Small Storage Program

The Bureau of Reclamation’s Small Storage Program was authorized by sections 40901(1) and 40903 of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) to promote Federal assistance to enhance water storage opportunities for future generations in support of the Department of the Interior's priorities.

In accordance with the BIL, as amended by P.L. 117-328, projects must have a water storage capacity of not less than 200 acre-feet and not more than 30,000 acre-feet. On September 14, 2022, the Bureau of Reclamation published the first funding opportunity for the Small Storage Program. The funding opportunity closed on December 9, 2022 and awards will be announced in the Spring of 2023. Through this funding opportunity, Reclamation will provide financial assistance for projects that, when implemented, will increase water supply reliability, improve operational flexibility, and enhance climate resiliency of water and related infrastructure throughout the 17 western states, Alaska, and Hawaii.

Reclamation anticipates releasing the next funding opportunity in the Summer or Fall of 2023.

Small Storage Program Eligibility Overview

An eligible project must have a completed feasibility study that has been submitted to Reclamation for review, and for which the study is found to meet all of the requirements of Temporary Reclamation Manual Release CMP TRMR-127, Small Surface Water and Groundwater Storage Projects Feasibility Review Process. For future funding opportunities, a project must be found to meet the requirements of CMP TRMR-127 prior to publication of a funding opportunity for the project to be eligible for consideration. Reclamation will accept feasibility study submission at any time from eligible non-Federal entities.

Documents

Contact

For more information regarding the Small Storage Program, please contact the Small Storage Program Team at bor-sha-smallstorage@usbr.gov.

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Announcements


  • Webinar—Funding Opportunity Information and Feasibility Study Guidelines

    The Bureau of Reclamation hosted a webinar on September 20, 2022 to share information about the published funding opportunity. Click to watch a recording of the event. Funding is available for projects with a water storage capacity between 2,000 and 30,000 acre feet that increase surface water or groundwater storage or convey water directly or indirectly to the storage project. Project sponsors may request cost-shared funding for their project's planning, design and/or construction.

    Download PowerPoint slides

    The funding opportunity is available on grants.gov by searching for funding opportunity number R23AS00019. Applications are due to Reclamation on Dec. 9, 2022 at 5 p.m. MST.

    A completed feasibility study must also be submitted to Reclamation no later than Oct. 31, to determine project eligibility under this funding opportunity, using the study requirements Reclamation published in January 2022. Reclamation encourages applicants to submit their completed feasibility study to Reclamation before the October deadline. Eligibility does not entitle a project to any future federal funding or create a new project authorization.

    Applicants must provide a cost share of 75% or more of the total project costs.

    Webinar - Bureau of Reclamation's New Small Water Storage Grant Program

    The Bureau of Reclamation hosted a webinar on June 2, 2022 regarding feasibility studies for the new Small Water Storage Grant Program as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Click here to watch a recording of the event. The feasibility standards published in January 2022 following the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, are available on Reclamation's website. To be eligible to receive a grant from this program, project sponsors must submit a feasibility study for Reclamation's review and approval.

    Download PowerPoint slides

    The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law authorized this new program and provides funding for surface and groundwater storage projects between 2,000 and 30,000 acre-feet. It must also increase the storage or move water to or from the storage project.

    The project is available for non-Federal water storage projects in Alaska, Hawaii or one of the other 17 Western States. Federal funding is available for up to 25 percent of eligible project costs. No more than $30 million is available per project. Up to $100 million will be available for the next 5 years.

    The funding opportunity for this Program will be published later in 2022.

    To learn more about this program, visit Reclamation's Small Small Storage Grant Program site.

    To learn more about how Reclamation implements the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, please visit Reclamation's Bipartisan Infrastructure Law site.

 

Current Status

The Fiscal Year 2023 Small Storage Program funding oppportunity closed on December 9, 2022. Recipients will be announced in Spring 2023.


Calendar

Spring 2023

  • Fiscal Year 2023 Small Storage Program funding opportunity recipients announced.

Summer/Fall 2023

  • Fiscal Year 2024 Small Storage Program funding opportunity opens.

News Releases

Biden-Harris Administration announces $20 million funding opportunity for small surface and groundwater storage drought resilience projects

WASHINGTON—The Bureau of Reclamation today announced a funding opportunity through President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for small surface and groundwater storage projects. In the wake of severe drought, surface water and groudwater… Read More →


Last Updated: January 25, 2023