California DWR offers grants for river stewardship projects

Aims: less flooding, better water quality, reliable water supply

The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released the Guidelines and Proposal Solicitation Package for the Riverine Stewardship Program, which funds planning and projects that will reduce flood risk, improve water quality, increase water supply, and restore stream systems.

The aim is to support watersheds, local wildlife, and aquatic habitats. Eligible projects for the Department of Water Resources's most recent solicitation include bank stabilization, water temperature improvements, and habitat enhancements to help people and fish with climate adaptation.

The program will award up to $15 million in grants through the Riverine Stewardship Program’s subprograms: the Urban Streams Restoration Program (USRP) and the San Joaquin Fish Population Enhancement Program.

Funding is available for Tribes, local public agencies, and certified non-profits as specified in the program guidelines and proposal solicitation package. Other applicant types such as community groups will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Project proponents can submit grant applications using DWR’s online submittal tool, GRanTS.

DWR will identify projects through the grant application process and match concept proposals to the appropriate funding source based on eligibility. Awards will be made based on the application’s responsiveness to program priorities.

Grant funding will be made on a rolling basis until all funds are committed.

The detailed information on the solicitation rules, procedures, and process are available at the Riverine Stewardship Program – Grants webpage.

In addition to grants, USRP provides technical assistance for public engagement, outreach, and underrepresented community support.