Implementation Grant Program

Pie Chart: Overall Funding Breakdown

The IRWM Implementation Grant Program provides funding for implementation projects that meet the intent of Proposition 1, Chapter 7. Proposition 1 authorized $510 million for the California Department of Water Resources (DWR) to award IRWM grants, with specified allocations to 12 Funding Areas in California (Water Code §79744). The Pie-Chart to the right shows the split of $510 million.

Round 2 Grant Solicitation

In May 2022, DWR issued the final 2022 IRWM Grant Program Guidelines and the Round 2 Implementation Grant Proposal Solicitation Package, making approximately $201 million available and initiating the solicitation process.

Round 2 consists of two application deadlines: Cycle 1 applications were due August 19, 2022, and Cycle 2 applications were due March 24, 2023. 

Round 2 Cycle 2 Grant Awards 

In Round 2 Cycle 2, DWR has awarded $143.7 million to 23 IRWM Regions from ten Funding Areas. This award concludes the Proposition 1 IRWM Implementation Grant Program. See the Summary Final Funding Recommendations and Detailed Final Funding Recommendations linked below: 

•  Central Coast
•  Colorado River
•  Lahontan
•  Los Angeles
•  Mountain Counties
•  North Coast
•  Sacramento River
•  San Diego
•  San Francisco Bay Area
•  Santa Ana 

For more information on new solicitations and other IRWM grant-related announcements, subscribe to the IRWM Grants mailing list and visit the Implementation Grant Program page.

Round 2 Cycle 1 Grant Awards 

In Round 2 Cycle 1, DWR awarded $57.13 million to 16 IRWM Regions from seven Funding Areas. See the Summary Final Funding Recommendations and Detailed Final Funding Recommendations linked below: 

• Central Coast
Colorado River
Mountain Counties
San Diego
San Joaquin River

• Tulare-Kern

Round 1 Grant Solicitation 

On April 22, 2019, DWR released the Final Proposition 1 - Round 1 IRWM Implementation Grant Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) and Final 2019 Guidelines (Guidelines). This solicitation made approximately $222 million available.

In 2020, DWR awarded $211 million to 42 IRWM Regions in the Round 1 funding for implementation projects including approximately $25 million for disadvantaged community projects.

Guidelines & Proposal Solicitation Package

The documents below will provide potential grant applicants with an overview of the program and detailed requirements for this solicitation.

How to Contact Us

Find general contact information in the directory, or select the button below for IRWM, including regional and grant contacts.

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Grant Updates

Graphic displaying Go Golden project information in California in 2023

In February 2023, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) launched the Go Golden Initiative to highlight partnerships between the State and local organizations and water agencies to fund bold and innovative projects that strengthen California’s water infrastructure and build community resilience.

DWR celebrated a $7.9 million grant awarded to the Yolo Subbasin Groundwater Agency

As part of ongoing efforts to invest in water resilience programs in communities across California, DWR celebrated a $7.9 million grant awarded to the Yolo Subbasin Groundwater Agency to support groundwater recharge, sustainability planning, and water management.