WaterSMART Grants

WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants provide cost-shared funding for projects that save water; increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in water management; support environmental benefits (i.e., make conserved water available instream or otherwise address endangered species issues);mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; and accomplish other benefits that contribute to water supply sustainability in the western United States. Read More →


Current Status

Fiscal Year 2018 Funding Opportunities are currently being developed.

Fiscal Year 2017 Water and Energy Efficiency Grant selections were announced on August 29, 2017.

Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects have been announced. The first round of awards was announced on April 18, 2017. The second round of awards were announced on July 21, 2017.

The Water Marketing Grants were announced on Sept. 5, 2017.

Proposed Calendar

November 2016

January 2017

  • Jan. 6: Water Marketing Comments due on Draft Eligible Project Types and Evaluation Criteria
  • Jan. 18: Water and Energy Efficiency Grant Applications Due

February 2017

April 2017

May 2017

  • May 15: Small-Scale Water Efficiency Project Applications Due

June 2017

July 2017

August 2017

September 2017

News Releases

Sept 5, 2017
Bureau of Reclamation Awards Nine Projects $2.1 Million for Planning Activities in the Development of WaterSMART Water Marketing Strategies

August 29, 2017
Bureau of Reclamation Announces Nearly $21 Million to 43 Projects for Water Delivery Improvements Across Western United States

July 21, 2017
Reclamation Announces Grants for WaterSMART Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects in 15 States

June 21, 2017
Bureau of Reclamation Awards $664,754 for WaterSMART Watershed Management Projects in Five States

April 18, 2017
Reclamation Awards $568,662 for WaterSMART Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects

Feb 14, 2017
New WaterSMART Water Marketing Strategy Funding Opportunity Available from Bureau of Reclamation

Last Updated: 12/18/17