2020 Clean Stormwater Grant Application Available

Applications are due by 5:00PM on Friday, November 15, 2019
The purpose of the grant program is to increase public involvement on environmental education and improvement projects to promote stormwater quality. Grants are to be awarded in December 2019.
The grant program creates and maintains District partnerships with local residents and community groups by funding, in whole or in part, projects that preserve, protect, or educate citizens about our water resources – local stormwater ponding basins, canals, creeks, the San Joaquin River and groundwater.
Volunteer groups, environmental organizations, schools, neighborhood improvement groups and other not-for-profit associations are encouraged to apply. Projects must take place within the District’s service area, which is generally described as the Fresno-Clovis metropolitan area.
Click to download the 2020 Clean Stormwater Grant Application, the Grant Instructions, or the School Field Trip Grant Application.

Clean Stormwater Grant Objectives

These projects can get funding for up to $2,000. Projects must accomplish one or more the following objectives:

• Stormwater Quality Information and Education – Inform and educate the general public, specific members of the community, or students about the following: 1) local water resources, supplies and sources; 2) water quality and water pollution prevention; and 3) urban stormwater runoff (where it goes, how it becomes polluted and how citizens can help keep it clean).

• Household Hazardous Waste Information and Education – Inform and educate the general public, specific members of the community or students about: 1) reducing household hazardous wastes through use of alternative practices or products; and 2) proper use, storage and recycling or disposal of household hazardous wastes, including but not limited to used motor oil, paint wastes and garden chemicals.

• Business Stormwater Pollution Prevention Assistance and Education – Inform and educate businesses about any or all of the following: 1) water quality and stormwater pollution prevention, 2) compliance with stormwater quality regulations, 3) and urban stormwater runoff (where it goes, how it becomes polluted, and how businesses can help keep it clean).

• Water Resources Field Trips – Field trips to local facilities to educate students about water quality, water resources, local water supplies and stormwater, including, 1) field trips at the San Joaquin River with Scout Island, San Joaquin River Stewardship Program and the San Joaquin River Parkway Trust, and 2) Field trips to other local attractions that include a strong focus on water resources education.

• Environmental Restoration, Enhancement and Preservation – Enhance, restore or preserve the quality of a wetland, riparian (creek and river bank), including, but not limited to 1) the removal of litter and wastes, 2) planting appropriate trees or other vegetation, and 3) working with the Department of Fish and Game on a Salmonids in the Classroom project.

• Environmental Assessment – Assess the quality of habitats in creeks or the San Joaquin River through quantitative or qualitative observation or measurement of species, habitat or water quality.

This year the District is interested in projects that specifically reach these goals. Grant funds cannot be used to develop or implement stormwater pollution prevention plans, monitoring or other activities required by the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System stormwater permits.

High Priority Requested Grant Projects

The District is interested in having groups submit grant applications for two specific projects. These projects can get funding for up to $4,000. The projects are:

1. Organize a San Joaquin River Clean Up – The District is looking for a project that will help restore and/or enhance the San Joaquin River. This project can include removing trash and debris from the River, planting along or near the river, and removing invasive plants. We are looking for a group or groups to organize volunteers for a river clean-up day or days. The grant may be used to purchase refreshments for volunteers, disposal fees, tools, supplies, and publicity and promotional materials.

2. Low Impact Development – Demonstration Project Water Wise Landscaping Project – The District is looking for a project to develop and install or Low Impact Development (LID) demonstrations projects that focus on decreasing the amount of stormwater runoff from individual lots or tract developments by mimicking predevelopment conditions. For more information on LID go to http://www.coastal.ca.gov/nps/lid-factsheet.pdf. LID practices could include infiltrating the stormwater on site, installing pervious areas such as pavers and pervious concrete, directly downspouts to landscaped areas and creating rain gardens with low water use and native plants modify landscaping to use low water plants, native plants and appropriate irrigation. This project should develop LID demonstration areas in a publicly accessible location, a common area within an established development or model home lots.


The following are examples of eligible grant projects. Your project must provide one or more of the following: storm water quality information and education; household hazardous waste information and education; business storm water pollution prevention assistance and education; environmental restoration, enhancement, and preservation; or environmental assessment.

Public Information Projects
• Develop and distribute a public service announcement about storm water pollution prevention
• Develop and distribute fact sheets about preventing pollution, such as how to read and follow pesticide labels, including how to properly dispose of empty containers
• Create a calendar about water quality or pollution prevention

School Projects
• Take a class on a field trip to learn about storm water ponding basins, creeks, and the San Joaquin River
• Purchase watershed or groundwater educational resources your school or district
• Conduct teacher in-services to learn about water resources and available curricula
• Create a local version of a pollution prevention computer game or learning materials from other areas

Community Involvement Projects
• Conduct watershed tours or field trips
• Recruit volunteers to adhere “No Dumping – Protect Your Water” signs on storm drain inlets
• Hold a watershed or pollution prevention symposium

Business Outreach Projects
• Sponsor workshops to assist businesses in understanding environmental protection laws and regulations
• Create and distribute promotional items to remind employees of the need to prevent pollution

Enhancement and Restoration Projects
• Remove non-native species and re-vegetate an area along the San Joaquin River, local creek or trail
• Coordinate clean-up days along a trail, a creek or at the San Joaquin River

Environmental Assessment Projects
• Record waterfowl and wildlife species and populations in and near a water body over time
• Monitor a water body for basic water quality indicators over time
• Establish a record of plant and wildlife diversity in an area near a water body

The District is always open to new ideas and encourages innovation! If you have any questions about Clean Storm Water Grants or need assistance with your application, please call Paige Moretto at the Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District: (559) 456-3292, or e-mail: Paigem@fresnofloodcontrol.org.


The District reserves the sole discretion to determine if an applicant or project meets eligibility requirements, whether proposed expenses are an appropriate use of grant funds, and whether an application is complete. The District may request supplemental information regarding the project. District staff will evaluate how well the project will meet grant program objectives and other requirements, and the amount of funds to be granted relative to the requested funding, the project’s merits, and the demand for funding from other eligible and worthy project applicants. Project funding recommendations will then be presented to the District Board of Directors for approval or amendment.

Staff’s evaluation and recommendations will be based on the extent to which:
1) The proposed project meets one or more grant objectives and closely relates to the Clean Stormwater program’s purpose and objectives.
2) The project description, tasks and schedule are clear and complete.
3) The budget is adequately detailed and appropriate.
4) The project is fully funded. Non-grant funds necessary to complete the project should be available, or be realistically projected to become available within the grant period.
5) The applicant demonstrates the ability to coordinate, manage and complete the project.
6) The project reaches the general public or specific groups through publicity, educational efforts, or participation.
7) The project will result in or contribute to ongoing or long-term efforts, activities and benefits.

2020 Clean Storm Water Grants FREE Field Trips to the San Joaquin River

The Fresno Metropolitan Flood Control District is offering grants to 5th grade classes for field trips to Scout Island at the San Joaquin River. The field trip will be focused on learning about our local water resources and the importance of keeping them clean.

The grant will fund transportation and the facility docent fees for all 5th grade students at your school. To prepare, you can order free activity books, infographics, pencils, and a local water cycle poster for your class. Paige Moretto, a District employee, can also do a presentation about local water resources and conservation before your trip.

Scout Island is open for school field trips during the months of April, May, June, September and October.
We also take applications for other elementary school grade levels. Just note the grade level on the application. Fifth grade classrooms will be given priority.

Grant applications must be received by 5:00PM on Friday, November 15, 2019.

The application process is easy! Click here to download an application. If you need help, or have additional questions, contact Paige Moretto at (559) 456-3292 or Paigem@fresnofloodcontrol.org for more information.