Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants Fostering District/Farmer Partnerships

The summary for the Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants Fostering District/Farmer Partnerships grant is detailed below. This summary states who is eligible for the grant, how much grant money will be awarded, current and past deadlines, Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) numbers, and a sampling of similar government grants. Verify the accuracy of the data provides by visiting the webpage noted in the Link to Full Announcement section or by contacting the appropriate person listed as the Grant Announcement Contact. If any section is incomplete, please visit the website for the Bureau of Reclamation, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants Fostering District/Farmer Partnerships: The Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants Fostering District/Farmer Partnerships, for a Grant Agreement(s) pursuant to the authority of Public Law 111-11 (42 USC 10364) Title IX of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, Subtitle F, Secure Water, Section 9504 (a) Water Management Improvement. The objective of this Agricultural Water Conservation Efficiency (AWCE) FOA is to invite Indian Tribes, irrigation districts, water districts and other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the state of California to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on projects that save water, improve water management, create new supplies for agricultural irrigation, improve energy efficiency, and benefit endangered species. Water conservation and water use efficiency are critical elements of any plan to address these resource issues. Projects that achieve this by increasing the capability or success rate of on-farm water conservation or water use efficiency projects that can be undertaken by farmers and ranchers will be a high priority for this program, as reflected through the increased weighting of this category in 2016. Reclamation and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) are encouraging water supplier/client farmer partnerships as an effective way to identify district/watershed/regional needs and opportunities. In coordination with NRCS, Reclamation will select applicants for funding under this FOA. Successful applicants will enter into a financial assistance agreement with Reclamation. NRCS will provide accelerated technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers in the project service area, through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) program: 1) for those successful FOA projects that include activities or elements that facilitate on-farm improvement, 2) where a number of farmers are likely to participate and 3) where EQIP applicants and projects meet EQIP program eligibility requirements. Period of Performance is a two year period from the date of issuance. BOR-MP-16-0003 was posted on the website, at, on or about February 26, 2016. The date for receipt of proposals is on April 26, 2016, no later than 3 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). The FOA must be downloaded from No paper copy of this announcement will be distributed. Administrative questions concerning this FOA should be directed to Christina Muñoz at Technical questions concerning this FOA should be directed to Anna Sutton at
Federal Grant Title: Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants Fostering District/Farmer Partnerships
Federal Agency Name: Bureau of Reclamation
Grant Categories: Natural Resources
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: BOR-MP-16-0003
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement, Grant
CFDA Numbers: 319225
CFDA Descriptions: Water SMART (Sustaining and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow)
Current Application Deadline: Apr 26, 2016
Original Application Deadline: Apr 26, 2016
Posted Date: Feb 26, 2016
Creation Date: Feb 26, 2016
Archive Date: May 26, 2016
Total Program Funding: $5,000,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $1,000,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $0
Expected Number of Awards: 12
Cost Sharing or Matching: Yes
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
County governments
City or township governments
Special district governments
Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
State governments
Grant Announcement Contact
Christina Muñoz Grants Management Specialist

Bureau of Reclamation 303-445-2444
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