California Department of Water Resources (DWR)
Grants to California nonprofit organizations, public agencies, IHEs, tribes, public utilities, and regional water management groups for projects that address the adverse effects of drought on local communities. Funding is intended to support projects that mitigate the immediate negative impacts on human safety and health, protect fish and wildlife resources, and provide water to communities that face the loss or contamination of their water supplies.
Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Program provides grants for the interim and immediate drought relief to urban communities and for multibenefit projects. Projects must meet one of the following purposes:
Eligible Project Types:
Projects (e.g., water demand management, groundwater recharge, and ecosystem restoration) not explicitly identified by Water Code Section 13198 (c) may still be eligible if projects satisfy the criteria and eligibility outlined in this GL/PSP and address an immediate drought response.
Eligible projects that reasonably satisfy all criteria and meet one or more of the priorities listed below will be prioritized for funding first:
If sufficient funding exists, projects that do not meet a priority above may be funded.
Eligible costs include technical assistance, site acquisitions, and costs directly related to the provision of each project.
GrantWatch ID#: 199372
Projects must be completed by March 31, 2026.
Drought relief funds will expire on June 30, 2026.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit a complete application to DWR using the following e-mail address: Urbandrought@water.ca.gov
For questions, contact DWR_IRWM@water.ca.gov or email@example.com.
California Department of Water Resources
Division of Regional Assistance, Financial Assistance Branch
715 P Street, 6th Floor, Mailbox 15
Sacramento, CA 94236-0001
Attn: Linda Woolridge
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