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 will close on November 1, 2019 and grant awards are anticipated in March 2020.

DWR released the draft grant awards list on January 24, 2020. These funding recommendations are subject to public review for 15 days.

Public comments on the Draft Funding List must be submitted to no later than Monday, February 10, 2020 by 5 p.m. Any comments on the Draft Funding List received after that date and time will not be considered when developing the Final Funding List.

The two tables on the draft grant awards list represent:

  • Table 1 lists those applications that DWR recommends for awards with no extra conditions. Exact funding amounts may differ upon negotiations between DWR and the applicant and are subject to change.
  • Table 2 lists those applications with extra conditions. Those applicants whose Projects are listed in Table 2 will be sent an email early next week outlining additional information required to finalize the award. The required information must be received no later than Friday, February 14, 2020 by 5 PM.

The Proposition 68 SGM Implementation Grant solicitation is anticipated to open in early 2020. 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

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