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Arizona Water Protection Fund (AWPF) Grant

Grants to Arizona Organizations, Agencies, and Individuals
to Restore and Repair State Water Resources

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Arizona Department of Water Resources (ADWR) - Arizona Water Protection Fund (AWPF) Commission

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09/07/18 3:00 PM


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Grants to Arizona organizations, state, local, and tribal agencies, individuals, and political subdivisions to restore and conserve state river and riparian water resources. Three categories of funding are available: water conservation projects, capital projects, and research.

The Arizona Water Protection Fund (AWPF) is a competitive state grant program that is designed to allow the people of Arizona to prosper while providing funding to interested parties for the development and implementation of measures to protect water of sufficient quality and quantity to maintain, enhance and restore river and riparian resources throughout Arizona, including projects that benefit fish and wildlife that are dependent on these important resources and measures to increase water availability and supply.

The Arizona Water Protection Fund supports projects that fit the following objectives to meet the program goals:

- Provide identified and measurable benefits to the water resources of Arizona through broad based local support
- Provide positive, effective examples for other similar projects.
- Advance the field of water conservation knowledge in Arizona.
- Increase public awareness of the function and value of riparian resources in Arizona

Riparian Habitat is defined as an ecosystem found between aquatic and upland environments that is dependent on the existence of a perennial, intermittent, or ephemeral water source. Soil and vegetation in riparian areas have distinct characteristics that make them different from surrounding areas.

Riparian habitats are vital resource areas that:

- Improve water quantity by storing water in streambanks, which is slowly released to help maintain base flows.
- Improve water quality by trapping sediments from surface water runoff, providing nutrient cycling and increasing streambank stabilization.
- Provide flood control by slowing and absorbing flood waters, resulting in reduced flood damage and increased groundwater storage.
- Provide highly valued recreational opportunities such as fishing, camping, hiking, wildlife viewing and picnicking.
- Sustain high biodiversity of plant and animal species.
- Provide important wildlife habitat such as food, shelter, relief and travel corridors.
- Help stabilize water temperatures for aquatic species.
- Provide economic benefits by increasing property values, improving water supplies, reducing flood damage, filtering pollutants and supporting recreational activities.

The Arizona Water Protection Fund typically awards grants under three categories:

1) Capital Projects: Projects under this category include on-the-ground measures that maintain, enhance and restore Arizona’s river and riparian resources, including projects that benefit fish and wildlife that are dependent on these important resources. Feasibility of design studies are considered capital projects, but are only eligible if the applicant 1) requests funding to investigate the feasibility of implementing a specific capital project that is being proposed, 2) develops a detailed implementation plan and budget for the proposed project as part of the feasibility study, and 3) has control and tenure over the proposed project area and the authority to implement the proposed project should it be deemed feasible. Acquisition of Central Arizona Project water or effluent to restore and maintain river and riparian resources may also be considered a capital project. Examples of projects under this category include components that do one or more of the following:

- Demonstrate direct benefits to perennial or intermittent rivers or streams *
- Demonstrate commitment to continued maintenance of proposed enhancements *
- Protect/Restore native riparian vegetation and habitat ➢ Restore proper hydrologic conditions/functions
- Restore proper stream geomorphology/channel characteristics
- Restore floodplains
- Restore wetlands/backwater areas
- Improve watershed conditions using forest and/or near-stream restoration treatments that improve water quality or increase water quantity
- Protect/Restore habitat needs for fish and wildlife
- Decrease negative impacts of non-native species to riparian areas

* Indicates funding priority in statute

2) Research (Total annual funding limited to 5% of monies received by the Fund each fiscal year): Projects under this category include research and data collection measures that are related to maintaining, enhancing and restoring Arizona’s river and riparian resources, including fish and wildlife that are dependent on these important resources. Research projects must be developed using the Scientific Method. Examples of projects under this category include:

- Research that will advance the science of river and riparian restoration in the Southwest
- Research that will advance scientific understanding of fluvial processes and ecosystem characteristics and functions in association with rivers, streams, and wetlands
- Research that will evaluate impacts or values of invasive species in riparian habitat.

3) Water Conservation: Projects under this category include measures that develop, promote or implement programs designed to conserve water for a purpose related to maintaining, enhancing and restoring Arizona’s river and riparian resources, including fish and wildlife that are dependent on these important resources. Projects under this category must be located outside of all Active Management Areas.

The commission shall give priority to applications which:

- Enhance, maintain and/or restore river, stream and riparian resources in headwater streams and watersheds that will provide direct improvements to water quality and/or increase water quantity, addresses degraded watershed health conditions or impacts to perennial streams through implementation of scientifically-based restoration projects (see examples of capital projects listed under funding categories).
- Matching monies or assets of comparable value including in-kind contributions will be provided by other sources.
- Provide for the continued maintenance of the portion of the river and stream and associated riparian habitat that are enhanced by the project.
- Projects that include broad-based local involvement/support.
- Directly benefit perennial or intermittent rivers or streams or that otherwise increase the supply of water.
- If for the purposes of water conservation, the applicant estimates the water increase and/or savings and how this estimate was determined.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184130

Term of Contract:

Grant awards are implemented through contracts, which may extend up to five years in duration.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any person, organization, local/state/tribal agency, or political subdivision of Arizona may submit an application. Federal agencies are not eligible to receive funding from the Arizona Water Protection Fund; however, funding can be awarded to projects on federal lands.

In accordance with state statutes, funding is prohibited for:

- Purchase of real property/conservation easements
- Projects outside the state of Arizona
- Any project that includes the planting of mesquite, tamarisk or other nonnative high water usage trees that consume water to a degree that is detrimental to water conservation efforts.
- Remedial actions under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. § 9601, or Water Quality Assurance Revolving Fund (WQARF), A.R.S. 49-281 et seq.
- Research projects with funding requests in excess of 5% of the total funds received for the FY 2019 funding cycle.
- Water conservation projects/program applications within one of the 5 AMA’s.

In accordance with Commission Policy, funding will not be provided for:

- Projects located in areas with elevated levels of environmental contaminants that pose risk of harm to human health or the environment, including hazardous substances, hazardous wastes, petroleum products or Environmental Protection Agency priority toxic pollutants.
- Projects which are required as a result of legal action taken by a regulatory agency, such as ecological mitigation. Applicants must notify the Commission if a proposed project is part of any mitigation effort.
- Projects that are designed to meet wastewater treatment requirements. Proposed projects that create or sustain riparian habitat using treated effluent or recycled water that already meets or exceeds relevant state and federal standards may be considered as long as the project meets the requirements of A.R.S. 45-2101.B.
- Generally, the Commission does not fund groundwater recharge or recovery projects.

Pre-proposal Conference:

AWPF staff will be hosting one grant application workshop on August 10, 2018 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Arizona Dept. of Water Resources
1110 W. Washington St. Suite 310
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Middle Verde Conference Room. 4th Floor

Please RSVP for the workshop to Reuben Teran.

Staff will also be hosting a live online webinar of the grant application workshop for those not able to attend in person. Please contact the Arizona Water Protection Fund for more information prior to August 10, 2018.


AWPF staff will provide opportunities for pre-application consultations (as time permits) with potential applicants on a first-come-first-served basis as indicated in Table 1. Due to time constraints, consultations will be limited to a maximum of 1 hour. Applicants should schedule a consultation as far in advance as possible, and must submit a draft application at least one week in advance of the consultation. Consultations will be conducted at the AWPF office in Phoenix or offered via teleconference.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit applications is September 7, 2018 at 3:00pm.


- Applications available: July 6, 2018 (on-going)
- Application workshop: August 10, 2018
- Pre-application consultations (depending on staff availability): July - August 2018
- Final date and time to submit applications: September 7, 2018 at 3:00 PM
- Public comment period for applications: September 12 – October 26, 2018
- Applicant presentations to the Commission: November 6 - 7, 2018
- Commission selects applications to be funded: November 8 - 9, 2018
- Applicants notified of funding status: December 2018
- Staff begins writing grant contracts: December 2018 / January 2019

Payments are made on a cost reimbursement basis. Appropriate documentation (e.g., receipts, invoices, reports, data, and photographs) will be required in order to receive reimbursement.

Contact Information:

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

An electronic copy of the complete application, along with two complete signed copies of each application must be submitted to:

Arizona Water Protection Fund Commission
1110 West Washington Street, Suite 310
Phoenix, AZ 85007

Sally Stewart Lee
(602) 771-8530

Reuben Teran

Water Protection Fund staff: (602) 771-8528

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona