Drought Response Program

The Bureau of Reclamation's Drought Response Program supports a proactive approach to drought by providing assistance to water managers to: develop and update comprehensive drought plans, and implement projects that will build long-term resiliency to drought.

Program areas include:


Drought Response Program Fact Sheet

Drought Response Program Frequently Asked Questions

Drought Response Program PowerPoint

Drought Response Program Framework


Current Status

The FY 2020 Drought Contingency Planning funding opportunity to develop and update drought contingency plans is now available. It closes on Feb 5, 2020.

The FY 2020 Drought Resiliency Project Grant Funding Opportunity closed on October 16, 2019. Applications are being reviewed.

Proposed Calendar

November 2019

February 2020

  • Feb 5: Drought Contingency Planning Funding Opportunity Closes for 2020

March 2020

  • Fiscal Year 2020 Drought Resiliency Projects expected to be announced.

News Releases

November 8, 2019
Reclamation announces Fiscal Year 2020 grant funding opportunity for drought planning

August 8, 2019
Reclamation announces grant funding opportunity for drought resiliency projects in 2020 and 2021

June 20, 2019
Bureau of Reclamation selects 18 projects to receive $9 million in WaterSMART grants to prepare and build resilience to drought

January 24, 2019
Drought Resiliency Projects FOA Posted

June 26, 2018
Bureau of Reclamation awards $8.3 Million to 15 drought resiliency projects

May 22, 2018
Bureau of Reclamation provides $260,000 for two WaterSMART drought contingency planning projects

Nov. 16, 2017
Bureau of Reclamation Announces Fiscal Year 2018 Drought Response Program Funding Opportunities

June 30, 2017
Department of the Interior Awards $6.9 Million to 17 Projects for Drought Preparation

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

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

February 10, 2016
Funding Opportunities for Drought Contingency Planning and Resiliency Projects Available from Bureau of Reclamation

August 12, 2015
Reclamation Selects 23 Projects Totaling $5.2 Million to Build Drought Resiliency in Nine States

May 11, 2015
Bureau of Reclamation Releases Two Funding Opportunity Announcements to Promote Drought Contingency Planning and Resiliency Projects

Feburary 11, 2015
Draft Drought Program Evaluation Criteria Released for Public Comment

Last Updated: November 20, 2019