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Nonprofits, and Tribes in Multiple States for Water and Power Projects

WaterSMART Grants: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants

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U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Reclamation, Water Resources and Planning Office

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11/03/21 4:00 PM MDT Receipt


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Grants and cooperative agreements to USA agencies, utility providers, nonprofit organizations, and tribes in multiple states and territories for water-related conservation and power projects. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Applicants must be located in 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.

This Water and Energy Efficiency Grants Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) provides funding for projects that result in quantifiable water savings, implement renewable energy components, and support broader sustainability benefits. These projects conserve and use water more efficiently; increase the production of renewable energy; mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; and accomplish other benefits that contribute to sustainability in the Western United States.

The objective of this NOFO is to invite eligible applicants to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently; increase the production of renewable energy; mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; enable farmers to make additional on-farm improvements in the future, including improvements that may be eligible for Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) funding; and accomplish other benefits that contribute to sustainability in the Western United States.

Applicants are invited to submit proposals under the following two funding groups:

  • Funding Group I: Smaller, on-the-ground projects
  • Funding Group II: Larger, phased on-the-ground projects

For eligible projects, see pp.18-21 of the FOA in Attached Files below. 

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GrantWatch ID#: 177534

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Number of Grants:

Estimated Number of Agreements to be Awarded: Approximately 40-45 projects, contingent on appropriations.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Funding Group I: Up to $500,000 per agreement
- Funding Group II: Up to $2,000,000 per agreement

Term of Contract:

- Funding Group I: In general, projects funded under Funding Group I should be completed within two years of award.
- Funding Group II: Projects selected under Funding Group II will be funded on an annual basis, for a period of up to 3 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Category A applicants:
- States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, and water districts;
- State, regional, or local authorities, the members of which include one or more organizations with water or power delivery authority; and
- Other organizations with water or power delivery authority.

Category B applicants: Nonprofit conservation organizations that are acting in partnership with, and with the agreement of, an entity described in Category A. Category B applicants must include with their application a letter from the Category A partner, stating that they are acting in partnership with the applicant and agree to the submittal and content of the proposal.

Applicants must also be located in the Western United States or Territories as identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902, as amended and supplemented.

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

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

For ineligible projects, see pp. 21-22 of the FOA in Attached Files below.

Pre-Application Information:

Application due date: Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 4:00 PM Mountain Daylight Time (MDT)

Reclamation expects to contact potential award recipients and unsuccessful applicants in spring 2022, subject to the timing and amount of final FY 2022 appropriations.

Recipient Cost Share: 50 percent or more of project costs

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.

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.

Meeting the requirements set forth above is mandatory. If the applicant is unable to complete registration by the application deadline, the unique entity identifier must be obtained, and SAM registration must be initiated within 30 days after the application deadline in order to be considered for selection and award. Reclamation will not make a Federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable unique entity identifier and SAM requirements.

Applicants that have questions regarding OM&R are encouraged to contact the Program Coordinator prior to the application deadline for further information.


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

By mail or USPS overnight services:
Bureau of Reclamation
Financial Assistance Operations
Attn: NOFO Team
P.O. Box 25007, MS 84-27133
Denver, CO 80225

All other express delivery and courier services:
Bureau of Reclamation
Attn: NOFO Team (MS 84-27133)
Denver Federal Center
Bldg. 67, Rm. 152
6th Avenue and Kipling Street
Denver, CO 80225

Reclamation Financial Assistance Contact
Questions regarding application and submission information and award administration may be submitted to the attention of the Notice of Funding Opportunity Team at Please note that staff availability on the day of the NOFO closing will be limited.

Reclamation Program Coordinator Contact
Questions regarding applicant and project eligibility and application review may be submitted to the attention of Mr. Josh German, WaterSMART Grants Program Coordinator, as follows:
By email:
By phone: 303-445-2839

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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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