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Standard Grants Program


Valley Water helps make a difference through our Standard Grants Program

The FY22 grant cycle applications are now closed. 

Please sign up for our listserv for updates on the FY23 Grant cycle. 


What's new this year?

We've made a significant change for the 2022 grant cycle. This year, we are accepting applications for all project areas.

In previous grant cycles, funding opportunities were limited to one or two project priority areas of the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program per year. But this year we are opening the grant funding opportunities to all eligible project areas listed below.

We have a new team, a streamlined and simpler way of doing things, and more funding opportunities. If you've received a grant in the past, now is a great time to apply again.

If you're new to Valley Water's Grants Program, read on to learn more.

What projects are eligible?

In this current round of funding, we have a total of up to $1.4 million in total with no minimum or maximum for projects that fit into the following categories:

  • Water Conservation: The goal of this category is to identify devices, programs, and strategies that can help save water and promote conservation efforts. We're looking specifically – but not exclusively – at projects that research new and innovative water conservation programs and technologies.
  • Pollution Prevention: This category looks to reduce contaminants in water. That could be through education, technical assistance, or other means.
  • Volunteer Cleanup Efforts and Education: These grants are meant to assist with cleanup and watershed stewardship activities, as well as education and outreach about our watersheds.
  • Wildlife Habitat Restoration: Does your project support, restore or conserve native plants and animals? There are a number of ways to go about this, from creating or enhancing wetlands to removing non-native, invasive plants to protecting threatened or endangered species.
  • Access to trails and open space grants: Access to our natural environment is important. These projects provide and increase access to open space and creekside trails.

We are putting particular emphasis on projects that promote environmental justice and equity and that serve traditionally underserved or disadvantaged populations.

We want to broaden the reach of the funding we provide as well as opportunities. Click here to learn more about past projects.

Who is eligible?

We are accepting applications from the following organization types and groups that work/provide services within Santa Clara County:

  • Public agencies
  • Schools
  • Organized community groups
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Museums
  • Student and senior groups
  • Community centers
  • Special districts
  • Organizations serving disadvantaged communities
  • Faith-based organizations
  • Scout troops
  • Private companies (for water conservation grants only)

Contact us if you're not sure about your eligibility.

What can we do for you?

We can help expand your organization’s impact in the community.

We are eager to partner with you to help create meaningful change. Even small changes can ripple out to a much bigger impact and pooling our resources can help us work together to create the change that improves our community and environment.


Applications are due by March 4, 2022, and will be reviewed by mid-April 2022. Funds will be awarded following approval by the Board of Directors in May 2022. Funds will be dispersed on a reimbursement basis once the grant agreement is signed.

Activity Schedule
Announce FY22 Standard Grant Cycle and Release the FY22 Standard Grant Guidelines December 1, 2021
December Virtual Informational Workshops (Register via Zoom to access workshop link)

December 9, 2021, from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Workshop Recording (Youtube)

December 15, 2021, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Workshop Recording (Youtube)

Open Application for Online Submission January 3, 2022
January Virtual Informational Workshops (Register via Zoom to access workshop link)

January 12, 2022, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.

Workshop Recording (Youtube)

January 25, 2022, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

Workshop Recording (Youtube)

Deadline for Online Grant proposal Submission  March 4, 2022 (11:59 p.m. PST)
Review and Evaluate Grant Proposals by a Panel of Valley Water Staff and/or External Members March 5 - April 15, 2022
Present Evaluated Proposals and Recommend Grant Awards to Valley Water Board of Directors for Approval May 2022
Send Out Notice of Funding to Awarded Grantees June 2022
CEO Executes Grants Agreements* June - December 2022

*Agreement Execution times may vary based on the complexity of the scope, CEQA review, permitting, and grantee’s ability to respond to any required follow-up documentation/clarifications

Learn more

Still, have questions? Scroll to see what kinds of projects have received grant funding in the past or contact us at [email protected] or (408) 630-2080 to learn more.

Are you interested in staying in touch? Sign up for our mailing list to receive emails on future funding opportunities.

You can also schedule a meeting with staff using the following link:

Valley Water also offers smaller grants under our Mini-Grants program!


Valley Water offers several resources to help you learn more about our standard grants to get you started on the application process. These resources include: