Sustainable Groundwater Management (SGM) Grant Program’s Proposition 68 Implementation Round 1

Portal ID:
4220
Status:
Forecasted
Opportunity Type:
  • Grant
Last Updated:
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Details

Purpose:

The SGM Grant Program’s Implementation grants will utilize funds authorized by Proposition 68 to assist Groundwater Sustainability Agencies (GSAs) implement their Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs). The program will provide financial assistance to GSAs for investments in groundwater recharge and projects that prevent or clean up contamination of a groundwater that serves as a source of drinking water.

Description:

Prop 68 authorizes the Legislature to appropriate a total of $240 million to DWR for drought and groundwater investments to achieve regional sustainability. Of this, at least $120 million is for drought and groundwater investments to achieve regional sustainability through investments in groundwater recharge with surface water, stormwater, recycled water, and other conjunctive use projects, and projects to prevent or clean up contamination of groundwater that serves as a source of drinking water (Public Resources Code § 80146(a)). After program delivery and bond issuance costs, at least $103 million will be made available for grant awards broken up into two rounds of grant solicitations. Round 1 will include $26 million for grant awards to critically overdrafted (COD) basins only. $5 million of the $26 million available in Round 1 will be for projects that solely benefit Underrepresented Communities. DWR will solicit proposals to award funding on a competitive basis for tasks and activities that help the basins reach sustainability through investments in groundwater recharge and/or projects that prevent or clean up contamination of a groundwater that serves as a source of drinking water. Eligible projects include those activities associated with the implementation of an adopted GSP or approved Alternative and must also be listed within an adopted GSP or approved Alternative. Eligible applicants for the Round 1 Implementation Grant Solicitation are GSAs; member agencies of GSAs; an entity that represents a GSA(s) which can include public agencies, non-profit organizations, public utilities, Federally recognized Indian Tribes, State Indian Tribes listed on the Native American Heritage Commission’s Tribal Consultation list, or mutual water companies; and agencies with an approved Alternative to a GSP. Those entities representing a GSA(s) must have a letter of support from each GSA they represent. All Round 1 applicants must be within a COD basin with an adopted GSP that has been submitted to DWR for review and deemed complete by DWR or approved Alternative to a GSP. Basins that are adjudicated, in the process of becoming adjudicated, or considered probationary under SGMA by the State Water Resources Control Board at or after the time of application submittal are not eligible to apply for or receive grant funding. The project area and service area must be within the most current DWR Bulletin 118 basin or a non-adjudicated portion of a basin that is designated as COD by the latest SGMA Basin Prioritization at the time of application submittal. Only one application will be accepted per basin. Applicants who apply on behalf of a GSA(s) are required to obtain and submit a letter of support from each GSA they represent. The application process, application review process, schedule, program preferences, and definitions are outlined within the PSP. Applicants will apply through DWRs GRanTs portal and must follow the requirements established in the PSP. We recommend interested parties to review the 2019 SGM Grant Program Guidelines and the 2020 Implementation PSP for all details. They can be found on our website at: www.water.ca.gov/sgmgrants

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Other

Any applicant that is not a GSA, member agency of a GSA, or an agency with an approved Alternative to a GSP MUST provide letters of support indicating that they are applying on their behalf and that the work proposed is fully supported by the GSA they represent.

Eligible Geographies:

The Implementation Round 1 grant solicitation is solely for critically overdrafted (COD) basins that are NOT adjudicated, seeking adjudication, or are listed as probationary by the State Water Resources Control Board.

Matching Funding Requirement:

There is a match reduction or match waiver described in the Proposal Solicitation Package and the reduction or waiver is dependent upon whether the project is located within and solely benefits an underrepresented community.

Important Dates

Application deadline The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantor.
Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
05/15/2021
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
11/16/20-1/8/21
Anticipated Open Date
November 2020

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
$26,000,000
Expected number of awards 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.
Dependent
Estimated amount per award 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.
$2,000,000 – $5,000,000
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
No
Requires Matched Funding? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) be able to fully or partially match the grant award amount with another funding source.
25%
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, Chapter 11.6

Funding Method: 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)

Funding Method Notes:

Funding is provided in arrears as reimbursement and can only invoice on a calendar quarter.

How to Apply

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

Resources

For questions about this grant, contact:
1-916-651-9613, sgwp@water.ca.gov