Drinking Water Supply & Quality

Community Facilities Direct Loan and Grant Program – U.S. Department of Agriculture
Who is Eligible

Public bodies, community-based nonprofits, and federally recognized tribes.

What it Funds

The purchase, construction, and/or improvements to public water facilities.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

Available Funds

Approximately $41.8 million in direct loans and $12.65 million in grants (2017).

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

20 out of 93 proposals funded (2014).

Drinking Water State Revolving Fund: Drinking Water Grants and Loans Program – California State Water Resources Control Board
Who is Eligible

Cities, counties, districts, private community water systems, nonprofit or publicly-owned non-community water systems, and community water systems created by the project.

What it Funds

Projects that return public water systems to compliance with drinking water standards, consolidation, water meters, treatment projects, replacement of aging infrastructure.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis, ranked, and added quarterly to the Competitive List. The highest-ranked applicants on the Competitive List are added to a Funding List and are awarded funding as it becomes available.

Available Funds

$30-40 million in grants and $40 million in low-interest loans, annually.

Award Size


Medium to Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

Although competitive information is unavailable for this program, the majority of projects that fullfill program requirements receive funding.

Emergency Community Water Assistance Grant Program – U.S. Department of Agriculture
Who is Eligible

State and local government entities, nonprofits, and Native American tribes.

What it Funds

Construction of water transmission lines, extensions, break or leak repair, maintenance to replenish water supply, and water source, intake, or treatment facilities.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

Available Funds

$3 million (2014).

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

Although competitive information is unavailable for this program, the majority of projects that fulfill program requirements receive loan funding.

Groundwater Grant Program – California State Water Resources Control Board
Who is Eligible

Public agencies, tribes, public utilities, mutual water companies, and nonprofits.

What it Funds

Planning and implementation projects which prevent and clean up contamination of groundwater that serves (or has served) as a source of drinking water.

When to Apply

The most recent application period (Round 2) closed in August 2018.

Available Funds

$607 million remaining for Round 2, including $63 million for planning grants and $544 million for implementation grants.

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


High

Competitiveness
To be determined
Infrastructure State Revolving Fund (ISRF) Program – California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank
Who is Eligible

Cities, counties, special districts, assessment districts, JPAs, and nonprofits.

What it Funds

Local streets, highways, drainage, water, sewer, waste, transit, parks, and other public utilities and facilities.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis. The ISRF Board considers applications at monthly meetings.

Available Funds

$50,000 – $25 million loans, with terms for the useful life of the project up to a maximum of 30 years.

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

This funding program provides loans to qualified applicants on a non-competitive basis.

Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Implementation Grant Program – California Department of Water Resources
Who is Eligible

Public agencies, nonprofits, public utilities, Native American tribes, and mutual water companies.

What it Funds

Projects which assist water infrastructure systems’ adapt to climate change, incentives to promote collaboration across watersheds to facilitate better management of regional water resources and make infrastructure improvements, and improve regional water self-reliance.

When to Apply

Applications for the current funding cycle are due in April 2019.

Available Funds

$194 million for 2019.

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

27 out of 38 proposals funded (2015).

Proposition 68 – SB 5 (2018)
Who is Eligible

Entities responsible for public water systems.

What it Funds

Projects to ensure safe drinking water and to increase water supplies with groundwater cleanup and water recycling.

When to Apply

To be announced following adoption of project solicitation and evaluation guidelines.

Available Funds

$250 million for competitive grants for safe drinking water projects and $290 million for competitive grants and loans for drought and groundwater regional sustainability.

Award Size

To be determined

Level of Effort to Apply

To be determined

Competitiveness
To be determined
State Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program for Non-Entitlement Jurisdictions – California Department of Housing and Community Development
Who is Eligible

Small and rural jurisdictions.

What it Funds

Grants can be used to fund public infrastructure (e.g., roads, sidewalks, water, sewer, other).

When to Apply

Applications for the current funding cycle are due at 5:00 pm February 5, 2019.

Available Funds

$29.6 million (2019).

Award Size


Medium to Large

Level of Effort to Apply


High

Competitiveness
To be determined
Stormwater Implementation Grant Program – California State Water Resources Control Board
Who is Eligible

Public agencies, NGO’s, public utilities, tribes, and mutual water companies.

What it Funds

Multi-benefit stormwater management projects which include, but are not be limited to, green infrastructure, rainwater and stormwater capture projects and stormwater treatment facilities.

When to Apply

The current funding cycle (round 2) is anticipated to open late 2018 or early 2019.

Available Funds

$80 Million – $90 Million (pending decision to allocate $10 Million to Round 1 applicants).

Award Size


Small to Medium

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

27 out of 84 proposals funded (2016)

Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant Program – California Department of Water Resources
Who is Eligible

Public agencies, nonprofits, public utilities, Federally Recognized Native American tribes, State Native American tribes listed on the Native American Heritage Commission’s Tribal Consultation list, and mutual water companies.

What it Funds

Groundwater sustainability planning and management projects.

When to Apply

The draft proposal solicitation package will be available in November 2018 with proposals accepted in February 2019.

Available Funds

$85.5 million awarded for 2017/2018. It is anticipated that at least $46 million from Proposition 68 will be available for the next funding round (2018/2019).

Award Size


Small to Medium

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness
To be determined
Water and Waste Disposal Loan & Grant Program – U.S. Department of Agriculture
Who is Eligible

Most state and local government entities, nonprofits, and Federally-recognized Native American tribes that serve rural areas and towns with a population of 10,000 or less including tribal lands in rural areas, and colonias.

What it Funds

Acquisition, construction, or improvement of drinking water sourcing, treatment, storage, and distribution, sewer, solid waste, and storm water collection, transmission, treatment, disposal, and other activities.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

Available Funds

$8.2 million in loans and $5.65 million in grants to California (2018).

Award Size


Small to Medium

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

Although competitive information is unavailable for this program, the majority of projects that fullfill program requirements receive funding.

Water Desalination Grant Program – California Department of Water Resources
Who is Eligible

Local government agencies and districts.

What it Funds

Construction, feasibility studies, and environmental documentation for water desalination projects.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis starting March 30, 2018. Funding will be awarded on a quarterly-basis until $48.7 million has been awarded.

Available Funds

$48.7 million (2018).

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

9 out of 30 proposals funded for Round 4 to date (2018).

WaterSMART Drought Resiliency Grant Program – U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Who is Eligible

States, tribes, water districts, and other public agencies with water management authority.

What it Funds

Projects that help communities prepare for and respond to drought, such as modifying surface water intakes, new conveyance system components, additional water storage, aquifer storage and recovery, and capture and treatment of alternative supplies.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on an annual basis.

Available Funds

$7.5 Million (2018).

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply


High

Competitiveness
To be determined
WaterSMART Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects – U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Who is Eligible

Irrigation and water districts, Native American tribes, states, and other entities with water or power delivery authority for small water efficiency improvements.

What it Funds

Installation of flow measurement or automation in a specific part of a water delivery system, lining of a section of a canal to address seepage, or other similar projects that are limited in scope.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on an annual basis. The 2019 application period is open until March 19, 2019. 

Available Funds

$34 million available to fund projects with grant awards up to $1.5 million for big projects, and $300,000 available for smaller on-the-ground projects (2019).

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

10 out of 57 awarded projects were from the State of California (2017).

WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Projects – U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Who is Eligible

Irrigation and water districts, Native American tribes, states, and other entities with water or power delivery authority for small water efficiency improvements.

What it Funds

Projects which conserve and use water more efficiently and contribute to water supply reliability.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted on an annual basis. The 2019 application period is open until March 19, 2019.

Available Funds

$34 million with an award cap of $20 million (2019).

Award Size


Small to Medium

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

18 out of 43 awarded projects were from the State of California (2017).

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