy’s Wildfire and Forest Resilience Grant Program (“Grant Program”). The funding was approved through the Budget Act of 2021-22 for local assistance projects.  These monies will be used to fully fund projects with existing grant agreements previously awarded through the Grant Program.  … read more


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Meeting Schedule for 2022

  • Thursday, January 13, 2022 - Cancelled
  • Thursday, March 10, 2022
  • Thursday, May 12, 2022
  • Thursday, July 14, 2022 - Cancelled
  • Thursday, September 8, 2022
  • Thursday, November 10, 2022

Meeting Schedule for 2023

  • Thursday, January 12, 2023 • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, March 9, 2023 • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, May 11, 2023 • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, July 13, 2023 • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, September 14, 2023 • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
  • Thursday, November 9, 2023 • 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm