Proposition 68 Groundwater Treatment and Remediation Grant Program – SDAC Solicitation

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Closed (6 total applications submitted)
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
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This program funds treatment and remediation activities, specifically operations and maintenance of existing facilities, that prevent or reduce the contamination of groundwater that serves as a source of drinking water.

**** This active solicitation is only for projects serving severely disadvantaged communities (SDACs). Before applying, please contact program staff at to confirm SDAC eligibility.****


The general solicitation for this program closed on January 24, 2020.  There was not adequate demand to award the $16 million SDAC set-aside. This second solicitation, specifically for SDAC projects, has been significantly streamlined.  The goal is to collect enough information for program staff to evaluate project eligibility. After reviewing submitted information and identifying eligible projects, program staff will work directly with the eligible applicant to collect additional documentation necessary to award funds.

New infrastructure projects will generally be directed to other grant programs as this funding is intended primarily for operations and maintenance of existing facilities that prevent or reduce contamination of groundwater. Existing facility types that could be eligible include, for example: well head treatment, groundwater extraction and treatment systems, centralized groundwater treatment systems, and source area cleanup activities. O&M costs eligible for funding may include, for example: permitting, monitoring, reporting, utility bills, chemicals, equipment change out, plant operator costs.

The contamination being treated by the existing facility must result from a discharge of waste and must exceed the maximum contaminant level or notification level.  Additionally, the existing treatment and remediation system must prevent or reduce contamination of groundwater.  Applicants should be able to explain the background of the area and possible sources of contamination. Applicants should also have enough data to determine the approximate nature and extent of contamination and demonstrate how operation of the existing treatment and remediation facilities contributes to reducing, or preventing the spread of, contamination in groundwater.

Proposition 68 funds cannot be used to pay for any share of costs recovered from responsible parties.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Eligible grant applicants are public agencies, public utilities, federally recognized Indian tribes, California Native American Tribes, mutual water companies, and non-profit organizations qualified under 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Eligible Geographies:

No geographic requirements.  This $16 million set-aside is only for projects benefiting a severely disadvantaged community.

Matching Funding Requirement:

Match is reduced to 0% for severely disadvantaged communities.

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.
by Dec 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 68

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)

How to Apply

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