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Priority Conservation Area Grants

It’s more than just the weather.

A big part of our quality of life is the Bay Area’s mix of vibrant urban areas and nearby parks, recreation areas, farms, ranches, vineyards and other open spaces.

To preserve this mix, MTC established a conservation component for the One Bay Area Grant program, or OBAG for short.

This piece of the OBAG program helps local governments, park districts, utility districts, and other agencies acquire or enhance properties designated as Priority Conservation Areas around the Bay Area.

PCAs are locations designated for the protection of natural habitats and the preservation of open space for future generations. The Association of Bay Area Governments designates PCAs.

OBAG's PCA component is split into two sections:

  • North Bay Program:  Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties distribute funds to projects that support PCAs.
  • Regional Grant Program: Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties compete for PCA grants in a program managed by MTC with cooperation from the Association of Bay Area Governments and the California Coastal Commission.

MTC used $10 million of federal funds to establish the original pilot program for PCA grants.

Working in tandem with ABAG, the Commission tapped the State Coastal Conservancy to screen proposals for up to $5 million of federal money for PCA grants in Alameda, Contra Costa, San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. The Coastal Conservancy provided an additional $2.5 million to augment the program.

County congestion management agencies evaluated proposals for the remaining $5 million to be used for grants in Marin, Napa, Solano and Sonoma counties.

The first round of the PCA program funded 23 projects across the Bay Area.

The second round of the PCA program will distribute $16 million for conservation projects. More information on the PCA component of the OBAG 2 program will be made available as the program is further developed.

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