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Water & Energy Efficiency Grants

Through the WaterSMART Grants (formerly Challenge Grants) Reclamation provides 50/50 cost share funding to irrigation and water districts, Tribes, States and other entities with water or power delivery authority. Projects should seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy, protect endangered species, or facilitate water markets. Projects are selected through a competitive process and the focus is on projects that can be completed within 24 months that will help sustainable water supplies in the western United States.


Reclamation Extends Water and Energy Efficiency FOA Grant Deadline (Dec. 15, 2014) - The Bureau of Reclamation has extended the application deadline for the fiscal year 2015 WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant funding opportunity announcement from January 14, 2015 to January 23, 2015 at 4 p.m. Mountain Standard Time. In addition, a clarifying note has been added to Subcriterion E.2: Expediting Future On-Farm Irrigation Improvements (p.48). Additional information can be found online at grants.gov.  Please contact Josh German at 303-445-2839 with any questions. FOA


FY 2015 Title XVI FOAWaterSMART Grants Available from Reclamation to Conserve Water and Improve Energy Efficiency (Oct. 30, 2014) - Reclamation is inviting States, Tribes, irrigation districts, water districts and other organizations with water or power delivery to apply for a funding opportunity to cost-share on projects that conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency. The projects should support water sustainability in the west. More... | FOA

Fiscal Year 2014 WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants - (June 9, 2014) Available here.


Interior Announces Nearly $20 Million in WaterSMART Funding for Water and Energy Efficiency Projects and River Basin Studies at Western Governors’ Annual Meeting - (June 9, 2014) Addressing the Western Governors’ Association today, 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... 

 

 

Current Status

The FY 2015 WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant FOA was posted on Oct. 30, 2014. On December 15, 2014 the application deadline was extended from January 14, 2015 to January 23, 2015.

Proposed Calendar

October 2014
FY 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement Posted

January 23, 2015
Application Deadline

June 2015
Successful projects expected to be announced

September 2015
Grants Expected to be Awarded

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

News Releases

Oct. 30, 2014
WaterSMART Grants Available from Reclamation to Conserve Water and Improve Energy Efficiency

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

May 22, 2013
Interior Awards Grants in Eleven Western States to Improve Water Management, Supplies

Oct. 30, 2012
WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant Funding Available for Projects That Conserve Water or Address Water Sustainability

May 2, 2012
WaterSMART Funding Boosts Reclamation, Re-Use and Efficiency Projects to Maximize Water Availability in the West

Nov. 7, 2011
WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant Funding Opportunity Now Available

Last updated: 12/15/14