Proposition 1 Groundwater Grant Program

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Proposition 1 was passed by voters in November 2014 and provided $900 million for a Groundwater Sustainability Program (Assembly Bill 1471, Chapter 10). The State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) will administer $800 million to prevent and cleanup contamination of groundwater that serves (or has served) as a source of drinking water. The funds are available as grants.

The State Water Board adopted the Proposition 1 Groundwater Grant Program Guidelines (Guidelines) on May 18, 2016, and adopted amendments to the Guidelines on December 19, 2017.

Division of Financial Assistance (DFA) staff is proposing amendments to the Guidelines to clarify eligibility requirements and funding maximums for drinking water treatment and wastewater projects that benefit disadvantaged communities (DACs), and to broaden the types of wastewater projects that can qualify. These changes are intended to maximize utilization of existing DAC set-aside funds for beneficial projects.

A notice of opportunity for public comments and the December 2020 Draft Amended Guidelines are provided below.


Timeline

Funding Milestones Dates*
Round 1 Grant Agreement Execution Complete Fall 2018
Round 2 Grant Agreement Execution Complete Fall 2020
Round 3 **
Solicitation for Concept Proposals Opens (Available in FAAST) Summer 2021

*Dates are approximate. Please sign-up for email updates to stay informed.

**Generally, Proposition 1 Groundwater Grant Program (Prop 1 GWGP) eligible projects must contribute to cleanup or prevention of contamination in the aquifer. However, Sections 4.5 and 4.6 of the Guidelines also allow for Prop 1 GWGP funds to be utilized for certain drinking water and wastewater projects serving disadvantaged communities (DAC). Please note that these projects generally should not apply through the Prop 1 GWGP solicitation process, which is geared toward cleanup projects. Instead, eligible DAC drinking water and wastewater projects are funded on a continuous basis, consistent with existing processes for those projects (see the Office of Sustainable Water Solutions webpage for more info about applying for funding through the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Fund Programs). Division of Financial Assistance staff consult internally to direct Prop 1 GWGP funds to eligible DAC drinking water and wastewater projects.

Technical Assistance

Technical Assistance (TA) is available to help develop and implement eligible projects that benefit disadvantaged communities.  This may include but is not limited to: application assistance, income surveys, outreach, legal assistance, and engineering.  More information is available on the TA Funding Program webpage.

If you are interested in Technical Assistance for this Groundwater Program, please email program staff at the email address listed below.

Contact Us

For further information, contact us at:

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See the "Financial Assistance (Grants & Loans)" section.