Division of Multi-Benefit Initiatives Delta Levees Special Flood Control Projects 2023 Project Solicitation Package for Multi-Benefit Projects

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The intent of this Project Solicitation Package is to provide funding for public benefit in accordance with Section 12311 of the California Water Code for Multi-Benefit projects in the California Delta and parts of the Suisan Marsh.


The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) invites eligible applicants to submit proposals as described in the Delta Levees Special Flood Control Projects Program’s (Special Projects Program) 2014 Guidelines for Providing Funding to Local Public Agencies (Special Projects Guidelines), dated June 18, 2014, and Addendum #1 to the Special Projects Guidelines, dated January 2019. The goal for this Projects Solicitation Package (PSP) is to receive applications for Multi-Benefit projects that promote levee improvement (up to the DWR Bulletin 192-82 template), habitat enhancement, seismic resiliency, and/or export water supply reliability.  This PSP will help protect the economic and ecological vitality of the California Delta (Delta), reducing the failure risk to levees in the Delta, providing increased flood protection, improving export water supply reliability, and protecting and restoring important ecosystems. Only those applications that meet the Eligibility Requirements will be considered for funding. An applicant must be a Levee Maintaining Agency (LMA) responsible for maintaining a Project or Non-Project levee in the Primary Zone of the Delta or a Non-Project levee in the Secondary Zone of the Delta and be in good standing with all components of the Delta Levees Program, including the Special Projects Program and the Subventions Program. LMAs must also be in good standing with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for habitat mitigation obligations under the Delta Levees Program. Eligible Multi-Benefit projects under this PSP should improve the integrity of an LMA’s levee(s) and/or contribute to increased reliability of export water from the Delta for the State and federal water projects and must also provide net long-term habitat improvement including a net benefit for aquatic species in the Delta.  Full Applications must be consistent with the applicants’ completed Five-Year Plan or contain a justification for any notable differences. This PSP may provide up to $37 million in total grant funding depending upon available funding.  The fund sources for this PSP are Propositions 1 and 84, with the potential for other funds that may become available. Funding for the Projects will be broken up into two phases with separate PFAs.  The Phase 1 PFA will provide for planning, design, and permitting, while Phase 2 PFA will provide for construction, construction engineering and inspections, mitigation costs associated with construction, and project close out.  DWR will not enter into Phase 2 funding until Phase 1 has been completed; however, successful completion of Phase 1 will not guarantee Phase 2 funding.  Phase 2 funds will be available on a first come first served basis, depending upon available funding. The total allowable cost for a Phase 1 grant shall not exceed 20% of the construction cost.  Phase 1 grants will be based on the District Engineer’s initial estimate but may ultimately be revised based on actual bid amounts.  If the Phase 1 PFA amount exceeds the maximum allowable percent, the Phase 2 grant will be adjusted accordingly. Total combined initial grant awards for both Phase 1 and 2 shall not exceed $15 million.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Public Agency

All applicants must be in compliance with the requirements set forth in Sections 12300 – 12318 of the California Water Code, as well as all the requirements associated with the Special Projects Program and the Delta Levees Maintenance Subventions Program (Subventions Program), and all requirements set forth in the Special Projects Guidelines.

Eligible Geographies:

Eligible portions of The California Delta and Suisan Marsh

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.
Summer 2023
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.

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.
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:

Prop 1 and Prop 84

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)

How to Apply

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


For questions about this grant, contact:
Andrea Lobato, 1-916-902-6667, DeltaLeveesProgram@water.ca.gov