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Proposals for trail grants requested

Contact: Marty Grimes
Office: 408-630-2881
Mobile: 408-681-9265 (Please note new number)

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Date: Sept. 18, 2014

Up to $571,000 in grants to be awarded

SAN JOSE—The Santa Clara Valley Water District has opened a grant application process to award up to $571,000 to implement projects that will provide a significant link to Santa Clara County’s creek side trail or open space network.

Cities, the county, open space districts, non-profit organizations and community groups that are interested in supporting or building trails are encouraged to submit project proposals. Details on the priority themes and the application process are posted at

A grant workshop will be held at the water district at 1:30 pm on Oct. 1, 2014. Proposals are due on Nov. 21, 2014.

The grant funding comes from the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program, which was approved by voters in 2012. This cycle will fund grants for the expansion of trails and open space access.

This program builds upon the work of previous trails grant cycles under the Clean, Safe Creeks and Natural Flood Protection Program. From 2001 to 2013, the Clean, Safe Creeks and Natural Flood Protection Program provided more than $4 million in grants to 22 trail grant projects. These grant projects along with Joint Trail and Joint Use Agreements provided access to over 70 miles of creek side trails throughout the county.

In fiscal year 2014, the water district awarded 15 grants under the Safe, Clean Water Program for a total of more than $2 million to address the following priorities: 1) pollution prevention, 2) support volunteer cleanup efforts and education, and 3) restore wildlife habitat and provide access to trails.

During the 15-year life of the Safe, Clean Water Program, the water district expects to distribute nearly $35 million in grants, partnerships and rebate programs. Each year, one or more grant programs will have a new funding cycle.

The Santa Clara Valley Water District manages an integrated water resources system that includes the supply of clean, safe water, flood protection and stewardship of streams on behalf of Santa Clara County's 1.8 million residents. The district effectively manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, an advanced recycled water purification center, a state-of-the-art water quality laboratory, nearly 400 acres of groundwater recharge ponds and more than 275 miles of streams. We provide wholesale water and groundwater management services to local municipalities and private water retailers who deliver drinking water directly to homes and businesses in Santa Clara County.