Integrated Regional Water Management Grant Program
Proposition 1, Chapter 7 Regional Water Security, Climate and Drought Preparedness (Water Code § 79740 – 79748) funding is intended to improve regional water self-reliance security and adapt to the effects on water supply arising out of climate change. Specifically, the purpose is to assist water infrastructure systems in adapting to climate change; provide incentives for water agencies throughout each watershed to collaborate in managing the region’s water resources and set regional priorities for water infrastructure; and improve regional water self-reliance, while reducing reliance on the Sacramento‐ San Joaquin Delta. The Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Grant Program is designed to encourage integrated regional water resource management strategies by providing funding for projects and programs that support integrated water management. Previous Proposition 1 IRWM solicitations were administered according to the 2016 IRWM Grant Program Guidelines (2016 Guidelines) and the 2019 IRWM Grant Program Guidelines (2019 Guidelines). The 2022 IRWM Grant Program Guidelines (2022 Guidelines) will apply to all future solicitations for grant funding under Proposition 1. However, changes may be necessary due to legislation or changes in State’s water management policy. If changes are necessary, the 2022 IRWM Guidelines will be amended and subject to a public review process per California Water Code (Water Code) §79706(b).
Because Proposition 1 allotted funds by Funding Area, DWR will default to project location in determining how funds are allocated. In some cases, an IRWM region may propose to use grant funds allocated to its Funding Area to perform work in another Funding Area. This is allowable, but the applicant must include in their proposal: A clear explanation of how the project contributes directly to the objectives of their IRWM Plan; A description of the Regional Water Management Group’s (RWMG) efforts to cooperate on planning and implementation; and A description of the level of support for the project from the Funding area in which the project will be located.
Water Code §79712 identifies the following entities as eligible grant applicants: Public agencies, 501(c)(3) Non-profit organizations, Public utilities, Federally recognized Indian Tribes, State Indian Tribes listed on the Native American Heritage Commission’s Tribal Consultation list, Mutual water companies
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September 2, 2022
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