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CA Dept of Water Resources: Sustainable Groundwater Management (SGM) Grant Program: (2/18/22)


The Legislature has provided $152 million to DWR for SGMA Implementation activities, that includes planning and implementation projects. DWR will solicit proposals to award funding through a modified competitive basis for tasks and activities that help the basins reach sustainability through investments in groundwater recharge and/or projects that prevent or clean up contamination of a groundwater that serves as a source of drinking water. Tasks and activities can also include updating/revising/modifying a GSP(s) or Alternative Plan. Eligible applicants are GSAs, member agencies of GSAs, and agencies with an Alternative to a GSP. All applicants must be within a COD basin with a GSP or Alternative to a GSP. Basins that were adjudicated after January 1, 2015 (or are in the process of adjudicating after January 1, 2015) or considered probationary under SGMA by the State Water Resources Control Board at or after the time of application submittal are also eligible for funding. Those applicants located within basins that adjudicated prior to January 1, 2015 are not eligible to apply for or receive grant funding. The project area and service area must be within the most current DWR Bulletin 118 basin that is designated as COD by the latest SGMA Basin Prioritization at the time of application submittal. Only one application will be accepted per basin. The application process, application review process, schedule, program preferences, and definitions are outlined within the funding guidance documents posted on the SGM Grant Program's webpage on December 17, 2021.

Applicants will use the guidance provided in the PSP to develop a review committee to use the scoring criteria to score and rank projects within their basin. Once completed, the applicants will use the template provided by their assigned Grant Manager to submit a Spending Plan to for DWR review. We recommend interested parties to review the funding guidance document for all details. For updated information and clarifications, please visit our website:


Eligible Applicants: Other/Any applicant that is not a GSA, member agency of a GSA, or an agency with an Alternative to a GSP MUST provide letters of support indicating that they are applying on their behalf and that the work proposed is fully supported by the GSA they represent. The applicant must meet the definition of a local public agency, nonprofit, or Tribe as defined in the 2021 Guidelines and PSP found at:

Eligible Geographies: The grant solicitation is solely for critically overdrafted (COD) basins and those COD basins that adjudicated, or are in the process of adjudicating, after January 1, 2015.

Award Details:

Match required: none

Total available: $152M

Maximum Award: $7.6M

Minimum Award: $0

Submission Details:

Application Due: 2/18/22

Expected Award Announcement: 4/1/22

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