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WaterSMART Grants: Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects

Grants to USA Agencies, Districts, Organizations, and
Tribes in Multiple States to Increase Water Efficiency

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Department of the Interior - Bureau of Reclamation, Policy and Administration

Deadline Date:

03/18/21 4:00 PM MST


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Grants of up to $75,000 to USA districts, state and local agencies and districts, tribes, and organizations in multiple states and territories for small-scale projects to address water management. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Applicants may be located in the Western United States or United States Territories, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

The objective of this NOFO is to invite States, Indian Tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on small-scale on-the-ground projects that seek to conserve, better manage, or otherwise make more efficient use of water supplies.

Proposed projects that are supported by an existing water management and conservation plan, System Optimization Review, or other planning effort led by the applicant are prioritized. This prioritization will help ensure that projects funded under this NOFO are well thought out, have public support, and have been identified as the best way to address water management concerns.

Eligible Projects:

Reclamation will provide funding for small-scale on-the-ground water efficiency projects which seek to implement work identified in an applicant’s water planning efforts.

Example projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Canal lining/piping
  • Municipal metering
  • Irrigation flow measurement
  • Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition and Automation (SCADA)
  • Irrigation measures

Other projects that are similar to those tasks listed above may be submitted for consideration and will be allowed to the extent that they are consistent with program authorization and goals.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177535

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately 30-40 projects contingent upon available appropriations.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $75,000 per applicant. Total project costs should generally be $200,000 or less.

Term of Contract:

Proposed projects shall not have a construction start date that is prior to January 31, 2022.

In general, proposed projects should be completed within two years of award. Applications for projects requiring more time will be considered for funding only under limited circumstances.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Category A: States; Indian Tribes; irrigation districts; water districts; state, regional, or local authorities, whose members include one or more organizations with water or power delivery authority; and other organizations with water or power delivery authority.
- Category B: Nonprofit conservation organizations that are acting in partnership and with the agreement of an entity described in Category A.

Those not eligible include, but are not limited to, the following entities:
- Federal governmental entities
- Institutions of higher education
- Individuals
- 501(c)4 organizations
- 501(c)6 organizations

Ineligible Projects
Projects that are not eligible for funding under this NOFO include, but are not limited to:
- Projects considered normal operations, maintenance, and replacement (OM&R)
- Reclamation, reuse, and desalination projects
- Water purchases
- Construction of buildings for administration purposes
- Pilot projects
- Installation of high-efficiency indoor appliances and fixtures, including toilets and urinals

More information about ineligible projects can be found in the Guidelines starting on page 19. See Attached Documents below.

Pre-Application Information:

Application due Date:
- Thursday, March 18, 2021, 4:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT)

Under no circumstances will applications received through any other method (such as email or fax) be considered eligible for award.

Applicants must be capable of cost sharing 50 percent or more of the total project cost. The total project cost is defined as the total allowable costs incurred under a Federal award and all required cost share and voluntary committed cost-share contributions, including third-party contributions.

All applicants (unless the applicant has an exception approved by Reclamation under 2 CFR §25.110[d]) are required to:
(i) Be registered in the System for Award Management (SAM) before submitting its application;
(ii) Provide a valid unique entity identifier in its application; and
(iii) Continue to maintain an active SAM registration with current information at all times during which it has an active Federal award or an application or plan under consideration by a Federal awarding agency.

If you have questions regarding applicant and project eligibility, program requirements, or the evaluation criteria, select Small-Scale Water Efficiency Project Inquiry to schedule time to talk with the program coordinators:

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

The applications may be submitted electronically through ( or a hard copy may be submitted to either one of the following addresses.

By mail or USPS overnight services:
Bureau of Reclamation
Financial Assistance Support Section
Attn: Mr. Matthew Reichert
P.O. Box 25007, MS 84-27133
Denver, CO 80225

All other express delivery:
Bureau of Reclamation mail services
Attn: Mr. Matthew Reichert
Denver Federal Center
Bldg. 67, Rm. 152
6th Avenue and Kipling Street
Denver, CO 80225

By courier services:
Bureau of Reclamation
Attn: Mr. Matthew Reichert
Denver Federal Center
Bldg. 67, Rm. 152
6th Avenue and Kipling Street
Denver, CO 80225

Direct questions to:
Mr. Matthew Reichert; 303-445-3865
Mr. Ned Weakland: 303-445-3757
Or to the PO Box address above

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska;   Arizona;   California;   Colorado;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Kansas;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Mexico;   North Dakota;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   South Dakota;   Texas;   Utah;   Washington;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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