Funding for DACIP projects in Ventura County


On behalf of the Los Angeles-Ventura Disadvantaged Community Involvement Program (DACIP), also known as WaterTalks, made possible through grant funding from the California Department of Water Resources (DWR), we invite stakeholders in Ventura County to respond to the RFP seeking competitive projects that would serve Disadvantaged Communities (DACs).  There is approximately $485,000 available for projects under this grant. Funding will be distributed between selected applicants.  

The goal of the grant program is to identify projects that will benefit under-served or disadvantaged communities (DACs), economically distressed (EDAs), and other underrepresented communities in Ventura County.

Disadvantaged Communities (DAC’s) definition from the California Public Utilities Commission:

“Disadvantaged communities refer to the areas throughout California which most suffer from a combination of economic, health, and environmental burdens. These burdens include poverty, high unemployment, air and water pollution, presence of hazardous wastes as well as high incidence of asthma and heart disease. One way that the state identifies these areas is by collecting and analyzing information from communities all over the state.”

DWR DAC and EDA mapping tools can be used to evaluate DAC and EDA status of communities in California at the following link:

Eligible Activity Types Include:

General Activity Categories

Examples of Activities

Needs Assessments

Survey community members or water providers, facilitate meetings or workshops


Translation or interpretive services for information sharing, water campaigns for community, RWMGs education on DAC needs

Community Outreach

Public meetings open to DAC community members, door-to-door outreach

Engagement in IRWM Efforts

DAC regional engagement coordinator role, DAC Advisory Committee to RWMG, DAC representatives in governance


Facilitated RWMG meetings, facilitated project development meetings

Technical Assistance

Public Agency/Elected Official Capacity Building, Facilitation, Agency staff training

Governance Structure

Facilitation, increase DAC involvement in decision making, assess water charges/rate plans, assess consolidation of water providers, Enhancement of DAC Aspects of IRWM Plans 

Site Assessment

Water quality assessments, median household income surveys, data and mapping activities

Enhancement of DAC Aspects in IRWM Plans

Development of Funding Area-wide DAC plan to be utilized as a unified approach for all IRWM plans

Project Development Activities or Construction

Environmental Compliance, Pre-Construction Activities, Site Assessment, Grant Writing, Project Development

Financial Strategy

Provides aid with grant applications or similar.

Please submit proposals via the Project Description Form link

Information and supportive materials required for the Project Description Form include:

  • Project Location
  • Sponsors
  • Cost
  • Deliverables
  • Project benefits
  • Project information and attachments

Applicants will receive an email containing a link to edit their responses which allows them to complete the form at a later time, if needed.  If you require assistance completing the Project Description Form, please contact Miranda Moore at

Application Submissions are currently being accepted.

Once projects have been submitted they will be reviewed by WCVC IRWM representatives and then the WCVC DAC Committee for consideration for grant funding.  Applicants may be contacted and asked to provide more information about your project(s) submittal.  Applicants will be provided with updates as the process moves forward.  If you would like to be added to the WCVC DAC Committee or if you have further questions please contact: 


Lynn Rodriguez, Project Manager

Watersheds Coalition of Ventura County

Integrated Regional Water Management Program

(805) 708-2974 (cell)


Miranda Moore

Program Administrative Coordinator

Water Resources and Policy Initiatives (WRPI)

Water Resources Institute (WRI)

5500 University Parkway

San Bernardino, CA 92407

P: 909-537-5529

F: 909-537-7682