Financial Assistance Programs – Grants and Loans
Division of Financial Assistance Drought Funding
The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) has funding available to assist water systems and individual households to address drought-related drinking water emergencies. Funding is available from the following sources:
- Cleanup and Abatement Account Urgent Drinking Water Needs
- Drinking Water Well Replacement Program
- Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience (SAFER) Program
- Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF)
If you are interested in applying for a specific funding source, please visit the websites above for application instructions.
Responsibility During Emergencies: All emergencies begin at the local level and the Local Government is best positioned to provide immediate emergency relief such as bottled and hauled water. Under the State’s Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS), the Local Government should request assistance and resources from progressive levels of the state's emergency management organization as they exhaust their resources. The CalOES 2016 Administrative Order with the Water Boards outlines the requirement to follow the SEMS process during emergency and disaster operations. This allows the Regional and State organizational levels to respond and provide the required support.
Similarly, a Public Water System (PWS) must first go through their Local Government Office of Emergency Services to request emergency funding for immediate relief while simultaneously notifying the Water Board’s Division of Drinking Water of this request. This allows the request for funding assistance to follow the SEMS organizational levels for effective and timely management of the request while providing the Water Board with situational awareness to assist where necessary.
If you need additional information or have any questions, please email: DFA-CAA@waterboards.ca.gov. You may also contact us at (916) 319-9066.
- Public Agencies (that serve disadvantaged communities)
- Community Water Systems (that serve disadvantaged communities)
- Not-for-Profit Organizations (that serve disadvantaged communities)
- Tribal Governments (that serve disadvantaged communities)
Eligible Projects (including, but not limited to)
- Bottled Water
- Hauled Water
- Vending Machines
- Well Repair, Well Rehabilitation, and Replacement
- Emergency Interties
Reporting Mapping Tool
Other Drinking Water Program Information and Funding Opportunities
- State Water Resources Control Board
- California Department of Water Resources
- United States Department of Agriculture
- U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Self Help Enterprises (Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Stanislaus, and Tulare counties)
- Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) (Statewide)
- Drinking Water Drought Funding Status Map
- 2014-2015 CAA Funded Projects (SB103)
- 2015-2016 CAA Funded Projects (AB91)
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