Riverine Stewardship Program: Grants

Fall colors along a creek

Fall colors along a creek. DWR / 2011.

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, GRanTSThe 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.

If you have any questions regarding this grant cycle, please contact us at RSP@water.ca.gov. For technical questions about the GRanTS web portal, please contact GRanTSadmin@water.ca.gov.

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.

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