MWDSC: Community Partnering Program (CPP)

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California


Grant amount: Up to US $2,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Counties in California: Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County Expand all

Location of residency: Preferred: Counties in California: Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, San Diego County, Ventura County Other eligible locations: United States

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Overview:

Note: 

Applications must be submitted 30 days prior to the start date of the event or program.

Requests for a maximum $2,000 award will be reviewed year-round and funds are awarded throughout the year. Funds are limited, however, and may be depleted prior to the ending of this fiscal year (June 30).

About the Program

The primary focus of the Community Partnering Program (CPP) is sponsorship of water conservation and water-use efficiency programs and activities. 

Metropolitan created the Community Partnering Program in 1999. It provides sponsorships for community-based organizations including nonprofit groups, professional associations, educational institutions and public agencies.

Applications should promote discussion and educational activities for regional water conservation and water-use efficiency issues. Metropolitan provides support for community water awareness programs, water-related education outreach programs, and public policy water conferences. 

Program Goals

  • Focus on community participation around regional water policy issues.
  • Clearly communicate regional water policy issues to key constituent groups.
  • Provide opportunities for participation and collaboration with Metropolitan's member agencies.

The mission of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is to provide its service area with adequate and reliable supplies of high-quality water to meet present and future needs in an environmentally and economically responsible way. 

Funding Criteria

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California encourages the discussion of water conservation, water-use efficiency, water quality, water reliability, and water supply issues important to the region through a variety of venues and forums.

The Community Partnering Program sponsors water-related educational outreach programs:  community forums, workshops and water festivals, curriculum development for grades K-12, after-school programs, exhibits, promotional materials, and native plant garden signage.

Applications will be evaluated on their ability to address key points:

  • Supports the discussion of Metropolitan's broader regional benefits— water conservation, water-use efficiency, water quality, water reliability, or water supply
  • Supports community involvement and participation with other resource entities: regional, state or national institutions and/or MWD member agencies

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Local, regional, state and national organizations with a Sec. 501(c) 3 tax status, non-profit educational institutions and public agencies.
  • Applications must be submitted 30 days prior to the start date of the event or program.

Preferences:

  • Priority is given to those applicants within our six-county service area map and that have member agency involvement.
    • On occasion, applicants outside the service area may be approved if the applicant's program supports Metropolitan's broader regional benefits.

Ineligibility:

  • Programs will NOT be funded retroactively. If the event date precedes the application, the funding request will be denied.
  • Sponsorships may NOT include endorsements or implied endorsements of brand name products or companies.
  • The Community Partnering Program does NOT fund expenses for:
    • Requests solely for labor expenses
    • Legal, lobbying or consultant fees
    • Leasing or rental expenses
    • Meals or refreshments
    • Travel / transportation
    • Film festivals
    • Office space or utility expenses (gas, electric, internet, water)
    • Scholarships, internships, stipends, honorariums or teacher release time
    • Equipment or devices that are eligible for rebates through SoCalWater$mart.