Grants Watershed Coordination
Periodically, the Department of Conservation awards competitive grants to special districts, nonprofit groups, and local governments to promote community based watershed management and local watershed protection efforts. The grants support watershed coordinator positions that facilitate collaborative efforts to improve and sustain the health of California's watersheds. Grants for watershed coordination offer organizations a unique opportunity to improve and sustain the health of California's watersheds through a coordinated and collaborative approach.
· History: In 2000-2002, the pilot Watershed Coordinator Grant Program provided $2 million in grant funding for RCD watershed coordinators. The program funded 30 coordinators in 30 watersheds across the state. In 2002-2003, the program was able to extend 18 of the grantees for 18 months with funding from CALFED. The Department published quarterly progress reports to highlight the activities of each grantee.
In 2004, the grant program was expanded through CALFED funding from the Water Security, Clean Drinking Water, Coastal and Beach Protection Act of 2002 (Proposition 50). The 2004-2007 grants were made available. In the Spring of 2004, $9 million was awarded for 48 grants. The work carried out by these grants was completed in 2007. Visit our Grant Reports page to learn about the activities of each coordinator.
· Another grant round was carried out in 2007, also funded through CALFED Proposition 50 funds. Over $8 million was awarded during this round. Work began implementing these grants beginning in 2008. Work will continue on these grants through mid year 2011. The goal of these 2007 watershed coordinator grants is to improve watersheds which affect the CALFED Solution Area by providing support for local watershed improvement efforts.
The 2007 Request for Proposals and administrative forms are available for reference.
· In August 2010, the DOC’s Statewide Watershed Program offered grants for watershed coordination assistance. With a new source of funding from Proposition 84 – Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coastal Protection Act of 2006, the effort has been expanded. Grants were available using a competitive process, to special districts, nonprofit groups, and local governments throughout the State, to assist in developing and implementing community based watershed programs. The deadline for grant applications has closed, and the coordinator grants have been awarded.
Watershed Grants allow special districts, nonprofit groups, and local governments to promote watershed management and local watershed improvements. The grant programs support watershed projects that employ hundreds of people throughout the state.
- The USEPA 2010 Targeted Watershed Grants Program provides targeted watershed grants throughout the United States. Grant projects that have been funded thus far focus on a broad array of methods for addressing watershed concerns including water quality trading, agricultural best management practices, wetland and riparian restoration, nutrient management, fish habitat restoration and public outreach and education. Information regarding the grants available in California may be found through this link.