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

The Funding Opportunity Announcement for Water and Energy Efficiency Grants is now closed. The successful projects will be announced this spring.

Proposed Calendar

November 3, 2015
FY 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement Posted

January 20, 2016
Application Deadline

Spring 2016
Successful projects announced

September 2016
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