Grants & Loans

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DWR's funding programs support environmental stewardship, flood protection, water conservation, and more.

We provide a number of grant and loan programs that support integrated water management activities addressing public safety, environmental stewardship, and economic stability.

Public agencies are eligible to apply to most of our grant and loan programs. Other eligible applicants vary by program and can be found in each program's guidelines. We post specific grant and loan information based on the funding cycle and status. Documents related to past grant and loan programs can be found in the library.



Upcoming and Current Grant Opportunities

These grant programs are accepting applications and/or public comments on program documents.

CalConserve Water Use Efficiency Loan Program

This program offers $10 million in loans to local agencies for specific types of water conservation and water use efficiency projects and programs that seek to achieve urban water use targets. Loans are available on a first-come, first-served basis until funds are exhausted.  

Water Desalination Grant Program

This program is currently awarding funds for Round 4, for which $93.1 million is available. Remaining funds still available after the Round 4 solicitation awards are made will be offered on a continuous basis and awarded on a first-ready, first-served basis until all grant funds are exhausted. Applicants for projects whose applications were not selected for funding may revise their applications and submit to DWR under the Continuous Application Process.

Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant Program

The Sustainable Groundwater Planning (SGWP) Grant Program has announced draft awards for the 2018 grant cycle. The public comment period will close on February 21, 2018 at 5:00 PM. SCWP provides funds to develop and implement sustainable groundwater planning and projects.

Past Grant Opportunities

The following grant programs are not currently accepting applications. Check back for future opportunities. Programs are grouped by the types of projects they have funded.

Grant Planning and Mapping Tools

  • The Water Management Planning Tool is a web-based map application to assist local agencies in water management planning efforts. It allows users to overlay numerous Geographic Information Systems layers onto a map of California and toggle the layers on and off while varying each one's transparency. It's intended to assist local agencies with their responsibilities related to the California Water Plan, integrated regional water management, and the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act, and service as an informational tool for all interested parties.

  • The Disadvantaged Communities Mapping Tool is a web-based map application to assist local agencies and other interested parties in evaluating disadvantaged community status throughout the State, using the definition provided by Proposition 84 IRWM Guidelines (2015). It allows users to overlay the census place, census tract, and census block group as separate data layers.

  • The Economically Distressed Area Mapping Tool is a web-based application to assist local agencies and other interested parties in evaluating economically distressed area status throughout the State, using the definition specified under the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1) Economically Distressed Area Instructions. 
  • Resources



    The Grants Review and Tracking System is our online application tool

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