Priority Conservation Areas (PCAs) are open spaces that provide agricultural, natural resource, scenic, recreational, and/or ecological values and ecosystem functions. These areas are identified through consensus by local jurisdictions and park/open space districts as lands in need of protection due to pressure from urban development or other factors. PCAs are categorized by four designations: Natural Landscapes, Agricultural Lands, Urban Greening and Regional Recreation.
PCAs are a component of Plan Bay Area, the integrated long-range transportation and land-use/housing plan for the San Francisco Bay Area approved by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) in 2013.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS
MTC has provided $8.2 million in local and federal funds
for this program. In addition, SCC will contribute up to
$1.8 million in state resource bond funds to augment the
program, for a total of $10 million available. Grants may
range from $100,000 to $1 million. Grant requests greater
than $1 million will be considered on a case-by-case
basis, for projects of extraordinary regional significance.
Projects must be located in the counties of Alameda,
Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo, or Santa Clara.
Multi-county projects are allowed and encouraged.
Letters of interest due Feb 25, full applications due July 1