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California Drinking Water For Schools Grant Program

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

California Environmental Protection Agency, Rural Community Assistance Corporation, State Water Resources Control Board
Mar 1, 2019

Kim Hanagan, P.E.

Ravi Jawanda


This program provides funding for projects that improve drinking water quality and access on public school campuses and school-sponsored childcare facilities in small and disadvantaged communities in California.

Funding may be used for:

  • New or replacement water bottle filling stations or drinking water fountains
  • New point-of-entry or point-of-use water treatment devices
  • Replacement or repair of drinking water and plumbing fixtures to address lead contamination
  • Purchase of bottled or hauled water as an interim solution while a permanent fix to a drinking water issue is being implemented

Eligible applicants are public K-12 schools, as well as preschool and day care facilities on public school property in disadvantaged communities.

A disadvantaged community is defined as a community that has an annual median household income that is less than 80% of the statewide median household income.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $100,000 per school
Award floor: $25,000
Total program funding: $9,500,000

For an applicant with multiple schools, the maximum grant award is $1,000,000.

Application process

Links to additional guidance, application instructions , and the online application portal are available on the program website.

Assistance with technical solutions and application submission may be available for applicants with projects that serve students from disadvantaged communities. Applicants requesting technical assistance should download and complete the TA Request Form and email it to

Tagged as
Child care · Children and youth · Environmental health · Public health · Schools · California

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