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WaterSMART Grants: Water Marketing Strategy Grants for Fiscal Year 2018

Grants to USA Agencies and Organizations in Multiple
States for Water Marketing to Enhance Supply Reliability

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U.S. Department of the Interior - Bureau of Reclamation

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07/17/18 4:00 PM MDT


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Grants to USA state agencies, tribes, special purpose districts, and other organizations in multiple states and territories to enhance water supply reliability. Funding will support the development of a water marketing strategy that will result in the establishment or expansion of water markets or water marketing.

Applicants must be located in the Western United States or Territories as identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902, as amended and supplemented; specifically: Arizona, California, Colorado, 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.

Program Information:

Through WaterSMART, the Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) leverages Federal and non-Federal funding to work cooperatively with states, tribes, and local entities as they plan for and implement actions to increase water supply reliability through investments and attention to local water conflicts. Working together with program stakeholders, WaterSMART provides support for the Department of the Interior’s (Interior) priorities:

-Creating a conservation stewardship legacy
-Utilizing natural resources
-Restoring trust with local communities
-Striking a regulatory balance
-Modernizing infrastructure

Through the WaterSMART Water Marketing Strategy Grants, Reclamation provides cost-shared financial assistance to states, tribes, and local governments 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. Water Marketing Strategy Grants are a component of Reclamation’s WaterSMART Grants Program, which also includes Water and Energy Efficiency Grants and Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) supports collaborative planning efforts to develop water markets that will proactively address water supply reliability and increase water management flexibility. Water markets between willing buyers and sellers can be used to help water users meet demands efficiently in times of shortage, thereby helping to prevent water conflicts. By encouraging collaboration and input to the planning process from a range of stakeholders, this FOA will expand the lines of communication between Reclamation and local communities, and among the community stakeholders themselves, restoring community trust.

Objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement:

The objective of this FOA is to invite states, Indian tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation to develop a water marketing strategy to increase water supply reliability. Applicants under this FOA may request funding to develop a water marketing strategy (Project) to establish or expand water markets or water marketing.

A “water marketing strategy” is a framework for implementation of water marketing activities. Development of a water marketing strategy may include:
(1) Outreach and partnership building;
(2) Planning activities (e.g., hydrologic, economic, legal and other types of analysis);
(3) Associated pilot activities integral to the development of a strategy - e.g., the movement of water on a pilot basis in compliance with applicable laws; and
(4) The development of a water marketing strategy document, describing the how water marketing activities will be implemented.

For the purposes of this FOA, “water marketing” refers to water rights transactions (e.g., the voluntary lease, sale or exchange of water, or water rights), or voluntary agreements governing water rights, water use, or water management (e.g., non-diversion agreements, dry-year options, and agreements governing groundwater recharge and storage, etc.), undertaken in accordance with state and Federal laws, between willing participants.

Water marketing strategies that include participation by multiple stakeholders will be prioritized under this program to encourage more comprehensive plans that address issues important to different sectors (e.g., agricultural, municipal, commercial/industrial, tribal and environmental). Water marketing strategies may be scaled to meet the needs of the applicant and may build on work completed to date. Strategies that will provide significant benefits (such as meeting an important water supply need, meeting the needs of multiple sectors, or decreasing the likelihood of conflicts over water) will also be prioritized.

Given current budget constraints and competing priorities for limited funding, Reclamation does not expect to submit recommendations to Congress for authorizing legislation or appropriations for construction following the completion of a water marketing strategy. However, potential projects identified in a water marketing strategy may be considered for funding under one of several, competitive, WaterSMART funding opportunities, depending on the type of project, including Water and Energy Efficiency Grants, Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects, and Drought Resiliency Project Grants, as long as the project meets all program and eligibility requirements.

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

Funding Group I: Up to $200,000 in Federal funds will be available for water marketing strategies that can be completed within two years from the date of award because they are relatively smaller in scope or less complex (i.e., involve fewer partners, address a smaller geographic area, are less complex because they build on prior work, or because the water marketing activities are less complex). Applicants in this funding group will conduct outreach, planning and scoping activities, and develop a water marketing strategy appropriate to the scope of their proposal. Funding Group I proposals will be evaluated separately from Funding Group II proposals to ensure fairness.

Funding Group II: Up to $400,000 in Federal funds will be available for more complex water marketing strategies that will require up to three years to complete because they are broader in scope (i.e., involve more partners, address a larger geographic area, or are more complex because the water marketing activities are more complex).

Note: Funding Group I proposals will be evaluated separately from Funding Group II proposals to ensure fairness.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 183479

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Number of Grants:

Estimated Number of Agreements to be Awarded: Approximately 10-12 agreements

Estimated Size of Grant:

-Funding Group I: Up to $200,000
-Funding Group II: Up to $400,000

Term of Contract:

Projects funded under Funding Group I of this FOA should be completed within two years of award, and Projects funded under Funding Group II of this FOA should be completed within three years of award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Under P.L. 111-11, Section 9502, an eligible applicant is a state, Indian tribe, irrigation district, water district, or other organization with water or power delivery authority.

Those not eligible include, but are not limited to, the following entities:
-Federal governmental entities
-Institutions of higher education
-501(c)4 organizations
-501(c)6 organizations

Proposals for planning studies, other than water marketing strategies, are not eligible for funding under this FOA. This includes proposals for appraisal investigations, feasibility studies, special studies, Basin Studies, Drought Contingency Plans or studies authorized under the Title XVI Water Recycling and Reuse Program, through P.L.102-575, as amended (43 U.S.C. 390h et seq.), or under the Rural Water Program, pursuant to the Rural Water Supply Act of 2006, P.L. 109-451.

Other projects that are not eligible for funding under this FOA include:
-Construction activities
-Water conservation projects
-Projects considered normal operations, maintenance, and replacement (OM&R)
-Projects that are part of a congressionally authorized Title XVI project under P.L.102-575, as amended (43 U.S.C. 390h et seq.).
-Water purchases
-Construction of buildings for administration purposes
-Projects to conduct on-farm improvements

Pre-Application Information:

Applicants must be capable of cost sharing 50 percent or more of the total costs of the water marketing strategy. Applicants with sufficient resources may choose to contribute a non-Federal cost share that is greater than 50 percent in order to develop more complex strategies. Cost sharing may be made through cash or in-kind contributions or donations from the applicant or third-party partners. Cost share funding from sources outside the applicant’s organization (e.g., loans or state grants) should be secured and available to the applicant prior to award.

The application due date is Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at 4:00 PM, Mountain Daylight Time (MDT).

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

Questions regarding application and submission information and award administration may be submitted to the attention of Julie J. Hendricks, Grants Management Specialist, as follows:

Bureau of Reclamation
Financial Assistance Support Section
Attn: Ms. Julie J. Hendricks
P.O. Box 25007, MS 84-27814
Denver, CO 80225


Questions regarding applicant and project eligibility and application review may be submitted to the attention of Ms. Avra Morgan, Program Analyst, as follows:

Bureau of Reclamation
Water Resources and Planning
Attn: Ms. Avra Morgan
Mail Code: 84-51000
P.O. Box 25007 Denver, CO 80225

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

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