Program Description

Reclamation receives annual appropriations to provide technical assistance to federally recognized Indian tribes in the 17 western states for activities involving the development, management and protection of tribal water and related resources. Under this program, Reclamation may provide in-kind technical services, or funding that a tribe may use to provide directly, or hire an outside entity to provide, the proposed technical-assistance activity. Examples include water-needs assessments, water-development studies, infrastructure evaluations and design, etc.

General Program Requirements

Only federally recognized tribes in the 17 western states are eligible to apply. The funding request must relate to the use, development, or protection of tribal water and related resources. Funding is limited to a maximum of $100,000 per approved activity per year, for up to two years. Reclamation is not permitted to fund feasibility studies or construction, but may fund activities that are precursors to both.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Tribes seeking either technical assistance must submit a request to the Native American Program Manager in the Reclamation region in which the tribe is located:

Great Plains Region - Doug Davis, douglasdavis@usbr.gov
Pacific Northwest Region - Tino Tafayo, ctafoya@usbr.gov
Upper Colorado Region - Brian Parry, bparry@usbr.gov
Lower Colorado Region - Ruth Thayer, rthayer@usbr.gov
Mid-Pacific Region - Kevin Clancy, kclancy@usbr.gov

Program Contact Information

Matthew Duchesne
Program Manager
mduchesne@usbr.gov
202.513.0553

Additional Information

Length of ProgramIndefinite
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram only for Tribes/ Native Organizations
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?No
Type of Assistance ProvidedCooperative Agreement
Recurring Base Funding for TribesYes
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Can the funding from the program be renewedYes

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