Riverine Stewardship Program: Grants
The Riverine Stewardship Program, in coordination with the San Joaquin Fish Population Enhancement Program (SJFPEP) and the Urban Streams Restoration Program (USRP), will make funding available for planning and implementation of projects that restore streams, creeks, and rivers to enhance the environment for fish, wildlife, and people through one grant cycle. Check this page frequently for updates on the solicitation.
Solicitation Period Now Open
On July 1, 2019 DWR released the Final Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP), opening the grant solicitation. The PSP and Guidelines contain:
- a description of who can apply
- types of projects that can be funded
- instructions for the application
- the application review process
- the criteria for application selection for funding.
Although the Final Guidelines and PSP contain information pertaining to both USRP and SJFPEP, grant funding program rules and procedures differ for each program. Applicants must evaluate their potential project and decide whether to either apply under USRP or under SJFPEP. If the proposed project aims to achieve the objectives of both programs, then the applicant may apply under both programs but must fill out separate information for each program.
To apply, register by creating an account with DWR's online submittal tool, GRanTS. The Riverine Stewardship Program will accept USRP applications until August 30, 2019 and will accept SJFPEP applications until November 1, 2019. All applications must be submitted through GRanTS.
Subscribe to our email mailing list and update your preferences to receive notices on the current grant cycle, new solicitations, document releases, upcoming workshops, and other Riverine Stewardship Program announcements.
The SJFPEP goals are to enhance native fish populations in the San Joaquin River watershed and reduce vulnerability of fishes to water diversions at all life stages upstream of the Delta.
The USRP goals include: (1) protecting, enhancing and restoring the natural, ecological value of streams; (2) preventing future property damage caused by flooding and bank erosion; and (3) promoting community involvement, education, and riverine stewardship.
Riverine Stewardship Program: San Joaquin Fish Population Enhancement Program and Urban Streams Restoration Program Proposal Solicitation Process:
|Milestone or Activity||Tentative Schedule|
|Public Comment Period Closed||March 15, 2019|
|DWR Releases Final Guidelines / Opens Solicitation||July 1, 2019|
Pre-Application Workshop 1 - Sacramento
July 30, 2019
Pre-Application Workshop 2 - San Diego
San Diego Central Library
Mary Hollis Clark Conference Center
330 Park Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101
|August 2, 2019|
Pre-Application Workshop 3 - Merced
Merced County Library
Gracey Meeting Room
2100 O Street, Merced, CA 95340
|August 5, 2019|
|Pre-Application Workshop 4 - Eureka
Eureka Main Library
1313 3rd Street, Eureka, CA 95501
|August 8, 2019|
| Pre-Application Workshop 5 - Fresno
Fresno County Public Library
Sarah McCardle Room
2420 Mariposa Street, Fresno, CA 93720
|August 12, 2019|
|USRP Grant Application Due to DWR||August 30, 2019|
|SJFPEP Grant Application Due to DWR||November 1, 2019|
|DWR Review of Applications for Eligibility||Fall 2019|
|Draft Grant Awards Released and Public Comment Period for Draft Awards Opens
|Public Comment Period Closes||February 2020|
|Final Grant Awards Released||February 2020|
The Riverine Stewardship Grant Program Draft Guidelines and PSP were made available for public review and comment from January 29, 2019 to March 15, 2019. The notice of the release of the Draft Guidelines and PSP was sent by email to potential applicants and interested parties.
DWR also held three public workshops to: 1) present details on the solicitation process, the program, and Draft Guidelines, and 2) receive feedback from the public. A recording of the workshop presentation is available online. DWR reviewed and revised the Draft Guidelines and PSP in response to public comments and input from the three public workshops.
Application Review and Grant Awards
Applications received by the deadline will be reviewed according to the selection criteria, and a draft list of proposals recommended for grant funding will be released for public comment. Subsequently, approved projects are awarded funding.
Applicants of awarded projects must enter into a grant agreement (contract). Grant disbursements generally occur after costs are incurred and are provided after review of expense documentation provided by the grantee with invoices. Throughout the project, and after project completion, reporting will be required to describe the results of the project.
- DWR Solicits Project Proposals for Grant Funding in the Central Valley
- Public Comment Period Opens for Central Valley Tributary Program Draft Guidelines (Comment period is now closed)
- 30-day Comment Period Opens for Addendum 1 to Delta Levees Maintenance Subventions Guidelines
- Dutch Slough Project Creates Richer Habitat for Delta Fish and Wildlife
- DWR Director Emphasizes Science-Based Approach to Addressing Climate Change
- Final Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package
- Instructions for Electronic Submittal of PSP: SJFPEP
- Instructions for Electronic Submittal of PSP: USRP
*Templates are available for download in GRanTS.
- Funding Agreement (Contract) Template
- GRanTS Online Portal
- State Water Resources Control Board Water Quality Control Plan for the San Francisco Bay/Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Estuary (Bay-Delta) Plan
- Bay Delta Plan Update
- Central Valley Flood Protection Plan: Conservation Strategy
- NOAA Fisheries Recovery Plan for Sacramento River Winter-run Chinook, Central Valley Spring-run Chinook, and Central Valley steelhead
- Bond Accountability
- California Financing Coordinating Committee (Funding Fairs)
- CalFed Bay-Delta Program Implementation Plan Final Programmatic EIS / EIR Technical Appendix July 2000
Please refer to the Implementation Plan, Section 2.0 for Stage 1 Actions.