Grants and Loans

We offer a number of grant and loan programs that support integrated watershed management activities addressing environmental stewardship, water supply reliability, flood risk, groundwater sustainability, drought, and more. Public agencies are eligible for most of our grant and loan programs, but other applicants may also be eligible, depending upon the program.  Visit the Grants Best Practices and Tips for Success page for information and resources that can help you better succeed in the grant process. Our latest grant program announcements are found below, followed by additional grant program details.  

Open Solicitations

These programs are accepting applications for funding.

  • Small Community Drought Relief Program: This program offers $200 million in funding to support small communities facing water supply challenges due to the current drought. Funding is available on a first come, first serve bases until all funds have been expended.

  • Proposition 1 – Round 2 Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Implementation Grant Program: This program will provide $193 million in funding to support IRWM projects across the state. To apply for grants through this program, project proponents must coordinate through their established IRWM Regional Water Management Group, and the Regional Group must in turn coordinate with other groups within the Proposition 1 IRWM Funding Area.
  • Riverine Stewardship Program: This Program offers $15 Million in funding to plan and implement projects that will reduce flooding, improve water quality, and restore streams, creeks, and rivers to enhance the environment for fish, wildlife, and people. The funding will be delivered through the Riverine Stewardship Program and its two subprograms: the Urban Streams Restoration Program (USRP) and the San Joaquin Fish Population Enhancement Program. To apply for grants through these programs project proponents must submit a concept proposal and submit a full application if invited to do so by the RSP team. Funding is available on a first come, first serve basis until all funds have been expended.

  • Water Desalination Grant Program: This program will provide $6 million in funding to support the planning and implementation of design pilot and construction projects to desalinate naturally-occurring brackish and ocean water for potable water supply.

Grants and Loans

We offer a number of grant and loan programs that support integrated water management activities addressing environmental stewardship, water supply reliability, public safety, and economic stability. Public agencies are eligible for most of our grant and loan programs, but other applicants may also be eligible, depending upon the program. Our latest grant program announcements are found below, followed by additional grant program details. 

Alphabetical List of Grant Programs

Resources

CA Grants Portal

 

The California Grants Portal – your one destination to find all state grant and loan opportunities provided on a first-come or competitive basis. Visit grants.ca.gov to find funding opportunities for you and your community.

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Image of new DWR-funded water tank at fire station in Bootjack (Mariposa County).

With temperatures rising and climate change increasing drought conditions in California, a project funded by DWR provided critical fire-fighting support to the Mariposa community by strengthening local water supply infrastructure as they battled one of the largest wildfires of 2022.

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Image of the Charles E. Meyer Desalination Plant in Santa Barbara, California, which helps improve water reliability and resiliency for the City during the drought years.

As California faces a hotter, drier future and ongoing extreme drought conditions, DWR is offering $6 million in financial assistance to support desalination projects that will help develop new sources of local water supplies in California.

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Grant Funding Recipient Locations Phase 8.

As part of ongoing efforts to help small communities address water supply challenges amid extreme drought and build water resilience for the future, the Department of Water Resources (DWR) announced its eighth round of funding through the Small Community Drought Relief Program.

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