2018-2019 Urban Streams Restoration Program Solicitation

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Closed (26 total applications submitted)
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  • Grant
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Since 1985, the Urban Streams Restoration Program provided more than 270 grants in accordance with California Water Code Section 7048, ranging from $1,000 to $1 million to communities throughout California. We fund planning and implementation projects that protect infrastructure by restoring streams, creeks, and rivers to enhance the environment for fish, wildlife, and people.


The Urban Streams Restoration Program (USRP) is currently funded by Propositions 84 and 68 and was established in Water Code Section 7048, which declared that urban creek protection, restoration, and enhancement are best undertaken by local agencies and organizations with assistance from the State. The USRP provides local assistance grants to fund projects and provide technical assistance to restore streams impacted by urban development to a more natural state. The USRP goals include:

(1) Protecting, enhancing and restoring the natural, ecological value of streams.(2) Preventing future property damage caused by flooding and bank erosion.(3) Promoting community involvement, education, and riverine stewardship.

A major objective of the USRP is to bring people together around projects that foster community relationships while ensuring the community’s interests are incorporated into the project’s planning, design, and outcomes. Local community-supported projects can support local economies, renew a community’s understanding of the value of streams, and make them a centerpiece for the community while expanding their contact with nature. The RSP objectives defined in the Water Code direct program staff to connect with small communities and encourage community participation in project development and stewardship.

DWR funding under the Riverine Stewardship Program, and its sub-program USRP, will be awarded through a competitive process. Please read the Final RSP Solicitation Guidelines for full details.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Requires a partnership of two applicants (sponsor and co-sponsor): one local public agency or tribe, and a certified 501(c)(3) non-profit organization or local community group. The USRP recognizes partnerships when there is a signed memorandum of understanding (MOU) between authorities representing the partners included in the application.

Eligible Geographies:

The geographic scope of the USRP is statewide. Only projects benefiting disadvantaged communities may apply for planning-only grants, and these communities are exempt from the 20% match eligibility requirement.

Matching Funding Requirement:

a minimum 20 percent funding match from non-State sources unless the grant benefits a disadvantaged community (no funding match is required for disadvantaged community applicants). Costs and services to be considered as funding match must fall into the categories included as eligible costs (See Section 3.3, “Eligible Costs”) below and must be incurred after the effective date of Proposition 68 (June 5, 2018).

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
January 5, 2020
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
3 years

Funding Details

The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
A single grant opportunity may represent one or many awards. Some grantors may know in advance the exact number of awards to be given. Others may indicate a range. Some may wish to and wait until the application period closes before determining how many awards to offer; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Grant opportunities representing multiple awards may offer awards in the same amount or in varied amounts. Some may wish to wait until the application period closes before determining per-award amounts; in this case, a value of “Dependent” will display.
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
Yes ( see Description for details )
Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
The funding source allocated to fund the grant. It may be either State or Federal (or a combination of both), and be tied to a specific piece of legislation, a proposition, or a bond number.
  • State

Funding Source Notes:

Proposition 84, the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Bond Act of 2006 (Pub. Resources Code, Section 75050 et seq.); and Proposition 68, the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal Protection, and Outdoor Access for all Act of 2018 (Pub. Resources Code, Section 80100 et seq.), authorize funding for the Urban Streams Restoration Program.  

The manner in which the grant funding will be delivered to the awardee. Funding methods include reimbursements (where the recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor) and advances (where the recipient spends received grant funds directly).
  • Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

The USRP will reserve as much as $1 million to fund technical assistance and planning only grants for projects that serve disadvantaged communities. The USRP will set aside a minimum of $2 million to fund projects that servedisadvantaged communities (DACs) which are defined as those communities with a median household income of less than 80 percent of the statewide average. USRP applications may be awarded a maximum of $1 million per grant.

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Akiela Moses, 1-916-653-9638, Akiela.Moses@water.ca.gov