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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.

Estimated Schedule for SCW Grants & Partnerships Program

SCW Program Priority

FY14

FY15

FY16

FY17

FY18

FY19

FY20

FY21

FY22

FY23

FY24

FY25

FY26

FY27

FY28

A2 Water Conservation Grants 

 

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B3 Pollution Prevention

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B7 Support Volunteer Efforts

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D3 Restore Wildlife Habitat

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D3 Provide Access to Trails

 

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D3 Mini-Grants

 

 

 

 

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Current Grant Opportunities:

D3: Restore Wildlife Habitat

The district is now accepting grant proposals for the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Grant Program Priority D3 Restore Wildlife Habitat. The district will be accepting all grant proposals through its online application system at applygrants.valleywater.org.    

 The D3 Restore Wildlife Habitat Grants are for activities such as creating or enhancing wetland, riparian and tidal marsh habitat; protecting special status species; removing fish migration barriers; installing fish ladders; removing non-native, invasive plant species; and planting native species

Proposed projects under Priority D3 should provide the following benefits: 

  • Enhances creek and bay ecosystems
  • Improves fish passages and habitat
  • Leverages community funding through grants
  • Increases collaborations and partnerships for stewardship activities with cities, the County, nonprofit organizations, schools, underserved communities, and other stakeholders

The District will hold public information workshops to provide overview of the grant, application guidelines and process, including a demonstration of the District’s recently implemented web-based grant administration system that all parties will be required to use to submit their applications. Participation is recommended but not mandatory.

February 8, 2018 | 4 – 5:30 p.m.

Location: Headquarters Bldg, Room A-143

5700 Almaden Expressway

San Jose, CA 95118

NOTE: Please RSVP to [email protected] to ensure there will be adequate space for all. Please be sure to indicate: “Safe, Clean Water Workshop RSVP” in the subject field of the RSVP email.

Deadline for Submissions: Grant proposals must be submitted by March 30, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. through applygrants.valleywater.org

To submit a grant proposal, prospective grant applicants must register for an account at applygrants.valleywater.org. All information pertaining to the grants, including eligibility, application requirements, funding availability, deadlines, and evaluation criteria can be found on applygrants.valleywater.org. Additional questions regarding grant application process and technical support for proposal submission can be directed to [email protected].

Mini-Grants

The Safe, Clean Water Mini-Grants program is designed to provide seed funding (up to $5,000 per project) to encourage broader and/or long-term community engagement in wildlife habitat restoration and watershed stewardship activities in Santa Clara County. Projects funded under the mini-grants program must provide the following benefits:

  • Enhance creek and bay ecosystems
  • Improve fish passage and habitat
  • Increase community awareness and understanding of watershed stewardship

Eligibility

  • Proposed project 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 proposed cleanup site to ensure that activities are spread throughout the county and not concentrated in same areas and must not overlap with cleanups organized by other entities

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 benefit the restoration of wildlife or support trails and open space accessibility

How to Apply

  • Mini-Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis and does not have a deadline
  • Go to applygrants.valleywater.org to create an account and submit an online application.
  • For additional information or questions contact: [email protected]

 

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