Bay Area Priority Conservation Area Grant

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.
Available Funds
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.
Geographic Scope
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

Funding Agency

California State Coastal Conservancy (SCC), in cooperation with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)



100,000- 1 million

Funding Cycle

Application Deadline

February 25, 2019