Hundreds of School Districts Still Eligible For $9.5 Million in Drinking Water Grants
Hundreds of School Districts Still Eligible For $9.5 Million in Drinking Water Grants
Corrie Pelc
Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Deadline: March 1, 2019 

Click here for information about the program, technical assistance or to view a list of preliminary award projects.  

 More than 300 school districts and individual schools serving low-income communities throughout California are eligible to apply for $9.5 million worth of grants to increase access to safe drinking water. 

 The grants are available for a range of projects, but the schools and school districts must act quickly to claim the money through a statewide grant program administered by the State Water Resources Control Board. The testing for lead in drinking water at all K-12 schools must be completed by July 1, 2019. After which time the State Water Boards’ Division of Drinking Water will begin issuing enforcement action to water systems that have not contacted the schools and completed lead testing. 

 There are several possible projects that qualify for the grants, including new or replacement water bottle filling stations or drinking fountains; new point-of-entry or point-of-use water treatment devices; and the repair or replacement of drinking water and plumbing fixtures to resolve lead contamination issues. 

 The program also allows for funding interim solutions – including bottled water or hauled water – while more comprehensive, long-term drinking water projects are being completed. 

 Eligible schools and school districts are encouraged to act promptly to submit applications and claim some of the available grant money, as the deadline is five months away. 

 The individual grants are significant and are available for everything from a single school to an entire school district. The breakdown looks like this: 

 • Minimum grant amount is $25,000 per applicant
• Maximum grant amount is $100,00 per school, and $1 million per eligible district or county office
• There is no match requirement for the grant! Schools and school districts without engineering and design expertise need not go it alone when it comes to figuring out new solutions for safe drinking water. 

Technical assistance is available for eligible applicants serving a population of 20,000 or less. 

Informational Webinar Coming Up in December 
SSDA is teaming up with California Water Boards to offer a free informational webinar at 3pm on Thursday, December 6th that explains the Drinking Water For Schools Grant Program and the available funding. Attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions about the application processClick here to register for the free webinar.