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. 


Application Deadline

The Proposition 68 SGM Implementation Round 1 Solicitation is currently open and will close on Friday, January 8, 2021, at 5 PM PST.  Applications must be submitted through DWR’s online Grants Review and Tracking System, GRanTS. See below for additional information.

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.


On July 31, 2020, DWR announced a 45-day public comment period for the Draft SGM Grant Program Proposition 68 Implementation Proposal Solicitation Package (Implementation PSP). The public comment period closed on September 18, 2020. DWR has reviewed all public comments and considerations have been made to the final PSP.

On October 30, 2020, DWR released the Final Implementation PSP. On November 9, 2020, the solicitation process was formally opened to begin the acceptance of applications for Round 1. This solicitation will close on January 8, 2021.

An online application assistance workshop was held on December 3, 2020, to review the application process and answer applicant’s questions.  The meeting was recorded and information on the workshop can be found below in the resources section (below) and in the Key Documents (on right side of this page). 
 

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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