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State still accepting drought relief grant applications

The new year always signals the time for new projects and the Department of Water Resources is letting the public know they are still accepting applications for Urban Community Drought Relief Grants.

Public agencies, public utilities, special districts, mutual water companies, regional water management groups, colleges, universities, and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply for grants to fund turf replacement, conservation for urban suppliers and community drought relief projects.

Some of the eligible types of projects are:

  • Projects that enhance local supply and climate resilience
  • Drought resilience planning
  • Water conservation activities
  • Turf replacement
  • New wells or rehabilitation of existing wells
  • Installation of temporary or permanent community water tanks
  • Fish and wildlife rescue, protection and relocation

Applications must be submitted by Jan. 31 and awards will be announced before March 2023.

The grant funding solicitation guidelines can be found at water.ca.gov/Water-Basics/Drought/Drought-Funding/Urban-Drought-Grant .

Applicants are encouraged to submit their applications electronically via GRanTS

Or, hard copy application packages can be submitted to:

California Department of Water Resources
Division of Regional Assistance, Financial Assistance Branch
715 P Street, 6th Floor, Mailbox 15
Sacramento, CA 94236-0001
Attn: Linda Woolridge

For questions regarding the Program, email urbandrought@water.ca.gov.

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