Habitat Conservation Fund

April 7, 2022 Application Deadline- Due before 5:00 p.m.

The application deadline is extended by one month (from the original March 1, 2022 deadline) due to a high volume of applications currently under review for the Outdoor Equity Grants Program, Rural Recreation and Tourism Program, Regional Parks Program, and Land and Water Conservation Fund. We look forward to your applications! 

Approximately $6 million is available

The Habitat Conservation Fund allocates approximately $2 million each year to cities, counties, and districts.  Funding from several Fiscal Years are being combined for the upcoming cycle.  The program requires a 50% match.  Eligible projects include: nature interpretation programs to bring urban residents into park and wildlife areas, protection of various plant and animal species, and acquisition and development of wildlife corridors and trails.

Use this link to submit applications:


Please view our Application Workshop Recording for additional technical assistance.

There are seven unique categories, each is further explained in the HCF Category Chart and Application Guides below. 

HCF Application Guides

HCF Application Forms:


Additional Application Resources

Website links to the California Conservation Corps (CCC), California Association of Local Conservation Corps, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), Endangered Species, Equipment Rental Rates, Topographic Maps, and Prevailing Wage

OGALS Technical Assistance Contacts

Questions about the competitive process can be directed to your competitive OGALS Project Officer

HCF Grant Administration Guide

HCF Program Funded Projects (Fiscal Years 1990/1991 through 2013/2014)

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