WaterSmart Cooperative Management Program Phase I

WaterSmart Cooperative Management Program Phase I

Federal Agencies/Foundations
Funder Name:
Bureau of Reclamation
Eligible Applicants:
Tribal Governments
State Agencies
Local governments and Utility Districts
Non-profits organizations
Relevant Project Area:
Capacity Building, Collaboration, & Planning
Funding Range:

The Bureau of Reclamation released a grant funding opportunity for communities to establish a new watershed group, expand an existing group and complete restoration planning efforts. The Cooperative Watershed Management Program encourages diverse stakeholders to form local solutions to address their water management needs.

A watershed group is a self-sustaining, non-regulatory, consensus-based group that is composed of a diverse array of stakeholders. Membership in a watershed group may include, but is not limited to, private property owners, non-profit organizations, federal, state, or local agencies, and tribes.

"This program brings local stakeholders together to collaborate on improving water reliability and management in their community. The intention of this is to facilitate locally driven and consensus-based solutions to complex water issues,” said Reclamation’s Program Manager Robin Graber.

Eligible applicants for this grant opportunity must be located in the western United States or a U.S. Territory. Entities in Hawaii and Alaska are also eligible to apply. States, tribes, local and special districts, local government entities, interstate organizations and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply to establish a new group. To expand a watershed management group, an existing watershed group or a participant in an existing watershed group is eligible to apply.

Up to $100,000 in federal funding will be available, with no more $50,000 available in each year of the two-year grant. A non-federal cost share is not required.

The funding opportunity is available at www.grants.gov by searching for opportunity number BOR-DO-19-F010. The application deadline for 2019 funding is Nov. 13, 2019.

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