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Priority Conservation Area Grants


The State Coastal Conservancy (SCC), in cooperation with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG), is pleased to issue a call for proposals focused on the Bay Area’s Priority Conservation Areas designated under Plan Bay Area 2040. For details on the grant and the application process, please refer to the grant guidelines. Any questions may be submitted via email to

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.
  • Peninsula, Southern and East Bay Counties 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.