Los Angeles Community Water Justice Grants Program

About the 2019 Pilot Program

This pilot Grants Program is a partnership between the Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment and the California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Los Angeles Region (Los Angeles Regional Board), whose mission is to preserve and enhance water quality for the benefit of present and future generations, within major portions of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties and along very small portions of Kern and Santa Barbara Counties. Grants from this Program will be funded through Supplemental Environmental Project (SEP) payments. A SEP is, in part, “an environmentally beneficial project that a person agrees to undertake, with the approval of the Los Angeles Regional Board, that would not be undertaken in the absence of an enforcement action.” As part of its scope of activities to benefit water quality in this region, the Los Angeles Regional Board may enter into settlements with dischargers that include SEPs. in lieu of remitting payment of administrative civil liability to the California State Water Resources Control Board’s (State Water Board) Water Pollution Cleanup and Abatement Account and/or Waste Discharge Permit Fund. Such SEPs are typically memorialized in Administrative Civil Liability (ACL) orders.

The overall goals are of the Program are:

>> to support water related water quality community-based projects that meet important objectives that comply with the State Water Board’s Policy on SEPs; and

>> to ensure that any project funded by a SEP both benefits and involves underserved, vulnerable, or otherwise disadvantaged communities in its design and implementation.

Since this Grants Program helps direct future SEP payments to community-based water quality projects, the purpose of the application process is to develop an initial Project List. Organizations with projects that meet both the community and water quality criteria will then be placed on the initial Project List. Projects which qualify for the Project List are then eligible for funding through a SEP. Due to the linkages between this pilot Grants Program and enforcement efforts being conducted by the State of California, all grant applications should be considered publicly-available documents, and the full text of all applications recommended for the initial Project List shall be provided to Los Angeles Regional Water members and published on their website website.

Deadlines

  • Letters of Inquiry are due by January 11, 2019 at 5pm. 
  • Based on Letters of Inquiry, a limited number of full funding proposals which strongly meet both the water quality and community benefit objectives will be invited

**The application process will open November 15, 2018**

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Eligibility and Priorities

To be eligible for a grant from the Los Angeles Community Water Justice Grants Program, the applicant and project must meet all of the following criteria. Submitting an application for consideration does not in any way guarantee any level of funding whatsoever. Click here to read more and review project examples for the Los Angeles Grants Program.

How to Apply

For detailed information about this funding opportunity join the How-To-Apply Conference Call on November 27, 2018 at 3pm.

Click here to review how to apply to the Los Angeles Community Water Justice Grants Program.

Advisory Board

The Los Angeles Community Water Justice Grants Program is advised by a local advisory board of individuals with deep knowledge of Los Angeles issues. Click here to read the member bios.

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