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

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The SGM Grant Program's SGMA Implementation Round 1 will provide funding to GSAs to update/revise/modify their GSPs and other responsible entities to update/revise/modify their approved Alternatives to a GSP. The funding will also be used towards implementing the GSP or Alternative Plan. This funding is for critically overdrafted (COD) basins only. Funding will be provided through a competitive grant process.


The Legislature has provided $152 million to DWR for SGMA Implementation activities, that includes planning and implementation projects. DWR will solicit proposals to award funding through 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. Tasks and activities can also include updating/revising/modifying a GSP(s) or Alternative Plan. Eligible applicants are GSAs, member agencies of GSAs, and agencies with an approved Alternative to a GSP. All 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 were adjudicated after January 1, 2015 (or are in the process of adjudicating after January 1, 2015) or considered probationary under SGMA by the State Water Resources Control Board at or after the time of application submittal are also eligible for funding. Those applicants located within basins that adjudicated prior to January 1, 2015 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 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. The application process, application review process, schedule, program preferences, and definitions are outlined within the funding guidance document that is anticipated to be available for public review by October 15, 2021.

Applicants will use the guidance provided in the PSP to develop a review committee to use the scoring criteria to score and rank projects within their basin. Once completed, the applicants will use the template provided on the program's website to submit a Spending Plan to for DWR review. We recommend interested parties to review the funding guidance document, once available, for all details. For updated information and clarifications, please visit our website:

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 grant solicitation is solely for critically overdrafted (COD) basins and those COD basins that adjudicated, or are in the process of adjudicating, after January 1, 2015.

Matching Funding Requirement:


Important Dates

Expected award announcement The date on which the grantor expects to announce the recipient(s) of the grant.
Period of performance The length of time during which the grant money must be utilized.
Anticipated Open Date
December 20, 2021

Funding Details

Total estimated available funding The total projected dollar amount of the grant.
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.
10 – 20
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.
$0 – $7,600,000
Letter of Intent Required? Certain grants require that the recipient(s) provide a letter of intent.
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.
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:

General Funds through the Budget Act of 2021 (Senate Bill 170)

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.


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