B - Readily funds technology as part of an award
U.S. Department of the Interior
The U.S. Department of the Interior's (Department) 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 in support of the Department's priorities. WaterSMART Environmental Water Resources Projects is a new category of funding to support projects focused on environmental benefits and that have been developed as part of a collaborative process to help carry out an established strategy to increase the reliability of water resources.
To be eligible under this funding opportunity, one of the primary purposes of the project must be to benefit ecological values that have a nexus to water resources management, including projects that benefit plant and animal species, fish and wildlife habitat, riparian areas, and ecosystems that are supported by rivers, streams, and other water sources, or that are directly influenced by water resources management. This may include but is not limited to: projects that improve the timing or quantity of water available; improve water quality and temperature; or that improve stream or riparian conditions for the benefit of plant and animal species, fish and wildlife habitat, riparian areas, and ecosystems. This does not exclude projects that include benefits to multiple sectors, including projects that benefit ecological values AND agricultural, municipal, tribal, or recreation water uses.
Projects not eligible for funding under this NOFO include scientific research and the project types identified immediately below.
History of Funding
FY 2022 awards are available to view here: https://www.usbr.gov/watersmart/ewrp/docs/FY22EWRPProjectDescriptions.pdf.
Ineligible Applicants: Those not eligible include, but are not limited to, the following entities:
- Federal Governmental entities
- Commercial/industrial organizations
- Private entities
- Institutes of higher education
- 501(c)(4) Nonprofit organizations
- 501(c)(6) Organizations
Category A applicants: States, Indian Tribes, irrigation districts, and water districts; State, regional, or local authorities, the members of which include one or more organizations with water or power delivery authority; and other organizations with water or power delivery authority.
- All 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 applicants: Nonprofit conservation organizations, including watershed groups as defined in the Cooperative Watershed Management Act, Section 6001, that are acting in partnership with and with the agreement of an entity described in Category A. Category B applicants must include with their application a letter from the Category A partner stating that the Category A partner: (1) is acting in partnership with the applicant; (2) agrees to the submittal and content of the application; and (3) intends to participate in the project in some way, for example, by providing input, feedback, or other support for the project.
All Category B applicants must be in the United States or the specific Territories identified above.
Category C applicants: Nonprofit conservation organizations submitting an application for a project to improve the condition of a natural feature such as wetlands on Federal land without a Category A partner must demonstrate that entities described in Category A from the applicable service area have been notified and do not object to the project.
Category C applicants: Nonprofit conservation organizations submitting an application for a project to improve the condition of a natural feature such as wetlands on Federal land without a Category A partner must demonstrate that entities described in Category A from the applicable service area have been notified and do not object to the project. All Category C applicants must be in the United States or the specific Territories identified above.
Applications are to be submitted by March 28, 2023.
Funding is available for up to $3 million per project. The applicant must complete the project within three years. Total project costs must be at most $6 million, and the projects must be part of a collaborative process to increase water resource reliability.
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