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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.

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... 


Funding Opportunity Available to Increase Water Conservation or Improve Water Supply Sustainability (Nov. 14, 2013) - Reclamation is making funding available through its WaterSMART program to support new Water and Energy Efficiency Grant projects. Proposals are being sought from states, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to partner with Reclamation on projects that increase water conservation or result in other improvements that address water supply sustainability in the West. More...


Interior Awards Grants in Eleven Western States to Improve Water Management, Supplies (May 22, 2013) - Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Michael L. Connor today announced 44 projects in 11 states that will receive $20.8 million in WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants from Reclamation. More... | Selected Projects


WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant Project Selections Announced - (May 2, 2012) Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced today that the Bureau of Reclamation has selected $11 million in WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants to stretch water supplies and conserve energy in the western United States. More... | List of Projects


Current Status

On June 6, Reclamation announced $17.8 million in water and energy efficiency grants was available to a selected 36 projects in the western United States. More...

Proposed Calendar

November 14, 2013
FOA posted

January 23, 2014
Application Deadline

June 9, 2014
Selections Announced

September 2014
Grants Expected to be Awarded

October 2014
FY 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement Expected to be posted on grants.gov

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

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: 9/5/14