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Released On: December 09, 2010

WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants Funding Opportunity Available
The Bureau of Reclamation announced today that a Water and Energy Efficiency Grant funding opportunity is now available. The grant announcement is available on www.grants.gov using funding opportunity number R11SF80303.

This is the second funding opportunity this fiscal year under the WaterSMART program. A funding opportunity was previously announced for California Bay-Delta water conservation projects on November 15, 2010. Funding opportunities for System Optimization Review Grants, Advanced Water Treatment Pilot and Demonstration Grants, and Research Grants will be announced in early 2011.

Reclamation is seeking proposals for projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy in water management, protect threatened and endangered species, facilitate water markets, and carry out other activities to address climate-related impacts on water or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict.

Eligible applicants that may submit proposals for funding are State or Territory agencies or departments with water or power delivery authority, federally recognized Indian Tribes with water or power delivery authority, irrigation and water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority. Applicants must also be located in the Western United States or an authorized Territory. Projects will be selected for funding through a competitive process.

The WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow) program is intended to address the most significant challenges facing our water supplies in the 21st century, including population growth, climate change, rising energy demands, environmental needs, and aging infrastructure. To learn more about the WaterSMART program please visit www.usbr.gov/WaterSMART.

Proposals must be submitted as indicated on www.grants.gov by February 17, 2011, 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST). It is anticipated that awards will be made this spring.

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