Bureau of Reclamation Announces WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program Funding Opportunity for 2018

This funding opportunity announcement provides funding to develop a watershed group, fund an existing watershed group, complete watershed restoration planning activities, and design watershed management projects

Media Contact: Peter Soeth, 303-445-3615

For Release: November 15, 2017

WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation has announced its 2018 funding opportunity for Phase I of the Cooperative Watershed Management Program. This funding opportunity is seeking proposals for activities to develop a watershed group, complete watershed restoration planning activities, and to design watershed management projects.

Applicants must submit their proposals by Wednesday, January 31, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. MST. To view this funding opportunity, please visit www.grants.gov and search for funding opportunity number BOR-DO-18-F005. Up to $100,000 in federal funds may be awarded to an applicant per award, with no more than $50,000 made available in a year for a period of up to two years.

States, tribes, local and special districts (e.g., irrigation and water districts), local governmental entities, interstate organizations, and non-profit organizations, including existing watershed groups, within the 17 western states are eligible to apply.

The Cooperative Watershed Management Program contributes to the Department of the Interior’s priorities to create a legacy of conservation stewardship and to restore trust with local communities by providing funding to local watershed groups to encourage the development of collaborative solutions designed to address water management needs among Reclamation’s diverse stakeholders. By providing this FOA, Reclamation leverages federal funding to support stakeholder efforts to stretch scarce water supplies and avoid conflicts over water.

To learn more about the WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Phase I grants for fiscal year 2018, visit www.usbr.gov/watersmart/cwmp.

Working together with stakeholders, WaterSMART provides support for sustainably developing energy and natural resources, modernizing infrastructure through public-private partnerships, and by improving relationships and communication with states, tribes and local governments, communities, landowners and water users. Visit https://www.doi.gov/watersmart for additional information about WaterSMART.

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Relevant Link:

FOA on Grants.gov