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$100,000 in grants available for water conservation programs and technologies

Contact: Colleen Valles
Office: 408-630-2985
Mobile: 408-681-9265

Oct. 11, 2017 

Grants are part of voter-approved Safe, Clean Water program

SAN JOSE—The Santa Clara Valley Water District has opened a grant application process to award up to $100,000 for testing new and innovative water conservation programs and technologies. The funding is part of the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program, which was approved by voters in 2012.

The primary goal is to identify promising water-saving devices and strategies that can assist the water district in meeting its long-term goal of saving more than 32 billion gallons of water per year by 2030.

Public, private, and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply. Details on the application process are posted at www.valleywater.org/grants.aspx. A pre-proposal workshop will be held at the water district at 5750 Almaden Expressway, from 9 to 11 a.m. on Oct. 26, 2017. Proposals are due on Nov. 30, 2017.

The maximum grant amount is $50,000 and the minimum grant amount is $5,000. All projects must be completed by June 30, 2020.

This grant cycle is the fifth of several planned rounds of funding for conservation grants.

In addition to this grant funding, the district currently has several other open grant application processes related to creek cleanup, education, outreach, watershed stewardship, trails, open space and wildlife habitat restoration.

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, under several different funding categories. Each year, one or more grant programs will have a new funding cycle.

Questions about this request for grant proposals should be directed to Jerry De La Piedra at (408) 630-2257 or gdelapiedra@valleywater.org.


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 nearly 1.9 million residents. The district effectively manages 10 dams and surface water reservoirs, three water treatment plants, 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 throughout Santa Clara County.