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Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Grants & Partnerships Program

The Grants & Partnerships Program under the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program provides funding opportunities to leverage community resources for efficient use of funds. The program also seeks to increase collaborations and partnerships for stewardship activities with cities, the county, nonprofit organizations, schools, and other community stakeholders.

The Safe, Clean Water grant funding opportunities are offered for projects that meet specific criteria by topic area, and are available for applications according to the schedule below.

NOTE: Grant cycles are subject to change.

 

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The FY21 grant application period is expected to open in fall 2020. 

For your reference, the FY20 grant cycle materials are located below.  

Grant Opportunities

A description of each grant funding opportunity and application information is provided below. 

D3: Wildlife Habitat Restoration Mini-Grants - Currently Open

The grant cycle for the D3: Wildlife Habitat Restoration mini-grants is open. The mini-grants program aims to provide seed funding to encourage broader and long-term community engagement in wildlife habitat restoration or watershed stewardship activities in Santa Clara County. Mini-grant funding is designed to support small scale projects or help kick start larger scale projects.

Examples of past projects that have received mini-grant funding include: educational excursions to creeks and other waterways for underserved communities; establishing a neighborhood community garden; and conducting community workshops on the appropriate and beneficial use of grey water.

Mini-grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis with an average of $200,000 available per grant cycle and a maximum award of $5,000 per grant.

*Eligibility

  • Proposed projects must be located in Santa Clara County
  • Applicant is one of the following entities:
    • Local agency or municipality
    • Special District
    • Organized community group with an established structure (must identify individual responsible for signing agreement, insurance, etc.)
    • 501(c)(3) nonprofit
    • School, community college, or university (public or nonprofit)
  • Demonstrate matching funds of at least 25% of total project cost (monetary or in-kind)

Restrictions

  • Only one mini-grant will be awarded for each project
  • Projects must be completed within two years following the date of executed agreement
  • All applicants must provide a signed IRS W-9 tax form
  • Grantees must agree to a waiver of liability that releases the Valley Water from any liability associated with the grant funding
  • For creek and bay cleanup projects, staff will review location of proposal cleanup site to ensure that activities are spread throughout the county and not concentrated in the same areas

Sample Projects

  • Educational activities (workshops, training sessions, tours) or development of outreach materials that focuses watershed stewardship and wildlife restoration
  • Physical Improvements, such as invasive plant removal or native planting on accessible sites
  • Surveys to identify open space needs, trail accessibility, etc.
  • Research projects that benefits the restoration of wildlife or support trails and open space accessibility 

How to Apply

For additional information or general inquiries, please contact: [email protected].

A2: Water Conservation Mini-Grants - Currently open through Dec. 31, 2020

On February 11, 2020, the Board of Directors approved a pilot A2 Water Conservation Mini-Grant Program to offer $100,000 through December 31, 2020. The mini-grant applications will be accepted on a rolling basis with a maximum award of $5,000 per grant. The grant cycle for A2 Water Conservation mini-grants is now open.

The Water Conservation mini-grants program aims to provide seed funding to projects that meet one or more of the criteria of:

  • helping identify potential water reduction technologies and methods;
  • researching new and innovative technologies; and/or
  • conducting educational or outreach opportunities related to water conservation.

Mini-grant funding is designed to support small scale projects or help kick start larger scale projects.

Eligibility

  • Proposed projects must be located in Santa Clara County
  • Applicant is one of the following entities:
    • Local agency or municipality
    • Special District
    • Organized community group with an established structure (must identify individual responsible for signing agreement, insurance, etc.)
    • 501(c)(3) nonprofit
    • School, community college, or university (public or nonprofit)
    • For-profit organization
  • Demonstrate matching funds of at least 25% of total project cost (monetary or in-kind)

Restrictions

  • Only one mini-grant will be awarded for each project
  • Projects must be completed within two years following the date of executed agreement
  • All applicants must provide a signed IRS W-9 tax form and meet Valley Water's insurance requirements
  • Grantees must agree to a waiver of liability that releases Valley Water from any liability associated with the grant funding

How to Apply

The application is available at https://valleywater.fluxx.io

Informational Sessions

We welcome prospective grantees to attend a virtual information session to learn more about this new grant funding opportunity.

For additional information or general inquiries, please contact: [email protected].

A2: Water Conservation Grants

The A2 Water Conservation grant funding opportunity will be offered again in fall 2020. 

Safe, Clean Water Priority A2 provides funding to study and test new water conservation activities. This program encourages organizations to undertake research projects of new and innovative water conservation programs and technologies. The primary goal is to identify water savings devices and strategies that can assist the district with its water conservation efforts. On average, Safe, Clean Water Priority A2 provides up to $100,00 per funding cycle.

Examples of past projects that have been funded include:

  • conducting advanced metering pilot studies
  • evaluating water conservation and leak notification of Smart Home devices
  • studying low-cost hydroponics for cost-effective growth of leafy vegetables

Eligibility

  • Proposed projects must be located in Santa Clara County
  • Applicant is one of the following entities:
    • Public agency or non-profit with 501(c)(3) status
    • Organization that has a fiscal sponsorship from an existing non-profit with 501(c)(3) status
    • For-profit organization
    • School, community college, or university (public or private)
  • Demonstrate matching funds of at least 25% of total project cost (monetary or in-kind)

Restrictions

  • Only one grant will be awarded per project
  • Projects must be completed within three years following the date of executed agreement
  • All applicants must provide the necessary insurance, tax, and liability documentation, as outlined in the Fluxx application.

How to Apply

For additional information or general inquiries, please contact: [email protected].

A2: Water to Go (bottle filling station) Grants - Completed

Water to Go station

Project Name: Water-to-Go Stations

Grantee50 Public Schools in Santa Clara County

District Grant Award: $250,000

SCW Program Priority: A2 Safe, Clean Water Partnerships & Grants

Year Awarded: 2014

Project Summary: The district collaborated with First 5 Santa Clara and the Santa Clara County Department of Public Health to provide drinking water dispensers and other potable water devices for students to help public schools comply with California Senate Bill 1413, which requires that schools provide access to free, fresh drinking water during mealtimes in food service areas. The district has awarded grants to 50 schools countywide to purchase Water-to-Go stations.

Project Location: Countywide

Status: Grants all awarded

Learn more about Safe, Clean Water Priority A2: Safe, Clean Water Partnerships & Grants

B3: Pollution Prevention Grant

The B3 Pollution Prevention grant funding opportunity will be offered again in fall 2021. 

Safe, Clean Water Priority B3 provides pollution prevention grants totaling an average of $500,000 per cycle for projects addressing the reduction of contaminants in surface or groundwater and the reduction of toxins in our local waterways.

Past grants that have been funded include:

  • public education programs to prevent pharmaceuticals from entering waterways
  • technical assistance to help farmers protect groundwater
  • partnerships to reduce litter and graffiti

Eligibility

  • Proposed projects must be located in Santa Clara County
  • Applicant is one of the following entities:
    • Public agency or non-profit with 501(c)(3) status
    • Organization that has a fiscal sponsorship from an existing non-profit with 501(c)(3) status
    • School, community college, or university (public or private)
  • Demonstrate matching funds of at least 25% of total project cost (monetary or in-kind)

Restrictions

  • Only one grant will be awarded per project
  • Projects must be completed within three years following the date of executed agreement
  • All applicants must provide the necessary insurance, tax, and liability documentation, as outlined in the Fluxx application.

How to Apply

For additional information or general inquiries, please contact: [email protected].

B7: Support Volunteer Cleanup Efforts and Education Grants

The B7 Support Volunteer Cleanup Efforts and Education grant funding opportunity will be offered again in fall 2020. 


Priority area B7 provides funding for cleanup, education, outreach and watershed stewardship activities. The funding also allows the District to continue supporting volunteer cleanup activities such as National River Cleanup Day, California Coastal Cleanup Day, the Great American Pick Up, and Adopt-A-Creek, as well as Creek Connections Action Group and creekwise education. 

*Eligibility

  • All proposed projects must be located in Santa Clara County
  • Applicant is one of the following entities:
    • Local cities, towns, and county agencies
    • Local non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status
    • Local non-profits without a 501(c)(3), but can demonstrate that they are an affiliate of a non-profit organization that possesses 501(c)(3) tax exempt status
    • Open space districts
    • Mutual water agencies/districts (public, not for profit)
    • Resource conservation districts
    • Schools, community colleges and universities (not for profit)

Restrictions

  • Projects must be completed within three years of the date of an executed grant agreement
  • All applicants must provide a signed IRS W-9 tax form
  • Grantees must agree a waiver of liability that releases Valley Water from any liability associated with the grant funding
  • Grantees must possess current general liability, auto liability, and workers' comp insurance prior to the grant agreement going into effect

Sample Projects

  • Providing education and outreach activities on the need for clean, effective creeks and waterways in under-resourced communities
  • Organizing cleanups with volunteers from local public schools
  • Developing and implementing curriculum around the relationship between water quality and riparian area health for local businesses and their employees

How to Apply

For additional information or general inquiries, please contact: [email protected].

D3: Wildlife Habitat Restoration Grant

The D3 Wildlife Habitat Restoration grant funding opportunity will be offered again in fall 2021. 

Safe, Clean Water Priority D3 provides grants and partnerships to projects that create or enhance wetland, riparian and tidal marsh habitats; protect special status species; remove fish migration barriers; install fish ladders; remove non-native, invasive plant species; and plant native species. On average, Priority D3 Restore Wildlife Habitat provides $1.3 million funding per grant cycle.

Eligibility

  • Proposed projects must be located in Santa Clara County
  • Applicant is one of the following entities:
    • Public agency or non-profit with 501(c)(3) status
    • Organization that has a fiscal sponsorship from an existing non-profit with 501(c)(3) status
    • School, community college, or university (public or private)
  • Demonstrate matching funds of at least 25% of total project cost (monetary or in-kind)

Restrictions

  • Only one grant will be awarded per project
  • Projects must be completed within five years following the date of executed agreement
  • All applicants must provide the necessary insurance, tax, and liability documentation, as outlined in the Fluxx application.

How to Apply

For additional information or general inquiries, please contact: [email protected]

D3: Access to Trails & Open Space Grants

The D3 Access to Trails and Open Space grant funding opportunity will be offered again in fall 2020. 

Priority Area D3 provides funding for projects that provide new access to trails and open space. 

*Eligibility

  • All proposed projects must be located in Santa Clara County
  • Applicant is one of the following entities:
    • Local cities, towns, and county agencies
    • Local non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status
    • Local non-profits without a 501(c)(3), but can demonstrate that they are an affiliate of a non-profit organization that possesses 501(c)(3) tax exempt status
    • Open space districts
    • Mutual water agencies/districts (public, not for profit)
    • Resource conservation districts
    • Schools, community colleges and universities (not for profit)

Restrictions

  • Projects must be completed within five years of the date of an executed grant agreement
  • All applicants must provide a signed IRS W-9 tax form
  • Grantees must agree a waiver of liability that releases Valley Water from any liability associated with the grant funding
  • Grantees must possess current general liability, auto liability, and workers' comp insurance prior to the grant agreement going into effect

Sample Projects

  • The construction of a bridge linking two trails together
  • The creation of a trail that provides a significant link to the creekside trail network

How to Apply

For additional information or general inquiries, please contact: [email protected].


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