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WaterSMART Grants: Water Marketing Strategy Grants

Grants to USA Agencies and Organizations in Multiple
States for Water Marketing to Enhance Supply Reliability

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of the Interior - Bureau of Reclamation

Conf. Date:

02/17/21

Deadline Date:

04/07/21 4:00 PM MDT

Description:

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Grants to USA state agencies, tribes, special purpose districts, and other organizations in multiple states and territories to enhance water supply reliability. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to complete. Funding will support the development of a water marketing strategy that will result in the establishment or expansion of water markets or water marketing.

All applicants must 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.

Proposals for the development of a water marketing strategy to establish or expand water markets or water marketing activities are eligible for funding under this NOFO.

Projects funded under this NOFO must address each of the three required project components described below:

  • Project Component 1. Outreach and Partnership Building—Informing and obtaining input from potential market participants and stakeholders within the relevant geographic area.
  • Project Component 2. Scoping and Planning Activities—Studies to explore the potential to develop a new water market or to conduct water marketing activities.
  • Project Component 3. Development of a Water Marketing Strategy Document—A water marketing strategy is a written document that describes a proposed approach to establish or expand a new water market or water marketing activities based on the results of the outreach, and scoping and planning activities that are performed under project components one and two.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals under one of two different Funding Groups to develop a water marketing strategy:

  • Funding Group I: Federal funds will be available for water marketing strategy projects that can be completed within 2 years from the date of award because they are relatively smaller in scope or less complex (e.g., involve fewer partners, or address a smaller geographic area, or are less complex because they build on prior work.
  • Funding Group II: Federal funds will be available for more complex water marketing strategy projects that will require up to 3 years to complete because they are broader in scope (e.g., involve more partners, address a larger geographic area, or are more complex because the water marketing activities are more complex). See Section C.3. Eligible Projects for the specific requirements for developing a water marketing strategy under this program.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183479

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$3,000,000

Number of Grants:

It is anticipated that 10-12 awards may be funded under this NOFO.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Funding Group I: Up to $200,000
- Funding Group II: Up to $400,000

Term of Contract:

Projects funded under Funding Group I of this FOA should be completed within two years of award.
Projects funded under Funding Group II of this FOA should be completed within three years of award.

Eligibility:

  • City or township governments
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • See RFP and/or Grant Guidelines for full eligibility
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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.

All applicants must 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.

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

Proposals for the development of planning studies, other than Water Marketing Strategies, are not eligible for funding under this NOFO. This includes proposals for the development of a Drought Contingency Plan, the development of appraisal investigations, feasibility studies, special studies, Basin Studies, or studies authorized under the Title XVI Water Recycling and Reuse Program, through P.L. 102-575.

Pre-Application Information:

The application due date is Wednesday, April 7, 2021, at 4:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time (MDT).

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.

Please note that submission of an application electronically through Grants.gov requires prior registration through Grants.gov, which may take 7 to 21 days.

Applicants must be capable of cost sharing 50 percent or more of the total project costs. 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.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=331273

For a list of relevant application documents, go to the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov link above.

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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 Grants.gov or a hard copy may be submitted to either one of the following addresses:

By mail or United States Postal Service overnight services:
Bureau of Reclamation
Financial Assistance Support Section
Attn: Water Marketing Strategy NOFO
P.O. Box 25007, MS 84-27133
Denver, CO 80225

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

By courier services:
Bureau of Reclamation
Attn: Water Marketing Strategy NOFO
Denver Federal Center
Bldg. 67, Rm. 581
6th Avenue and Kipling Street
Denver, CO 80225

Questions regarding applicant and project eligibility and application review may be submitted to the attention of Ms. Avra Morgan, Program Analyst, as follows:

Bureau of Reclamation
Water Resources and Planning Division
Attn: Ms. Avra Morgan
Mail Code: 86-69200
P.O. Box 25007
Denver, CO 80225
aomorgan@usbr.gov
303-445-2906

CFDA Number:

15.507

Funding or Pin Number:

R21AS00278

URL for Full Text (RFP):

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)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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