• Red Rocks with water in front of them in the desert.
  • Clouds behind Joshua Tree and bushes.
  • Desert flowers blooming in bushes in front of mountains in the desert.
  • Setting sun reflecting of clouds of orange and blue behind a joshua tree.
  • Hoover Dam intake towers with water behind the dam showing that it is not full.

Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative Seeking Applicants for Applied Science Funding Opportunity

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Bureau of Reclamation today made a funding opportunity available for applied science grants through the Desert Landscape Conservation Cooperative.

Proposed projects must be used by resource managers to address natural and cultural resource issues that have a connection to water resource management in a changing climate. The funding categories are based on critical management questions developed and prioritized by the Desert LCC Science Working Group in order to strategically target projects that directly inform conservation. Eligible projects include the development of applied science tools that will help resource managers evaluate the impacts of climate change, drought, invasive species and other landscape-scale stressors to natural and cultural resources, and identify management practices or approaches to address those impacts.

Funding for each project is limited to $150,000, and the requesting entity must provide at least a 50-percent cost-share. Entities eligible to receive funding include states, tribes, irrigation districts, universities, nonprofit research institutions, organizations with water or power delivery authority and nonprofit organizations.

The Desert LCC encompasses portions of five states: Arizona, California, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas, as well as a substantial portion of Northern Mexico. The area is topographically complex, including three different deserts (Mojave, Sonoran and Chihuahuan), grasslands and valley bottoms, and the isolated mountain ranges in the southern portion of the LCC (Apache Highlands and the New Mexico-Texas Highlands, also known as the Sky Islands). There are several large river systems, including the lower Colorado, Gila, Rio Grande, San Pedro and Verde Rivers.

LCCs are partnerships of governmental (federal, state, tribal and local) and non-governmental entities. The primary goal of the LCCs is to bring together science and resource management to inform climate adaptation strategies to address climate change and other stressors within an ecological region, or "landscape."

The funding opportunity is available at www.grants.gov by searching for funding opportunity number R13AS80009. Applications are due by 4 p.m. MDT, June 11, 2013.

To learn more about this funding opportunity visit www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART/LCC/. To learn more about the Desert LCC, please visit www.usbr.gov/dlcc.

May 1, 2013