Stream Flow Enhancement

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The Stream Flow Enhancement Program (SFEP) funds projects that enhance stream flows across the state of California. The SFEP defines enhanced streamflow to mean: a change in the amount, timing, and/or quality of water flowing down a stream, or a portion of a stream, to benefit fish and wildlife. 


The following are funding priorities for the stream flow enhancement projects:
• Implementation projects resulting in measurable increases in stream flow
• Acquisition projects resulting in permanent or long-term in-stream flow dedications
• Projects that are focused on a watershed or regional approach
• Projects in critical watersheds for salmonids
• Projects that help to complete previously funded projects
• Projects that evaluate stream flow conditions and stream responses to other stream flow enhancement projects

Funded projects are also consistent with the objectives and actions outlined in the California Water Action Plan, with the primary focus on enhancing flow in streams that support anadromous fish; support special-status, threatened, endangered, or at-risk species; or provide resilience to climate change.

For projects that may be funded by general fund stream flow enhancement funds, Full Applications will be given additional points that enhance outflows in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta watershed.
Eligible project categories are Planning, Scientific Studies, Implementation, and Acquisition. Applications for Planning and Scientific Study projects must be stand-alone (i.e., not combined with other project categories).

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Individual
  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency
  • Tribal Government

Nonprofit, public agency, federally recognized Indian tribes, state Indian tribes, private landowners, public utilities, mutual water companies

Eligible Geographies:


Matching Funding Requirement:

Cost share is not required but may be beneficial, in particular to complete a larger project. Applications with higher proportions of secured cost share contribution towards total project cost will score more points through the “Cost Share” application evaluation criterion.

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.
The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
June 30, 2027

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
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:
Aaron Haiman, 1-916-926-8835,