Category/Topic
Environment
State or Federal?
State
Summary
Proposition 1 was passed by voters in November 2014 and provided $900 million for a Groundwater Sustainability Program (Assembly Bill 1471, Chapter 10). The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) will administer $800 million to prevent and cleanup contamination of groundwater that serves (or has served) as a source of drinking water. The funds are available as grants.
Eligible Entities
Local Public Agencies, Native American Tribes, Nonprofit Organizations
Eligibility Notes
Eligible applicants are public agencies, 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations, Native American tribes, public utilities, and mutual water companies.

Eligible projects (planning and implementation) will prevent and clean up contamination of groundwater that serves (or has served) as a source of drinking water. The project must achieve at least one or more of the following objectives:
- Prevent the spread of contamination
- Accelerate the cleanup of contaimination
- Protect aquifers that serve as a source of drinking water
- Provide clean drinking water to disadvantaged communities (DACs) or economically disadvantaged areas (EDAs)

Eligible projects must also be identified as high priority by regulatory agencies, demonstrate funds available for match requirements and long term operation and maintenance, and have a useful life of at least 20 years.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Aug 03, 2018
Due Date Notes
Concept proposals are required and due August 3, 2018. Only those who submitted concept proposals will be invited to submit a full application in summer 2018.
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Apr 02, 2018
Min Award
$100,000
Max Award
$50,000,000
Annual or Multi-Year?
Annual
Preliminary Items
The State Water Board conducted workshops for the Proposition 1 Groundwater Grant Program Round 2 solicitation, on April 19 and April 30, 2018, which provided useful information and guidance regarding how to apply. A recording of the webcast and a copy of the presentation are provided at: https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/proposition1/groundwater_sustainability.shtml#apply
Match Required?
Yes
Match Notes
Match requirements are determined by the community to be served and the project benefit area within a DAC:
- If the community is a severely disadvantaged community (SDAC) and small, with the project benefit area being 100% within a DAC, match is 5%.
- If the community is DAC/EDA of any size, with the project benefit area being 100% within a DAC, match is 10%.
- If the community is not a DAC, with the project benefit area being partially within a DAC, match is 20%.
- Non-DAC/EDA projects require a 50% match.
Funder
Environmental Protection Agency, State Water Resources Control Board
Total Amount Available for All Grants
$444,000,000
Competition Notes
Grant minimums and maximums are determined by project type.

Planning grant awards will have a range of $100,000 to $2 million.
Implementation grant awards will have a range of $500,000 to $50 million.
Further Information

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