Safe Clean Water Program

Public Education and Community Engagement Grants Program

The Safe Clean Water Public Education and Community Engagement Grants Program can support education and community engagement efforts related to stormwater and urban runoff capture within the LA County Flood Control District. This is an exciting opportunity to partner with the County to advance the 14 goals of the Safe Clean Water Program (SCWP), and we encourage all interested parties to engage in the program design public input process, and apply for funding if eligible. 

The program is currently in development, and is expected to formally launch in August. The program development process will include opportunities for public feedback on the program design. Please fill out this interest form if you’d like to receive updates on program development and rollout.

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What is the purpose of the Public Education and Community Engagement grants program?

In November 2018, Los Angeles County voters approved the Measure W parcel tax to build and maintain multi-benefit stormwater infrastructure through the SCWP. This ordinance also requires that a portion of funds be set aside for Public Education and Community Engagement Programs so that residents can develop an increased awareness of the SCWP and participate in achieving its goals. To fulfill that directive, the County is partnering with the Water Foundation to develop and administer the grants program.

Who will be eligible to apply for a grant?

Applications must be led by a nonprofit or Tribe with 501(c)(3) public charity status; OR a public agency or educational institution.

  • A 501(c)(3) public charity may serve as a fiscal sponsor for another applicant to administer the grant and provide regular financial reporting to the Water Foundation.
  • Any organization may be part of more than one proposal but may only serve as the lead applicant for one proposal.

Eligible organizations must be located in and serve populations within Los Angeles County.

No project that would fall under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) will be eligible for grant funding.

What kinds of activities will the grants program fund?

Eligible grant activities could include:

  • Site visits and tours.
  • Support for collaboratives, trainings, convenings, water academies, and water leadership training.
  • Community-led project concept development.
  • Community meetings.
  • Project-specific community outreach.
  • Community needs assessments.
  • Community science initiatives.
  • Development of curriculum and materials, videos, radios, social media posts, and podcasts.
  • Other similar public education and community engagement activities that advance the goals of the SCWP.

When do you anticipate funding being available?

We anticipate that a call for proposals will go out to the public in August, following a public input process on the program’s design. Check back soon for updates on when public input meetings will take place.

How much funding will be available?

We anticipate that $8.5M will be available over the course of two grant cycles, to be administered over a two-year period.