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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

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For more information about the FY20 grant opportunities, please attend a workshop:

Current Grant Opportunities:

A2: Water Conservation Grants

Valley Water is accepting grant applications for Water Conservation Grants for FY 2019-2020 from Aug. 30 to Nov. 1.  For more information, please review the RFP  and to apply, please visit https://valleywater.fluxx.io.

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].

B3: Pollution Prevention Grant

Valley Water is accepting grant applications for Pollution Prevention Grants for FY 2019-2020 from Aug. 30 to Nov. 1. For more information, please review the RFP  and to apply, please visit https://valleywater.fluxx.io.

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].

D3: Wildlife Habitat Restoration Grant

Valley Water is accepting grant applications for Wildlife Habitat Restoration Grants for FY 2019-2020 from Aug. 30 to Nov. 1. For more information, please review the RFP and to apply, please visit https://valleywater.fluxx.io.

Safe, Clean Water Priority B3 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]

Mini-Grants

ANNOUNCEMENT:
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.

*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 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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