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 Fiscal Year 2018 funding opportunties for Drought Contingency Planning and Drought Resiliency Projects closed in February. The applications for Drought Resiliency Projects were announced on June 26, 2018. The selected projects for Drought Contingency Planning were announced on May 22, 2018.

Proposed Calendar

November 2017

February 2018

  • Feb 7: Drought Contingency Planning Applications Due
  • Feb. 13: Drought Resiliency Projects Applications Due

May 2018

June 2018

News Releases

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: August 17, 2018