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Institutional Turf Replacement Program


The Institutional Turf Replacement Program focuses on non-State, public facilities in the underserved (defined as being within a disadvantaged community (DAC)), drought-stricken communities of the San Joaquin Valley (Figure 1). For a summary of the program details, click here [Pg. 1] [Pg. 2]. For the on-line application for the Institutional Turf Replacement Program in the San Joaquin Valley, please click here. [DOC] [PDF]

The program includes the following components:

  1. California Conservation Corps. (CCC) Partnership - DWR is working with CCC to deliver the removal of turf and the direct install of low water - using landscapes.

  2. Funding – DWR is providing funds for plants and materials to the CCC. DWR and CCC are providing funds for tools and labor.

Eligible applicants include county and local government agencies or non-profit organizations. Completed applications will be evaluated in the order received and for meeting the preferred criteria. State facilities will not be funded. A non - DAC applicant must have a 50% cost share to be considered. Please click here for the 50% cost share application. [DOC][PDF]

Preferred projects should include:

  • Public visibility with an education component
  • Consideration of local landscape ordinances (MWELO)
  • Use of innovative water supplies (LIDs)
  • Turf removal and replacement with California Native Plants and/or pollinator-friendly plants that are “low to very low” water use. (Plants)
  • At least one tree incorporated into the project (can be an existing tree) per every 1/4 acre
  • Reutilization of existing infrastructure such as irrigation systems or walkways

To participate in the program, applicants must complete and submit their application for qualification and acceptance. Once scheduled, CCC will coordinate with the applicant to remove or replace turf and other landscape materials; install or modify irrigation system components; and install replacement plants and other landscaping materials, as needed.

If you have any questions regarding the Institutional Turf Replacement Program, please send an e-mail to or call (916) 651-9667.

For more information about the Residential Turf Replacement Program, visit, or call (844) 642-7410.