Capitalized words and terms used in this Application Guide are defined below.
acquisition – to obtain fee simple title of real property or a permanent easement, which gives permanent rights to use the property for the purposes of the grant scope. A lease or rental is not considered acquisition.
anadromous – fish which spend most of their adult lives in salt water, and migrate to freshwater rivers and lakes to reproduce. Includes salmon and steelhead trout.
applicant – an entity which does not yet have a fully-executed contract with ogals, and is requesting grant funding through a competitive process.
application packet – the applicationform and its required attachments listed in the application packet checklist.
appropriation date – when program funding is authorized by the legislature.
authorized representative – the applicant’s/grantee’s designated position authorized in the Resolution to sign all required grant documents. The authorized representative may designate an alternate by informing ogals in writing.
california conservation corps (c.c.c.) – a State workforce development program that employs 18-25 year-olds for environmental conservation or enhancement projects, fire protection, and emergency response. See the ogals website at www.parks.ca.gov/grants, and follow the link to “Annual Programs” in the shaded box on the right and then to the hcf Program link. Then click on “Website Links” for the links to the ccc.
canopy – the branches and leaves of a plant.
capital improvement – projects that utilize grant funds and required match for acquisition, enhancement, restoration, or development of land and/or facilities to improve the property’s public usage and access for park and recreation purposes.
certified conservation corps (cert. corps) – nonprofit organizations that are certified by the ccc to provide community and conservation work, education, and job training. See the ogals website at www.parks.ca.gov/grants, and follow the link to “Annual Programs” in the shaded box on the right and then to the hcf Program link. Then click on “Website Links” and the link will be for “Local Conservation Corps.”
ceqa – the California Environmental Quality Act as stated in the Public Resources Code §21000 et seq.; Title 14 California Code of Regulations §15000 et seq. ceqa is a law establishing policies and procedures that require entities to identify, disclose to decision makers and the public, and attempt to lessen significant impacts to environmental and historical resources that may occur as a result of the entities’ proposed project. See the ogals website at www.parks.ca.gov/grants, and follow the link to “Annual Programs” in the shaded box on the right and then to the hcf Program link. Then click on “Website Links” for the ceqa link.
competitive– a process whereby projects are ranked and selected based upon program specific criteria.
construction costs– costs incurred when ground-breaking construction activities such as site preparation, grading, or gutting begins, and continuing to the end of the grantperformance period.
contract – an agreement between ogals and the grantee specifying the performance of the grant scope within the grant performance period, and other grant obligations between the grantee and ogals.
dfg – California Department of Fish and Game.
dpr – the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
district – any regional park or open-space district formed pursuant to Article 3 (commencing with Public Resources Code Section 5500) of Chapter 3 of Division 5 and any recreation and park district formed pursuant to Chapter 4 (commencing with Public Resources Code Section 5780) of Division 5. With respect to any community or unincorporated region (which is not included within a regional park or open-space district or a recreation and park district, and in which no city or county provides parks or recreational areas or facilities), “district” also means any other district which is 1) authorized by statute to operate and manage parks or recreational areas or facilities, 2) employs a full-time park and recreation director, 3) offers year-round park and recreation services on lands and facilities owned by the district, and 4) allocates a substantial portion of its annual operating budget to parks or recreation areas or facilities.
eligible costs – expenses incurred during the grant performance periodto complete the grant scope approved by ogals through a fully executed contract.
enhancement – to increase the habitat value of the land to benefit the target species.
force-account labor – use of the grantee’s employees working on the grant scope.
fund – the habitat conservation fund created by Section 2786 of the Fish and Game Code.
grant – funds made available to a grantee for completion of the grant scope during the grant performance period.
grantee – an entity having a fully executed contract with ogals.
grant performance period – period of time that eligible costs may be incurred by the grantee and charged to the grant, as specified in the fully executed contract.
grant scope – therecreation features and major support amenities listed in the grant scope/Cost Estimate Form that must be completed prior to final grant payment.
habitat– where a given plant or animal species meets its requirements for food, cover, and water in both space and time; may or may not coincide with single vegetation type.
hcf – also known as Habitat Conservation Fund Program.
historical resource – includes, but is not limited to, any building, structure, site, area, place, artifact, or collection of artifacts that is historically or archaeologically significant in the cultural annals of California.
indirect costs – charges billed as a percentage of project costs. Such costs are not eligible as match or for reimbursement.
in-kind – donations that are utilized on the project, which may include local or private funds, materials and/or services. These donations shall be eligible only as match.
major support amenity – a project element which is estimated to cost $30,000 or more at the time of application.
match – contributions to the project which may be monetary from any source other than state funds, including funds from federal and non-state local assistance programs; gifts of real property, equipment, and consumable supplies; volunteer services; force-account labor; free or reduced-cost use of land, or equipment; and bequests and income from wills, estates, and trusts. Required match is subject to the same eligible costs requirements as the grant unless otherwise specified. hcf grant funds cannot be considered as match.
minor support amenity – a project element which is estimated to cost less than $30,000 at the time of application.
native fish – those fish indigenous to California prior to the arrival of Europeans.
nccp/hcp – Natural Community Conservation Plan/Habitat Conservation Plan.
necessary hydrological processes – those elements important to maintaining appropriate aqueous habitats, which could include the influence of human-made structures.
ogals – dpr’s Office of Grants and Local Services.
park – means a tract of land with outstanding scenic, natural, open-space, or recreational values, set apart to conserve natural, scenic, cultural, or ecological resources for present and future generations, and to be used by the public as a place for rest, recreation, education, exercise, inspiration, or enjoyment.
pools – deep water holes within a stream or river which generally serves as holding and resting areas for anadromous fish.
pre-construction costs – costs incurred subject to the 25% cap on the grant during the planning, design, and permit phase of the project before construction can begin.
project – the recreation features and major support amenities listed in the grant scope/Cost Estimate Form. The plural form of the word is “projects”. project completion – when the recreation features and major support amenities listed in the grant scope /Cost Estimate Form are complete and the facilities are open and useable by the public. With approval by ogals, project completion may occur before the facilities are open and useable by the public.
recreation feature – a grant scopeelement; can either be a part of active or passive recreation. Land acquisition may also be a recreation feature.
reimbursement – grantpayment made to the grantee after the grantee incurred costs by making a payment to a contractor or vendor.
restoration– the act of bringing either land or a species back into a former, non-impaired condition.
riparian– lands which contain habitat which grows close to and which depends upon soil moisture from a nearby freshwater source.
riffles– areas in a stream or river characterized by water flowing over cobbles or small rocks creating a slightly disturbed water surface. Can include gravel spawning beds.
runs – areas in a stream or river characterized by deeper water flowing through a channel providing a travel space for the fish.
status reports – a document issued by ogals that requires the grantee to provide an update of grant scope expenditures incurred and activities undertaken during the grant performance period.
total project cost – the combined dollar amount of the hcf grant and required match used to complete the recreation features and major support amenities listed in the grant scope/Cost Estimate Form.
trail – a thoroughfare or track for pedestrian (including assistive mobility devices), equestrian, or bicycling activities to access wildlife areas.
understory– canopy layer of plants underneath the dominant plants.
wildlife – indigenous flora and fauna.
wildlife area – location where indigenous flora and fauna are predominant.