WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants

Through the WaterSMART Grants (formerly Challenge Grants) Reclamation provides 50/50 cost share funding to irrigation and water districts, Tribes, States and other entities with water or power delivery authority. Projects should seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy, protect endangered species, or facilitate water markets. Projects are selected through a competitive process and the focus is on projects that can be completed within 24 months that will help sustainable water supplies in the western United States.


Current Status

The Fiscal Year 2018 Funding Opportunity is currently being developed.

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

Proposed Calendar

September 2016

  • Sept. 27: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants Updated Evaluation Criteria Posted for Public Review and Comment

October 2016

  • Oct. 28: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants Updated Evaluation Criteria Comments Due

November 2016

January 2017

  • Jan. 18: Water and Energy Efficiency Grant Applications Due

August 2017

September 2017

  • All grants are expected to be awarded

News Releases

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

Nov 17, 2016
The Bureau of Reclamation Releases Two WaterSMART Grants Funding Opportunities for Water Conservation and Energy Efficiency Projects

Sept 27, 2016
Reclamation Seeks Comments on Draft Criteria for Three WaterSMART Funding Opportunities

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

Last Updated: 12/18/17