Drinking Water Supply & Quality

Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund (SB 200, 2019) – California State Water Resources Control Board
Who is Eligible

Public agencies, nonprofits, public utilities, mutual water companies, Federally-recognized California Native American tribes, non-federally recognized Native American tribes on the contact list maintained by the Native American Heritage Commission, administrators, and groundwater sustainability agencies.

What it Funds

Grants, loans, contracts, or services to help water systems provide safe and affordable drinking water. This includes 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. Information regarding application processes and deadlines may be announced sometime after the funding expenditure plan is adopted, which will be no later than July 1, 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
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

The most recent funding round closed in April 2019.

Available Funds

$194 million (2019).

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

27 out of 38 proposals funded (2015).

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

The most recent funding cycle closed in February 2019.

Available Funds

$29.6 million (2019).

Award Size


Small, Medium, and Large

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium to High

Competitiveness

62 projects funded in 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

Applications are currently being accepted for Round 3 with a deadline of November 1, 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 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, with the current application deadline on October 16, 2019 for projects in 2020. Applications are due on October 14, 2020 for projects in 2021.

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

It is anticipated that the 2020 application will open in November 2019, with applications due in January 2020.

Available Funds

$4.1 million awarded in (2019).

Award Size


Small

Level of Effort to Apply


Medium

Competitiveness

63 projects were awarded in (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 period closed in March 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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