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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 Safe, Clean Water Grants & Partnerships

SCW Program Priority

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Support Volunteer Efforts

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Restore Wildlife Habitat

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Current Grant Opportunities:

Mini-Grants

ANNOUNCEMENT:
The Safe, Clean Water Pilot Mini-Grants Program will close applications on June 30, 2018. Staff will use the time to evaluate the program’s pilot year and provide recommendations to the Board of Directors for the program moving forward. In the meantime, if you have been involved with the mini-grants program, as a grantee, potential applicant, or participated in a mini-grant funded program/project, please assist us in completing a short survey.

Please check back at the end of August to learn more about the next steps of the mini-grants program.

 


 

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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