WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants

Through WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency 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 conserve and use water more efficiently; increase the production of hydropower; mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; and accomplish other benefits that contribute to water supply reliability in the western United States. Projects are selected through a competitive process and the focus is on projects that can be completed within two or three years.


Current Status

The FY 2022 Water Energy and Efficiency Grants funding opportunity closes on November 3, 2021.

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August 2021

November 2021

  • Nov. 3: Fiscal year 2022 Funding Opportunity Announcement Closes

News Releases

August 5, 2021
Reclamation invests in grants to increase water sustainability in the West

March 17, 2021
Projects throughout the Western United States receive $42.4 million in grants from Reclamation to conserve and use water more efficiently

June 16, 2020
Reclamation launches WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant funding opportunity and extends drought resiliency project deadline

February 21, 2020
Reclamation provides $40.99 million in grants to improve water efficiency

August 8, 2019
Reclamation announces funding opportunity grants to improve water reliability and energy efficiency

July 1, 2019
Reclamation announces $29.1 million in WaterSMART grants to use water more efficiently

Last Updated: 9/9/21