Do you know of or are you part of an organization with a project that can help conserve water in Santa Clara County and benefit from receiving $5,000 in grant funding?
Valley Water has launched a pilot Water Conservation Mini-Grant Program, and we are accepting online applications for start-up projects that help save water. Projects can receive mini-grant funding of up to $5,000 per project. The program has $100,000 in funding available for applications submitted through December 31, 2020, or until all available funding is awarded.
Entities eligible for the Water Conservation Mini-Grant Program include local agencies or municipalities, special districts, organized community groups with an established structure, 501(c)(3) nonprofits, schools, community colleges, and public or nonprofit universities, as well as for-profit organizations.
We will be holding a virtual workshop about the grant award process, eligibility criteria, and minimum qualifications on Tuesday, July 28, 2020, from 9 to 10 a.m.
This grant funding is part of the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program approved by voters in 2012 to allow Valley Water to reinvest into the community for meaningful projects.
Water Conservation mini-grant projects must meet one or more of the criteria:
- Helping identify potential water reduction technologies and methods
- Researching new and innovative technologies
- Conducting educational or outreach opportunities related to water conservation
Projects must demonstrate matching funds of at least 25% of the total project cost (monetary or in-kind) to be eligible for funding. A project may be authorized for full or partial requested funding, and the project must be completed within two years.