2021 Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Funding

Lake Oroville looking from the South Fork

Lake Oroville looking from the South Fork showing extremely low water under the Enterprise Bridge during a drought.

The Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Program is one of two Department of Water Resources’s (DWR’s) Drought Relief Grant Programs that offers financial assistance to address drought impacts through implementation of projects with multiple benefits: 

  • For communities, including Tribes, facing the loss or contamination of their water supplies due to the drought; and 
  • To address immediate drought impacts on human health and safety, and to protect fish and wildlife resources plus other public benefits, such as ecosystem improvements. 


Funding for the Program was authorized by the Legislature pursuant to the Budget Act of 2021 and its Trailer Bill, Assembly Bill 148; DWR was allocated $100 million for Urban Communities and $200 million for Multibenefit projects. The same Budget Act also authorized $200 million for the Small Community Drought Relief Program. 

DWR is combining a portion of the Urban Community and the Multibenefit Drought Relief Funding into a $200 Million program. Projects funded under Multibenefit do not need to be in an urban community. Phase 1 awards were released on December 23, 2021. The full table of awards can be seen here.

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.