2022 Urban Community Drought Relief Funding

Aerial drone view of the South Fork of Lake Oroville in Butte County, California

An aerial drone view of the South Fork of Lake Oroville in Butte County, California on August 2, 2022.

The Urban Community Drought Relief Program is one of three Department of Water Resources’ (DWR’s) Drought Relief Grant Programs that offers financial assistance to address drought impacts.


Funding for the Program was authorized by the Legislature amending the Budget Act of 2021 ; DWR was allocated $200 million for Urban Communities, $75 million for Conservation for Urban Suppliers, and $75 million for Turf Replacement. The same Budget Act also authorized $100 million for the Small Community Drought Relief Program. An initial phase of awards was released on February 2, 2023. Subsequent awards were released on April 6, 2023 and June 8, 2023. View themapof awarded projects.

DWR is combining a portion of the Urban Community, Conservation for Urban Suppliers, and Turf Replacement Funding into a $300 million program. This is a separate program from the 2021 Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Solicitation. 


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 grants.ca.gov to find funding opportunities for you and your community.

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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.