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Central Valley Disadvantaged Community Water Quality Grants Program

Grants to California Nonprofits to Improve Water
Quality in the Central Valley and Sacramento Valley Areas

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment - Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board (CVRWQCB)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

12/01/17 5:00 PM PST


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Grants starting at $20,000 to California nonprofits to improve water quality in the Sacramento Valley, Central Valley, west slope of the Sierra Nevada, and east slope of the coast range. LOIs are due by October 13, 2017. Funded projects should specifically aim to improve water quality in disadvantaged communities.

Eligible projects include, but are not necessarily limited to the following:

- Water Quality Monitoring Programs, including water quality monitoring of surface and groundwater supplies in disadvantaged communities that do not have a publicly regulated community water system, as well as community-based water quality monitoring designed to aid overall watershed management and water resource decisions. This may include water quality testing of individual or community wells that are sources of domestic water.

- Well Rehabilitation or Replacement, including repairing wells that are sources of drinking water and that may provide conduits for pollutants to enter groundwater, or capping and replacing wells that cannot be rehabilitated.

- Watershed Assessment Programs, including community participation in watershed planning programs such as IRWMPs, development of model watershed protection policies, and development of local water quality protection plans and policies for disadvantaged community water sources.

- Wetland, Waterbody, or Riparian Habitat Conservation or Protection Programs, including land acquisition combined with community-based restoration, interpretive or educational programs, and community-based watershed stewardship and riparian restoration programs.

- Pollution Prevention Projects, such as community-based outreach to businesses designed to encourage voluntary pollution reduction and water conservation, and public education about local water quality issues and what people can do to improve water quality in disadvantaged communities and other areas.

- Public Awareness Projects, including community outreach, education and assistance designed to encourage pollution reduction and/or water conservation to protect disadvantaged community water sources and other water bodies, and development and delivery of watershed-oriented environmental education curriculum.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176165

Estimated Size of Grant:

CVRWQCB encourages applicants to seek grants ranging from $20,000 (minimum) to $100,000 (maximum). For each applicant organization, your requested amount should not exceed 25% of your organization’s typical annual expenses.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year requests are allowed.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The applicant must meet all of the following criteria:

- The applicant must be a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, or have a 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor that agrees to assume full programmatic and legal responsibility for the project.
- The project must be designed to benefit groundwater or surface water quality in the Central Valley or San Joaquin Valley, including the west slope of the Sierra Nevada or east slope of the coast Range are equally welcome to apply. Projects that benefit public health in addition to water quality are especially encouraged.
- The project must benefit disadvantaged communities. Projects should demonstrate a high degree of community support and community involvement in project activities.
- The project must be within the boundaries of the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board.

A Note for previous and current grantees:

-If your organization has previously received funding from this Fund and is: a) on track and meeting or exceeding all of its required interim milestones; and is, b) scheduled to be fully completed within the first half of 2017, then you are eligible to submit a new application for the 2018 Project List.

- If your organization received funding in 2017 for more than 50% of its total requested project budget, you have to sit one year out and are not eligible to apply for the 2017 Project List. This mandatory one year “sit-out” helps make space on the project list for other worthy community-based organizations.

- If your organization was on the 2017 Project List and: a) did not receive any funding; or b) received funding for 50% or less of its total project budget, it is eligible to roll over. “Roll-overs” will be provided with a streamlined update process. If you are uncertain regarding your roll-over status, please contact the Rose Foundation.

The following project activities are prohibited:

- Lobbying
- Litigation

More on eligibility:

Pre-Application Information:

Online submission instructions:

Key Dates and Deadlines:
- Letters of Inquiry must be submitted by October 13, 2017 at 5:00 PM
- Full Funding Applications must be submitted by December 1, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Please Note: The purpose of the application process is to develop an annual Project List. Organizations with projects that meet both the disadvantaged community and water quality criteria will then be placed on the Annual Project List.

Successfully completing the application process and being placed on the Annual Project List does not mean that you will be automatically awarded a grant. It does mean that your organization will become eligible to be selected by dischargers who are involved with a CVRWQCB enforcement process in the coming year, or otherwise be matched with a CVRWQCB settlement where there is a close nexus between the nature of the project and the underlying violations alleged in the enforcement action. Please be aware: all grant applications should be considered publicly-available documents, and the full text of all applications recommended for the 2018 Project List shall be provided to CVRWQCB board members and published on the CVRWQCB’s website.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Tim Little, Executive Director
Phone: (510) 658-0702 x 301

Rose Foundation
1970 Broadway, Suite 600
Oakland, CA 94612-2218

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Central Valley, Sacramento Valley, west slope of the Sierra Nevada, and east slope of the coast range