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Water Conservation Research Grant Program (A2)

Grants to Santa Clara County, California Nonprofits, For-Profits,
Agencies, Schools, and IHEs for Water Conservation Research Projects

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Santa Clara Valley Water District

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Deadline Date:

11/01/19 11:59 PM PST


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Grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to Santa Clara County, California nonprofit and for-profit organizations, agencies, schools, and IHEs for projects to test and study water conservation methods. Funding is intended to identify water-saving strategies and devices that can assist Valley Water with its water conservation efforts.

This program encourages applicants to undertake research projects of new and innovative water conservation programs and technologies. 

Proposed projects under Priority A2 must provide one of the following benefits:

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

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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184493

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding limit for each project: Between $5,000–$50,000

Term of Contract:

Length of funding: All projects must be completed within three years following the execution of the agreement.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible entities could include:
- Public agencies and non-profits with 501(c)(3) status
- Organizations that have fiscal sponsorship from an existing non-profit with 501(c)(3) status
- For-profit organizations
- Schools, community colleges, and public and private colleges/universities

Ineligible Projects
The following projects will not be considered for funding:
- Projects located outside of Santa Clara County
- Master planning
- Mitigation projects
- Projects designed to meet regulatory or permit obligations (unless proposed work is for project activities above and beyond required activities)

The funding amount is subject to change. Funds may not be used for:
- Pre-award costs
- Proprietary work of which the results cannot be released to the public

Pre-proposal Conference:

Pre-Proposal Workshops:
Valley Water will hold two pre-proposal workshops to provide an overview of the grant, application guidelines and process, including a demonstration of Valley Water’s recently implemented web-based grant management system (Fluxx) that all parties will be required to use to submit their applications. Participation is recommended but not mandatory.

- September 10, 2019, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Location: Headquarters Building, Room A-143
5700 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, CA 95118

- September 18, 2019, 6–7:00 p.m.
Location: Administration Building, Room B-108
5750 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, CA 95118

NOTE: Please RSVP to Kristen Yasukawa at least 3 days prior to the workshop to ensure there will be adequate space for all.

Pre-Application Information:

Activity Tentative Schedule:
- Release the Request for Proposal (RFP): August 30, 2019
- Preproposal Workshops: September 10, 2019 at 10:30 a.m.; September 18, 2019 at 6 p.m.
- Deadline for online grant proposal submission: November 1, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.
- Review and evaluate grant proposals by a panel of Valley Water staff and external members: November 2019–December 2019
- Present evaluated proposals and recommend grant awards to Valley Water Board of Directors for approval: January 2020–February 2020
- Send out notice of funding to new grantees: March 2020
- CEO executes grant/partnership agreements: June 30, 2020

Application Submissions—All grant applications must be submitted electronically through the web portal

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

Demonstrate matching funds of at least 25% of total project cost (monetary or in-kind)

Awards will be provided on a reimbursement basis. The final 10 percent of the reimbursable amount will be retained until project completion.

Contact Information:

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

Web Portal:

Kristen Yasukawa
Supervising Program Administrator
Phone: (408) 630-2876

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Geographic Focus:

USA: California: Santa Clara County