Water Energy Grant Program

The Water-Energy Grant Program provides funds to implement water efficiency programs or projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce water and energy use.


There are no open solicitations at this time. Projects funded in the 2014 and 2016 solicitations are in progress.

In 2014 and 2016 we funded these types of programs/projects:


  • Commercial Water Efficiency or Institutional Water Efficiency Programs
  • Residential Water Efficiency Programs that benefit Disadvantaged Communities
  • Projects that reduce greenhouse gas, reduce water and reduce energy use
  • Only projects with water conservation measures that also save energy


Benefits of the Water-Energy Grant Program projects reported through 2018

*Estimates capture each device’s lifetime savings/reductions installed through 2018. For example, for a device with an average 10-year lifespan, the above estimate includes the calculated benefits through that 10-year period.

 2016 Grants

The Department of Water Resources awarded $17.72 million from the 2016 Water-Energy solicitation to 14 projects that will save water and energy, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The remaining funding will be used to measure the actual water-energy savings from the projects.


  • Water-Energy Grant Program 2016 Final Awards and Evaluations (PDF)
  • Map of 2016 Water-Energy Grant Program Grant Awards (PDF)
  • 2016 Water-Energy Applications

 2014 Grants

The Department of Water Resources awarded $28 million from the 2014 Water-Energy solicitation to 22 entities for 25 projects that will save water and energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

  • 2014 Water-Energy Grant Final Awards (PDF)
  • Map of 2014 Water-Energy Grant Final Awards (PDF)
  • Water-Energy Grant Program Application Evaluation Table (2014)(PDF)
  • 2014 Water-Energy Applications 

Eligible Applicants: local agencies, joint powers authorities, and nonprofit organizations


The Water-Energy Grant Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities. The cap-and-trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investment projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income communities. Visit California Climate Investments for more information.

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