45-Day Public Comment Period Opens for Sustainable Groundwater Management Grant Program Draft SGMA Implementation Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package


The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released the draft Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) for the Sustainable Groundwater Management (SGM) Grant Program’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA) Implementation Funding.

DWR plans to deliver the funding in at least two funding solicitations:

  • Round 1 will provide over $150 million by spring 2022 to regional groundwater agencies in critically overdrafted basins for planning and implementation projects to help comply with SGMA.


  • A future solicitation in 2022-2023 will provide over $204 million from various funding sources, including anticipated General Fund appropriations in Fiscal Years (FY) 2022/23 and 2023/24, remaining FY 2021/22 General Funds, remaining Proposition 68 Implementation funds, and any funds not awarded in Round 1, for planning and implementation projects to help comply with SGMA. If any funds are available after Round 2, future funding solicitations will be provided.

The public comment period began on October 13 and ends on November 29, 2021. Following the review and consideration of public comments, DWR will release the final 2021 Guidelines and PSP and solicit proposals for Round 1.

Please submit comments on the draft Guidelines and PSP during this period using the following method:

  1. Electronic Mail

Letter should be addressed to Kelley List, P.G. and sent to SGWP@water.ca.gov. Electronic files should be in PDF format. It is preferred that the PDF documents meet ADA compliance, if possible. Please include in subject line: SGM Grant Program Draft 2021 GL and PSP Comment Letter.

2. Public Meeting – Virtual Webinar

A public meeting will be held on November 16, 2021 at 2:00 PM. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, DWR will host the meeting via Zoom. The meeting will be recorded and a link to the recording will be posted on the website and e-mailed to subscribers of the SGM Grant Program’s email list (see subscription option below to subscribe) as soon as possible following the webinar.

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For more information on document releases, new solicitations, upcoming workshops, and other grant-related announcements, subscribe to the SGM Grant Program mailing list. 

If you have any questions, please submit to: SGWP@water.ca.gov.