Other Funding Opportunities

A new request form is available to small, disadvantaged communities in need of technical assistance to develop projects for Proposition 1 funding programs. The Office of Sustainable Water Solutions is offering the assistance. Potential types of help to be made available include legal, project coordination, and environmental analysis. http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/proposition1/docs/prop1_ta_fact_sheet.pdf

Fire Recovery Funding: State Waterboards has compiled a list of funding availability for grants and loans relevant to fire recovery projects. Various due dates, many ongoing. https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/northcoast/publications_and_forms/available_documents/pdf/171025_FireRecoveryFunds_Final.pdf

DWR Save Our Water Rebates. Turf replacement and toilet rebates are available for individual homeowners through the Department of Water Resources. http://www.saveourwaterrebates.com/

LandSmart Carbon Farm Plan applications are available through the Gold Ridge RCD for agricultural enterprises in the RCD’s jurisdiction. The RCD and its LandSmart® partners are developing carbon farm plans as an integral component of the comprehensive conservation plans developed through the LandSmart® program. Carbon farm plans identify practices that allow agricultural operations to increase carbon sequestration and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. These practices provide multiple benefits for climate change resiliency, by reducing atmospheric CO2 levels while improving soil health, water holding capacity, and crop and forage production. Carbon farming practices may also promote water conservation and reduce irrigation needs, which in turn may reduce stream withdrawals and enhance water quality and instream habitat. Finally, practices such as hedgerows and windbreaks work to both sequester CO2 while enhancing on-farm wildlife and pollinator habitat. Applications are taken on a continuous basis. http://goldridgercd.org/htm/carbon-farm-planning.htm

Funding for Small Scale Water Storage Projects through the Coho Partnership Program: Dutch Bill and Green Valley Creek Watersheds in Sonoma County. Gold Ridge RCD, in collaboration with the Coho Partnership, is seeking eligible landowners for participation in a voluntary water storage program in Green Valley and Dutch Bill Creek Watersheds. Residents living in the upper reaches of these creeks who get water directly from the creek or shallow, near-stream wells may be eligible for funds to design and construct water storage systems with the RCD. Storage systems include rainwater catchment, off-channel storage in tanks or ponds, and water use efficiency projects. http://www.goldridgercd.org/htm/alternative-water-source-and-storage.htm

Groundwater Sustainability Plans and Projects.  The Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant Program is designed to provide funding for projects that develop and implement groundwater plans and projects consistent with sustainable groundwater planning. http://water.ca.gov/irwm/grants/sgwp/sgwp_docs/2017_SGWP_Grant_PSP_09132017.pdf

WaterSMART Drought Response Program: Drought Contingency Planning Grants for Fiscal Year 2018. The objective of this FOA is to invite states, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing Drought Contingency Planning with Reclamation to build resilience to drought in advance of a crisis. Applicants under this FOA may request funding to develop a new drought plan or to update an existing drought plan (collectively, Drought Contingency Plans). Applicants may also request technical assistance from Reclamation for the development of elements of the Drought Contingency Plan (Project). Applications due February 7. https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html

SWRCB 2018 Nonpoint Source Grant Program. NEW – January 2018 – Modified Application Requirements for Post-Fire Recovery Proposals. These grant funds can be used to implement projects or programs that will help to reduce NPS pollution. Projects that qualify for funding must be conducted within the state's NPS priority watersheds. Project proposals that address Total Maximum Daily Load implementation and those that address problems in impaired waters are favored in the selection process. In addition, the NPS Grant Program funds projects that implement forest management measures on forest lands to improve water quality. There is also a focus on implementing management activities that lead to reduction and/or prevention of pollutants that threaten or impair surface and ground waters. Due February 8, 5 PM. https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/nps/319grants.shtml

WaterSMART Drought Response Program: Drought Resiliency Projects for Fiscal Year 2018. The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to invite states, tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on Drought Resiliency Projects that will increase the reliability of water supplies; improve water management; and provide benefits for fish, wildlife, and the environment to mitigate impacts caused by drought. Applications due February 13. https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html

Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-solving Cooperative Agreement. The Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program provides funding to support community-based organizations in their efforts to collaborate and partner with local stakeholder groups (e.g., local businesses and industry, local government, medical providers, and academia) as they develop and implement solutions that address environmental and/or public health issues for underserved communities. For purposes of this announcement, the term “underserved community” refers to a community with environmental justice concerns and/or vulnerable populations, including minority, low income, rural, tribal, and indigenous populations. Eligible projects must demonstrate use of the Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving Model to support their collaborative efforts during the project period. Applying organizations should have a direct connection to the underserved community impacted by the environmental harms and risks detailed in the workplan. Deadline February 16. https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html

CAL FIRE Forest Health Grant Program. Through the Forest Health GGRF Grant Program, CAL FIRE funds and implements projects to proactively restore forest health in order to reduce greenhouse gases, to protect upper watersheds where the state’s water supply originates, to promote the long-term storage of carbon in forest trees and soils, minimize the loss of forest carbon from large, intense wildfires, and to further the goals of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (Assembly Bill 32, Health and Safety Code Section 38500 et seq.) (AB 32).   Forest Health GGRF Grant projects must focus on large, landscape-scale forestlands composed of one or more landowners, which may cover multiple jurisdictions. Projects must be comprised of logical management units and greater consideration will be given to organizations with a proven record of success in achieving consensus-based solutions between stakeholder groups with different priorities and perspectives. Due February 21. http://www.fire.ca.gov/resource_mgt/resource_mgt_foresthealth_grants

CAL FIRE Urban and Community Forestry Program. The CAL FIRE Urban & Community Forestry Program works to optimize the benefits of trees and related vegetation through multiple-objective projects as specified in the California Urban Forestry Act of 1978 (Public Resources Code 4799. 06-4799.12). These projects further the goals of the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (AB 32), result in a net greenhouse gas (GHG) benefit, and provide environmental services and cost-effective solutions to the needs of urban communities and  local agencies. Co-benefits of the projects include increased water supply, clean air and water, reduced energy use, flood and storm water management, recreation, urban revitalization, improved public health, and producing useful products such as bio-fuel, clean energy, and high quality wood. Projects may provide a combination of these co-benefits or other co-benefits not mentioned, or even benefits that are not yet clearly defined.  Due February 26. http://calfire.ca.gov/Grants/downloads/UrbanForestry/2017-2018/CAL%20FIRE_UCF_GRANT%20GUIDELINES_17_18_FINAL%2012_19_17.pdf

Proposition 1: Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act. The California Ocean Protection Council is pleased to announce a new solicitation for grant proposals for projects benefiting California’s ocean and coast, made possible with funding from Proposition 1. The priority issue areas for this round of Proposition 1 funding are: marine managed areas; coastal and ocean water quality impacts; fisheries; and climate change adaptation. The OPC also encourages applications for wetland and other coastal habitat restoration projects such as those typically funded with Proposition 1 funding. Round 2 of OPC Proposition 1 grant funding closes with the application deadline on February 23, 2018. http://www.opc.ca.gov/2015/05/prop1/

US Standard North American Wetlands Conservation Act Grants. The U.S. Standard Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA). These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds. Deadline for Cycle 1 is February 23, Cycle 2, July 13. https://www.fws.gov/birds/grants/north-american-wetland-conservation-act/standard-grants/united-states.php

CA Ocean Protection Council Proposition 84 Competitive Grants Program. California Sea Grant and USC Sea Grant are now soliciting preliminary proposals for the California Ocean Protection Council's Proposition 84 Competitive Grant Program. This announcement invites the submission of brief, preliminary proposals (hereafter, pre-proposals) from Principal Investigators (PI) at eligible organizations who wish to pursue research relating to the priority research topic areas identified below. Pre -proposals must be submitted to qualify to submit a full proposal, subsequently. OPC has identified six broad focus areas that include all the priority research topic areas identified in this call. They are:

  1. Ocean acidification and hypoxia, and other changes in ocean conditions from a changing climate
  2. Sustainable fisheries and aquaculture
  3. Sea-level rise adaptation and coastal resilience
  4. Coastal sediment management
  5. Marine pollution
  6. 6.Marine renewable energy

Applicants must submit a pre-proposal to one of the Sea Grant programs (instructions and guidance provided below), depending on the focus area and priority research topic(s) that the proposed research addresses. If the proposed research addresses more than one of the focus areas, then pick one as primary, and identify the overlap in the pre-proposal document and on its cover page. https://caseagrant.ucsd.edu/sites/default/files/Preliminary-Proposals-RFP-OPC84.pdf

NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Program. This program has a mandatory pre-proposal. Pre-proposals must be received by email at resilience.grants@noaa.gov by 11:59 PM Eastern time on March 7, 2018. The principal objective of the NOAA Coastal Resilience Grants Program is to implement projects that build resilience of U.S. coastal communities and ecosystems. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, this solicitation is seeking coastal habitat restoration projects that build resilience by conserving and restoring sustainable ecosystem processes and functions and reducing the vulnerability of coastal communities and infrastructure from the impacts of extreme weather events, climate hazards, and changing ocean conditions. This program supports activities that restore or create natural infrastructure and natural landscape features to provide valuable ecosystem functions and services, such as habitat for fish, improved water quality and quantity, flood reduction, and erosion protection. https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=300259

Drinking Water for Schools Grant Program. To be eligible for funding, applicants must provide documentation of impaired drinking water quality, impaired access to drinking water, or a combination of both. Water quality impairments are documented violations of drinking water standards with the potential to directly impact human health. The inability to provide access to free, fresh drinking water during meal times in the food service areas, or having drinking water facilities that are not in “good repair” are examples of impaired access. Funds for eligible projects must be encumbered by June 30, 2019. http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/schools/

Partners for Fish and Wildlife. The Partners for Fish and Wildlife (PFW) Program is a voluntary, incentive-based program that provides direct technical assistance and financial assistance in the form of cooperative agreements to private landowners to restore and conserve fish and wildlife habitat for the benefit of federal trust resources. The PFW Program is delivered through more than 250 full-time staff, active in all 50 States and territories. Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program staff coordinate with project partners, stakeholders and other Service programs to identify geographic focus areas and develop habitat conservation priorities within these focus areas. Geographic focus areas define where the program directs resources to conserve habitat for federal trust species. Project work plans are developed strategically, in coordination with partners, and with substantial involvement from Service field staff. Projects must advance the Department of the Interior's mission, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's mission, and PFW's mission, promote biological diversity, and based upon sound scientific biological principles. Program strategic plans inform the types of projects funded under this opportunity. Applicants seeking funding under this program should contact the appropriate PFW Regional Program office prior to submitting an application for funding. Applications due September 30, 2018. https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html


Drinking Water for Schools Grant Program. The Drinking Water for Schools Grant Program will provide $9.5 million in funding to improve access to, and the quality of, drinking water in public schools pursuant to Senate Bill 828.  Projects must be in schools that serve disadvantaged communities as defined by the state. https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/schools/

Household & Small Water System Drought Assistance Program. The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) authorized $5 million to assist individual households and small water systems to address drought-related drinking water emergencies. Funds are administered by three non-profit organizations. Funding is available as low-interest loans and/or grants based on recipient’s income and affordability. https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/caa/dw_droughtfund/docs/hswsda_funding_factsheet.pdf

Proposition 1 Technical Assistance (TA) Funding Program. Proposition 1 authorized $7.545 billion in general obligation bonds for water projects including surface and groundwater storage, ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration, and drinking water protection. Prop 1 requires the State Water Board to operate a multidisciplinary TA program for small disadvantaged communities, and allows for the State Water Board to fund TA. https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/proposition1/tech_asst_funding.shtml

No-cost Technical Assistance for Tribal Governments from DOE. The DOE Office of Indian Energy provides federally recognized Indian tribes, including Alaska Native villages, tribal energy resource development organizations, and other organized tribal groups and communities, with technical assistance to advance tribal energy projects at no cost. Technical experts from DOE and its national laboratories, along with other partnering organizations, provide support to assist Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages with energy planning, housing and building energy efficiency, project development, policy and regulation, resilience, and village power. https://energy.gov/indianenergy/technical-assistance/request-technical-assistance

The State Water Board, Division of Financial Assistance (DFA), has launched a  “Funding Finder” to assist you in finding the most appropriate funding source for your water quality project. After answering a few simple questions about your project, the “Funding Finder” will provide you with DFA’s currently available funding source(s).  http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/applications/index.shtml

Ecosystem Restoration on Agricultural Lands. The Wildlife Conservation Board's agricultural program is formally known as the Ecosystem Restoration on Agricultural Lands (ERAL) program. The intent of the funding is to assist landowners in developing wildlife friendly practices on their properties that can be sustained and co-exist with agricultural operations. In California, a large number of wildlife species are dependent on privately owned agricultural lands for habitat. Agricultural lands can provide significant habitat and connectivity with protected wildlife areas. In many cases agricultural landowners are willing to integrate wildlife habitat benefits into the management and operations of their properties, but lack the capital and/or expertise to implement these practices. Applications accepted on a continuous basis. https://www.wcb.ca.gov/Programs/Agricultural-Lands

Proposition 1 Funding is available for Drinking water through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program and Wastewater Funding is being administered through the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program.  Applications are continuously accepted online

Clean Water State Revolving Fund’s Loan Forgiveness for Green Projects.  Effective with the Clean Water State Revolving Fund’s (CWSRF) 2015 Capitalization Grant from U.S. EPA, the State Water Resources Control Board will provide CWSRF loan (principal) forgiveness to projects that address water or energy efficiency, mitigate storm water runoff, or encourage sustainable project planning, design, and construction.  The State Water Board has approximately $30 million available in loan forgiveness from the 2015 Capitalization Grant.

Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants. This program helps eligible communities prepare for, or recover from, an emergency that threatens the availability of safe, reliable drinking water for households and businesses. Areas that may be served include: Rural areas and towns with 10,000 or fewer people--check eligible addresses, Tribal Lands in rural areas. The area to be served must also have a median household income less-than the state's median household income for non-metropolitan areas--contact your local RD office for details. Funds may be used for:

  • Water transmission line grants up to $150,000 are for construction of waterline extensions, repairs to breaks or leaks in existing water distribution lines, and related maintenance necessary to replenish water supply
  • Water Source grants up to $500,000 are for construction of a new water source, intake and/or treatment facility

Partnerships with other federal, state, local, private and NGOs are encouraged.  Applications for this program are accepted through your local Rural Development Office year-roundhttp://www.rd.usda.gov/programs-services/emergency-community-water-assistance-grants

Groundwater Quality Funding Programs. Recent legislative changes created two groundwater quality funding (GWQF) programs to be implemented by the State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board). These are:

The State Water Board will accept applications for projects to be funded by either GWQF program. The GWQF Pre-Application is the first step in the process to apply for projects requesting funds from Proposition 1 Groundwater Sustainability or the Site Cleanup Subaccount. The requested information is needed in order to review proposed projects based on the current requirements in law.

The State Water Board will determine which program, if any, is the most appropriate for each project; therefore, applicants do not need to designate a program preference. The GWQF Pre-Application must be submitted electronically using the Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST). FAAST will automatically pre-load information from the GWQF Pre-Application into the Final Application; therefore, applicants will only need to enter information not provided in the GWQF Pre-Application. Final Applications are not yet available.  Pre Application is currently accepting applications/surveys from 8/3/2015 12:00:00 PM through 8/3/2020 5:00:00 PM via the Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST).

Sonoma County Water Agency offers water-efficiency rebates for private well users Private well owners in the Russian River Watershed can now get rebates for toilet and turf replacement. http://www.scwa.ca.gov/drought/

California Water Boards has released a Notice of Funding Availability for Interim Emergency Drinking Water. Public Agencies, Not-for-Profit Water Districts, Not-for-Profit Organizations, and Tribal Governments can apply for interim replacement drinking water for economically disadvantaged communities with contaminated water supplies. http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/caa/dw_droughtfund/index.shtml

Planning and Local Technical Assistance Programs. Under the Planning and Local Technical Assistance programs grants, the Economic Development Administration assists recipients in creating regional economic development plans designed to stimulate and guide the economic development efforts of a community or region. As part of this program, EDA supports Partnership Planning investments to facilitate the development, implementation, revision or replacement of Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies which articulate and prioritize the strategic economic goals of recipients’ respective regions. Applications are accepted on a continuing basis and processed as received. http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=189193

The California Fisheries Fund offers three types of loans: fishing association loans, infrastructure loans, and business loans. http://www.californiafisheriesfund.org/loan.html

The California Energy Commission has announced the availability of funds for low-interest loans for energy efficiency and energy generation projects. Low interest rates of 3 percent can help local jurisdictions invest in energy efficiency, save money, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create new jobs and industries for your community. http://www.energy.ca.gov/efficiency/financing/index.html

The California Wildlife Conservation Board continues to provide funding for wetland, riparian, oak woodland, and other fish and wildlife habitat improvement projects and land acquisition from Propositions 40, 50, and 117. The WCB’s Riparian, Inland Wetlands, and Oak Woodlands programs continue and are continuously open for proposal submission. https://www.wcb.ca.gov/Programs

The USDA Rural Development Electric Program provides direct loans and loan guarantees to upgrade, expand, maintain, and replace America’s vast rural electric infrastructure including the construction of electric distribution, transmission and generation facilities, and on- and off-grid renewable energy systems. Applications accepted on a continuous basis. http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UEP_HomePage.html

The SWRCB Agricultural Drainage Loan Program and Agricultural Drainage Management Loan Program is currently accepting applications. Applications are accepted on a continuous basis.

The USDA provides loans and grants to develop water and waste disposal systems in rural areas and towns with a population not in excess of 10,000. The funds are available to public bodies, non-profit corporations and Indian tribes. Applications are accepted at any time through the Rural Development State and Area Offices. http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UWP-dispdirectloansgrants.htm. To locate an office near you go to http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/recd_map.html

The Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program provides cost-share funding and technical assistance to private land owners and their local partners. Assistance is given to restore streams, wetlands and other native habitat on private property. The program operates on a voluntary basis. The landowners agree to maintain the restoration for at least ten years. Otherwise, they keep full control of their lands. Maximum funding request is $25,000 per project with a minimum 1:1 non-federal match (monetary and/or in-kind match). Partnerships with other funding agencies are encouraged. Contact Kate Symonds, Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program for SF Bay, (tel) 707-578-8515, (cell) 707-480-2675, or at kate_symonds@fws.gov . http://www.fws.gov/sacramento/CP/Partnerships/cp_partners-for-fws.htm

The State Water Resources Control Board -1% Loans. The mission of the Water Recycling Funding Program (WRFP) is to promote the beneficial use of treated municipal wastewater (water recycling) in order to augment fresh water supplies in California by providing technical and financial assistance to agencies and other stakeholders in support of water recycling projects and research.  http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/water_recycling/index.shtml

Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants. These small grants average approximately $8000 with priority given to applicants that: protect Earth's beauty and bounty; create a robust, healthy food system; increase opportunities for outdoor activity; reduce environmental health hazards; and/or build stronger communities. Grant cycles are quarterly, generally around the 15th of the month. http://clifbarfamilyfoundation.org/Grants-Programs

Pacific Seabird Group Craig S. Harrison Conservation Fund. The objective of the Conservation Fund is to advance the conservation of seabirds by providing funds or supplies to individuals from developing countries as well as those from elsewhere working in those developing countries primarily in or bordering the Pacific Ocean, (1) for conservation and restoration activities that benefit seabirds in the Pacific Ocean; and (2) to help develop within-country seabird expertise in developing countries within or bordering the Pacific Ocean. http://www.pacificseabirdgroup.org/index.php?f=grants&t=Grant%20Program&s=1