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

Grants to California Nonprofits, Agencies, Schools, and IHEs for Projects
in Eligible Locations to Reduce Pollution in Local Waterways

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Santa Clara Valley Water District

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Deadline Date:

12/01/20 11:59 PM PST


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Grants of up to $50,000 to California nonprofit organizations, government agencies, schools, IHEs, and public water and conservation districts for waterway stewardship projects in eligible locations. 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 under Priority B7 must result 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

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 

Priority area B7 funding also allows the District to continue supporting volunteer cleanup activities such as National River Cleanup Day, California Coastal Cleanup Day, the Great American Pick Up, and Adopt-A-Creek, as well as Creek Connections Action Group and creekwise education. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 137030

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding limit for each project: $50,000

Up to 20 percent of the total award amount may be used for planning and design purposes, and the remaining 80 percent must be spent on implementation. The 20 percent may include non-construction costs, including project administration, CEQA compliance, permits, plans, specifications, and design.

Term of Contract:

Grant Agreement should be signed and fully executed between the Grantee and Valley Water by June 30, 2021. Projects must be completed within three years of the date of the executed grant agreement.

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)

All proposed projects must be located in Santa Clara County.

Land Requirement: 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 Valley Water 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 proposed work is for project activities above and beyond required activities)
- Operations and maintenance of existing mitigation or enhancement projects

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates (dates subject to change):

- Release the Request for Proposals (RFP) and open application for online submission: September 28, 2020
- Pre-proposal workshops: October 14, 2020 and October 22, 2020
- Deadline for online grant proposal submission: Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. (PST)
- Review and evaluate proposals by staff and external members: December 2020–January 2021
- Present evaluated proposals and recommend grant awards to Board of Directors for approval: February–March 2021
- Send out notice of funding to new grantees: April 2021
- CEO executes grant agreements: May–June 2021

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.

Recording of October 14 Webinar:
Recording of October 22 Webinar:

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 Supervising Program Administrator, Kristen Yasukawa, via email at

Santa Clara Valley Water District

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Santa Clara County

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