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

Drought Response Program Resiliency Projects and Contingency Planning Grants Announced on August 12, 2015

The funding opportunity has not been announced for fiscal year 2016

Proposed Calendar

February 2016
Drought Resliency Projects and Drought Contingency Planning Funding Opportunity Announcement Expected to be Posted

March 2016
Drought Resiliency Projects and Drought Contingency Planning Applications expected to be due

July 2016
Drought Resiliency Projects and Drought Contingency Planning Selections expected to be announced

September 2016
Grants Expected to be Awarded

News Releases

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: 1/11/16