Community Impact Grant and Loan Program
Yuba Water Agency’s revenue is constantly reinvested in Yuba County through projects related to our mission areas of:
- Flood risk reduction
- Water supply and management
- Watershed resilience
- Water education
- Water conservation
Non-Profit community organizations and government agencies in Yuba County are welcome to apply for grants to help fund projects or programs that have a direct connection to our mission areas. Prior to submitting a grant request, please ensure your project is in alignment with our mission, vision, and values in addition to the Yuba County Water Agency Act and Community Impact Grant and Loan Program Policy.
Pursuant to policy section 9.0:
External grant funding (e.g. state or federal) shall be leveraged for eligible projects or programs to the extent possible by way of the IRWM process. IRWM related grants associated with external grant applications may be submitted at any time. Learn more about IRWM here (links to external page).
Other grant and loan requests that are outside the IRWM process or that are not associated with an external grant application shall only be considered during the funding request windows of March 1 to April 1 and September 1 to October 1.
The Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training grant application is active during application windows of
March 1 to April 1 and September 1 to October 1 annually.
The Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training Grant Program
In 2018, Yuba Water Agency launched a unique grant for first responder agencies and fire districts, based on a suggestion from a severely-injured employee who wanted to help those who helped him.
The Bill Shaw grants are exclusively for first responder agencies in Yuba County and will cover the one-time costs of up to $10,000 per applicant, per fiscal year, associated with the purchase of a piece of rescue equipment or specialized personnel training.
Agencies will be able to apply for the funding as long as the expenditure is for equipment or training that is within Yuba Water Agency’s authorized missions and compliant with the Community Impact Grant and Loan Program Policy.
Prior to submitting a grant request, please ensure your project is in alignment with our mission, vision, and values in addition to the Yuba County Water Agency Act and Community Impact Grant and Loan Program Policy.
The Bill Shaw Rescue Equipment and Training grant application is active during application windows of March 1 to April 1 and September 1 to October 1 annually.
Bill Shaw's story
The Bill Shaw grants were the idea of an employee, Bill Shaw, who was involved in an accident while operating a construction vehicle near one of Yuba Water Agency's more remote facilities. His injuries were so severe, he was unable to return to work for several weeks. A fire chief in the foothills himself, while Bill was still in recovery, he suggested that Yuba Water create a grant to support the first responders and fire districts that the agency relies upon during incidents.
Many different public agencies within Yuba County provide first-responder rescue and safety services for employees at Yuba Water Agency's Colgate Powerhouse and New Bullards Bar Dam, and for people recreating at New Bullards Bar Reservoir, the surrounding areas and associated agency facilities.
“These grants will ensure the first responders can purchase and train on the specialized equipment that we might need in an incident,” said Yuba Water Agency General Manager Curt Aikens in a press release announcing the grant program. “And, this way, they are available for others in the community who may need them, too.”