The objective of this FOA is to invite states, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, local governmental entities, non-profit organizations, Existing Watershed Groups, and local and special districts (e.g., irrigation and water districts, county soil conservation districts) to submit proposals for Phase I activities to develop a watershed group, complete watershed restoration planning activities, and design watershed management projects. See Section C.3. Eligible Projects for a more comprehensive description of eligible activities.
In its FY 2019 NOFA, the WIFIA program opened its third selection round and allowed prospective borrowers to submit letters of interest for 90 days, beginning the day the NOFA is published in the Federal Register. It also announced four priorities:
The Department of the Environment awards funding to non-profit organizations (registered with the IRS as 501(C)3 organizations) whose work in source reduction, reuse, recycling, composting and outreach helps San Francisco reach its environmental goals.
The Coastal Conservancy is currently soliciting Proposition 1 grant proposals, applications are due April 30, 2019. The Proposition 1 Solicitation describes the grant program, its priorities, evaluation criteria, and other important information. In order to apply, applicants must submit a cover page and a project description. Applications for Prop 1 funding for restoration and ecosystem protection projects must include a completed Corps Consultation Review form.
The Water Recycling Funding Program provides grants to assist public agencies with the construction of pilot projects for new potable reuse. The applicant must demonstrate that the pilot project will develop new information that does not currently exist and increase the body of knowledge regarding technologies that help the understanding of how potable reuse can effectively be achieved through the innovative application of current and new technologies. (DUE Nov. 16, 2018)
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of approximately $5.5 billion in credit that could finance over $11 billion in water infrastructure projects through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program.
Funds may be used to pay expenses associated with providing technical assistance and/or training (TAT) to identify and evaluate solutions to water problems relating to source, storage, treatment, and distribution, and to waste disposal problems relating to collection, treatment, and disposal; assist applicants that have filed a preapplication in the preparation of water and/or waste disposal loan and/or grant applications; and to provide training that will improve the management, operation and maintenance of water and waste disposal facilities.
The CLEEN Center provides direct public financing to Municipalities, Universities, Schools and Hospitals (MUSH) to help meet the State's goals for greenhouse gas emissions reduction, water conservation and environmental conservation. Financing can be funded via a combination of a direct loan from IBank or public market tax-exempt bonds in amounts from $50 thousand to $30 million (or higher with board approval).
The Home Energy Renovation Opportunity (HERO) Program is a Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing program. PACE programs allow homeowners to finance energy improvements, and to repay the financing through special assessments on their property taxes. In most cases the property tax assessment will stay with the property if it is sold, though the buyer's lender may impose restrictions on the transfer.
The California Conservation Corps can work with schools, public agencies, and commercial properties.
There are five CCC crews trained to assist with water conservation work, including installation of new irrigation systems and turf removal for state and local agencies. The drought legislation also allows the CCC to help with water conservation measures on commercial properties.
The CCC has funding to complete water conservation projects through June 30, 2016.