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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 on May 18, 2016. Non-substantive changes were made to the Guidelines after the May 18, 2016 Board Meeting; an amended version is now posted. These changes were made under the authority of the Deputy Director.

Division of Financial Assistance (DFA) staff are completing the evaluation of proposals and award of funds for the first round of funding (Round 1). DFA intends to have annual solicitations for projects until all funds have been expended. In anticipation of the second round of funding (Round 2) to occur in 2018, staff have proposed amendments to the Guidelines to provide clarification regarding funding eligibility, to make changes to the maximum funding amounts, and to clarify general program requirements and expectations. Amendments to the Guidelines were adopted by the State Water Board on December 19, 2017. The adopted version will be posted soon.

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What's New!

  • Notice Of Opportunity For Public Comments, Public Workshops, And Adoption Meeting Draft re: Amended Proposition 1 Groundwater Grant Program Funding Guidelines
    • PLEASE NOTE: new date for State Water Board consideration of adoption is December 19, 2017
  • List of Preliminary Award Projects (updated 01/22/18)

Applying for Groundwater Quality Funding

Notice of Updates to the Proposition 1 Groundwater Sustainability Program Application Process:
During Round 1 of the Groundwater Sustainability Grant Program, a single Request for Proposals (RFP) was utilized to accept pre-applications for both the Proposition 1 Groundwater Sustainability Program and the Site Cleanup Subaccount Program (SCAP).  Pre-applications were reviewed by DFA and directed to the best-fit program depending on the applicant and project.

Please be advised that the application process is being revised for Round 2.  Applicants pursuing funding through the Proposition 1 Groundwater Sustainability Program (and not SCAP) should no longer utilize the existing RFP.  DFA anticipates the new RFP for Round 2 will be available in January 2018. 

Applicants interested in pursuing funding through SCAP should review the SCAP webpage for more information regarding eligibility and how to apply.

Information for Round 1 Applicants Invited to Submit Final Application

Proposition 1 Groundwater Grant Program Funding (Planning and Implementation) Timeline

Guideline and Funding Milestones


Pre-application Closes for Round 1 Groundwater Grant Program Funding

July 29, 2016

Pre-application Review for Round 1

August 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017

Final Application Closes for Round 1

Approximately 45 days after Final Application invitation letter sent to applicant

Final Application Review for Round 1

5 to 7 weeks after Final Application is submitted

Preliminary Award

4 weeks after Final Application Review is complete

Grant Agreements

Fall 2017 to Spring 2018 (Round 1)

Round 2 - Concept Proposal Available February 2018
Round 2 - Concept Proposal Closes Spring 2018

Dates in this table are approximate

Requests for Reduced Funding Match for DAC/EDA Communities

Proposition 1 Groundwater Grant Funding Program applicants are required to provide a minimum local cost share ("match funds") of fifty (50) percent of the total project cost, unless the proposed project (or components of the project) benefit a disadvantaged community (DAC) or economically distressed area (EDA). Criteria and reduced matched funding amounts can be found in Section 5.4 of the Proposition 1 Groundwater Grant Program Guidelines. Additionally, Appendix B of the funding guidelines provides a method for demonstrating eligibility for the reduced funding match for the Groundwater Grant Program. Please contact DFA staff for further assistance on the appropriate methods for determining DAC/EDA status.

Funded Projects (First Round)

The DFA Deputy Director began awarding funds for the first round of Proposition 1 Groundwater Grant Program (GWGP) on March 30, 2017. The State Board anticipates awarding additional funds over the next several months. The list of applicants and projects that receive preliminary awards will be updated as the Deputy Director approves additional projects. Please see the link below for the current list of projects that have received preliminary awards. The link also provides funding amounts that are being considered and other project related details.

NEW! List of Preliminary Award Projects (updated 10/09/17)

Archived Documents

Contact Us

For further information, contact us at:
Email: gwquality.funding@waterboards.ca.gov
Subject Line: Prop 1 Groundwater Sustainability
Phone: (800) 813-FUND (3863)

Sign-up for Email Alerts for Groundwater Quality Funding Assistance
See the "Financial Assistance (Grants & Loans)" section.