Small Community Drought Relief

Backflow prevention devices and piping installed for residential homes in East Porterville.

Backflow prevention devices and piping from the main pipeline are installed for residential homes in East Porterville, California.

The Small Community Drought Relief Program is one of the Department of Water Resources’ (DWR's) Drought Relief Grant Programs that offers financial and technical assistance to small communities facing water supply challenges because of the current drought. The Program was authorized by the Legislature pursuant to the Budget Act of 2021.


Of the $200 million allocated for the Small Community Drought Relief Program, a total of $190 million in funding was made available for grants under this Program. DWR is currently accepting applications for eligible projects on a non-competitive first-come, first-served basis.

DWR announced the first batch of funding on 
August 11, 2021. The list of awarded projects and map of funding locations can be found in the Funded Projects link under Drought Related Pages on the top right hand side of this page.

CA Grants Portal

The California Grants Portal – your one destination to find all state grant and loan opportunities provided on a first-come or competitive basis. Visit to find funding opportunities for you and your community.

View DWR's Forecasted Grants

View DWR's Active Grants

The federal grants portal provides an efficient way to search for federal grants, a learning center, applicant resources, and other helpful information.

The California Financing Coordinating Committee (CFCC) combines the resources of State and Federal funding agencies to provide a one-stop shop for information on available grants, loans and bond financing for infrastructure projects. Since 1998, the CFCC has conducted free  funding fairs each year to educate the public and offer potential customers the opportunity to meet with financial representatives from each agency and learn more about their currently available funding programs.