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.
- 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.
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).
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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