$48 Million in Competitive Grants Available for Riverine Stewardship Programs Through DWR

By on July 14, 2019

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has announced that approximately $48.3 million in funding is now available for the Riverine Stewardship Program. Final Guidelines and the Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) for the Riverine Stewardship Program were released on July 1.

The Riverine grant program supports the planning and implementation of projects that restore streams, creeks, and rivers to enhance the environment for fish, wildlife, and people. DWR will grant funds through two subprograms — the Urban Streams Restoration Program (USRP) and the San Joaquin Fish Population Enhancement Program (SJFPEP). Entities eligible to apply for these competitive grants include: local public agencies; qualified nonprofits; federally-recognized Tribes; and Tribes listed on the Native American Heritage Commission’s Tribal Consultation List. Community groups will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The SJFPEP portion of the program is funded by Proposition 13 and provides financial assistance for projects that enhance native fish populations in the San Joaquin River watershed and reduce vulnerability of fish to water diversions at all life stages upstream of the Delta.

The USRP portion of the program, funded by Propositions 84 and 68, provides financial assistance for projects that protect, enhance, and restore the natural, ecological value of streams; prevent future property damage caused by flooding and bank erosion; and promote community involvement, education, and Riverine stewardship.

DWR will host five pre-application workshops from July 30 to August 12 to present the program, Final Guidelines and PSP, and will assist applicants with submittal of their proposals. Project supporters can submit grant applications using DWR’s online submittal tool, GRanTS at: https://water.ca.gov/Work-With-Us/Grants-And-Loans/GRanTS. USRP proposals must be submitted by August 30, 2019 and SJFPEP proposals must be submitted by November 1, 2019.

Additional information on document releases, new solicitations, upcoming workshops, and other grant-related announcements, is available via subscribing to the RSP mailing list at: https://listservice.cnra.ca.gov/scripts/wa.exe?SUBED1=DWR_USRP&A=1 and by visiting the Riverine Stewardship Program – Grants page at: https://water.ca.gov/rspgrants. Additionally, the GRanTS Helpdesk can be reached at: 888-907-4267. To email DWR regarding grant information, go to: GRanTSadmin@water.ca.gov.