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Grants for Resource Conservation Districts

Watershed Coordinator Grant Program

The Department of Conservation awards competitive grants to special districts, nonprofit groups, and local governments to promote watershed management and local watershed improvements. The grant program supports watershed coordinator positions that facilitate collaborative efforts to improve and sustain the health of California’s watersheds. The Watershed Coordinator Grant Program offers organizations a unique opportunity to improve and sustain the health of California’s watersheds through a coordinated and collaborative approach.

  • In 2000-2002, the pilot Watershed Coordinator Grant Program provided $2 million in grant funding for RCD watershed coordinators. The program funded 30 coordinators in 30 watersheds across the state. In 2002-2003, the program was able to extend 18 of the grantees for 18 months with funding from CALFED. The Department published quarterly progress reports to highlight the activities of each grantee.

  • In 2004, the grant program was expanded through CALFED funding from the Water Security, Clean Drinking Water, Coastal and Beach Protection Act of 2002 (Proposition 50). The 2004-2007 grant program was open to special districts, nonprofit groups, and local governments and provided $9 million for a three-year period. In the Spring of 2004, 48 Grants were awarded and are currently under completion. Visit our Grant Reports page to read about the activities of each coordinator.

  • The 2007 grant program will also be funded through CALFED Proposition 50 funds and will provide $9 million beginning in 2008. This grant program is designed as a three-year grant program that will go through 2011. The goal of the 2007 Watershed Coordinator Grant Program is to improve watersheds which affect the CALFED Solution Area by providing support for local watershed improvement efforts.

    The 2007 Request for Proposals and application forms are now available.   

RCD Assistance Grants

The RCD Assistance Grants Program is no longer active.  The list of prior grant recipients (PDF) is available: