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Grants to California Nonprofits, Agencies, For-Profits, Schools, and IHEs for Projects in Eligible Regions to Reduce Pollution in Local Waterways

Support Volunteer Cleanup Efforts and Education Grants

Santa Clara Valley Water District


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #137030

Grant Description

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Grants to California nonprofit organizations, government agencies, for-profits, schools, IHEs, and public water and conservation districts for waterway stewardship projects in eligible regions. Funding is intended to support education and outreach initiatives as well as cleanup activities that aim to reduce water pollution. Funded projects must take place in Santa Clara County.

Proposed projects must be located within Santa Clara County and meet the following:

Water Conservation Research Grants must provide one or more of the following benefits: 

  • Help identify potential water reduction devices, technologies, strategies, and/or methods
  • Research studies that determine potential cost-effectiveness of water conservation related projects

Pollution Prevention Grants must provide one of the following benefits: 

  • Help prevent contaminants such as pharmaceuticals, household hazardous waste (such as auto products and fuels, yard and garden products, cleaning products, paints, light bulbs, batteries, and electronic waste) and trash from entering our waterways
  • Help meet regulatory requirements as listed under the impaired water bodies listing of the federal Clean Water Act
  • Reduce contaminant source loads in groundwater and surface water, and protects local watersheds
  • Provide public education to reduce contaminants in our waterways
  • Leverage community resources for efficient use of funds

Support Volunteer Cleanup Efforts and Education Grants must be focused on creek cleanup, education, outreach, or watershed stewardship activities resulting in one or more of the following benefits:

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

Wildlife Habitat Restoration Grants must provide one of the following benefits:

  • Create or enhance wetland, riparian, and tidal marsh habitats
  • Protect special status species
  • Remove fish migration barriers
  • Install fish ladders
  • Remove non-native, invasive plant species
  • Plant native species 

Access to Trails & Open Space Grants must provide one of the following benefits:

  • Provide open space access
  • Provide access to creekside trails or trails that provide a significant link to the creekside trail network 

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible entities for Pollution Prevention Grants, Support Volunteer Cleanup Efforts and Education Grants, Wildlife Habitat Restoration Grants, and Access to Trails & Open Space Grants could include:
• Local cities, towns, and county agencies
• Local nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status
• Local nonprofits without a 501(c)(3), but can demonstrate that they are an affiliate of a nonprofit organization that possesses a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status
• Open space districts
• Mutual water agencies/districts (public, not for profit)
• Resource conservation districts
• Schools, community colleges, and colleges/universities (public, not for profit)

Eligible entities for Water Conservation Research Grants could include:
• Local cities, towns, and county agencies
• Local nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status
• Local nonprofits without a 501(c)(3), but can demonstrate that they are an affiliate of a nonprofit organization that possesses a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status
• Open space districts
• Mutual water agencies/districts (public, not for profit)
• Resource conservation districts
• For-profit organizations
• Schools, community colleges, and colleges/universities (public, not for profit, private)

The following projects will not be considered for funding:
• 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
• Land acquisition, unless parcel(s) or title acquired will be specifically deemed for use in habitat or species restoration or protection

Pre-proposal Conference:

Valley Water will hold four virtual informational workshops to provide an overview of the grant program and available funding, application guidelines and process, including a demonstration of Valley Water web-based grant administration system (Fluxx) that all parties will be required to use to submit their applications. Participation is recommended but not mandatory.

December 9, 2021, 9:30-11 a.m.
Register for the online Zoom session: https://bit.ly/Grants2021Dec9

December 15, 2021, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Register for the online Zoom session: https://bit.ly/Grants2021Dec15

January 12, 2022, 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Register for the online Zoom session: https://bit.ly/Grants2022Jan12

January 25, 2022, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Register for the online Zoom session: https://bit.ly/Grants2022Jan25

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates (dates subject to change):
- Release the Request for Proposals (RFP): December 1, 2021
- Open application for online submission: January 3, 2022
- Deadline for online grant proposal submission: March 4, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. (PST)
- Review and evaluate grant proposals by a panel of Valley Water staff and/or external members: March 4, 2022–April 15, 2022
- Present evaluated proposals and recommend grant awards to Valley Water Board of Directors for approval: May 2022
- Send out notice of funding to awarded grantees: June 2022
- CEO executes grant agreements: June–December 2022

Project must include a minimum 25% match fund (25% of total project cost, monetary or in-kind) prior to Valley Water funding.

Awards will be provided on a reimbursement basis.

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

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,400,000

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed within five (5) years following the agreement effective date.

Contact Information:

Apply online: https://valleywater.fluxx.io/

Questions:
Kristen Yasukawa, Supervising Program Administrator
Phone: (408) 604-5356
Email: kyasukawa@valleywater.org

If you need assistance with registering or have any questions, contact grants staff at (408) 630-2080 or grants@valleywater.org.

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