The Integrated Regional Water Management (IRWM) Grant Program is a competitive grant program first created under the Water Security, Clean Drinking Water, Coastal and Beach Protection Act of 2002 (Proposition 50) with continuing funding provided by the Safe Drinking Water, Water Quality and Supply, Flood Control, River and Coast Protection Bond Act of 2006 (Proposition 84). Complementary funding was also provided by the Disaster Preparedness and Flood Prevention Bond Act or 2006 (Proposition 1E) for Stormwater Flood Management Grant Program.
The program is administered by the Department of Water Resources to award funds to local public agencies and non-profit organizations, for projects and programs to improve water supply reliability and improve and protect water quality. Such projects and programs must be consistent with an adopted IRWM Plan. Using Proposition 50 IRWM guidelines (2004) as the program foundation, the Department of Water Resources developed Program Guidelines that meet the requirements of Proposition 84 and Proposition 1E and related implementing legislation. These guidelines are used for the disbursement of the Proposition 84 IRWM funding and the related Proposition 1E Stormwater Flood Management funding. Final Program Guidelines were adopted and released by DWR in August 2010 and updated in 2012, 2014 and 2015. The guidelines include general program requirements, eligibility requirements, proposal selection information, and the IRWM Plan standards and associated guidance. The guidelines establish three component grant programs – the IRWM Planning Grant Program, the IRWM Implementation Grant Program, and the related Stormwater Flood Management Grant Program.
Additional information on the IRWM Program can be found on the Department of Water Resources website.