Grants and Loans

We offer a number of grant and loan programs that support integrated watershed management activities addressing environmental stewardship, water supply reliability, flood risk, groundwater sustainability, drought, and more. Public agencies are eligible for most of our grant and loan programs, but other applicants may also be eligible, depending upon the program.  Visit the Grants Best Practices and Tips for Success page for information and resources that can help you better succeed in the grant process. Our latest grant program announcements are found below, followed by additional grant program details.  

Open Solicitations

These programs are accepting applications for funding.

  • Small Community Drought Relief Program: This program offers $200 million in funding to support small communities facing water supply challenges due to the current drought. Funding is available on a first come, first serve bases until all funds have been expended.

  • Proposition 1 – Round 2 Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Implementation Grant Program: This program will provide $193 million in funding to support IRWM projects across the state. To apply for grants through this program, project proponents must coordinate through their established IRWM Regional Water Management Group, and the Regional Group must in turn coordinate with other groups within the Proposition 1 IRWM Funding Area.
  • Riverine Stewardship Program: This Program offers $15 Million in funding to plan and implement projects that will reduce flooding, improve water quality, and restore streams, creeks, and rivers to enhance the environment for fish, wildlife, and people. The funding will be delivered through the Riverine Stewardship Program and its two subprograms: the Urban Streams Restoration Program (USRP) and the San Joaquin Fish Population Enhancement Program. To apply for grants through these programs project proponents must submit a concept proposal and submit a full application if invited to do so by the RSP team. Funding is available on a first come, first serve basis until all funds have been expended.

  • Sustainable Groundwater Management (SGM) Grant Program: This program will provide approximately $230 million in funding to support planning and implementation projects to help groundwater basins comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act. This grant is open to applicants located within medium and high priority basins, including critically overdrafted groundwater basins.

  • 2022 Urban Community Drought Relief Program: This program provides close to $300 million dollars for Urban Communities to implement drought response projects.

Grants and Loans

We offer a number of grant and loan programs that support integrated water management activities addressing environmental stewardship, water supply reliability, public safety, and economic stability. Public agencies are eligible for most of our grant and loan programs, but other applicants may also be eligible, depending upon the program. Our latest grant program announcements are found below, followed by additional grant program details. 

Alphabetical List of Grant Programs

Resources

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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