Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about our Riparian Corridor Restoration and Conservation Grant Solicitation Program​? Find the latest answers below​.

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On page 7 of the Solicitation it states that "applicants are required to provide at least 25% match…" Can that match come from the applicant or a co-applicant/partner in the application?
​Match funding can come from either the applicant or its partners in the project. ​
​On page 7 of the Solicitation it states that there must be “local match funding”? Does “local match funding” include state or federal funds? 
​Yes, match funds from federal, state, or local sources will be considered “local match funding.” 
What is the purpose of recording the site access agreement? 
​To ensure subsequent purchasers of the property are aware of the project and that the access rights for monitoring, adaptive management, and reporting exist for the project life. 
Does the program provide funds for project development and environmental compliance? 
​The funding available is for final project designs, permitting, and implementation after completing and certifying documents prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act or other applicable federal or state laws. 
Does the environmental analysis prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act or other applicable environmental laws need to be adopted by the lead agency prior to application? 
​Yes, the environmental analysis needs to be adopted prior to application. 
​If a project is exempt from CEQA, is the project still eligible, and if so, what should be included in the application? 
​A project is still eligible if an exemption applies. Please provide the Notice of Exemption and any supporting analysis prepared in support of the exemption. 
What is required in the project monitoring and reporting plan? 
​Project applicants may design their own monitoring and reporting plans that account for the project’s characteristics and monitoring needs over the project life.  Monitoring methodology may vary over time and be adaptive to management techniques, project establishment, and best practices.  Monitoring plan requirements are detailed in Appendix B to the Solicitation. 
What are the payment terms for costs incurred? 
​Payments will be made for authorized expenses for completed tasks or subtasks. The applicant may structure tasks and subtasks for their work  to  allow for invoicing as the tasks and subtasks are completed.  
Please clarify the project life (25 years vs 30 years)? 

​The project life is 25 years after Department acceptance. Any references in the guidelines to the project life being 30 years are erroneous and are corrected to 25 years. 
Would land used for cannabis cultivation be eligible as agricultural land? 

​Property used for legal cannabis cultivation is permitted if the crop is grown without excess built infrastructure and there aren’t any local rules designating cannabis as an industrial or explicitly “non-agricultural” activity