Bureau of Reclamation announces three grant opportunities as part of the WaterSMART program

By on March 22, 2018
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In an effort to plan for and implement actions to increase water supply reliability, the Bureau of Reclamation has announced three funding opportunities for fiscal year 2018. Through the Department of the Interior’s WaterSMART program initiative, Reclamation is looking to leverage federal and non-federal funding to work cooperatively by encouraging qualified water or power delivery authorities to apply for these funding opportunities. This would include Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations in the Western United States or United States Territories.

The newly released funding opportunities for fiscal year 2018 include:

Water and Energy Efficiency Grants

Applicants for the Water and Energy Efficiency Grants must submit their proposals by 4:00 p.m. MDT on Thursday, May 10, 2018. To view this funding opportunity, please visit https://www.grants.gov/ and search for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-18-F006. For questions of additional information contact Darren Olson, Grants Management Specialist, at 303-445-3697.

Water Marketing Strategy Grants

Applicants for Water Marketing Strategy Grants must submit their proposals by 4:00 p.m. MDT, on Wednesday, July 18, 2018. To view this funding opportunity, please visit https://www.grants.gov/ and search for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-18-F010. If you have questions or need additional information contact Julie Hendricks, Grants Management Specialist, at 303-445-2428.

(NOTE: Water Marketing Strategy Grants will be awarded to entities exploring actions that can be taken to develop or facilitate water marketing.)

Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects

Applicants for Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects must submit their proposals by 4:00pm MDT on Tuesday, July 31, 2018. To view this funding opportunity, please visit https://www.grants.gov/ and search for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-18-F009. Contact Matthew Reichert, Grants Management Specialist, at 303-445-3865 with any questions or additional information you may need.

(NOTE: Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects will be awarded to small-scale water management projects that have been identified through previous planning efforts.)

The funding opportunities noted above include financial assistance provided by Reclamation under its WaterSMART Grants program, on a 50/50 cost-share basis. All three grant funding opportunities were posted on March 19, 2018. To learn more about the WaterSMART Grants program, please visit: https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/.