The purpose of the Program is to use grant funds to facilitate the use of desalinatedwater to meet the water resources needs of the state. The focus of the Program is onthe development of potable water for municipal uses.
Eligible Projects will be awarded grants to desalinate naturally-occurring brackish (>1,000 mg/L TDS) or saline water to directly support local or regional potable municipal water resources and directly or indirectly provide water supply benefits to the State. A total of $6,000,000 of Proposition 1 funds are available. In addition to other benefits, proposed projects will be evaluated on the following: • Increased potable water supply to increase public health and the quality of municipal water supply systems (CWC §79767(c)) • Increased water supply reliability (CWC §79767(a)) • Improved water desalination technology, process efficiencies, and methodologies (CWC §79767(e) & §12947(c)) • Advanced methods that minimize adverse impacts to the environment associated with desalination processes and new water supplies which decrease reliance on diversions from the Delta or instream flows (CWC §79767(b) & §12946) • Contribute to decreasing environmental impacts caused by greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions which includes energy efficiencies (i.e., water-energy nexus) (CWC §79767(b) & §12946). Projects must have a completed feasibility study showing evaluated alternatives, appropriate CEQA documentation to support the project, and be ready to be implemented within 6 months of project award.
- Public Agency
- Tribal Government
Also eligible: Investor-Owned Utilities Mutual Water Companies
Eligible projects throughout the state of California, including both northern and southern California and coastal and inland regions, must provide information for the specific location of the facility for which grant funding is being sought. Eligible projects must be located in California.
Matching Funding Requirement:
The Applicant is responsible for providing a Funding Match from non-state grant sources of at least fifty percent of the total Funded Project cost in the form of cash or donated services. “Funding Match” means funds made available by the grant recipient and may include, but is not limited to, federal funds, local funds, state loan funds, or donated services from non-state sources.
How to Apply
State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.
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