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What is the Water-Energy Grant Program?

The Water-Energy Grant Program provides funds to implement water efficiency programs or projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and reduce water and energy use.

Eligible Applicants: local agencies, joint powers authorities, and nonprofit organizations

The 2016 solicitation focuses on these eligible programs/projects:

  • Commercial Water Efficiency or Institutional Water Efficiency Programs.
  • Residential Water Efficiency Programs that benefit Disadvantaged Communities.
  • Projects that reduce greenhouse gas, reduce water and reduce energy use.
  • Only projects with water conservation measures that also save energy.

Available Funding: $19,000,000

On January 31, 2017, DWR released Draft Funding Recommendations and two options for post project monitoring for the 2016 Water-Energy Grant Program. See the Awards page for more information.


The Water-Energy Grant Program is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities. The cap-and-trade program also creates a financial incentive for industries to invest in clean technologies and develop innovative ways to reduce pollution. California Climate Investment projects include affordable housing, renewable energy, public transportation, zero-emission vehicles, environmental restoration, more sustainable agriculture, recycling and much more. At least 35 percent of these investments are made in disadvantaged and low-income communities. For more information, visit California Climate Investments.