Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant Program

The Sustainable Groundwater Planning (SGWP) Grant Program provides funds to develop and implement sustainable groundwater planning and projects.

Proposition 1, approved by the voters on November 4, 2014 authorized the legislature to appropriate funds to DWR to establish the SGWP grant program. See Assembly Bill 1471 Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014.

The Sustainable Groundwater Planning (SGWP) Grant Program Guidelines establishes the general process, procedures, and criteria that DWR will use to administer solicitations, submittal and review of grant applications, and award of grant funding for the SGWP Grant Program. Individual Proposal Solicitation Packages (PSPs) will contain detailed information on how to apply for each grant solicitation.

2018 Draft Funding Recommendations 

On February 6, 2018, DWR released the Draft Funding Recommendations to award 78 proposals totaling $85.8 million for the SGWP Grant Program Solicitation.
Detailed information regarding the draft funding recommendations and proposal evaluations can be found at the following links:
This release of the Draft Funding Recommendations opens the public comment period. 

Public Comment Submittal

Public comments on draft funding recommendations can be submitted by the following methods:

Electronic Mail
Transmitted comments should be sent to Electronic files should be MS Word compatible or PDF.

Hard Copy via U.S. Mail
California Department of Water Resources
Division of Integrated Regional Water Management
Financial Assistance Branch
Post Office Box 942836
Sacramento, CA 94236
Attention: Jason Brabec

Hard Copy via Hand Delivery
901 P Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Attention: Jason Brabec

Please specify applicant name and proposal title for which you are addressing comments. The public comment period will close on February 21, 2018 at 5:00 PM. Comments on the draft funding recommendations will be posted on the Public Comments page.

2017 Groundwater Sustainability Proposal Solicitation Package

DWR has released the Final 2017 Proposal Solicitation Package (PSP) for Groundwater Sustainability Plans (GSPs) and Projects. DWR is administering the Sustainable Groundwater Planning Grant Program, using funds authorized by Proposition 1, to encourage sustainable management of groundwater resources that support the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). This PSP is making a total of approximately $86.3 million available, with at least $10 million made available to projects that serve Severely Disadvantaged Communities (SDACs) and the remaining amount for planning, development, or preparation of GSPs. Eligible projects for this PSP must address high and medium priority basins as identified in DWR Bulletin 118 or a non-adjudicated portion of one of these basins.

Eligible Applicants: public agencies, non-profit organizations, public utilities, federally recognized Indian tribes, state Indian tribes listed on the Native American Heritage Commission's Tribal Consultation list, and mutual water companies (Water Code §97917.(a-b)).

Release of Final GSPs and Projects PSP/Phase 1 solicitation opens for Open Filling - September 8, 2017

End of Phase 1 Open Filing: Grant Applications must be submitted via GRanTS - November 13, 2017

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Contact Information

Jason Brabec          

(916) 657-4893


Zaffar Eusuff     

(916) 651-9266