The IRWM program, which was established by AB 1672, the IRWM Planning Act, has been instrumental in strengthening collaboration between regional and state partners like Watersheds Coalition of Ventura County to identify local water challenges and projects to provide multi-benefit solutions.
Implementation Grant Program
The IRWM Implementation Grant Program provides funding for implementation projects that meet the intent of Proposition 1, Chapter 7.
Approximately $403 million in grant funding is being made available for implementation projects with at least $51 million being made available for projects that provide benefits to Disadvantaged Communities. DWR is awarding grants on a competitive basis in two funding rounds. 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.
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 $193 million available and initiating the solicitation process. Below is a Table showing available funds in Round 2. However, the amount of available funds may change based on the amendments to Round 1 Grant Agreements. This Table will be updated if any of the amounts change.
Table: Available Funds in Round 2
*Competitive Funding Area: defined as an area where IRWM Regions have not agreed to cooperatively split the allocation. All other Funding Areas are characterized as ”Cooperative” as they do the following: 1) Provide a funding split agreement assuring that the total funding request by the IRWM Regions within the Funding Area would not exceed the available funding allocation to the Funding Area as indicated in the Table above, and 2) Submit documentation verifying that projects included in the application were vetted and selected via a local competitive process that conforms to the requirements of Proposition 1 for project selection process.
This solicitation consists of two application deadlines: Cycle 1 applications were due August 19, 2022, and Cycle 2 applications were due February 1, 2023.
Funding Awards for Round 2 Cycle 1
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has completed the Round 2, Cycle 1 solicitation by releasing the Funding Awards for the Tulare-Kern Funding area on February 6, 2023.
Final Funding Recommendations:
In Round 2 Cycle 1, DWR has 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
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 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.
- Final 2022 Guidelines
- Final 2022 Proposal Solicitation Package
- Final Attachment 1 Self Certification Form
- Final Attachment 2 Work Plan
- Final Attachment 3 Budget
- Final Attachment 4 Schedule
- Final Attachment 7 Project Selection
- Environmental Information Form
- Decision Support Tools in Proposition 1 IRWM Implementation
- Prop 1 Implementation Agreement Template
- 2022 IRWM Plan Guidebook
- Proposition 1 IRWM Implementation Round 2 FAQs
- Proposition 1 Cost Share Calculator
|Tentative Schedule||Milestone or Activity|
|December 10, 2021||Draft Proposal Solicitation Package and Guidelines Released|
|January - February 2022||Public Comment Workshop(s)|
|February 18, 2022||Last Day of Public Comment|
|May 17, 2022||Final Proposal Solicitation Package and Guidelines Released|
|August 19, 2022||First Deadline of Applications|
|Second Deadline of Applications|
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
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Newsletters & Subscriptions
On Thursday, DWR joined California Natural Resources Secretary Wade Crowfoot and local officials from across the Central Valley to highlight the $15 million in grant funding recently awarded to support local water projects.
DWR, in coordination with the California Department of Food and Agriculture, today awarded $25 million in financial assistance to three groundwater sustainability agencies (GSAs) through the LandFlex Program. The funding will help preserve critical groundwater supplies in Central Valley communities.
With California experiencing extreme storm events like those seen in January amid extreme drought conditions, DWR today awarded $15 million to support projects in the San Joaquin Valley through the Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Program.
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) is pleased to announce the release of the Delta Levees Special Flood Control Projects Program 2023 Project Solicitation Package for Multi-Benefit Projects
DWR today announced grant awards to nine projects in six counties through the Urban Community Drought Relief Grant program.
DWR's Water Desalination Grant Program has completed review of the grant applications submitted to the Continuous Application Process (CAP). This fifth group of applications recommended for funding is referred to as CAP5. Funding will be awarded to one construction project and two design pilot projects.
DWR wants to thank those who submitted comments for the Delta Levees Special Flood Control Projects Program 2022 Draft Project Solicitation Package for Multi-Benefit Projects (PSP).
DWR today awarded $86 million in financial assistance to meet the immediate and long-term water needs for millions of Californians in local communities small and large.
Lake Oroville Community Update for November 10, 2022