WaterSMART Grants

WaterSMART Grants provide cost-shared funding for the following types of projects:

  • Water and Energy Efficiency Grants – for projects that save water, improve energy efficiency, address endangered species and other environmental issues, and facilitate transfers to new uses. Read More →
  • System Optimization Review Grants – A System Optimization Review is a broad look at system-wide efficiency focused on improving efficiency and operations of a water delivery system, water district, or water basin. The Review results in a plan of action that focuses on improving efficiency and operations on a regional and basin perspective. Read More →
  • Advanced Water Treatment and Pilot and Demonstration Project Grants – for pilot and demonstration projects that address the technical, economic, and environmental viability of treating and using brackish groundwater, seawater, impaired waters, or otherwise creating new water supplies within a specific locale. Read More →
  • Grants to Develop Climate Analysis Tools – for projects focused on the information gaps detailed in the joint Reclamation and United Stated Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) Report titled “Addressing Climate Change in Long-Term Water Resources Planning and Management: User Needs for Improving Tools and Information” (Section 3). Projects support the ongoing efforts under 9503(b) of the SECURE Water Act and may help narrow uncertainties, provide information in more usable forms, or develop more robust strategies for incorporating uncertainty into water management decision-making. Read More →


Current Status

The Funding Opportunity Announcement for Water and Energy Efficiency Grants was posted on November 3, 2015. Applications were due on January 20, 2016.
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Advanced Water Treatment Grants, Climate Analysis Tools, and System Optimization Reviews will not receive any funding in fiscal year 2016.

Proposed Calendar

November 3, 2015
FY 2016 Water and Energy Efficiency Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement Posted

January 20, 2016
Water and Energy Efficiency Grant Funding Opportunity Application Deadline

Spring 2016
Water and Energy Efficiency Grant Successful projects announced

September 2016
Water and Energy Efficiency Grants Expected to be Awarded

News Releases

Dec. 14, 2015
WaterSMART Grant Funding Available for Water Conservation and Energy Efficiency Projects

May 20, 2015
Secretary Jewell Announces $50 Million to Help Conserve Water in Drought-Stricken West

Oct. 30, 2014
WaterSMART Grants Available from Reclamation to Conserve Water and Improve Energy Efficiency

June 9, 2014
Interior Announces Nearly $20 Million in WaterSMART Funding for Water and Energy Efficiency Projects and River Basin Studies at Western Governors' Annual Meeting

Nov. 14, 2013
Funding Opportunity Available to Increase Water Conservation or Improve Water Supply Sustainability

May 22, 2013
Interior Awards Grants in Eleven Western States to Improve Water Management, Supplies

Last Updated: 5/3/16