Drinking Water Supply & Quality

*NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS* 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 are being accepted for the Multifamily Housing, Housing Infrastructure, and Community Development OTC Project until September 30, 2020, however, the program is currently oversubscribed.

Available Funds

$29.6 million (2019).

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

Applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis and are not competitively scored. 29 out of 80 projects funded (2018).

*Applications Accepted on a Continuous Basis* CalConserve Water Use Efficiency Loan Program
Who is Eligible

City, county, city and county, municipal utility district, community services district, sanitary district, sanitation district, water district.

What it Funds

Loans to local agencies for specific types of water conservation and water use efficiency projects and programs to achieve urban water use targets.

When to Apply

Applications are accepted continuously until funds are exhausted.

Available Funds

$6.75 million total available in loans, with $1.75 million for water use efficiency upgrades and $5 million for fixing expensive and difficult to repair customer leaks.

Award Size


Small to Medium

Level of Effort to Apply

To be determined

Competitiveness
To be determined
*Applications Accepted on a Continuous Basis* 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 $2.8 Billion nationwide in direct loans (2018). Approximately $30 million in grants nationwide and $890,000 in grants in California (2019)

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

26 awards were granted in California (2019).

*Applications Accepted on a Continuous Basis* 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.

*Applications Accepted on a Continuous Basis* 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

$14.7 million was awarded nationwide and $1.5 million was awarded in California (2019).

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 funding.

*Applications Accepted on a Continuous Basis* 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.

*Applications Accepted on a Continuous Basis* 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

Approximately $33 million in loan funding and $10 million in grant funding was available to California applicants in 2019. Award amounts are determined on tier eligibility based on the median household income of the area to be served.

Award Size


Small to Medium

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

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

Environmental Justice Small Grants Program – California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA)
Who is Eligible

Nonprofits and Federally-recognized Native American tribes.

What it Funds

Projects which promote environmental justice, public health, sustainability, and climate resilience in areas disproportionately affected by environmental pollution and hazards.

When to Apply

The most recent application period closed in April 2020

Available Funds

$1.17 million was awarded in 2020. The maximum grant award is $50,000.

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply

To be determined

Competitiveness

28 projects were awarded in 2020.

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. It is anticipated that funding Round 3 will open in the Summer of 2021.

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

6 planning projects were approved and 7 implementation progects were approved for Round 2.

Infill Infrastructure Grant Program for Large Jurisdictions – California Department of Housing and Community Development
Who is Eligible

Cities and/or counties of over 250,000 that have jurisdiction over a Qualifying Infill Area. Nonprofit or a for-profit developer of a Qualifying Infill Project applying jointly with a city and/or county that has jurisdiction over a Qualifying Infill Project.

What it Funds

Construction of new infill development and rehabilitation of infrastructure that supports higher-density affordable and mixed-income housing including but not limited to active transportation, parks and open space, stormwater, street repair, transit, and water-related improvements.

When to Apply

The most recent application cycle closed in March 2020. The next round of funding is expected to be announced in November 2020.

Available Funds

$194 million available for Round 6 (2020). For Qualifying Infill Projects, the minimum grant award is $1 million ($500,000 for rural areas) with a maximum of $7.5 million. For Qualifying Infill Areas with over 200 units, the minimum grant award is $2 million ($1 million for rural areas). Only one application for each Capital Improvement Project will be funded per funding round.

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


High

Competitiveness

40 proposals funded in Round 6 (FY 2019/2020)

Infill Infrastructure Grant Program for Small Jurisdictions – California Department of Housing and Community Development
Who is Eligible

Cities and/or counties of under 250,000 that have jurisdiction over a Qualifying Infill Area. Nonprofit or a for-profit developer of a Qualifying Infill Project applying jointly with a city and/or county that has jurisdiction over a Qualifying Infill Project.

What it Funds

Construction of new infill development and rehabilitation of infrastructure that supports higher-density affordable and mixed-income housing including but not limited to active transportation, parks and open space, stormwater, street repair, transit, and water-related improvements.

When to Apply

Applications were accepted on an over-the-counter basis as of March 2020, however, all funds have been exhausted.

Available Funds

$85 million available for Round 6 (2020). For Qualifying Infill Projects, the minimum grant award is $1 million ($500,000 for rural areas) with a maximum of $7.5 million. For Qualifying Infill Areas with over 200 units, the minimum grant award is $2 million ($1 million for rural areas). Only one application for each Capital Improvement Project will be funded per funding round.

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


High

Competitiveness

21 proposals funded in Round 6 (FY 2019/2020)

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

Due dates for final applications for each funding cycle vary regionally. Applications for Round 1 were due between September and December 2019.

Available Funds

Approximately $403 million is available for multple rounds. $222 million was available for Round 1.

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

254 out of 262 proposals funded (2019).

Nonpoint Source Pollution (NPS) Control Program – Department of Water Resources
Who is Eligible

Public agencies, nonprofits, federally recognized Native American Tribes, state agencies, public colleges, federal agencies.

What it Funds

Projects that install treatments or management practices to reduce and mitigate the effects of nonpoint source pollutants, such as nutrients, pesticides, and sediment, to waters of the state in areas affected by fire as indicated in emergency proclamations by the California Governor.

When to Apply

The most recent application period closed in December 2019. The next funding round has not yet been announced.

Available Funds

$5 million. Individual grants range from $250,000 – $800,000.

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

8 proposals were accepted in 2019.

Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience Program (SAFER) – California State Water Resources Control Board
Who is Eligible

Public agencies, nonprofits, public utilities, mutual water companies, groundwater sustainability agencies, Federally-recognized California Native American tribes, certain non-federally recognized Native American tribes.

What it Funds

Grants, loans, contracts, or services to help water systems provide safe and affordable drinking water. Operation and maintenance costs, consolidating water systems, extending drinking water services to other public water systems, wells, and state small water systems, replacement of water, services that support long-term self-sufficiency, and sustainability of long-term drinking water solutions.

When to Apply

It is anticipated that funding will be available sometime in 2020 or 2021. The funding expenditure plan was adopted in the Summer of 2020.

Available Funds

$130 million annually, beginning in FY 2020/2021 until 2030.

Award Size

To be determined

Level of Effort to Apply

To be determined

Competitiveness
To be determined
Sustainable Groundwater Management (SGM) Grant Program – California Department of Water Resources
Who is Eligible

Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs)

What it Funds

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.

When to Apply

The Proposal Solicitation Package for this program is currently being finalized. It is anticipated that Round 1 Grant Solicitations will open November 16, 2020, and close January 2021.

Available Funds

$26 million for critically overdrafted basins only for Round 1 (2020/2021). The future Round 2 grant solicitation will provide a minimum of $77 million for medium- and high-priority basins.

Award Size


Medium to Large

Level of Effort to Apply

To be determined

Competitiveness
To be determined
Sustainable Groundwater Management Watershed Coordinator Grant Program​​ – California Department of Conservation
Who is Eligible

Special districts, nonprofit groups, local governments, federally recognized California Native American tribes, non-federally recognized California Native American tribes and Groundwater Sustainability Agencies

What it Funds

This program funds watershed coordinator positions to facilitate watershed and groundwater improvement efforts in areas of the state most immediately impacted by the implementation of SGMA.

When to Apply

The most recent application period closed September 15, 2020.

Available Funds

$1.5 million available (2020). The maximum limit for each grant proposal is $300,000.

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply

To be determined

Competitiveness
To be determined
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 most recent funding round closed in November 2019.

Available Funds

$47 million (Proposition 68 funds) was available for Round 3 (2019).

Award Size


Small to Medium

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

53 out of 55 (2019)

WaterSMART Drought Response Program’s Resiliency Grants – U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
Who is Eligible

States, Native American 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. The most recent application period closed August 5, 2020 for projects in FY 2021.

Available Funds

$7.5 Million (2020).

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 most recent application period closed in March 2020.

Available Funds

$4.1 million was available for the most recent funding round, with a maximum award amount of $75,000 per project (2020).

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

14 out of 52 awarded projects were from the State of California (2019).

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 most recent application cycle closed on September 17, 2020.

Available Funds

$41 million in grants were awarded in the previous funding round (2020). Maximum grant awards for the current funding round (2021) are $500,000 for projects that can be completed within two years and $2 million for projects that can be completed within three years. There is a minimum 50% cost-share requirement.

Award Size


Small to Medium

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

12 out of 54 awarded projects were from the State of California (2019)

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