Flood Emergency Response Projects Grants

Delta waterways

The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. DWR/2009.

Since 2012, we've provided $25 million through 3 different types of Flood Emergency Response 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 of this grant is statewide, outside of the legal Delta.
    • Flood Emergency Response Projects: Statewide grant.  The first round of funding was awarded in September 2013. Additional funding was made available for a second round of Statewide grants, which was awarded in September 2015. A 15-day comment period on a draft list of awards for a third round of funding closes on June 27, 2018.
  • Delta Grants. California public agencies in the legal Delta whose primary responsibility is flood emergency response and coordination are eligible to apply for this competitive grant.
    • Flood Emergency Response Projects. The first round of Delta grants was awarded in June 2014. Awards for the second round were completed in September 2017.
  • Delta Grants: Emergency Communications Equipment. 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.
    • Delta Emergency Communications Equipment grant. Funding for this grant was awarded in 2012.

15-day Public Comment Period Open for the Draft List of Awards for the Statewide Flood Emergency Response Grant Program, Round 3

The California Department of Water Resources is pleased to announce a 15-day public comment period for the Statewide Flood Emergency Response Grant Program Round 3, draft list of awards. After careful review of the applications received from the 2018 solicitation, DWR is proposing to provide funding for 25 grants. 

This grant is designed to provide funding for local emergency responders in California, outside the legal Delta, to improve their capacity to respond to flood emergencies. Following the close of this public comment period and review of public comments, DWR will release the final list of awards and notify each recipient of their grant award.

Submit Comments

The 15-day public comment period begins on June 12, 2018, and will close at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Please submit your comments on the draft awards via email to Brooks Weisser at Brooks.Weisser@water.ca.gov or by mail to the following address:

Brooks Weisser
Department of Water Resources
Hydrology and Flood Operations Office
Flood Operations Branch
3310 El Camino Ave., Suite 200

Sacramento, CA 95821-9000

Questions During the Comment Period

For additional questions during the comment period, please contact:

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.

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.

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.

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