Backup Generator Funding Program
Applications are currently not being accepted. Applications that were submitted by the Round 2 deadline of December 9, 2022, are currently being reviewed to determine funding eligibility. Applicants will be notified of application status in February 2023. Once the Division approves funding for a system, CRWA and RCAC will work with the system to cover all tasks related to generator installation, including selecting an appropriate type of generator(s), completing plans and specifications (if applicable), acquiring permits, purchasing and installing the generator, and providing training and maintenance support (including purchasing manufacturer warranty).
The Application for Round 1 of funding was by invitation only in fall 2021 and carried out as a pilot program. Priority for funding was based on a combination of (1) probability to experience power shutoffs and (2) level of impact on critical water services during a power shutoff. The Division worked closely with regulatory agencies to establish the Potential Priority List to include community water systems that are preliminarily identified as Priority 1 or 2. CRWA and RCAC conducted outreach and invited systems on the Potential Priority List to submit an application for backup generator funding. The current list includes the application status submitted as of January 19, 2022. The funding decision was based on the priority level and funding availability.
Due to high demand for generator funding, interested water systems are also encouraged to pursue other funding programs for backup generators, including ones listed below:
- Emergency Management Preparedness Grant: This program is funded through CalOES and managed by the counties. Contact each county’s emergency program for information on funding: Emergency Drought Contacts by County (ca.gov) https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/drought/emergency_contacts.html
- USDA Rural Development’s Water Program: Contact individual offices for information on funding: California Contacts | Rural Development (usda.gov) https://www.rd.usda.gov/contactpage/california-contacts
For general information and questions, please contact: