Implementation Grant Program

The IRWM Implementation Grant Program provides funding for implementation projects that meet the intent of Proposition 1, Chapter 7.   DWR plans to award grants on a competitive basis in at least two funding rounds.

In order to apply for grants from this solicitation, 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. 

Public Comment Period Now Open

On October 5, 2018 DWR released the 2018 Proposition 1 - Round 1 IRWM Implementation Grant Draft Proposal Solicitation Package and Draft Guidelines for public review. DWR is proposing that approximately $194 million be made available for implementation projects with approximately $18 million designated for projects that provide benefits to Disadvantaged Communities. DWR encourages public comment on the draft solicitation package documents found below. DWR will close the public comment period Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at 5pm.

Key information Needed from Funding Areas

During the public comment period, each Funding Area will have the opportunity to provide feedback to DWR regarding how much funding should be made available during Round 1, as well as other solicitation process details. The feedback related to funding amounts should be coordinated and agreed upon amongst all IRWM regions, disadvantaged communities, tribes, and other interested parties within each Funding Area. Please see the solicitation package cover letter (below) for full details.

Solicitation Package Documents

  1. Cover Letter please read FIRST as it provides important instructions for prospective applicants

  2. IRWM Grant Program 2018 Draft Guidelines

  3. IRWM Implementation Grant Program 2018 Draft PSP - includes Proposal Summary and Project Information Form

Public Comment Submittals

Public comments can be submitted for the 2018 Draft PSP and Draft Guidelines by one of the following methods:

1. Electronic Mail
    Transmitted comments should be sent to Electronic files should be MS Word compatible or PDF.

2. Hard Copy via U.S. Mail
    California Department of Water Resources
    Division of Integrated Regional Water Management
    Financial Assistance Branch
    Post Office Box 942836
    Sacramento, CA 94236
    Attention: Linda Woolridge

3. Hard Copy via Hand Delivery
    901 P Street
    Sacramento, CA 95814
    Attention: Linda Woolridge

4. Participate in one of our three (3) public meetings in person or by remote web access.


Program Schedule

2018 Proposition 1 - Round 1 IRWM Implementation Grant Program

Proposal Solicitation Process and Schedule


Milestone or Activity


Tentative Schedule1


 Public Comment Period open for 2018 Draft PSP and Draft Guidelines  


October 5 -November 20, 2018


Three (3) Public Meetings (Northern, Central, and Southern California locations TBD; remote web access will be available)


November 2018



DWR Releases Final PSP



Late 2018



 Funding Area Pre-Application Workshops (date determined by funding area)



 February 2019 - July 2019



Round 1 Grant Applications due to DWR



First application anticipated April 2019



Round 1 Grant Awards






Round 2 Grant Solicitation Process Begins



Schedule subject to change; check website frequently.


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