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Coming Soon: The Division of Financial Assistance is establishing a new grant program to provide funds to improve access to, and the quality of, drinking water in public schools pursuant to Senate Bill 828. This webpage will be updated as the program is developed.
To receive information on the program as it is developed, please sign up on our email list (see contact information below).


SB 828

Senate Bill 828, in part, added Section 116276 to the Health and Safety Code. It requires that the State Water Board establish a program to award grants to local educational agencies for the purposes of improving access to, and the quality of drinking water in public schools. The program gives priority to:

  • Projects for schools within, or serving pupils from, a small disadvantaged community, as defined in Section 13193.9 of the Water Code.
  • Projects that have a high effectiveness in increasing access to safe drinking water at schools.

The program shall include, but not be limited to, funding for at least one of the following:
(1) Installation of water bottle filling stations.
(2) Installation or replacement of drinking water fountains with devices that are capable of removing contaminants that are present in the facility's water supply
(3) Installation of point-of-entry or point-of-use treatment devices for drinking fountains, and up to three years of post-installation replacement filters, and operation, maintenance, and monitoring of the devices, including training on how to operate and maintain the treatment devices and community outreach and education about their use.

SB 828 also requires that the State Water Board provide technical assistance to applicants, including completing applications, overseeing installations, and assisting with operation and maintenance. 


Eligible Applicants: Local educational agencies serving K-12, and pre-school and child day care facilities, located on public property.
Eligible Project Types: TBD
Funding Available: $9.5 million for grants; $0.5 million for technical assistance
Fund Source: General Fund
Loans or Grants: Grants
Applications: TBD

Proposed Timeline

Project Milestones Estimated Dates
Draft Guidelines February 2017
Release of draft Guidelines for review February 2017
Selection of Technical Assistance Provider March 2017
Guidelines Adoption April 2017
Open Solicitation May 2017
Close Solicitation End of June 2017
Review Applications July/August 2017
Final Funding List September 2017
Award Grants December 2017-March 2018
Project Completion March 2020


Patricia Leary, Program Manager
(916) 341-5167

Ravi Jawanda, WRCE
(916) 341-5865

Division of Financial Assistance
Drinking Water For Schools Grant Program
1001 I Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

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