Disadvantaged Community and Tribal Involvement Grant Program

The Disadvantaged Community Involvement Program is designed to ensure the involvement of  disadvantaged communities  (DACs), economically distressed areas (EDAs), or underrepresented communities (collectively referred to as DACs) in IRWM planning efforts. The Proposition 1 2016 IRWM Guidelines established the general process, procedures, and criteria that DWR is using to implement the IRWM DAC Involvement Program.


DWR has completed award of over $51 million to the 12 Funding Areas identified in Proposition 1 as shown in the table below.  The status and contact information for each grant is provided in the following table:



Proposition 1 Disadvantaged Community Involvement Program Status


Funding Area

Grantee  Minimum Allocation   Grant Award  Total Proposal Cost

Agreement Execution

North Coast

 Humboldt County  $2,650,000  $2,650,000 $2,650,000


San Francisco*

 Association of Bay Area Governments  $6,500,000  $6,500,000 $6,500,000


Central Coast

 Regional Water Management Foundation  $4,300,000 $4,300,000 $4,300,000


Los Angeles

 LA County Flood Control District $9,800,000 $9,800,000 $9,800,000


Santa Ana

 Santa Ana Watershed Project Authority $6,300,000 $6,300,000 $6,300,000


San Diego

 San Diego County Water Authority $5,250,000  $5,551,350  $6,374,968


Sacramento River

 Yuba County Water Agency  $3,700,000 $3,700,000 $3,700,000


San Joaquin River

 Contra Costa Water District  $3,100,000 3,100,000  3,100,000



 Tulare County  $3,400,000 $3,400,000 $3,400,000



 California Rural Water Association $2,450,000  $2,450,000 $2,450,000



 Coachella Valley Water District  $2,250,000  $2,636,488  $3,117,382


Mountain Counties

 Sierra Institute for Community and Environment  $1,300,000 $1,300,000 $1,300,000



 $51,000,000  $51,687,838  $52,992,350

A change in the Grantee administering the San Francisco Program in 2019 resulted in a grant award split between two contracts; however, project sponsors throughout the Bay Area have been engaged continuously since award of the original contract in 2017.


Related Publications

The documents listed below are available upon request:


  • Tulare Lake Basin DAC Study
  • Coachella Valley DAC Outreach Demonstration Project
  • Kings Basin DAC Pilot Project Study
  • Greater Los Angeles County DAC Outreach Evaluation Study
  • DACs and the Inyo-Mono IRWM Program
  • Economically Disadvantaged Communities in the North Coast Region
  • Santa Cruz IRWM, DAC Outreach Pilot Project Report & City of Watsonville Projects 2014
  • DAC 2014 Visioning Workshop
  • Californian's Without Safe Water and Sanitation, California Water Plan Update 2013
  • Governor's Drinking Water Stakeholder Group, Report on and New and Expanding Funding Sources

Individual Funding Area Needs Assessments

One of the primary goals of the DACTI Program is to assess the needs of California’s IRWM regions, their successes, and their challenges in outreach and involvement of disadvantaged communities and Tribes in the regional programs.  Below are links to the Individual Funding Area Needs Assessments.