WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants

Through the WaterSMART Grants (formerly Challenge Grants) Reclamation provides 50/50 cost share funding to irrigation and water districts, Tribes, States and other entities with water or power delivery authority. Projects should seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy, protect endangered species, or facilitate water markets. Projects are selected through a competitive process and the focus is on projects that can be completed within 24 months that will help sustainable water supplies in the western United States.


Current Status

Water Energy and Efficiency Project funding was announced on May 20, 2015.

Selected Water and Energy Efficiency Projects

Proposed Calendar

October 2014
FY 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement Posted

January 23, 2015
Application Deadline

May 20, 2015
Successful projects announced

September 2015
Grants Expected to be Awarded

News Releases

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: May 29, 2015