Program Description

WaterSMART Grants make funding available for eligible applicants to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on projects that conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency, benefit endangered and threatened species, facilitate water markets, or carry out other activities to address climate-related impacts on water or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict.

For more information on the WaterSMART Grants, please visit the program website.

General Program Requirements

In accordance with P.L. 111-11, Section 9502, eligible applicants include any: state, Indian tribe, irrigation district, water district, or other organization with water or power delivery authority.

Applicants must also be located in the western U.S. or Territories as identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902, as amended and supplemented; specifically, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands.

Eligible projects should seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency, protect endangered and threatened species, facilitate water markets, or carry out other activities to address climate-related impacts on water or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict.

Specific examples of eligible projects and ineligible projects will be listed in the Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on grants.gov.

Your Next Steps

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

Application Process

A detailed funding opportunity announcement(s) is posted annually on grants.gov and includes detailed information on the application process. Potential applicants are encouraged to visit the WaterSMART grants website for more information on current status.

Program Contact Information

Josh German
Program Manager, WaterSMART Grants
jgerman@usbr.gov
303-445-2839

Additional Information

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number15.507
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityNo Set-aside; Tribes Eligible with Other Entities
Can the funding from the program be renewedYes
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceFederally Recognized Tribes and Tribal Organizations, Other Tribal and Native Entities, Non-Tribal Entities
Matching Funds RequiredYes
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)In FY 2015, 50 new projects were selected to receive WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant funding.
Length of ProgramProgram is contingent on receiving appropriations.
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes. Tribes compete with states, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority.
Tribes Funded by this ProgramTribes are eligible to compete for WaterSMART Grants funding. A proposal must be submitted by the application deadline in order to compete. All eligible proposals are reviewed and scored based on the evaluation criteria in the FOA(s). The highest ranking proposals are selected for funding.

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