Have you ever come up with a great way to conserve water or educate others about the importance of our creeks and streams and then realize you need help turning your idea into action?
Our Grants & Partnerships Program allows Valley Water to work with the community to make a difference together. This year, we have $1.4 million available for projects that advance our mission of providing safe, clean water for a healthy life, environment and economy. This is funded by Measure S, the renewal of the Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program that was overwhelmingly approved by voters in November 2020.
There is no minimum or maximum amount per project. Grant applications are due by Friday, March 4, 2022.
The specific categories we are looking to fund projects in are:
- Water Conservation: The goal of this category is to identify devices, programs and strategies that can help save water and promote conservation efforts. We are looking specifically – but not exclusively – at projects that research new and innovative water conservation programs and technologies.
- Pollution Prevention: This category looks to reduce contaminants in water, which could be accomplished through education, technical assistance or other means.
- Volunteer Cleanup Efforts and Education: These grants are meant to assist with cleanup and watershed stewardship activities, as well as education and outreach about our watersheds.
- Wildlife Habitat Restoration: These projects are meant to support or restore native plants and animals. There are several ways to go about this, from creating or enhancing wetlands to removing non-native, invasive plants to protecting threatened or endangered species.
- Access to Trails and Open Space Grants: Access to our natural environment is important. These projects provide and increase access to open space and creekside trails.
If you have a project that fits within one of these descriptions, we encourage you to apply!
We are particularly interested in projects that promote equity, allowing resources to reach historically underserved areas or have not received grant funding support from the program in the past. Bonus points are offered to projects that serve disadvantaged communities, applicants applying for the first time, and applicants that demonstrate financial stability.
Who can apply?
For this round, we are accepting applications from organizations and groups such as:
- Public agencies
- Organized community groups
- Nonprofit organizations
- Student and senior groups
- Community centers
- Special districts
- Organizations serving disadvantaged communities
- Faith-based organizations
- Scout troops
- Private companies (for water conservation research grants only)
How do I apply?
Visit valleywater.org/grants to view the 2022 Standard Grant Guidelines, which includes detailed information about the online application process, minimum requirements and eligibility criteria. You can also find the frequently asked questions, more resources and samples/templates to assist you with your application.
We encourage you to attend a virtual informational workshop for the details and application tips to better prepare yourself to submit a strong and competitive proposal.
Virtual Information Workshops:
- January 12, 2022, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. (RSVP – https://bit.ly/Grants2022Jan12)
- January 25, 2022, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. (RSVP – https://bit.ly/Grants2022Jan25)
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (408) 630-2080.