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The Santa Clara Valley District (District) manages an integrated water resources system that includes the supply of clean, safe water, flood protection and stewardship of streams on behalf of Santa Clara County’s 1.9 million residents. The District’s mission is to provide Silicon Valley safe, clean water for a healthy life, environment, and economy.

The Safe, Clean Water and Natural Flood Protection Program (Safe, Clean Water Program) is a 15-year strategy approved by voters in 2012 to ensure uninterrupted water resources services in Santa Clara County. The grants program is being implemented to address key performance indicators associated with priorities identified in the Safe, Clean Water Program.
The District is now accepting applications for program Priority B3 Pollution Prevention. The District is still accepting minigrant applications on an ongoing basis.

Note: The application period for standard grants B7 Support Volunteer Cleanup Efforts & Education and D3 Access to Trails & Open Space has closed. Funding decisions for those applicants will be announced in March 2018. 

For this grant cycle, the following funding are available for each priority:
  • B3 Pollution Prevention: $500,000 (funding limit for each project will be between $25,000 - $200,000) 
  • D3 Minigrants - Restore Wildlife Habitat: $200,000 (mini grants not to exceed $5,000 per award)

All proposed projects must be located in Santa Clara County. All applicants must identify as one of the following entities: 
  • Local cities, towns, and county agencies
  • Local non-profit organizations with a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status
  • Local non-profits without a 501(c)(3), but can demonstrate that they are an affiliate of a non-profit organization that possesses a 501(c)(3) tax exempt status
  • Open space districts
  • Mutual water agencies/districts (public, not for profit)
  • Resource conservation districts
  • Schools, community colleges and universities (public, not for profit) 
Additional eligibility requirements for each specific grant will be idenified once applicants log into the system.  
The District will hold two public preproposal workshops to provide overview of the grant application guidelines and process, including a demonstration of the Dstrict's online grants management system that all applicants will be required to use to submit grant applications. Participation is recommended but not mandatory. 

December 7, 2017, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Location: Headquarters Building, Room A-143
5700 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, CA 95118

December 14, 2017, 5:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Location: Headquarters Building, Room A-143
5700 Almaden Expressway
San Jose, CA 95118

Please RSVP to prior to the workshop to ensure adequate space for all. Be sure to indicate: "Safe, Clean Water Grants Workshop RSVP" in the subject field of the email. 

B3 Pollution Prevention applications are due by Friday, Januaray 12, 2018 @ 11:59pm.
D3 Restore Wildlife Habitat mini grant applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until all funding is awarded.
For more information about the District’s Safe, Clean Water Grant Program, please go to Grants & Partnerships.
Any questions pertaining to the grants or any feedback on the grants application system, can be emailed to