State or Federal?
This program provides funding to support brackish water and seawater desalination. Projects to be considered for funding should directly support local or regional water resources and directly or indirectly provide water supply benefits to the State.

Grant funds are provided as an incentive to local or regional entities to implement projects that produce state, regional, and local potable water supply or reliability benefits through the planning, design, and construction of feasible brackish and seawater desalination projects.

Grant funds are also provided to advance water desalination technology research pilot projects. Five types of projects will be funded: (1) construction projects for full scale desalination facilities; (2) feasibility studies to determine need for water supply projects; (3) environmental documentation to supplement a basic feasibility study; (4) design pilot projects for small scale prototypes of full-scale projects; and (5) research pilot projects to support small scale prototypes for devices, equipment, resources, or other technology to advance knowledge of desalination.

The draft Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) was released on April 3, 2017 with an anticipated release of the final PSP on June 12, 2017 and proposals due by July 31, 2017.
Eligible Entities
Local Public Agencies, Native American Tribes, Nonprofit Organizations, State Government
Eligibility Notes
Eligible applicants include special districts, joint power authorities, political subdivisions of the state, investor-owned utilities, and mutual water companies.

Applicants may collaborate on proposed projects using contractor-subcontractor relationships, joint ventures or other mechanisms.
Most Recent/Current Due Date
Jul 31, 2017
Due Date Notes
The anticipated release date for the final PSP is June 12, 2017.
Most Recent RFP Release Date
Jun 12, 2017
Max Award
Total Possible Multi-Year Award
Annual or Multi-Year?
Preliminary Items
Optional workshops are scheduled for this program, including:
May 8, 2017, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
West Basin Municipal Water District
Donald L. Dear Headquarters Building 17140 S Avalon Blvd
Carson, California 90746
Match Required?
Match Notes
Applicants must provide at least 50 percent of the total project costs via cash or in-kind contributions.
Disadvantaged communities or economically distressed areas may request a reduction or waiver of the match requirements.
California Department of Water Resources
Total Amount Available for All Grants
Competition Notes
Grant award maximums depend on the project type - see page 22 of the draft PSP for details.
Additional Notes
$73 million is available for construction projects awards up to $10 million.
$20 million will support: feasibility studies up to $300,000
Environmental documentation up to $300,000
Design pilot projects up to $1.5 million
Research pilot projects up to $1 million per project
Further Information

Program Staff
Desalination Section

Richard Mills
Section Chief
(916) 651-0715

Michael Ross
(916) 651-0717

Link to Further Information
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