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Now’s the Time To Apply for Prop 68 Grant Funding

Proposition 68 (or Prop 68) is the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for All Act of 2018. The $4 billion Act was signed in 2017 and focuses on preserving environmental resources and improving quality of living throughout the state.

While this funding introduces new opportunities to build healthier California communities, accessing these funds requires you to have an understanding of the Act (and a plan for executing your project upon receipt of funds).

What is Proposition 68?

Prop 68 was introduced to help California jurisdictions protect water and outdoor resources, including:

  • Establishing and improving public parks
  • Improving access to clean, safe drinking water
  • Environmental protection and restoration
  • Climate adaptation projects (e.g., floods, wildfires)

Who is eligible for Prop 68 funds?

The Act’s funds are designated for:

  • Public agencies
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Public works departments
  • Mutual water companies
  • Federally recognized Indian tribes, states Indian tribes (those listed on the Native American Heritage Commission’s California Tribal Consultation List)

From July 2019 to June 2020, the Act’s funds were only able to be used for overnight coastal accommodations, coastal redwood forests, and a variety of projects in the San Francisco Bay.

As the funding becomes available more widely, the Coast Conservancy is accepting pre-proposal applications from government agencies, federally-recognized tribes, and nonprofit organizations.

What projects are eligible for funding?Antelope Creek Park California playground rendering

In order to be eligible for funding, projects are required to be recreational in purpose. The Act splits these projects into acquisition and development projects, which must be applied for separately.

While multiple projects can be submitted and completed under a single contractor, each project requires a separate application, and a project can only have one location. (For example, a project across multiple parks will not be eligible for funding — rather, each location must have its own application and will be considered its own project.)

For projects that don’t serve what the Act defines as a “severely disadvantaged community” (i.e., median household income less than 60% of the California average), a 20% match must be made by the jurisdiction where the project is located.

How do eligible entities get Prop 68 funding?

Pre-proposal applications are accepted on an ongoing basis from eligible entities. And grant rounds for specific project types and locations are also recurring.

You’ve secured funds — now what?

SAFEbuilt has already helped several cities secure funds and begin designs for park spaces in their communities. In fact, landscape architecture (supported by electrical engineering, traffic engineering, transportation planning, and more) is one of our many areas of expertise.

Find out how we’re serving communities utilizing Prop 68 funding.

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Antelope Creek Park (Woodlake)

Through engineering, landscape architecture, and design services, our work at Antelope Creek Park will convert an existing olive grove into a 20-acre community and regional destination, including educational gardens, sports fields, and children’s play areas.

North Sphere Regional Park (Palm Desert)

Through landscape architecture and planning and design services, our work at North Sphere Regional Park will help create new recreational opportunities and activities for the thriving community in the Coachella Valley.

Let’s get to work for your community

Skip managing multiple companies and contracts. Because we staff multi-disciplinary professionals backed by expertise from across the United States and a deep understanding of Prop 68, we can be your go-to for many areas of your project.

Get in touch with our team to learn more about how we can help you get your project underway (and reduce extra administrative work).

Project Highlights

Award-winning Partnership


The Interwest Team has been working with the City of Perris, California on a new community park utilizing a grant from California’s Prop 68. The city broke ground on the Enchanted Hills Park in 2021 and celebrated its grand opening in August of 2022. The park was selected as the APWA, Southern California Chapter’s Best Park Award this year. We are proud to be part of such a great project. Congratulations on your accomplishment team!

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Interwest Team selected to help the City of Oxnard with a $3.5M grant application

The Interwest team was recently selected to assist the City of Oxnard, CA with preparing a grant application for the Ventura County Transportation Commission (VCTC) 2022 Call for Projects. The proposed project is called “The City of Oxnard Accessible Pedestrian Enhancements Project” that will improve pedestrian safety at 17 intersections with upgrades including ADA accessible curb ramps, accessible pedestrian signals, shortened pedestrian crossing distances, high visibility crosswalks with advance limit lines, and leading pedestrian intervals.

The application effort was led by Seth Jenison, Traffic Engineer, and included selecting project locations, preparing preliminary design exhibits, and estimating total project costs. The $3.5 million application was ranked the highest out of all applicants with a score of 83, while the second highest application received a score of 74. We’re extremely proud to help bring such an exciting project to the City of Oxnard and enhance their reputation throughout the entire County of Ventura and even more proud of Seth for his amazing work.

Company Updates

Interwest Employee Enayat Haidiri earns prestigious ASCE Award

The Sacramento Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers recently celebrated the organizations 100 year anniversary. During the Centennial Celebration, Enayat Haidiri, a Civil Engineer on the Interwest team, received the Outstanding SCE Life Member Award.

Mr. Haidari was chosen for this award due to his notable contributions to the Civil Engineering Profession, the Society, International assignments, and communities in Northern California.

We’re so proud to have Mr. Haidari on our team! Congratulations on your achievement!

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Phase One of Modesto’s State Route 132 West Project Completed

The City of Modesto celebrated the completion of Phase One of the State Route 132 West Project with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Rosemore Bridge. The $100 million project has been in the works for over 60 years so seeing it completed was truly a reason to celebrate.

Interwest’s Real Estate team provided Right of Way support by assisting with property appraisals, acquisitions and relocations of properties impacted by the project.

We’re proud to have the opportunity to be involved in such a great project. Read more about the project here.

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Making Progress on the Acrisure Arena

We love seeing projects come to life! The new Acrisure Arena, a 300,000 sq ft event venue broke ground on June 2, 2021. The Interwest team has provided support for this project in a number of ways:

  • RFI’s
  • AIC Study
  • Plan checks
  • All required inspections

The construction crews have been hard at work trying to get the arena finished in time for the Firebirds Hockey season to get started. Our team is there to help keep things moving while ensuring everything will be safe for event-goers once it is open.



Company Updates

Interwest Partners with the City of Laguna Woods to Provide Building Department Services

LAGUNA WOODS, CALaguna Woods has enlisted the services of Interwest Consulting Group, A SAFEbuilt Company (Interwest) to manage and coordinate their Building/Permitting Department.

The City plays a critical role in providing high-quality, dependable, and accessible solutions to their residents. Interwest’s Bill Hayes, CBO, who is serving as Building Official for the City, and the Interwest team will serve as an extension of city staff.  “The Laguna Woods Community has come to expect a high level of support from their local government—this includes reliable building inspections and an easy to use permitting process,” Bill states.

Aligned with the standards held by Laguna Woods, Interwest underwent a thorough evaluation process prior to partnering with the City. The process, which began in October 2021, included the review of a formal proposal followed by a series of interviews.  “The Interwest team understood that the interview process would be a challenging one,” Sr. Director of Business Development for Interwest, Steve Nero shares, “but we were confident that our extensive capabilities, local experience, and sheer determination to show the City that we are the best team for Laguna Woods, would shine through and result in a great partnership.”

Interwest’s Laguna Woods team is comprised of a Building Official, plan reviewers, inspectors, and permit technicians. They will work closely with City staff to help streamline building department services and improve the daily lives of those in the Laguna Woods community.

Interwest’s partnership with the City of Laguna Woods began on February 7, 2022.

About Interwest

With nearly 20 years of experience in the California market and the extended capabilities of their parent company, SAFEbuilt, Interwest supports a wide variety of clients with the highest level of service, expertise, and resources to municipalities and sovereign nations throughout the state.

Interwest maintains the largest staff of building safety professionals in California. With a deep bench of more than 250 building professionals dedicated to providing building safety services, their team of qualified and experienced professionals are available to support their clients with scalable solutions to meet workload demands. Interwest offers a diverse scope of community development services which makes them a reliable, one-source partner, capable of tackling time-sensitive projects with customized solutions.

SOURCE Interwest, A SAFEbuilt Company

Company Updates

Interwest Consulting Group Joins Community Development Services Leader SAFEbuilt, updates corporate identity

ELK GROVE, CA – May 17, 2021 – SAFEbuilt, a leading community development services company, announces the completion of the integration of Interwest Consulting Group (Interwest) into the SAFEbuilt family of companies. As part of this process, Interwest subsidiaries Kutzmann, EsGil, and Broadspec will now be fully absorbed into the Interwest brand.

This has led to the need to rebrand in the form of a new Interwest website ( and updated visual identity, both of which launched today. The legacy websites for Kutzmann, EsGil, and BroadSpec now automatically redirect to the new site.

The brands, logos, locations, and employees from Kutzmann, BroadSpec, and EsGil will all be completely integrated into Interwest, and will conduct business under one unified company brand in California.

“Over the past year, we met with our clients and determined that in California, the Interwest brand was the most recognizable and scalable,” Paul Meschino, Interwest’s vice president of operations in California, said. “We’re confident that while Interwest is evolving to a single California brand, the people and service we deliver every day will remain the same. In fact, our clients will continue to work with the same people as before, and will also benefit from an expanded footprint, offering, and team.”

Interwest is now able to fully realize the benefits of being a part of the SAFEbuilt family of companies, including enhanced technology, more scalable systems, and processes designed to improve quality and efficiency for all their California clients, he added.

SAFEbuilt Chief Revenue Officer, Joe DeRosa, echoes those sentiments and adds that integrating Interwest into the SAFEbuilt family is a natural fit.

“SAFEbuilt’s mission is to help build better, safer communities,” he said. “The addition of an industry leader, like Interwest, helps us fulfill that mission–both in California and from a national perspective.”

By transitioning into one California brand, Interwest–now a SAFEbuilt company–will remain the leading provider of community development, building department, and professional services in the state.

About SAFEbuilt

SAFEbuilt is a leading outsourced building and professional services provider that improves flexibility, minimizes disruptions, and increases speed to revenue for more than 1,500 communities nationwide. Offering a breadth of professional services and support options, SAFEbuilt helps communities achieve their growth goals while meeting their budget needs. To learn more, visit

About Interwest

With nearly 20 years of experience in the California market and the extended capabilities of its parent company, SAFEbuilt, Interwest is the leading provider of community development, building department, and professional services to a wide variety clients, municipalities, and sovereign nations throughout the state. To learn more, visit


Enchanted Hills Community Park

The Enchanted Hills Community Park began as 22 acres of blighted land, often used for illegal dumping of everything from tires and bottles to sofas and a boat! Now with lots of community elbow grease, Prop 68 funding secured and projects designs at 100%, the next year will see it emerge as a beautiful new green space, complete with a skate spot, accessible playgrounds, splash pad, basketball courts, exercise equipment, and much more!

Creating new parks out of underutilized land is a rewarding and challenging process that, for the City of Perris, began with an open field and a vision. The City knew they could do great things with this space with the proper resources, and in 2019, hired Interwest Consulting Group to provide grant writing and Community Engagement services to apply for a competitive Statewide Prop 68 Grant.

The application process is very involved and requires extensive data compilation, skilled grant writing and outreach creativity to produce a package to impress the State of California Grants Department Selection Committee. Interwest worked with the City to advertise, organize and deliver seven Community Engagement Events which included visits to the local high school and senior center, the chance for students and seniors to design their dream park, and a final outreach event at the project site with games, food, a rock wall, and a raffle. Each of these events were opportunities to inform residents of the City’s plans for the park and to hear which amenities were most important to the community. The data collected both through polls and personal conversations with locals was the driving force in the end design and was crucial to creating a compelling and unique grant application which captured the story of the community and its desires for the future.  Our team came up with a number of “wow factors” that we knew would impress the judges, including a series of intergenerational charrette exercises to encourage the youth to work with seniors to collaboratively develop park concepts.

The finished product was a work of art and our team felt we had a winning application on our hands. The State felt the same and awarded the City of Perris $8.5 million, the maximum award possible.  Not only did the grant win the award, but the State also utilized the grant application in their “best practice” grant guide booklet for the Round 4 in 2021. City staff repeatedly rave about our services, attention to detail, work ethic, work product and ability to over-deliver and continually impress. Said Richard Belmudez, City Manager, “Interwest Consulting Group is a great partner to the City of Perris. They were instrumental in the vision, financing and now construction of the 22-acre Enchanted Hills Park. Their passion, professionalism and commitment were instrumental in bringing the project to fruition.”

With the grant awarded, our work is still not done! Interwest continues to partner with the City of Perris to oversee the design process and provide value engineering and plan checking of the park improvement plans, including grading, water and sewer, landscape improvement, electrical, and building plans. As the project progresses, Interwest will provide project and subconsultant management, inspection, and storm monitoring services.

Interwest firmly believes that “Parks Make Life Better” – now more than ever! We look forward to our continued partnership on this endeavor and to seeing the City’s dream of a beautiful new park become a reality. We also look forward to repeating this process as the City has retained us to apply for two new park grants in the coming year.


Building Department Services for Sovereign Tribal Nations

Unlike our other public agency clients, many of the tribal government clients we serve do not have an established Building Safety Department or permit counter, or, for that matter, a City Hall. They do, however, have booming industrial and commercial development and a commitment to providing their residential and business community with safely built and responsibly maintained structures and facilities.

Interwest has the privilege of serving several sovereign tribal governments in California, and each has brought with them unique challenges and perspectives. When we began serving the Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians, we became their first ever building department. We collaborated with the Tribal Council, Pechanga Fire Department and their attorney to help establish and adopt their first building codes, using our knowledge of industry standards and local adoptions and their knowledge of the specific concerns and unique needs of their community. The result was a comprehensive building code which our Building Official, plan review, and inspection staff continue to enforce.

A few of the sovereign tribal governments with whom we have projects currently underway include:

The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians – We’re providing plan review and inspections on projects including a new Agua Caliente Casino in Cathedral City, a new Travel and Fuel Station in Rancho Mirage, and a new Cultural Center in Palm Springs, including a spa building and a cultural museum. We also provide facility inspection on structures including golf course buildings, park buildings, and government center and permitting services.

The Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians – Interwest serves as the tribe’s Building Department, providing Building Official, plan check, inspection, and permitting services on projects like their new Health Center facility and multiple tenant improvements and residential projects.

Table Mountain Rancheria, a tribe of Native American people from the Chukchansi band of Yakuts and the Monache tribe – We’re currently providing Building Official, plan review, and building inspection services to the tribe for their Table Mountain Casino, Hotel, and Entertainment Venue project, which will nearly double the amount of gaming floor space and add a 151-room. 12-story hotel.

The Tachi Yokut Tribe – We are providing plan review services for planned interior and exterior improvements and expansions to the Tachi Palace Casino Resort, adding about 24,000 sf of space and linking current amenities, such as the Coyote Entertainment Center, to create a more cohesive campus.  Construction is set to begin later this spring.

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