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Grants and Cooperative Agreements to USA Agencies, Utility Providers,
Nonprofits, and Tribes in Multiple States for Water and Power Projects

WaterSMART Grants: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Bureau of Reclamation, Water Resources and Planning Office

Conf. Date:

06/15/22

Deadline Date:

07/28/22 4:00 PM MDT

Description:

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Grants and cooperative agreements to USA agencies, utility providers, nonprofit organizations, and tribes in multiple states and territories for water-related conservation and power projects. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take several weeks to finalize. Applicants must be located in 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, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

This Water and Energy Efficiency Grants NOFO provides funding for projects that result in quantifiable water savings, implement renewable energy components, and support broader sustainability benefits. These projects conserve and use water more efficiently; increase the production of renewable energy; mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; and accomplish other benefits that contribute to sustainability in the Western United States. 

The objective of this NOFO is to invite eligible applicants to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently; increase the production of renewable energy; mitigate conflict risk in areas with a high risk of future water conflict; enable farmers to make additional on-farm improvements in the future, including improvements that may be eligible for Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) funding; and accomplish other benefits that contribute to sustainability in the Western United States. 

Applicants are invited to submit proposals under the following three funding groups.

  • Funding Group I: Federal funds provided through this NOFO will be available for smaller on-the-ground projects that may take up to 2 years to complete.
  • Funding Group II: Federal funds provided through this NOFO will be available for larger on-the-ground projects that may take up to 3 years to complete.
  • Funding Group III: Federal funds provided through this NOFO will be available for larger on-the-ground projects that may take up to 3 years to complete.

For eligible projects, see starting on page 21 of the FOA in Attached Files below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177534

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$7,800,000

Number of Grants:

Estimated Number of Agreements to be Awarded: Approximately 25-35 projects, contingent on available Federal appropriations

Estimated Size of Grant:

Please note: Category A applicants are limited to a total of $5,000,000 in Federal funding through FY 2023 NOFOs for Water and Energy Efficiency Grants, Drought Resiliency Projects, and Environmental Water Resources Projects. For example, a Category A applicant may receive $3,000,000 through the FY 2023 Water and Energy Efficiency Grant NOFO and $2,000,000 through the FY 2023 Drought Resiliency Projects NOFO, for a total of $5,000,000 in Federal funding. However, if a Category A applicant receives $5,000,000 through the FY 2023 Water and Energy Efficiency Grant NOFO, then it would be precluded from seeking additional funding through FY 2023 NOFOs for either Drought Resiliency Projects or Environmental Water Resources Projects. This limitation does not apply to Category B applicants, who may be considered for multiple awards of up to $5,000,000 per project if the Category A partners are different.

- Funding Group I: Up to $500,000 per agreement
- Funding Group II: Up to $2,000,000 per agreement
- Funding Group III: Up to $5,000,000 per agreement

Term of Contract:

In general, Funding Group I projects should be completed within two years of award. Funding Group II and Funding Group III projects should be completed within three years of award. Applications for projects requiring more time will be considered for funding only under limited circumstances.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Category A:
- States, Indian Tribes, irrigation districts, and water districts; any state, regional, or local authority whose members include one or more organizations with water or power delivery authority; and other organizations with water or power delivery authority. All Category A applicants must be 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, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Category B:
- Nonprofit conservation organizations that are acting in partnership and with the agreement of an entity described in Category A. All Category B applicants must be located in the United States, or the specific Territories identified above.

Those not eligible include, but are not limited to, the following entities:
- Federal Governmental entities
- Individuals
- Institutes of higher education
- 501(c)6 organizations

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Bureau of Reclamation will host a webinar on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, at 10 am MDT to discuss eligible applicants and project types, program requirements, and the evaluation criteria for the recently announced Funding Opportunity: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants (WEEG).

To join the live event: https://teams.microsoft.com/l/meetup-join/19%3ameeting_NTY4N2YyYWQtNmM3My00YzM1LTllNzctNDUyNzcxYmYzYjkw%40thread.v2/0?context=%7b%22Tid%22%3a%220693b5ba-4b18-4d7b-9341-f32f400a5494%22%2c%22Oid%22%3a%22d47f7f21-a018-4ba7-add1-cd89925b6dbc%22%2c%22IsBroadcastMeeting%22%3atrue%7d&btype=a&role=a

Pre-Application Information:

Application due date: Thursday, July 28, 2022 4:00 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time

Applications must be received (not postmarked by) no later than this due date and time.

The applications may be submitted electronically through Grants.gov (www.grants.gov) or a hard copy may be submitted to either one addresses in Contact Information, below. You are strongly encouraged to use grants.gov to submit your proposal if possible. Under no circumstances will applications received through any other method (such as e-mail or fax) be considered eligible for
award.

Recipient Cost Share: 50 percent or more of project costs

Please note that submission of an application electronically requires prior registration through Grants.gov, which may take 7 to 21 days. Please see registration instructions at www.grants.gov/applicants/apply-for-grants.html. In addition, please note that the Grants.gov system only accepts applications submitted by individuals that are registered and active in SAM as both a user and an Authorized Organizational Representative.

Reclamation will not make a Federal award to an applicant until the applicant has complied with all applicable Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) and SAM requirements and, if an applicant has not fully complied with the requirements by the time the Reclamation is ready to make an award, Reclamation may determine that the applicant is not qualified to receive a Federal award and use that determination as a basis for making a Federal award to another applicant.

Federal award recipients must also continue to maintain an active SAM.gov registration with current information through the life of their Federal award(s).

More information:
https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/

FAQs:
https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/weeg/faq.html

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=339953

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

By mail or United States Postal Service overnight services:
Bureau of Reclamation
Financial Assistance Operations Section
Attn: NOFO Team
P.O. Box 25007, MS 84-27133
Denver, CO 80225

All other express delivery and courier services:
Bureau of Reclamation mail services
Attn: NOFO Team
Denver Federal Center
Bldg. 67, Rm. 152
6th Avenue and Kipling Street
Denver, CO 80225

Reclamation Financial Assistance Contact
Questions regarding application and submission information and award administration may be submitted to the attention of the Notice of Funding Opportunity Team at bor-shafafoa@usbr.gov. Please note that staff availability on the day of the NOFO closing will be limited.

Reclamation Program Coordinator Contact
Questions regarding applicant and project eligibility and application review may be submitted to the attention of Mr. Josh German, WaterSMART Grants Program Coordinator, as follows:
By email: jgerman@usbr.gov
By phone: 303-445-2839

CFDA Number:

15.507

Funding or Pin Number:

R23AS00008

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska;   Arizona;   California;   Colorado;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Kansas;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Mexico;   North Dakota;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   South Dakota;   Texas;   Utah;   Washington;   Wyoming

Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);

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