Flood Emergency Response Projects Grants

Delta waterways

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. DWR/2009.

Since 2012, DWR has provided $45 million through three flood emergency response grant programs--Statewide Grants, Delta Grants, and Delta Emergency Communication Equipment Grants--to improve local flood emergency response and contribute to increased public safety.  

Statewide Grants

California public agencies whose primary responsibility is flood emergency response and coordination are eligible to apply for this competitive grant. The geographic scope for these grants is statewide, outside of the legal Delta. 

The first round of funding under this program was awarded in September 2013. Additional funding was made available for a second round, which was awarded in September 2015. The third round of funding was awarded in June 2018. The total amount awarded by the Statewide Flood Emergency Response Grant Program is $20.1 million.

Delta Grants

California public agencies in the legal Delta whose primary responsibility is flood emergency response and coordination are eligible to apply for these grants.

The first round of Delta grants was awarded in June 2014 and the second round in September 2017 through a solicitation process. Additional funding was made available for Directed Funding action under the grant program’s Round 2 guidelines and was awarded in December 2018 and December 2019. The total amount awarded by the Delta Grants Program is $20 million.

Delta Emergency Communication Equipment Grant

This grant provided $5 million to ensure that State and local agencies have a robust regional communication system in the Delta region to respond effectively to high water and flood emergencies. Funding for this grant was awarded in 2012.

We have made more funding available for the Flood Emergency Response Projects grants. The original amount of $5 million was increased to $10 million in early 2013, and another $5 million was added in mid-2013. $10 million in funding has been awarded for statewide projects and Delta communications equipment, while the remaining $5 million has been recommended for projects in the legal Delta. An additional $5 million was made available for the second round of Statewide grants. This increase in funding represents our strong commitment to improving flood preparedness and response at the local level throughout the state.

California public agencies with primary responsibility for flood emergency response and coordination were eligible to apply for this competitive grant. The geographic scope of this grant is statewide, outside of the legal Delta.

The Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 84) makes funding available to improve local flood emergency response. Up to $5 million in funding was available through this grant and required no local match.

The Flood Emergency Response Projects - Delta Communications Equipment Grant provided $5 million to ensure that State and local agencies have a robust regional communication system in the Delta region for effective response to high water and flood emergencies. Funded by Proposition 84, the grant required projects to be consistent with CalOES' California Statewide Communication Interoperability Plan (PDF: 1.2 MB) to improve communication between emergency response agencies on a regional basis.

The objective of the Flood Emergency Response Grants is to improve local flood emergency response and contribute to increased public safety. California public agencies in the legal Delta with primary responsibility for flood emergency response and coordination are eligible to apply for this competitive grant.

The Disaster Preparedness and Flood Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 1E) makes funding available to improve local flood emergency response. Up to $5 million in funding is available through this grant and requires no local match.