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WaterSMART Drought Response Program: Drought Contingency Planning Grants for Fiscal Year 2020

Grants to Multiple USA States, Tribes, Agencies,
and Water Authorities to Increase Water Supply

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U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation, Policy and Administration

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02/05/20 4:00 PM MST


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Grants to USA state agencies, tribes, and water districts and authorities in multiple states for water conservation and resilience programs. Applicants must participate in a technical consultation session prior to applying. Funding is intended for contingency planning, water resiliency programs, and emergency drought response plans related to drought. Eligible applicants are located in the states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Grants support new or updated drought plans.

Funding is available under the WaterSMART Drought Response Program to develop and update drought contingency plans that will build long-term resiliency to drought. Program areas include:
- Contingency Planning (
- Resiliency Projects (
- Emergency Response Actions (

Proposed projects should be divided into two phases (Phase I and Phase II) and must include each of the project components described below. The program requirements described here are intended to increase the transparency of the planning process, encourage collaboration and participation by interested stakeholders, and ensure that the Drought Contingency Plan will meet program requirements upon completion.
- Phase I must include the Establishment of a Drought Planning Task Force, Development of a Detailed Work Plan, and Development of a Communication and Outreach Plan.
- Phase II: After the detailed work plan is reviewed and accepted by Reclamation, the planning lead will then develop the plan or plan update including the required drought contingency plan elements.

For information about project requirements, see page 55-56 in the FOA in Attached Files, below.

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GrantWatch ID#: 182579

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Approximately 5-10 projects per application submittal period contingent upon available Federal appropriations.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Award ceiling is $200,000
Award floor is $1,000

Term of Contract:

Work must be completed within two years of the funding award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in eligible states are eligible to apply.

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 Drought Contingency Plans, are not eligible for funding under this FOA. This includes proposals for 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, as amended (43 U.S.C. 390h et seq.), or under the Rural Water Program, pursuant to the Rural Water Supply Act of 2006, P.L.109-451 (

Pre-proposal Conference:

To be eligible under this FOA, applicants must participate in a technical
consultation with Reclamation staff prior to development of a proposal. During this technical consultation, the Reclamation Drought Coordinator and regional Reclamation staff will discuss Drought Response Program objectives, the six required elements of a drought plan or plan update, planning steps, and eligible tasks.

The technical consultation will provide interested applicants an opportunity to ask questions about the Drought Response Program and ensure that there is a clear understanding of program requirements. Reclamation reserves the right to remove an application from consideration if a technical consultation was not completed.

To schedule a technical consultation, contact the program coordinator.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for fiscal year 2020 funding are due Wednesday, February 5, 2020, at 4:00 p.m. MST.

This FOA will be updated to provide a second application deadline for FY 2021 funding.

In general, recipients must match the funding with at least 50% funding from a non-federal source. In exceptional circumstances, a reduction or waiver of the non-federal cost-share may be considered.

In addition, applicants must also participate in a Reclamation technical consultation prior to submission of an application.

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

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact:

Irene M Hoiby, Supervisory Grants Management Specialist
Phone 303-445-2025

Bureau of Reclamation
Financial Assistance Support Section
P.O. Box 25007, MS 84-27814
Denver, CO 80225

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Geographic Focus:

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

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