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. Projects may include the development and implementation of Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) and those that provide investments in groundwater recharge with surface water, stormwater, recycled water, the prevention of groundwater contamination.

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.  


Current Grant Solicitation

On September 9, 2019, DWR opened the SGM Grant Program’s Planning Grant – Round 3 grant solicitation to make approximately $47 million available for competitive grants. The Planning – Round 3 grant solicitation closed on November 11, 2019.

  • DWR released the draft grant awards list on January 24, 2020. These funding recommendations were subject to public review for 15 days. The public comment period ended on February 10, 2020. The draft grant awards list was split into two tables: Table 1 listed those applications that DWR recommended for awards with no extra conditions.
  • Table 2 listed those applications with extra conditions. Those applicants whose Projects were listed in Table 2 were required to submit the needed information by February 14, 2020.

DWR is pleased to announce the Proposition 68 Planning – Round 3 final funding list. DWR awarded approximately $47 million in grant funding to 53 applicants to support the development and implementation of GSPs. Funding for these awards was provided by Proposition 68, from which $46.25 million was made available for competitive grants, and an addition $1.2 million of Proposition 1 funds. An additional approximately $1.6 million in Proposition 1 funds is being recommended conditioned upon future reappropriation of grant funds available in Fiscal Year 2021/2022. The earliest those funds could be available to the grantees is July 1, 2021. By the combination of currently available Proposition 1 and 68 funds and the conditional future Proposition 1 funds, DWR was able to award all grant applicants.

The Proposition 68 SGM Implementation Grant solicitation is anticipated to open in early 2022. At least $88 million will be available for competitive grants for projects that address drought and groundwater investments.  More details to come. 

Funding Sources

The SGM Grant Program is funded by Proposition 68 and Proposition 1. Additional information can found below.

Grant Updates

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) released Draft Recommended Funding Lists for four funding areas for the Proposition 1 Round 1 Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Implementation Grant Solicitation. Approximately $61 million in grant funding is being made available for implementation projects with approximately $19 million ...

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