WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for FY 2012

The summary for the WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for FY 2012 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 FederalGrants.com 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 Denver Office, which is the U.S. government agency offering this grant.
WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for FY 2012: The Nation faces an increasing set of water resource challenges. Aging infrastructure, rapid population growth, depletion of groundwater resources, impaired water quality associated with particular land uses and land covers, water needed for human and environmental uses, and climate variability and change all play a role in determining the amount of fresh water available at any given place and time. Water shortages and water-use conflicts have become more commonplace in many areas of the United States, even in normal water years. As competition for water resources grows for crop irrigation, growing cities and communities, energy production, and the environment the need for information and tools to aid water resource managers also grows. Water issues and challenges are increasing across the Nation, but particularly in the West, due to prolonged drought. These water issues are exacerbating the challenges facing traditional water management approaches which by themselves no longer meet today's needs. The U.S. Department of the Interior's (Department) WaterSMART (Sustain and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow) Program establishes a framework to provide Federal leadership and assistance on the efficient use of water, integrating water and energy policies to support the sustainable use of all natural resources, and coordinating the water conservation activities of various Department bureaus and offices. Through the Program, the Department is working to achieve a sustainable water management strategy to meet the Nation's water needs. The objective of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (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 on projects that seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy and improve energy efficiency, benefit endangered and threatened species, facilitate water markets, or carry out other activities to address climate-related impacts on water or prevent any water-related crisis or conflict. Water conservation, use of water markets, and improved efficiency are crucial elements of any plan to address western United States water issues. With leveraged water and energy efficiency grants, an important step will be taken towards increasing conservation for a more efficient use of water in the West.
Federal Grant Title: WaterSMART: Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for FY 2012
Federal Agency Name: Bureau of Reclamation Denver Office
Grant Categories: Natural Resources
Type of Opportunity: Discretionary
Funding Opportunity Number: R12SF80049
Type of Funding: Grant
CFDA Numbers: 15.507
CFDA Descriptions: WaterSMART (Sustaining and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow)
Current Application Deadline: Jan 19, 2012
Original Application Deadline: Jan 19, 2012
Posted Date: Nov 07, 2011
Creation Date: Nov 07, 2011
Archive Date: Jan 20, 2012
Total Program Funding: $18,000,000
Maximum Federal Grant Award: $1,500,000
Minimum Federal Grant Award: $0
Expected Number of Awards: 50
Cost Sharing or Matching: Yes
Applicants Eligible for this Grant
Others (see text field entitled "Additional Information on Eligibility" for clarification)
Additional Information on Eligibility
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. Applicants must also 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. Those not eligible include the following entities: - Federal governmental entities - Institutions of higher education - Individuals
Grant Announcement Contact
Michelle Maher Grants Officer Phone 303-445-2025

Grants Officer [mmaher@usbr.gov]
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