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U.S. Department of the Interior: WaterSMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program Phase I Grants

Deadline: November 13, 2019

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s (DOI) WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America’s Resources for Tomorrow) Program provides a framework for Federal leadership and assistance to stretch and secure water supplies for future generations in support of the DOI’s priorities. Through WaterSMART, funding supports stakeholder efforts to stretch scarce water supplies and avoid conflicts over water. WaterSMART provides support for the DOI’s priorities, including creating a legacy of conservation stewardship, sustainably developing energy and natural resources, modernizing infrastructure through public-private partnerships, and restoring trust with local communities by improving relationships and communication with states, tribes, local governments, communities, landowners, and water users.

Through the Cooperative Watershed Management Program (CWMP), funding supports watershed groups to encourage diverse stakeholders to form local solutions to address their water management needs. Providing this funding promotes water reliability and cooperation between stakeholders to reduce conflict, facilitate solutions to complex water issues, and stretch limited water supplies.

In general, applicants should apply as a New Watershed Groups if the group is just getting started, has completed little or no watershed restoration planning, and requires more substantial support for building the capacity of the watershed group and completing outreach to stakeholders. Groups that have been active in the watershed for several years and have previously conducted some watershed planning should apply as Existing Watershed Groups. Although New and Existing Watershed Groups will be scored using the same evaluation criteria, they will be ranked separately to ensure fairness.

Entities may receive funding multiple times under Phase I of the CWMP; however, each project must have a distinct scope of work. When applying, entities that have previously received funding through CWMP Phase I should apply as an Existing Watershed Group and explain how their new project differs from and builds on their past Phase I project(s).

Amount: Approximately $3,000,000 is available to fund 15-20 projects that range up to $100,000 each. No more than $50,000 is available in each year for a period of up to two years.

Eligibility: Entities located in the Western United States or United States Territories including 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, and the Virgin Islands.

  • New Watershed Group: States, Indian tribes, local and special districts (e.g., irrigation and water districts, etc.), local governmental entities, interstate organizations, and non-profit organizations.
  • Existing Watershed Groups: In order to be eligible to receive an award for funding as an Existing Watershed Group, the applicant must be an eligible entity as described immediately above for New Watershed Groups, and must either be: (1) An Existing Watershed Group, (i.e., a grassroots, non-regulatory legal entity that otherwise meets the definition of a watershed group; or (2) a participant in an Existing Watershed Group.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=320579

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