The following Criteria have been approved by the DCI program’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) and the Department of Water Resources (DWR). All projects must meet all six criteria in order to be considered eligible for funding:

  1. Serve members of disadvantaged or underrepresented communities as identified by the DWR mapping tool, or as established through alternate means such as a Median Household Income (MHI) survey or by direct identification as approved by DWR. Examples of agreed-upon communities eligible for DCI TA funds (that may not be reflected in the DWR mapping tool) include Tribal Nations and Communities, as well as people experiencing homelessness.
  2. Address a need or utilize a strength identified in Community Water Experiences: An Ethnographic Strengths and Needs Assessment. Applicants may consider the strengths and needs themes below as a placeholder:
    • Strength: Community Engagement and Active Citizenship
    • Strength: Community Resilience and Diversity
    • Strength: Community Trust, Cultural Identity, and Mutual Support
    • Strength: Mutual Water Company Relationship Management and Funding
    • Strength: Outreach through Public Education
    • Strength: Reliable Access to Drinking Water, But Not Necessary to Affordable, High-Quality Water
    • Strength: Water Quality and Recycled Water
    • Need: Access to Information About Water Quality
    • Need: Communication between Community Members and Water Managers
    • Need: Disconnect between Agencies and the Public
    • Need: Housing Polices to Address Homelessness, Water Costs, and Vulnerabilities of Renting Publics
    • Need: Increased Collaboration between Agencies
    • Need: Mistrust of Tap Water and/or Community Distrust
    • Need: Public and Private Green Space
    • Need: Regulatory Compliance and/or Water Rates
    • Need: Relationship between Conservation and Rates
    • Need: Septic Contamination Need: Technical, Managerial and Financial Capacity
    • Need: Water Infrastructure Maintenance
  3. Include a project/program sponsor that demonstrates engagement and readiness to receive the support and assistance if the project is offered TA funding.
  4. Meet at least one of the objectives outlined in Section 3 of the 2018 OWOW Plan Update as indicated below and demonstrates a general understanding of the OWOW Integrated Regional Water Management Planning:
    • Achieve resilient water resources through innovation and optimization.
    • Ensure high-quality water for all people and the environment.
    • Preserve and enhance recreational areas, open space, habitat, and natural hydrologic functions.
    • Engage with members of disadvantaged communities and associated supporting organizations to diminish environmental injustices and their impacts on the watershed.
    • Educate and build trust between people and organizations.
    • Improve data integration, tracking, and reporting to strengthen decision making.
  5. Provide the following information regarding their project prior to DCI Program Technical Assistance Committee (TAC) review:
    • Project sponsor name and contact information
    • Project location
    • Estimated schedule
    • Scope of work
    • Project cost
    • List of project deliverables
    • Grant amount requested
  6. Describe how measurable improvements will be achieved in the technical, managerial, or financial capacity of the project sponsor.

Eligible Projects/Program may include:

  1. Community Capacity Building
    1. Technical Needs Assessment
    2. Organization Support
    3. Public Liaison/Promotora
    4. Water Operator Training
  2. K-12 Initiatives
    1. Curriculum Development
    2. General Educational Material
    3. Presentations for Youth
    4. Youth Events/Field Trips
    5. Teacher Training
  3. Project Development Activities
    1. Technical Feasibility and Financial Analysis
    2. Project Development Support
    3. Site Assessments (e.g. MHI survey)
    4. Feasibility Report
  4. Pre-Construction Activities
    1. Preliminary Engineering Services
    2. Water and Energy Audits
    3. Pilot Studies
    4. CEQA Support

It is anticipated that approximately 75% of the available TA grant funding will be directed to projects or programs that reflect technical project development and pre-construction activities.

This is not an exhaustive list of eligible TA projects. TA projects that do not fall under one of the categories listed above may be considered on a case-by-case basis.