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U.S. Department of the Interior: WaterSMART Grants – Water Marketing Strategy Grants

Deadline: July 31, 2019

The 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. WaterSMART supports stakeholder efforts to stretch scarce water supplies and avoid conflicts over water. WaterSMART supports creating a legacy of conservation stewardship, sustainably developing energy and natural resources, modernizing infrastructure through public-private partnerships, striking a regulatory balance, and restoring trust with local communities by improving relationships and communication with states, tribes, local governments, communities, landowners, and water users.

Through WaterSMART Water Marketing Strategy Grants provide cost-shared financial assistance to develop water marketing strategies to establish or expand water markets or water marketing activities between willing participants, in compliance with state and Federal laws. For further information on the WaterSMART Grants Program, see www.usbr.gov/watersmart/.

A “water marketing strategy” is a framework for implementation of water marketing activities. Development of a water marketing strategy must include:

  1. Outreach and partnership building
  2. Scoping and planning activities (e.g., hydrologic, economic, legal, and other types of analysis)
  3. Development of a water marketing strategy document describing how water marketing activities will be implemented

Applicants are invited to submit proposals under one of two different Funding Groups to develop a water marketing strategy:

  • Funding Group I: Projects are relatively smaller in scope or less complex (e.g., involve fewer partners, address a smaller geographic area, or are less complex because they build on prior work)
  • Funding Group II: Projects involve more complex water marketing strategy that will require up to 3 years to complete because they are broader in scope (e.g., involve more partners, address a larger geographic area, or are more complex because the water marketing activities are more complex)

Amount: Approximately $3,000,000 is available to make 10-12 grants dependent upon funding group, as follows:

  • Funding Group I: Up to $200,000 for a project that can be completed within 2 years
  • Funding Group II: Up to $400,000 for a project that can be completed within 3 years

Eligibility: States, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, or other organizations with water or power delivery authority 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.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=315796

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