Riverine Stewardship Program Offers $48 Million in Competitive Grants


Truckee River

Truckee River

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) released the final Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) for the Riverine Stewardship Program on July 1, 2019. The grant program supports planning and implementation of projects that restore streams, creeks, and rivers to enhance the environment for fish, wildlife, and people.

Approximately $48.3 million in funding is available for competitive grants. DWR will grant funds through two subprograms: Urban Streams Restoration Program (USRP) and San Joaquin Fish Population Enhancement Program (SJFPEP). 

The SJFPEP portion of the program, funded by Proposition 13, provides financial assistance for projects that enhance native fish populations in the San Joaquin River watershed and reduce vulnerability of fish to water diversions at all life stages upstream of the Delta.

The USRP portion of the program, funded by Proposition 84 and Proposition 68, provides financial assistance for projects that protect, enhance, and restore the natural, ecological value of streams; prevent future property damage caused by flooding and bank erosion; and promote community involvement, education, and riverine stewardship.

Entities that may apply for grants include:

  • Local public agencies
  • Qualified nonprofits
  • Federally-recognized Tribes
  • Tribes listed on the Native American Heritage Commission’s Tribal Consultation List
  • Community groups that will be considered on a case-by-case basis

Project proponents can submit grant applications using DWR’s online submittal tool, GRanTS. USRP proposals must be submitted by August 30, 2019 and SJFPEP proposals must be submitted by November 1, 2019.

DWR will host five pre-application workshops from July 30 to August 12 to present the program, Final Guidelines and PSP, and assist applicants with submittal of their proposals.

For more information on document releases, new solicitations, upcoming workshops, and other grant-related announcements, subscribe to the RSP mailing list and visit the Riverine Stewardship Program – Grants page.