U.S. Department of the Interior: WaterSMART Drought Response Program – Drought Contingency Planning Grants
The Drought Response Program supports a proactive approach to drought by providing assistance to water managers to develop and update comprehensive drought plans, and implement projects that will build long-term resiliency to drought.
Program areas include:
- Contingency Planning
- Resiliency Projects
- Emergency Response Actions
Financial assistance will be provided for applicants to develop a drought contingency plan or to update an existing plan to meet the required elements described in the Drought Response Framework (available at: https://www.usbr.gov/drought/).
Most drought contingency planning processes are structured to address the three following questions:
- How will the project recognize the next drought in the early stages?
- How will drought affect the population?
- How can the project protect populations from the next drought?
The planning process is structured to help planners answer these three questions and to encourage an open and inclusive planning effort that employs a proactive approach to build long-term resiliency to drought.
Amount: Approximately ten awards will be made ranging from $1,000-$200,000 each.
Eligibility: States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the Western United States including New Mexico. In addition, applicants must also participate in a reclamation technical consultation prior to submission of an application.
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