Coastal Watershed Flood Risk Reduction

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Closed (14 total applications submitted)
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
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To provide grants for applicants to implement flood risk reduction projects with fish and wildlife habitat enhancements in coastal watersheds.


This Program will implement flood risk reduction projects with fish and wildlife habitat enhancements in coastal watersheds (excluding the legal Delta). Priority points will be given to projects in Federal Emergency Management Agency Coastal zones, but eligible projects also include those in upper coastal watersheds on rivers. 

Eligible funding recipients include any California public agency, nonprofit organization, or Tribe.

Projects must include a capital asset acquisition or construction component that must not yet be under construction or acquisition to be eligible. Design, environmental documentation, and studies may be incorporated into the project scope, but cannot be funded as stand-alone projects. Any acquisitions must be from willing sellers to be eligible for reimbursement.

Special consideration will be given to economically distressed or disadvantaged communities when scoring applicants. Local cost share maximum is 50%, however multiple mechanisms to reduce local cost share are detailed in the guidelines.  Local cost share may be reduced to 0% if at least 75% by population or geographic area of an economically distressed / disadvantaged community is benefitted from the project.

A concept proposal is prerequisite to submitting a full proposal.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Eligible funding recipients include California public agencies, nonprofit organization, public utility agency, federally recognized Indian tribe, State Indian tribe listed on the Native American Heritage Commission’s California Tribal Consultation List, or mutual water company.  Applicants or co-applicants must have legal authority and jurisdiction to implement a flood control program and the authority to make land use decisions for the Project.

Eligible Geographies:

Eligible projects must be located in California Coastal Watersheds, including the North Coast, San Francisco Bay, Central Coast, and South Coast watersheds. However, projects in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta are excluded. Priority points will be given to projects in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA)’s Coastal V/VE and Coastal A/AE zones, FEMA’s Coastal Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs).

Matching Funding Requirement:

Maximum funding match is 50%, which can be reduced based on project benefits, and location of project benefits (e.g. in economically disadvantaged area or community).

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.
March 31, 2021
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
2-3 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.
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Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
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:

State grants for this program are funded by the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1, Water Code Section 79700 et. seq.).

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).
  • Advances & Reimbursement(s)

Funding Method Notes:

Funds will primarily be disbursed on a reimbursement basis. Advanced payments will be allowed only for those projects meeting criteria of Water Code Section 10551.

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Patrick Luzuriaga, 1-916-574-0932,