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

The Grants & Partnerships Program under Safe, Clean Water 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. Sign up to receive emails for funding availability


The FY20 grant application period is closed.  The reference materials associated with the FY20 grant cycle are located below.  

Current Grant Opportunities:


The grant cycle for our mini-grants is now 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.


  • 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)


  • 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 District 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, trainings, 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].

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