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Safe, Clean Water Grant - Priority B7, Support Volunteer Cleanup Efforts and Education

Grants to Santa Clara County, California Nonprofits, Agencies,
Schools, and IHEs to Reduce Contaminants in Local Waterways

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Foundation / Corporation

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Santa Clara Valley Water District

Deadline Date:

02/15/19 11:59 PM PST


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Santa Clara County, California nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools and universities, and public agencies for waterway stewardship projects. Funding is intended to support education and outreach initiatives that aim to reduce water pollution, promote trash free locations, and increase urban permeability.

Priority Area B7 Support Volunteer Cleanup Efforts and Education provides funding for cleanup, education, outreach and watershed stewardship activities, and also supports volunteer cleanup through National River Cleanup Day, California Coastal Cleanup Day, the Great American Pick Up, Adopt-A-Creek, Creek Connections Action Group, and creekwise education.

The proposed project must be located within Santa Clara County and result in one or more of the following benefits:

- Reduce contaminants entering Santa Clara County waterways and groundwater
- Engage community and support watershed stewardship
- Leverages volunteer community resources for efficient use of funds to support watershed cleanup and education efforts

Sample Projects:

- Providing education and outreach activities on the need for clean, effective creeks and waterways in under-resourced communities
- Organizing cleanups with volunteers from local public schools
- Developing and implementing curriculum around the relationship between water quality and riparian area health for local businesses and their employees

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 137030

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding limit for each project: $50,000

Grantee may spend up to 20% of the Project Funding Amount for non- construction costs, including project administration, CEQA compliance, permits, plans, specifications, and design.

Term of Contract:

Length of funding: 1-3 years, depending on the size of the project.

Agreements must be signed and fully executed by June 30, 2019. Projects must be completed within three years following the execution of the Agreement. Grantee may submit reimbursements for work within the Project Performance Period, beginning upon execution of Grant Agreement by both Parties and no later than end of the expiration of the Agreement. Pre-award expenditures are not covered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible entities:

- Local cities, towns, and county agencies
- Local non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status
- Local non-profits without a 501(c)(3), but can demonstrate that they are an affiliate of a non-profit organization that possesses 501(c)(3) tax exempt status
- Open space districts
- Mutual water agencies/districts (public, not for profit)
- Resource conservation districts
- Schools, community colleges and universities (not for profit)

Project Eligibility:

All proposed projects must be located in Santa Clara County. In addition, the Grantee must own the land or hold a lease or other long-term interest in the land that is the subject of the Project. Exceptions to the rule include projects proposing use of District owned land, such as use of a maintenance road for a multiple-use trail; in which case a Joint Use Agreement would be required prior to construction and opening to public access.

Ineligible Projects:

- Projects located outside of Santa Clara County
- Feasibility studies
- Master Planning
- Mitigation projects
- Projects designed to meet regulatory or permit obligations (unless grant funding is for project activities above and beyond required activities)
- Operations and maintenance of existing mitigation or enhancement projects

Pre-Application Information:

Onine application and all supporting documentation must be submitted by Friday, February 15, 2019, 11:59 PM (PST).

Key Dates:

- Open application for online submission: November 13, 2018
- Public workshops for interested grant seekers: December 4, 2018, December 6, 2018
- Deadline for online grant proposal submission: February 15, 2019
- Review and evaluate grant proposals by a panel of District staff and external members: February 2019 – April 2019
- Present evaluated proposals and recommend grant awards to District Board of Directors for approval: April 2019
- Send out notice of funding to new grantees: April – May 2019
- CEO executes grant agreements: May – June 2019

Eligible Applicants may seek grant funding for more than one project.

Funding will be on a reimbursement basis.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal:

All questions shall be directed to the Sr. Management Analyst, Ahmar Qadir, via email at

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Santa Clara County