Riverine Stewardship Program: Grants

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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.

Our grant cycle begins with the release of the Draft Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP), which contains:

  • 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 Draft 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.

Currently, the Draft Guidelines and PSP are being revised in response to public comments and input from the three public workshops.

To receive notices on the current grant cycle, new solicitations, document releases, upcoming workshops, and other Riverine Stewardship Program announcements. Update your preferences for subscribing or unsubscribing to our email mailing list on the ListServ page.

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.

Final Guidelines, Application Review, and Grant Awards

After adoption of the Final Guidelines and PSP, the application period will open. Applications received by the deadline are reviewed according to the selection criteria, and a draft list of proposals recommended for grant funding is released for public comment. Subsequently, approved projects are awarded funding.

DWR uses an online application tool called GRanTS. To apply, register by establishing an account in GRanTS.

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.

Related Pages

Key Documents

Public Workshops