Sustainable Groundwater Management Grant Program

The Sustainable Groundwater Management (SGM) Grant Program provides funding for sustainable groundwater planning and implementation projects through a competitive grant solicitation process.

Then-Governor Jerry Brown signed into law in 2014 a three-bill legislative package collectively known as the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). It established for the first time in California history a framework for sustainable groundwater management.  Subsequently, in May 2016 the SGMA Regulations were promulgated. This funding program is intended to provide financial assistance to Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) and others to comply with the SGMA Regulations. Funding is provided through Propositions 1 and 68 as described below. 


Current Solicitation Information

The Proposition 68 SGM Implementation Round 1 Solicitation closed on January 8, 2021. DWR received 15 applications, requesting over $70 Million in grant funds.  Applications have been reviewed and a draft funding recommendation was announced.  A total of $26 million in financial assistance has been recommended for projects that will help to achieve regional sustainability with investments in groundwater recharge in critically overdrafted (COD) basins.  Of the $26 million available from Proposition 68, $5 million will be used towards projects that are within and solely benefit underrepresented communities.

The draft funding recommendations are subject to public review for 15 calendar days, beginning March 5, 2021 and will end on March 22, 2021 at 5:00 PM.  Submit comments on the draft funding recommendations during this period electronically to SGWP@water.ca.gov using the Subject: Prop 68 SGM Implementation Round 1 Draft Award Comment Letter.

Proposition 68 Current & Future Grant Solicitations

DWR is conducting the first SGM Implementation Grant solicitation, providing a minimum of $103 million in Proposition 68 funds for competitive grants, in two rounds of grant solicitations, to fund implementation projects that:

  • Address drought and groundwater challenges to achieve regional sustainability for investments in groundwater recharge projects with surface water, stormwater, recycled water, and other conjunctive use projects;
  • Prevent or clean up contamination of groundwater that serves as a source of drinking water;
  • Support water supply reliability, water conservation, and water use efficiency; and
  • Support water banking, exchange, and reclamation.

(See SGM Grant Program Proposition 68 Implementation Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP), page 11, for examples of eligible projects.)

The Round 1 grant solicitation will provide $26 million for critically overdrafted (COD) basins only. The future Round 2 grant solicitation will provide approximately $77 million for medium- and high-priority (including COD) basins.  Please see the schedule provided below for the latest program dates.

DWR has developed a single PSP to cover both rounds of funding.  The Guidelines for this program were previously published in September 2019 and provided on the right-hand side of this webpage.



 

Funding Sources

The SGM Grant Program is funded by Proposition 68 and Proposition 1. To date, DWR has awarded $139.5 million in three rounds of planning grants for development of Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) and related projects. All Proposition 1 funds have been awarded, with about $103 million now remaining to be awarded using Proposition 68 funds. Additional information can found below.

Contact Us

The most efficient way to contact us is to email your questions and comments to email SGWP@water.ca.gov.  We check this mailbox each workday and your questions will be answered promptly. This also allows us to track and compile public feedback on our program.

Additionally, you may contact the Programmatic Project Manager:

Kelley List, PG 


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