Grant Funding Opportunities

Updated: November 2021

The State of California offers many grant programs that can benefit CMUA members, their communities, and customers. All California grant opportunities can be found on the state’s web portal at https://www.grants.ca.gov/. In the tables below, we have identified key grant opportunities of interest to CMUA members and plan to update this information periodically as needed.

Wildfire Funding

CalFire

Program Fire Prevention Grant Program
Program Description Fund local projects and activities that address the risk of wildfire, reduce wildfire potential, and increase community resiliency. Funded activities include hazardous fuel reduction, fire prevention planning, and fire prevention education with an emphasis on improving public health and safety while reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Available Funding $120 million
Deadlines Likely January 2022
Eligible Entities All government entities and non-profits
More Information Program Website: https://www.fire.ca.gov/grants/fire-prevention-grants/
2021 Award Announcement: 2021_fpgrantawardees.pdf (ca.gov)
County-level contacts: https://www.fire.ca.gov/media/4zehum1o/local-unit-contact-list-11-04-2021.pdf
Program Procedural guide: https://www.fire.ca.gov/media/spgigspl/73d50643.pdf
 
Program Healthy Forests Grant Program
Program Description Fund active restoration and reforestation activities aimed at providing for more resilient and sustained forests to ensure future existence of forests in California while also mitigating climate change, protecting communities from fire risk, strengthening rural economies, and improving California’s water & air.
Available Funding $159 million
Deadlines Likely January 2022
Eligible Entities All government entities and non-profits
More Information Website: https://www.fire.ca.gov/grants/forest-health-grants/
Grant guidelines: https://www.fire.ca.gov/media/gmkk35i5/cci_fh_grant_guidelines_2020-21.pdf
Regional CalFire contacts: Forest Health Program Staff December 2020 (ca.gov).
2021 award announcement: https://www.fire.ca.gov/media/ga4hxyp5/20-21_forest-health_legacy_awards_web-2.pdf
 

Office of Emergency Services

Program Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities
Program Description A federal program that supports states, local communities, tribes and territories as they undertake hazard mitigation projects, reducing the risks they face from disasters and natural hazards.
Available Funding $1.16 billion (25% match required)
Deadlines 12/1/21
Eligible Entities Business Nonprofit Public Agency Tribal Government
More Information  https://www.caloes.ca.gov/cal-oes-divisions/hazard-mitigation/pre-disaster-flood-mitigation
 

Water Funding

State Water Resources Control Board

Program Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWRSF)
Program Description Financing that assists public water systems in financing the cost of drinking water infrastructure projects needed to achieve or maintain compliance with Safe Drinking Water Act requirements. Not a grant.
Available Funding Approximately $330 million per year
Deadlines No application deadlines
Eligible Entities Publicly-owned community water systems, privately-owned community water systems, non-profit or publicly-owned non-community water systems, community water systems created by the project
More Information https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/drinking_water/services/funding/SRF.html
 
Program Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)
Program Description Low-cost financing for a wide variety of water quality projects, including wastewater treatment plants, sewer collectors and interceptors, combined sewers, septic to sewer conversions, storm water reduction and treatment, and water reclamation facilities. Not a grant.
Available Funding Approximately $625 million per year
Deadlines No application deadlines
Eligible Entities Any city, town, district, or public body created under state law, Native American tribal government, any designated and approved management agency, 501(c)(3)’s and National Estuary Programs
More Information https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/srf/
 
Program Drought Assistance for Counties
Program Description Regional programs intended to provide relief to domestic well users and small water systems experiencing water shortage or water quality impacts related to the drought. Funding is available through the State Water Board and Department of Water Resources.
Available Funding Approximately $210 million (through both agencies)
Deadlines Ongoing
Eligible Entities Public agencies, tribal governments, not-for-profit organizations, and community water systems that benefit a disadvantaged community.
More Information https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/drought/drought_funding_for_counties/
 
Program Small Community Clean Water/Wastewater Funding
Program Description Provide low-interest loans, grants, and principal forgiveness to small disadvantaged communities for planning/design and construction of projects that restore and maintain water quality in the state.
Available Funding $110 million
Deadlines Ongoing
Eligible Entities Nonprofits, public agencies, tribal governments.
More Information Small Community Funding website
 
Program Water Recycling Funding Program
Program Description Promotes the beneficial use of treated municipal wastewater to augment or offset fresh water supplies in California. Eligible projects include construction of recycled water treatment facilities, storage facilities, pumping facilities, groundwater recharge facilities, and recycled water distribution systems.
Available Funding $5 million
Deadlines Ongoing
Eligible Entities Nonprofits, public agencies, tribal governments
More Information https://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/grants_loans/water_recycling/
 
Program Safe and Affordable Funding for Equity and Resilience Program
Program Description Meant to address funding gaps and provide solutions to water systems, especially those serving DACs, to address short and long-term water needs.
Available Funding $130 million
Deadlines Ongoing
Eligible Entities Nonprofits, public agencies, tribal governments
More Information SAFER website


Department of Water Resources

Program Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Grant Program
Program Description Financial assistance to address drought impacts through implementation of projects with multiple benefits, including benefiting communities facing the loss or contamination of water supplies and to address immediate drought impacts on human health and safety.
Available Funding Approximately $190 million
Deadlines First phase – Friday November 19, 2021
Second phase – Friday, December 17, 2021
Eligible Entities Public agencies, public utilities, special districts, mutual water companies, non-profit organizations, regional water management groups, federally recognized California Native American tribes, colleges and universities
More Information https://water.ca.gov/Water-Basics/Drought/urbanmultibenefitdrought
 
Program Sustainable Groundwater Management Grant Program
Program Description Aims to achieve sustainable water balance in California where Groundwater Sustainability Agencies and other responsible entities work cooperatively and innovatively to manage surface and groundwater together in a holistic manner.
Available Funding $180 million (with additional $120 million subject to Legislature approval)
Round 1 to provide over $150 million by spring 2022
Round 2 solicitation in 2022-2023 will provide over $204 million
Deadlines Round 1 solicitation December 2021 – January 2022
Eligible Entities Round 1 – GSAs, member agencies of GSAs, entity that represents a GSA, approved Alternative that are located within eligible COD basins only
Round 2 – GSAs, member agencies of GSAs, entity that represents a GSA, agencies with an approved Alternative that are located within eligible medium and high priority basins or within COD basins that did not obtain funding in Round 1
More Information https://water.ca.gov/sgmgrants
 
Program Small Community Drought Relief Program
Program Description Provide immediate and near-term financial and technical support to help small communities survive droughts.
Available Funding $192 Million
Deadlines December 29, 2023
Eligible Entities Non-profits, public agencies, tribal governments in counties included in Governor Newsom’s state of emergency proclamations for 2021.
More Information https://water.ca.gov/-/media/DWR-Website/Web-Pages/Water-Basics/Drought/Files/Resources/SCDRP-Guidelines_Version-2.pdf
 
Program Integrated Regional Water Management Implementation Grant Program
Program Description Designed to encourage integrated regional strategies for water resource management in California by providing funding for projects and programs including climate change adaptation, providing incentives for collaboration and setting priorities in water resource and infrastructure management. Round 2 of planned two rounds of funding.
Available Funding $192 million available in round 2
Deadlines Late 2021
Eligible Entities Nonprofit, public agencies, tribal governments
More Information https://www.grants.ca.gov/grants/proposition-1-round-2-integrated-regional-water-management-irwm-implementation-grant-program/


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Program Drought Funding (no program name)
Program Description USEPA is coordinating with federal and state partners to offer a one-stop shop to help water and wastewater utilities with identifying possible drought mitigation strategies and to understand the types of funding available.
Available Funding Unknown
Deadlines Unknown
Eligible Entities Drinking water, wastewater, and storm water utilities
More Information https://www.cmua.org/Files/2021%20Regulatory%20Resources/outreach_flyer.pdf
https://www.epa.gov/fedfunds


Zero Emission Vehicle & Infrastructure Funding

California Energy Commission

Program Clean Transportation Program
Program Description The California Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project (CALeVIP) addresses regional needs for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure throughout California, while supporting state goals to improve air quality, combat climate change and reduce petroleum use. CALeVIP provides incentives for EV charger installations and works with local partners to develop and implement projects that meet current and future regional EV needs for Level 2 and DC fast charging. 
Available Funding $185 Million
Deadlines Unknown
Eligible Entities Property Owners
More Information https://calevip.org/


Air Resources Board

Program  
Program Description A total of $90 million in Volkswagon (VW) funds are available to support the expansion of zero-emission Class 8 trucks. The first solicitation for this category is now closed, with funding requests exceeding the amount of available funds in the first installment. Funding for the next installment is anticipated to be available in 2022/2023.
Available Funding $63 Million
Deadlines TBD
Eligible Entities Both public and private entities that own and operate eligible vehicles may apply. 
More Information https://xappprod.aqmd.gov/vw/zero-emission.html
 
Program  
Program Description The Combustion Freight and Marine Projects Category of the VW funds is intended to accelerate the replacement of older, higher polluting engines.
Available Funding $26 Million
Deadlines As available, first come, first served.
Eligible Entities Both public and private entities that own and operate eligible vehicles (Class 7 and Class 8 trucks) may apply. 
More Information https://xappprod.aqmd.gov/vw/combustion.html


U.S. Department of Energy

Program  
Program Description Department of Energy (DOE) rebate program for EVSE located in publicly accessible places, including workplaces and multi-unit dwellings. It would also create an EV Charging Equity Program to increase access to charging infrastructure in underserved and disadvantaged communities and would appropriate funds to two transportation electrification programs at DOE, the Plug-in Electric Drive Vehicle Program, and the Near-term Transportation Sector Electrification Program.
Available Funding $2 Billion
Deadlines TBD
Eligible Entities Public Agencies, Property Owners
More Information https://www.energy.gov/eere/vehicles/funding-opportunities