WaterSMART Planning and Project Design Grants For FY 2023 and FY 2024

US Department of the Interior: Bureau of Reclamation (USBR)

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Deadline: Apr 2, 2024 3:00pm PDT

Grant amount: Up to US $400,000

Fields of work: Water Resource Management Sanitation & Clean Drinking Water

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity, Indigenous Group

Funding uses: Project / Program, Training / Capacity Building

Location of project: Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, California, Colorado Show all

Location of residency: United States, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico Show all


NOTE: Proposals received prior before October 17, 2023 will be considered for FY 2023 funding. Proposals received after October 17, 2023, and before April 2, 2024 will be considered for FY 2024 funding, contingent on appropriations.

Through Planning and Project Design Grants, Reclamation provides funding for collaborative planning and design projects to support water management improvements. This includes funding for:

  • Water Strategy Grants to conduct planning activities to improve water supplies (e.g., water supplies to disadvantaged communities that do not have reliable access to water, water marketing, water conservation, drought resilience, and ecological resilience);
  • Project Design Grants to conduct project-specific design for projects to improve water management; and 
  • comprehensive Drought Contingency Plans.

Note that funding to develop a water marketing strategy – formerly funded through Water Marketing Strategy Grants, a stand-alone funding opportunity under WaterSMART - is now available through (1) Water Strategy Grants.

  • Category A applicants: States, 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. All applicants must be located in one of the following States or territories: 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.
  • Category B applicants: Nonprofit conservation organizations that are acting in partnership with, and with the agreement of, an entity described in Category A. All Category B applicants must be located in the United States or the specific territories identified above.

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This page was last reviewed September 28, 2023 and last updated August 09, 2023