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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.

Estimated Schedule for Safe, Clean Water Grants & Partnerships

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Pollution Prevention

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Support Volunteer Efforts

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Restore Wildlife Habitat

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Current Grant Opportunities:

A2: Water Conservation Grants

ANNOUNCEMENT:
The grant cycle for our Water Conservation grants for Safe, Clean Water Priority Area A2, is now open. Priority area A2 provides funding to study and test new water conservation activities during the 15-year term of the Water Conservation Research Grant Program. This program encourage agencies and organizations to undertake research projects of new and innovative water conservation and programs and technologies. The primary goal is to identify water savings devices and strategies that can assist the District in meeting its long-term water savings goal of 98,500 acre-feet per year 2030. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 7, 2018 at 11:59 PM.

*Eligibility

  • Proposed projects must be located in Santa Clara County
  • Applicant is one of the following entities:
    • Cities, towns, and county agencies
    • Non-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) tax exempt status
    • Non-profits without a 501(c)(3), but can demonstrate that they are an affiliate or a non-profit organization that possesses a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status
    • For-profit organizations
    • Open space districts
    • Mutual water agencies/districts (public, not for profit)
    • Resource conservation districts
    • Schools, community colleges and universities (public, not for profit)
  • Demonstrate matching funds of at least 25% of total project cost (monetary or in-kind)

*Please note, eligible applicants may submit more than one Water Conservation Research Project for funding consideration under Priority area A2.

Restrictions

  • Projects must be completed within three years to the date of an executed grant 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 grant funding
  • Grantees must possess current general liability, auto liability, and workers' comp insurance prior to the grant agreement going into effect

Sample Projects

  • Educational activities (workshops, trainings, tours) or development of outreach materials that focuses on water conservation
  • A research project utilizing a new technology or innovation around water conservation

How to Apply

Grant Workshop
The preproposal grant workshop for the A2 Water Conservation RFP took place on Monday, October 29, 2018. 

B7: Support Volunteer Cleanup Efforts and Education Grants

ANNOUNCEMENT:
The grant cycle for our Support Volunteer Cleanup Efforts and Education grants under Safe, Clean Water Priority Area B7, is now open. 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. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

*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 the District 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

  • Prior to applying, please download and carefully review the full RFP
  • All grant applications must be submitted electronically through the web portal https://applygrants.valleywater.org
  • Online application and all supporting documentation must be submitted by Friday, February 15, 2019, 11:59 p.m. (PST)
  • The District will not accept grant applications after the grant due date/time. Further, the District will not be responsible for slow and/or delayed grant application submissions regardless of whether it is caused by, but not limited to, the World Wide Web, Internet Service Provider, third party system, or District security system or infrastructure.
  • For additional information or questions, contact: [email protected]

Grant Workshop

The District will hold two 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.

  • December 4, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Location: Administration Bldg
    5750 Almaden Expressway, Room B-108
    San Jose, CA 95118
     
  • December 6, 2018, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Headquarters Bldg
    5700 Almaden Expressway, Room A-143
    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.

D3: Access to Trails & Open Space Grants

ANNOUNCEMENT:
The grant cycle for our Access to Trails & Open Space grants under Safe, Clean Water Priority Area D3, is now open. Priority Area D3 provides funding for projects that provide new access to trails and open space. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 15, 2019 at 11:59 PM.

*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 the District 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

  • Prior to applying, please download and carefully review the full RFP
  • All grant applications must be submitted electronically through the web portal https://applygrants.valleywater.org
  • Online application and all supporting documentation must be submitted by Friday, February 15, 2019, 11:59 p.m. (PST)
  • The District will not accept grant applications after the grant due date/time. Further, the District will not be responsible for slow and/or delayed grant application submissions regardless of whether it is caused by, but not limited to, the World Wide Web, Internet Service Provider, third party system, or District security system or infrastructure.
  • For additional information or questions, contact: [email protected]

Grant Workshop

The District will hold two 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.

  • December 4, 2018, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
    Location: Administration Bldg
    5750 Almaden Expressway, Room B-108
    San Jose, CA 95118
     
  • December 6, 2018, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    Location: Headquarters Bldg
    5700 Almaden Expressway, Room A-143
    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.

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 (pubic 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

  • To apply, please download the application
  • Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and can be submitted via email to [email protected].
  • Applications may also be sent through U.S. Mail to the following address: Santa Clara Valley Water District; Attn: Ahmar Qadir; Clean, Safe Water Grants and Partnerships; 5750 Almaden Expressway, San Jose, CA 95118.

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

 

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