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Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants in California


What does this program do?

This program helps eligible communities prepare, or recover from, an emergency that threatens the availability of safe, reliable drinking water.

Who may apply?

  • Most state and local governmental entities
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Federally recognized tribes

What kind of event can qualify as an emergency?

  • Drought or flood
  • Earthquake
  • Tornado or hurricane
  • Disease outbreak
  • Chemical spill, leak or seepage
  • Other disasters

NOTE: A federal disaster declaration is not required.

What is an eligible area?

  • Rural areas and towns with populations of 10,000 or less -- check eligible addresses
  • Tribal lands in rural areas
  • Colonias

The area to be served must also have a median household income less-than the state's median household income for non-metropolitan areas. Contact your local RD office for details.

How may the funds be used?

  • Water transmission line grants up to $150,000 to construct waterline extensions, repair breaks or leaks in existing water distribution lines, and address related maintenance necessary to replenish the water supply
  • Water source grants up to $1,000,000 are to construct a water source, intake or treatment facility

Are matching funds required?

  • Partnerships with other federal, state, local, private and nonprofit entities are encouraged

How do we get started?

  • Applications for this program are accepted year round, 
    online through RD APPLY or through your local RD office.
  • Program resources are available online (forms, guidance, certifications, etc.).

Who can answer questions?

  • Staff in your local RD office
  • Participating nonprofit associations

What governs this program?

  • Code of Federal Regulation, 7 CFR 1778
  • Section 306A of the Consolidated Farm and Rural Development Act

Why does USDA Rural Development do this?

This program helps prevent damage or restore households and business' access to clean, reliable drinking water in eligible rural areas and towns following natural disasters. Funding can improve the natural environment and encourage manufacturers and other businesses to locate or expand operations.

NOTE: Please select your state in the dropdown menu above to find the state office contact information and speak to a program specialist before attempting to fill out any forms or applications. This will save you time in completing your application.

National Architect Requirements:

There are no other architect, engineering or environmental requirements at the national level. If there are additional state-specific requirements they will be listed above. 

There are no other additional requirements at the national level. If there are additional state-specific requirements they will be listed above.

State Office:

Main Phone Number: (530) 792-5800

USDA Rural Development
Attn: Water Programs
430 G St, Agency 4169
Davis, CA 95616

Pete Yribarren, California Community Programs Director
(805) 863-9928

Katie Schmitt, State Office Community Programs Specialist
(530) 792-5827

Daniel Cardona, State Office Community Programs Specialist
(760) 397-5949

Local Offices:

Del Norte, Siskiyou & Trinity Counties
Kevin DeMers, Yreka Office
(530) 572-3126

Lassen, Modoc, Plumas, Shasta & Tehama Counties
Mike Colbert, Alturas Office
(530) 233-4137 ext.112
Angela Cross, Alturas Office
(530) 233-4137 ext.113

Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa & Sonoma
Reef Atwell-Smith, Santa Rosa Office
(707) 536-0246
Quinn Donovan, Santa Rosa Office
(707) 536-0248

Butte, Colusa, Glenn, Sutter & Yuba Counties
Colleen Crowden, Davis Office
(530) 792-5833

El Dorado, Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin,
Sierra, Solano & Yolo Counties
Doug Colucci, Woodbridge
916) 212-5088
Tenna Hungate, Davis Office
 (530) 792-5815
Michael Vukas, Davis Office
(530) 792-5824

Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, Mono & Stanislaus Counties
Tonja Galentine, Modesto Office
(209) 287-3626

Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Merced & Tuolumne Counties
Sally Tripp, Fresno Office
(559) 490-8029
Antonio Ybarra, Fresno Office
(559) 490-8035

Alameda, Contra Costa, Monterey, San Benito, San Mateo,
Santa Clara & Santa Cruz Counties
Esther De La Cruz, Salinas Office
(831) 975-7736

Kings & Tulare Counties
Lisa Butler, Visalia Office
(559) 754-3146

Kern & Inyo Counties
Dan Johnson, Bakersfield
(661) 281-2736

San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara & Ventura Counties
Al Correale, Santa Maria
(805) 863-9938

Los Angeles & San Bernardino Counties
Christina Swegles, Phelan
(760) 948-4138

Imperial, Orange, Riverside & San Diego Counties
Luis Andrade, Imperial
(760) 355-2208 ext. 108

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