Coastal Watershed Flood Risk Reduction Grant Program: Final Guidelines Available and Concept Proposal Period Open


The California Department of Water Resources announces the availability of final Guidelines and opening of the concept proposal solicitation period for the Coastal Watershed Flood Risk Reduction Grant Program. This program will implement flood risk reduction projects with fish and wildlife habitat enhancements in coastal watersheds.  Up to $24.3 million is available through Proposition 1 (2014).

Application Process:

The first step in the process is for eligible applicants, including public agencies, non-profit organizations, and Tribes, to submit a concept proposal using the basic eligibility criteria described in the Guidelines. Concept proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on August 7, 2020.

After the concept proposals have been reviewed, program staff will share information to assist eligible project proponents in completing a full application.  All projects must have submitted a concept proposal prior to submitting an application, as described in the guidelines. Final applications will be ranked on the information included in the application, not the concept proposal.

Concept proposals must be submitted by either of the following methods:

Electronic Mail (preferred method)

Transmitted comments should be sent to Electronic files should be Microsoft Word compatible or PDF. PDF is preferred.

Hard Copy (only if electronic submittal is not possible)

Due to continuing COVID-19 teleworking conditions and DWR office closures, if you are unable to submit electronically and must submit an application in hard copy, please contact program staff at to coordinate its receipt.

If you have any questions about this process or the guidelines, please contact us at

For more information about the Program or to download the Guidelines, visit the Coastal Watershed Flood Risk Reduction Program website: