San Francisco Bay Delta

SF Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund

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FY14 Request for Initial Proposals

(Updated 4/22/2014) EPA is pleased to announce the availability of financial assistance for projects within the nine Bay Area counties that protect and restore San Francisco Bay and its watersheds. EPA is seeking to support technically sound projects to:

  • reduce polluted run-off
  • restore impaired waters, and
  • enhance aquatic habitat. 

Achieving significant environmental results is the overall priority for this competitive grant program. EPA will consider a broad range of project types. Our focus is to select projects that are ready to be implemented and achieve results based on existing plans, however planning and assessment projects will also be considered. The total amount anticipated to be awarded is approximately $5,000,000. Awards will range from $800,000 to $2,000,000 and applicants must provide a minimum 50% non-federal match.

Open Request for Initial Proposals (RFIPs)

The RFIP is also posted at Exit

We are utilizing a two-step proposal submittal process to simplify the application process and improve proposal quality. Initial proposals will be due to EPA on April 30, 2014.

We encourage prospective applicants to read the RFIP carefully and review the April 2014 webinar presentation.

Focusing on Environmental Results

Applicants for the SF Bay Water Quality Improvement Fund must clearly define the anticipated environmental results, also known as outcomes, to be achieved by the proposed project. The most successful proposals begin with desired outcomes and plan activities to best achieve those outcomes, thereby ensuring a wise investment of public funds. With clearly defined outcomes, EPA reviewers can better assess proposals that are most likely to achieve significant water quality results. The following is intended to help applicants plan and present proposals that maximize the “return on public investment” in terms of results and outcomes. Learn more about achieving desirable outcomes for a project.

Learn About the Projects


Contact Information

Luisa Valiela (
Program Lead
(415) 972-3400
Erica Yelensky (
Outreach Coordinator
(415) 972-3021

US EPA Region 9 (WTR-3) 
75 Hawthorne
San Francisco, CA 94105

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