WaterSMART Grant: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for Fiscal Year 2018

Funding is provided through the Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART program for Water and Energy Efficiency Grants. This Water and Energy Efficiency Grant provides funding for projects that result in quantifiable water savings and support broader water reliability benefits. These projects conserve and use water efficiently, increase the production of hydropower, mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict, enable farmers to make additional on-farm improvements in the future, and accomplish other benefits that contribute to water supply reliability in the western US.

Funding Information

WaterSMART Grant: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for Fiscal Year 2018
Eligible Applicants:  States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the Western United States.
Funding Available: Funding Group 1: Up to $300,000 per agreement for smaller projects that can be completed within two years of award.
Funding Group II: Up to $1,000,000 per agreement for larger projects that may take up to three years to complete. 
Cost Share: 50% match required  
Loans or Grants: Grants
Eligible Project Types: Canal Lining/Piping: Convert open canals to pipeline, construct conveyance improvements, turnouts, or pipelines. 

Municipal Metering: Installing water services meters, installing distribution systems meters associated with production and/or leakage quantification. 

Irrigation Flow Measurement: Installing weirs, flumes, ramps, etc. in open channels. 

Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition and Automation (SCADA): Installing ScADA components that allow for remote monitoring of irrigation delivery system condition.

Irrigation Measures: Removing turf, installing Smart irrigation controllers, installing high-efficiency nozzles. 

Hydropower Projects: Installing small-scale hydroelectric facility that enables use of renewable energy sources. 

 Application Due Date Due: May 10, 2018 at 4:00 pm Mountain Daylight Time
Funding Opportunity Link:  BOR-DO-18-F006