New round of grants available for trails, volunteer cleanups

The Santa Clara Valley Water District has opened a grant application process to award up to $571,000 in grant funding for projects related to developing access to trails and open space. An additional $120,000 in grant funding is available for projects that support volunteer cleanup efforts, education and watershed stewardship activities.

Both grant programs are part of the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program parcel tax, approved by voters in 2012. The Safe, Clean Water program has numerous funding priorities. The volunteer cleanup efforts and education are funded under Priority B7, and the trails and open space grants are funded under Priority D3.

The Support Volunteer Cleanup Efforts and Education (Priority B7) grants are for cleanup, education, outreach and watershed stewardship activities. The funding also allows the district to continue supporting volunteer cleanup activities such as National River Cleanup Day, California Coastal Cleanup Day, the Great American Pick Up, and Adopt-A-Creek, as well as Creek Connections Action Group and creekwise education.

The Access to Trails and Open Space RFP (Priority D3) aims to fund projects that provide access to trails or trails that provide a significant link to the creekside trail network, for example, the possible construction of a bridge over Coyote Creek in the Rock Springs neighborhood of San José.

Grant Program: Priority B7: Support Volunteer Cleanup Efforts and Education Priority D3: Access to Trails and Open Space
Total amount available: $120,000 $571,000
Funding per project: Maximum $50,000 per project Minimum of $25,000 per project
Eligibility: All interested parties including public and non-profit organizations may submit a proposal for funding under the Support Volunteer Cleanup Efforts and Education RFP. All interested parties including public and non-profit organizations may submit a proposal for funding under the Access to Trails and Open Space RFP.
Optional workshops: Both grant programs will be presented at two optional workshops. District technical staff will be available to answer questions about specific project ideas, such as required permits, potential regulation challenges, etc. Applicants are encouraged to attend to learn more about district processes prior to submitting project proposals. Please RSVP by emailing

Workshop 1:

  • Dec. 4, 2018, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
  • Location: Administration Building
  • 5750 Almaden Expressway, Room B-108, San Jose, CA 95118

Workshop 2:

  • Dec. 6, 2018, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
  • Location: Headquarters Building
  • 5700 Almaden Expressway, Room A-143, San Jose, CA 95118
Due date: Friday, Feb. 15, 2019 @ 11:59 p.m.

All grant applications must be submitted electronically through the district’s grant portal,

This grant cycle is the latest of several planned rounds of funding for these grants. During the 15-year life of the Safe, Clean Water Program, the water district expects to distribute nearly $35 million in grants, partnerships and rebate programs, under several different funding categories. Each year, one or more grant programs will have a new funding cycle.

Questions about this request for grant proposals should be directed to


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