CSAC Bulletin Article

Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Grant Program

November 10, 2021

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) has released the program guidelines and proposal solicitation package to distribute $200 million in funding available through the Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Grant Program. The program is designed to help communities facing the loss or contamination of their water supplies due to drought, and address immediate drought impacts on human health and safety, protect fish and wildlife resources, and provide other public benefits, such as ecosystem improvements. This program is in addition to a separate $200 million in grants provided through the Small Community Drought Relief Program launched this summer.

DWR will accept applications on a rolling basis until all the funds are expended. DWR will match applications to the appropriate funding source based on eligibility, and projects may be funded by either Urban Community Drought Relief funds or Multibenefit Project funds. The first round of awards will be announced as early as December 2021. Examples of eligible project types include emergency water interties, new wells, and fish and wildlife rescue, protection, and relocation. For questions about the Urban and Multibenefit Drought Relief Grant Program and how to apply, please contact DWR at urbandrought@water.ca.gov.

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