Small Community Drought Relief

Backflow prevention devices and piping installed for residential homes in East Porterville.

Backflow prevention devices and piping from the main pipeline are installed for residential homes in East Porterville, California.

The Small Community Drought Relief Program (Program) is one of the Department of Water Resources’ (DWR's) Drought Relief Grant Programs that offers immediate and near-term financial and technical assistance to small communities facing water supply challenges because of the current drought. The Program was authorized by the Legislature pursuant to the Budget Act of 2021 and as amended in 2022 (Stats. 2022, ch. 44, § 25).


Of the $200 million allocated under Budget 2021 for the Program, a total of $185 million in funding was made available for grants for eligible projects. This funding has already been committed to 89 projects. In addition, another $5 million was made available for the county drought resilience planning program that intends to help the counties to establish standing drought task forces or to develop the county drought resilience plans, per Senate Bill 552.  See the application instructions for DWR’s county drought resilience planning program below under “Resources”. Under Budget 2022, another $95 million was made available to continue the Program and $20 million was made available to initiate a tank program. The tank program intends to provide household water storage tanks and hauled water for California residents whose wells have gone dry due to the ongoing drought. For more information on DWR’s tank program, see the program flyer. DWR continues accepting applications for eligible projects on a non-competitive first-come, first-served basis and may prioritize urgent/emergency applications. 

DWR announced the first batch of funding on 
August 11, 2021. The list of awarded projects and map of funding locations can be found in the Funded Projects link under Drought Related Pages on the top right-hand side of this page.

CA Grants Portal

The California Grants Portal – your one destination to find all state grant and loan opportunities provided on a first-come or competitive basis. Visit to find funding opportunities for you and your community.

View DWR's Forecasted Grants

View DWR's Active Grants

The federal grants portal provides an efficient way to search for federal grants, a learning center, applicant resources, and other helpful information.

The California Financing Coordinating Committee (CFCC) combines the resources of State and Federal funding agencies to provide a one-stop shop for information on available grants, loans and bond financing for infrastructure projects. Since 1998, the CFCC has conducted free  funding fairs each year to educate the public and offer potential customers the opportunity to meet with financial representatives from each agency and learn more about their currently available funding programs.