Funding Opportunity: Safe Drinking Water in Schools

Funding Opportunity: Safe Drinking Water in Schools

Posted on September 1, 2017

Funding opportunity to increase access to, and quality of safe drinking water in schools.

The California State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) has $9.5 million in grant funding available (Notice of Funding Availability) through the Drinking Water for Schools Program, which may be used to address existing water quality issues and or access to clean, safe water. Funds can provide the installation of water bottle filling stations or drinking water fountains, and interim water supplies and treatment devices for schools where contamination is an issue.

Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) are eligible to apply for these funds, including schools that serve kindergarten through 12th grade, and preschools and daycares that are located on school property.

During the first nine months, the program is open only to LEAs that serve Disadvantaged Communities (DAC) with a population of less than 20,000. County offices of education are encouraged to apply on behalf of multiple small districts within their jurisdiction, which can reduce costs through joint purchasing and contracting.

If your school or district is interested in learning more about this exciting new opportunity to improve student access to safe drinking water you can access the guidelines and application here. Applications are scheduled to be released on September 1, 2017.

Self-Help Enterprises has been selected to provide technical assistance during the grant application and implementation period throughout the Central Valley. LEAs should register for Technical Assistance here: Additionally, you can contact Vanessa Soto at (559) 802-1604 or for more information.

There will be informational workshops held between September and October. Attend one to find out more in-depth information about the program, the application process and technical assistance available.

Monday, September 11
10 a.m. – noon.
Rural Community Assistance Corporation Headquarters
Sal Solinas Conference Room
3120 Freeboard Drive
West Sacramento, CA
This session will also be webcast, session registration link here

Monday, September 18
1 – 3 p.m.
San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board
2375 Northside Drive
San Diego, CA 92108
The link for the webcast can be found on the CalEPA Public Meeting Live Webcasts page here

The video link will become active 15 minutes prior to the webcast start time on the day of your meeting.

Chico and Bakersfield locations to be announced.