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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.
For this funding cycle, the District will award grants for the following Safe, Clean Water Program priorities:
  • B7 Support Volunteer Cleanup Efforts and Education
  • D3 Access to Trails and Open Space
  • D3 Restore Wildlife Habitat  

For this grant cycle, the following funding are available for each priority:
  • B7 Support Volunteer Cleanup Efforts and Education: $200,000 (not to exceed $50,000 per grant award)
  • D3 Access to Trails and Open Space: $571,000 (minimum of $25,000 per grant award)
  • D3 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 information workshops to provide overview of the grant, application guidelines and process, including a demonstration of the District’s recently implemented web-based grant administration system that all parties will be required to use to submit their applications. Participation is recommended but not mandatory.
August 21, 2017, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: Administration Bldg
5750 Almaden Expressway, Room B-108 Building
San Jose, CA 95118
August 28, 2017, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Administration Bldg
5750 Almaden Expressway, Room B-108 Building
San Jose, CA 95118
NOTE: Please RSVP to at least 3 days prior to the workshop to ensure there will be adequate space for all. Please be sure to indicate: “Safe, Clean Water Workshop RSVP” in the subject field of the RSVP email.

Grant proposals for B7 Support Volunteer Cleanup Efforts and Education and D3 Access to Trails and Open Space must be submitted online by October 13, 2017 @ 11:59 p.m. (PST).

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