Who is eligible for funding?
- Grant applications can be submitted to the Program from state agencies or other political subdivisions of the state, nonprofit organizations, federally recognized Indian tribes, and state Indian tribes listed on the Native American Heritage Commission’s California Tribal Consultation List. Public utilities and mutual water companies can also be eligible for funding if projects serve a definite public purpose and are in compliance with existing water management acts.
What type of projects will be funded?
Funding shall be used for projects that will provide fisheries or ecosystem benefits and achieve the Program’s purpose.
Projects are categorized as:
- Planning, Scientific Studies, Monitoring, and Assessment
- Grants can be allocated to projects focused on program development, project design, implementation strategies, baseline data collection, and environmental review. Additionally, grants are intended to support planning projects with a high probability to qualify for future implementation funding.
- Funds can be used for monitoring the effectiveness of previously funded stream flow enhancement projects, projects enhancing future stream flow management decisions, or assessing natural resources relative to stream flow.
- Implementation grants support projects that provide direct and measurable enhancement of stream flow. Highest priority is given to “shovel ready” projects where initial planning, design, and approval are largely completed.
- Grants can be allocated to fund fair market value purchases of land, water rights, or interests in land or water. Acquisitions must provide a direct and measurable enhancement of stream flow.