Drought Response Program

The Bureau of Reclamation's new Drought Response Program supports a proactive approach to drought. It will provide assistance to water users for drought contingency planning, including consideration of climate change information and to take actions that will build long-term resiliency to drought.

Program funding will be allocated through a competitive process.

Program areas include:


Drought Response Program Fact Sheet

Drought Response Program Frequently Asked Questions

Drought Response Program PowerPoint

Drought Response Program Framework


Current Status

Funding Opportunity Announcements for 2017 will be posted in the next couple of months. Please see the calendar below for anticipated dates.

Proposed Calendar

November 2016

  • Drought Response Program: Drought Contingency Planning Funding Opportunity Announcement Posted
  • Drought Response Program: Drought Resiliency Projects Funding Opportunity Announcement Posted

September 2016

  • Grants Expected to be Awarded

News Releases

June 23, 2016
Interior, USDA Announce More Than $47 Million in Investments for Water Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Drought Response & Agriculture Operations Across the West

February 10, 2016
Funding Opportunities for Drought Contingency Planning and Resiliency Projects Available from Bureau of Reclamation

August 12, 2015
Reclamation Selects 23 Projects Totaling $5.2 Million to Build Drought Resiliency in Nine States

May 11, 2015
Bureau of Reclamation Releases Two Funding Opportunity Announcements to Promote Drought Contingency Planning and Resiliency Projects

Feburary 11, 2015
Draft Drought Program Evaluation Criteria Released for Public Comment

Last Updated: October 21, 2016