How To Apply Central Valley Disadvantaged Community Water Quality Grants Program

Application Instructions

All interested applicants must submit an online application to help us determine if the proposal appears to be a good fit for the fund. Please remember, this grants fund has twin “bulls eyes”, disadvantaged community benefit and water quality. To advance in the process, successful applicants must hit both bulls eyes.

Please follow these steps to submit your application:

a) Check Eligibility: Please check all eligibility requirements before starting the application.

b) Read the Application Instructions: Please read all of the instructions carefully and follow them step-by-step. To access our online application system instructions, please visit

c) Start your Application via our online application system. Once you log onto the system, please specifically answer each question, and please be aware of the character limits that will be specified for your responses to each question.

  • Letter of Inquiry are due January 25, 2019 at 5pm.
  • Full funding applications are due February 8, 2019 at 5pm.

What Happens Next

A review process of the applications will take place, and Rose Foundation will then recommend a Project List to the Central Valley Regional Water Quality Control Board. At its discretion, the Water Board may accept some, or all, of the projects on the Project List. Once the final Project List is determined by the CVRWQCB, these projects become eligible for SEP funding. The CVRWQCB will make its final eligibility decision by mid 2019. And, please remember that even if chosen for the 2019 Project List, there is no guarantee that projects on this SEP list will be funded, and there is no deadline for when actual funding decisions will be announced. It is anticipated that funding decisions will be announced on a rolling basis throughout the year as SEP funds become available.


Laura Fernandez, Program Officer
lfernandez -at-, (510) 658-0702

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