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Sustainable Groundwater Management (SGM) Grant for Critically Overdrafted Basins - Due 11/30/21

The SGM Grant Program's goal is to provide funding to GSAs to update/revise their GSPs and other entities to update/revise their approved Alternatives to a GSP. The funding will also be used towards implementing the GSP or Alternative Plan. This funding is for critically overdrafted (COD) basins only.

The anticipated opening date is October 1st, 2021, with a deadline of November 30, 2021. The total estimated available funding is $60 million.

Grant Management Associates has experience with the Department of Water Resources. Contact us for a consultation on this opportunity.

Portal ID: 6772

Status: Forecasted

Opportunity Type: Grant

Expected award announcement: 12/31/2021

Period of performance: 10/1/2021-11/30/2021

Anticipated Open Date: October 1, 2021

Total estimated available funding: $60,000,000

Expected number of awards: 10 – 20


The Legislature has provided $60 million to DWR for drought and groundwater investments to achieve regional sustainability through investments in groundwater recharge with surface water, stormwater, recycled water, and other conjunctive use projects, and projects to prevent or clean up contamination of groundwater that serves as a source of drinking water. DWR will solicit proposals to award funding on a non-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 a GSP(s) or Alternative Plan. Eligible applicants are GSAs, member agencies of GSAs, and agencies with an approved Alternative to a GSP. All applicants must be within a COD basin with an adopted GSP that has been submitted to DWR for review and deemed complete by DWR or approved Alternative to a GSP. Basins that were adjudicated after January 1, 2015 and a COD basin are eligible for funding. Those basins that adjudicated prior to January 1, 2015 or considered probationary under SGMA by the State Water Resources Control Board at or after the time of application submittal 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 document that is anticipated to be available for public review by September 30, 2021. Applicants will apply through DWRs GRanTs portal. We recommend interested parties to review the funding guidance document, once available, for all details. For updated information and clarifications, please visit our website:

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

Any applicant that is not a GSA, member agency of a GSA, or an agency with an approved 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.

Eligible Geographies:

The grant solicitation is solely for critically overdrafted (COD) basins that are not listed as probationary by the State Water Resources Control Board.

Matching Funding Requirement: N/A

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