Snow Water Supply Forecasting Program

The summary for the Snow Water Supply Forecasting Program 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.
Snow Water Supply Forecasting Program: The United States Department of the Interior (Department), Bureau of Reclamation's (Reclamation) Snow Water Supply Forecasting Program (Program) aims to improve the skill of water supply forecasts via enhancing snow monitoring through the deployment of emerging technologies to complement existing monitoring techniques and networks. This new program was authorized in December 2020 by P.L. 116-260, Sec. 1111, Snow Water Supply Forecasting Program Authorization Act. The program was authorized for FY 2022 - FY 2026. Reservoir operations and related water management decisions rely on estimates of current and future water availability. These estimates depend on technologies to observe basin conditions such as snowpack. In many Western basins, snowpack and subsequent snow melt runoff constitutes a significant portion of the annual water supply. Accordingly, monitoring snowpack is of great interest to water managers and water users alike. Traditionally, basin snowpack information is based on a sparse network of observing stations across large watersheds. These networks provide high quality information at station locations but extrapolating that information to an entire watershed is a challenge. This challenge, in large part, motivates the Program. As such, the NOFO invites proposals from eligible applicants that are invested in and capable of demonstrating emerging or deploying existing snow monitoring technologies and/or use of snow monitoring data to enhance water supply forecast skill. Considering this and the Act's emphasis on partner agency coordination, strong applications will have partnerships with water management and forecasting entities to facilitate transfer of knowledge, foster use of data in forecasts, and evaluate utility of information for informing water management decisions. This supports Department of the Interior priority of addressing the drought crisis by providing water managers the best available information to inform the management of this scarce and critical resource. In Phase I, applicants submit technical proposals in the required format and length as specified in Section D.2.1. Application Format and Length as well as with the required content further detailed in Section D.2.2. Application Content. Submission to Phase I is required for Phase II consideration. Reclamation's application review committee (ARC) will select a set of highly qualified applications from Phase I to move to Phase II of the application process. Submission to Phase I is required for Phase II consideration. If the selected applicants are not present for Phase II, their proposals are automatically disqualified from proceeding further and will be ineligible for an award. Phase II will entail a 30-minute virtual (web meeting) project/proposal “pitch” presentation to a review panel, followed by 20 minutes of question and answer with the review panel. Those selected to advance to Phase II will be notified of the presentation requirements and logistics with a minimum 4 week's notice.
Federal Grant Title: Snow Water Supply Forecasting Program
Federal Agency Name: Bureau of Reclamation (DOI-BOR)
Grant Categories: Natural Resources
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: R23AS00079
Type of Funding: Cooperative Agreement
CFDA Numbers: 15.078
CFDA Descriptions: Information not provided
Current Application Deadline: May 12th, 2023
Original Application Deadline: May 12th, 2023
Posted Date: March 13th, 2023
Creation Date: March 13th, 2023
Archive Date: May 30th, 2023
Total Program Funding:
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $999,999
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $300,000
Expected Number of Awards:
Cost Sharing or Matching: No
Last Updated: March 13th, 2023
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
State governments - County governments - City or township governments - Special district governments - Public and State controlled institutions of higher education - Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments) - Nonprofits having a 501 (c) (3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education - Nonprofits that do not have a 501 (c) (3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education - Private institutions of higher education - Individuals - Small businesses
Additional Information on Eligibility
Individuals/entrepreneurs, commercial or industrial organizations, Private nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals), Local (includes State-designated Indian Tribes, excludes institutions of higher education and hospitals, Public nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals), State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals, federally funded research, and development centers. Ineligible applicants include but are not limited to:  US Federal Agencies  Applicants outside of the United States  
Grant Announcement Contact
Christina Munoz
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