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

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

December 2016

  • WaterSMART Grants: Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects Funding Opportunity Announcement Posted
  • WaterSMART Grants: Water Marketing Draft Eligible Project Types and Evaluation Criteria Posted for Public Review and Comment

September 2017

  • Grants are expected to be all awarded

News Releases

Sept 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

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: 10/21/16