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WaterSMART Grants

WaterSMART Grants Information

WaterSMART Grants provide cost-shared funding for the following types of projects:       

  • Water and Energy Efficiency Grants – for projects that save water, improve energy efficiency, address endangered species and other environmental issues, and facilitate transfers to new uses. More...
  • System Optimization Review Grants – A System Optimization Review is a broad look at system-wide efficiency focused on improving efficiency and operations of a water delivery system, water district, or water basin. The Review results in a plan of action that focuses on improving efficiency and operations on a regional and basin perspective. More...
  • Advanced Water Treatment and Pilot and Demonstration Project Grants – for pilot and demonstration projects that address the technical, economic, and environmental viability of treating and using brackish groundwater, seawater, impaired waters, or otherwise creating new water supplies within a specific locale. More...
  • Grants to Develop Climate Analysis Tools – for projects focused on the information gaps detailed in the joint Reclamation and United Stated Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Report titled “Addressing Climate Change in Long-Term Water Resources Planning and Management: User Needs for Improving Tools and Information” (Section 3). Projects support the ongoing efforts under 9503(b) of the SECURE Water Act and may help narrow uncertainties, provide information in more usable forms, or develop more robust strategies for incorporating uncertainty into water management decision-making. More...

Current Status

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced that the Bureau of Reclamation will make $17.8 million in water and energy efficiency grants available to 36 projects in the western United States and will provide $1.8 million for three river basin studies—for a total of $19.6 million in Federal funding. More...

Funding opportunity announcements is currently under development for Cooperative Watershed Management grants and Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives.

Advanced Water Treatment Grants, Climate Analysis Tools, and System Optimization Reviews will not receive any funding in fiscal year 2014.

Proposed Calendar

November 14, 2013
Water and Eneergy Efficiency FOA posted

January 23, 2014
WEEG Application Deadline

June 9, 2014
WEEG Selections Announced

September 2014
WEEG Grants Expected to be Awarded

Please note, some of the above dates are proposed and may be subject to change.

News Releases

June 9, 2014
Interior Announces Nearly $20 Million in WaterSMART Funding for Water and Energy Efficiency Projects and River Basin Studies at Western Governors' Annual Meeting

Nov. 14, 2013
Funding Opportunity Available to Increase Water Conservation or Improve Water Supply Sustainability

August 22, 2013
Reclamation Announces $1.4 Million for Applied Science Projects to Support Desert and Southern Rockies Landscape Conservation Cooperatives

August 21, 2013
Reclamation Selects Five Entities to Receive $485,423 to Establish or Expand Existing Watershed Groups

More WaterSMART News Releases

Last updated: 6/9/14