Financial Incentives for hosting Sweetwater workshops in Santa Barbara

 The City of Santa Barbara Water Conservation Program  is providing $600 per project to help cover the costs of Sweetwater organizing and teaching our public hands-on workshops.  We will deduct this amount from the regular cost of putting on a workshop, including materials, which may run between $1500-$2000. This financial support is currently only available for City of Santa Barbara water customers. We are researching ways to subsidize projects in other areas; however, at this time, our City of Santa Barbara water customers can apply for this contribution.

IMPORTANT NOTE: BECAUSE OF THE COVID19 PANDEMIC, effective April 2020 and ongoing until further notice, The City of Santa Barbara has temporarily suspended financially supporting in-person, hands-on workshops. As soon as it is safe to work outside together, volunteers are willing to show up, and the City again provides funding, we will be accepting these applications again. Thank you for your patience.

For more information about greywater and laundry to landscape systems, read this article on our website. For more information about rainwater harvesting, read this page on our site. You may also want to attend our Rainwater Harvesting 101 and Greywater 101 classes. Check our website for upcoming 101 class dates and locations.

Hands on workshops through Sweetwater Collaborative offer a low cost way to install sustainable systems, with or without the special terms of this co-sponsorship.  Email or call our Executive Director, Barbara Wishingrad, for more information on hosting a workshop, even if you don't get your water from City of Santa Barbara Water.

Please contact Barbara Wishingrad at or 805-403-4566 with any questions about our co-sponsorship with the City of Santa Barbara or about the application process.