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Released On: December 08, 2010

Rural Water Program Funding Opportunity Now Available
The Bureau of Reclamation posted the Fiscal Year (FY) 2011 Rural Water Supply Program Funding Opportunity Announcement today. The grant announcement is available on www.grants.gov using funding opportunity number R11SF80307.

Reclamation provides assistance for appraisal investigations and feasibility studies for rural water supply projects intended to serve a community or group of communities with domestic, industrial, municipal, and residential water. This assistance helps rural communities assess their potable water needs and identify options to address those needs.

It is expected that one or two new feasibility studies and five to eight new appraisal investigations will be funded through grants, cooperative agreements, and memorandums of agreement. The amount of funding available will be determined once final FY 2011 appropriations are approved.

Eligible applicants include states and political subdivisions of states, such as departments, agencies, municipalities, counties, and other regional or local authorities, Indian tribes or tribal organizations, and entities created under state law that have water management or water delivery authority such as irrigation or water districts, canal companies and any combination of the entities listed above.

Reclamation's work with the selected entities is on a cost-shared basis. For an appraisal study, Reclamation will pay 100-percent up to $200,000 and 50-percent for all costs above that amount. Funding for feasibility studies is cost-shared with Reclamation paying 50-percent of the cost to complete the study. The non-Federal cost-share may be provided in the form of money or in-kind services that Reclamation determines are necessary and reasonable for the conduct and completion of the investigation or study.

A statement of interest is due from all interested applicants by January 31, 2011, at 4 P.M. M.D.T. If it is determined that you meet the eligibility and prioritization criteria, you will be asked to submit a full proposal. Full proposals will be due by April 4, 2011, at 4 P.M. M.D.T.

To learn more about Reclamation's Rural Water Program and this Funding Opportunity Announcement please visit www.usbr.gov/ruralwater.

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