2021 Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Funding
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.
DWR released the final Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package (GL/PSP) on October 28, 2021 to open the solicitation for approximately $190 million grant funds ($95 million from the Urban Community fund and $95 million from the Multibenefit Projects fund).
The (GL/PSP) establishes the procedures that the DWR will use to implement the Urban Community and Multibenefit Drought Relief Program (Program). The GL/PSP is a combined document that provides both general information about the Program and detailed information about the proposal solicitation. This document includes information on Program requirements, eligible applicant and project types, submittal and review of grant applications, and the grant funding award process. To clarify, this GL/PSP does not apply to the Small Community Drought Relief Program.
DWR will be evaluating applications and making awards on a phased schedule. Each phase will award a portion of the funding available. Please see below for approximate dates.
- Applications can be submitted to DWR beginning on October 28, 2021.
- Applications submitted by November 19, 2021 will be considered for the first batch of awards.
- Applications that are not awarded in the first phase and new applications submitted between November 20 and December 17, 2021 will be considered for the second phase of awards.
- Dates for subsequent phases will be announced later.
Hard copy application packages can be submitted to:
California Department of Water Resources
Division of Regional Assistance, Financial Assistance Branch
715 P Street, 6th Floor, Mailbox 15
Sacramento, CA 94236-0001
Attn: Linda Woolridge
For questions regarding the Program, please contact the program by email at email@example.com.
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