WaterSMART Grants

WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants provide cost-shared funding for projects that save water; increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in water management; support environmental benefits (i.e., make conserved water available instream or otherwise address endangered species issues);mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; and accomplish other benefits that contribute to water supply sustainability in the western United States. Read More →

Announcements

Reclamation is currently working on several revisions and updates to the WaterSMART Program for fiscal year 2017, including the following:
  • A new grant category under WaterSMART Grants, which will provide a new dedicated source of funding to fund small on the ground implementation projects. Reclamation anticipates making at least $2 million in Federal funding available for this new grant category. There will be an opportunity for public comment on the draft framework for the new category for WaterSMART Grants.
  • A new grant category under WaterSMART Grants specifically for projects related to water marketing. Reclamation anticipates making at $3 million in Federal funding available for this new grant category. There will be an opportunity for public comment on the draft framework for the new category for WaterSMART Grants.
  • As part of ongoing efforts to improve the program, Reclamation will be making revisions to the WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant funding opportunity announcement (FOA). There will be an opportunity for public comment on the draft framework for the revised FOA.

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

  • WaterSMART Grants: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants Funding Opportunity Announcement Posted
  • WaterSMART Grants: Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects Funding Opportunity Announcement Posted

December 2016

  • WaterSMART Grants: Water Marketing Draft Eligible Project Types and Evaluation Criteria Posted for Public Review and Comment

February 2017

  • WaterSMART Grants FOA for Water Marketing Framework Posted for Public Review and Comment

September 2017

  • All funding awarded for fiscal year 2017

News Releases

November 17, 2016
The Bureau of Reclamation Releases Two WaterSMART Grants Funding Opportunities for Water Conservation and Energy Efficiency Projects

November 15, 2016
Bureau of Reclamation Releases Funding Opportunities for Drought Contingency Planning and Drought Resiliency Projects

September 27, 2016
Reclamation Seeks Comments on Draft Criteria for Three WaterSMART Funding Opportunities

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

Sept 27, 2016
Reclamation Seeks Comments on Draft Criteria for Three WaterSMART Funding Opportunities

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: 11/22/16