FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES: Drought resiliency, SGMA watershed coordinator, project accelerator

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Funding opportunity available to build drought resiliency through WaterSMART

The Bureau of Reclamation has released a funding opportunity for communities to take a proactive approach to drought through building projects that increase water supply reliability, improve water management, or provide benefits for fish, wildlife and the environment. The drought resiliency projects funding opportunity is available at by searching funding opportunity number BOR-DO-20-F002.“We are looking for applicants that are working to implement projects that are identified in their drought response plans to avoid future crises and reduce the need for emergency response actions,” said Reclamation’s Acting Drought Response Program Manager John Whitler.Eligible applicants for funding include states, tribes, irrigation districts, water districts or other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the western United States or U.S. territories. It also includes Alaska and Hawaii, which are now eligible.

Up to $300,000 per agreement is available for a project that can be completed within two years. Up to $750,000 per agreement is available for a project that can be completed within three years. Recipients must match the funding with a minimum of 50% non-federal cost-share.

Applications are due on July 8, 2020, at 4 p.m. MDT.

Visit Reclamation’s WaterSMART program at and the Drought Response Program at to learn more about this and other opportunities.

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: New Department of Conservation SGMA Watershed Coordinator Grant Program

A new 2020 Sustainable Groundwater Management Watershed Coordinator (SGMA) Grant Program is being launched at the Department of Conservation.  Grants are being offered for watershed coordinators in parts of the state impacted by implementation of SGMA.  Information about the program can be found at public review draft solicitation and application has been posted at contact Department of Conservation watershed program staff with questions or comments via email at​ ​​or phone at (916) 324-0850.

FUNDING ASSISTANCE OPPORTUNITY: WaterNow accepting project accelerator applications for Spring 2020

WaterNow is pleased to announced that we are now accepting applications for the spring 2020 cycle of Project Accelerator! Project Accelerator offers cities and water agencies the opportunity to jumpstart a sustainable water project with free program and technical assistance.Project Accelerator awardees receive:

  • Tailored support for your program, including research, program design, evaluation metrics and training
  • Access to a broad network of water sector experts for your program and financing needs
  • Up to 250 hours of professional support for 6-9 months (valued at $25,000)

Do you need help advancing an innovative water program or project that could provide real benefits for your community? Complete an application today! Two projects will be selected to receive Project Accelerator support, and the deadline to apply is June 19, 2020.

Apply Now and Realize Your Water Innovation!.

If you’ve applied for Project Accelerator in the past, we encourage you to apply again. We were thrilled by the quality of projects and proposals we received last fall, and we hope you consider this round.

For more information about past projects, visit our website.

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