Technical Assistance Funding Program
The Office of Sustainable Water Solutions (OSWS) administers the Technical Assistance (TA) Funding Program. TA is available to help small1 disadvantaged2 communities (DACs) develop, fund, and implement eligible drinking water3, wastewater3, stormwater4, or groundwater5 needs. TA include but is not limited to coordination and development of capital improvement projects, facilitation of operation and maintenance, engineering and environmental analysis, legal assistance, leak detection/water audits, compliance audits, financial analysis, technical managerial and financial (TMF) assessments, and board or operator training. Notes:
1 Small community is defined as having a population less than 10,000 people.
2 Disadvantaged community is defined as median household income (MHI) < 80% of the statewide MHI.
3 Demand for drinking water/wastewater TA is extremely high. Not all eligible requests can be accommodated through the TA Funding Program. Requests relating to one or more of the following will generally be given priority:
- Systems that are out of compliance or experiencing insufficient water delivery capabilities; Extension of service for drought/contamination impacted communities;
- Consolidation projects;
- Systems serving less than 200 connections; and
- Applicants with small or relatively low cost needs that will enable an otherwise complete funding application to move forward.
4Stormwater TA resources are limited. We are not currently accepting new communities for stormwater TA. However, you may still submit a request if interested, and we will keep your request on file for future consideration as resources allow.
5Exceptions to provide TA that benefits larger DACs may be considered on a case‐by‐case basis
Proposition 1 or the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Assembly Bill 1471, Rendon) authorized $7.545 billion in general obligation bonds for water projects including surface and groundwater storage, ecosystem and watershed protection and restoration, and drinking water protection. Proposition 1 requires the State Water Board to operate a multidisciplinary TA program for small DACs and is one of the TA program funding sources.
The Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience Program (SAFER) is a set of tools, funding sources, and regulatory authorities designed to ensure that one million Californians who currently lack safe drinking water receive safe & affordable drinking water as quickly as possible. The SAFER program also aims to reach sustainable operations for all of the state’s drinking water systems and is a critical element for achieving the goals of safe, accessible, and affordable water for all Californians.
The program was established from the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water (SADW) Fund through Senate Bill 200 (SB200) in 2019. The Fund will provide $130 million per year that will be used to develop and implement sustainable solutions for small systems with violations of drinking water standards. The money may be spent on operations and maintenance costs, cost of consolidating with larger system, provision of replacement water, and funding for administrators to run the small systems.
Approved TA Requests
The Division of Financial Assistance has approved the following TA requests as of December 2022:
Drinking Water TA Provider RFQ Guidelines
The TA Funding Program will not fund any new drinking water TA providers in fiscal year 2023-24. Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) will continue to be evaluated and qualified parties may still be added to the eligible Drinking Water TA Provider Pool.
The Division of Financial Assistance has updated the Amended Policy for Developing the Fund Expenditure Plan for the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund, with the addition of Appendix C, to solicit Statements of Qualifications (SOQs) from interested parties to be considered for inclusion in the eligible Technical Assistance (TA) Provider pool.
- Final Policy for Developing the Fund Expenditure Plan for the Safe and Affordable Drinking Water Fund (Amended October 19, 2021 with Drinking Water Technical Assistance Provider Request for Qualifications Guidelines added December 2021)
The State Water Board held a webinar on March 23, 2022, to provide information to entities interested in being included in the pool of qualified drinking water TA Providers. The webinar provided an overview of the TA funding program, provided information on how to complete and submit a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ), reviewed the funding process, and answered questions.
Requests for TA are accepted on a continuous basis. For all TA requests, complete this TARequest Form.
Email it to: DFA-TArequest@waterboards.ca.gov.
- Procedure Manual (updated November 2020)
- Appendix A - Technical Assistance Work Plan Template
- Appendix B - Request for Time Extension
- Appendix C - Deviation Request Form
- Appendix D - Invoice Template
- Appendix E - Grantee Labor Certification
- Appendix F - Invoice Detail
- Appendix G - Invoice Dispute Notification
- Appendix H - Quarterly Progress Report Template
- Appendix I - Final Project Summary
- AR Close Out Form
- Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)
- Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF)
- MHI Survey Guidelines August 2021
- Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience Program (SAFER)
- Policy for Developing the Fund Expenditure Plan for the SADW Fund
- FY 2020-21 Fund Expenditure Plan
- Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST)
- Designing Water Systems Consolidation Projects Guide and Tool Kit, August 28, 2023
- Urgent Drinking Water Needs, July 21, 2023
- Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (GGRF), June 30, 2023
- DDW/DWQ Walk Through of Mapping Tools – Domestic Well Focus, June 12, 2023
- Clean Water State Revolving Funding (CWSRF)/Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Application – Financial Package), May 15, 2023
- Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Construction Application – Walk Through, April 25, 2023
- Digital Signature on Work Plans, Invoicing, and FAAST, March 17, 2023
- Point of Use (POU) Implementation, February 28, 2023
- Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Planning/Construction Applications, January 24, 2023
- Project Scoping, Drinking Water Consolidation, Wastewater Consolidation, and State Water Board Wastewater Discharge Requirements, January 31, 2023
- Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Planning/Construction Applications, November 16, 2022
- TA Program Overview, September 30, 2022
- Median Household Income Survey Guidelines, October 14, 2022 (coming soon)
- Environmental, August 27, 2020
- Environmental for Consultants, September 22, 2020
- DWSRF Application, September 30, 2020
Past Solicitation Process for Proposition 1
The State Water Board's Proposition 1 TA Funding Plan, adopted on November 4, 2015, outlines the general process to administer Proposition 1 TA funds. The OSWS implemented a two-step (Concept Proposal and Full Proposal) continuous solicitation process via the Financial Assistance Application Submittal Tool (FAAST), which closed on June 30, 2016. Eligible recipients include 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations and public universities. Selected TA providers help with a variety of TA needs.
For general questions regarding Technical Assistance, please contact: DFA-TARequest@waterboards.ca.gov.
Para información en español sobre el programa de asistencia técnica, por favor de contactar a Fabian Ramos: Fabian.Ramos@waterboards.ca.gov or (916) 449-5985.
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