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Drought Resiliency Projects FOA

Download the Drought Resiliency Projects Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to learn more about DRP application evaluation criteria and application requirements.

This grant accepts applications once per year and the application window for FY21 ended on August 5, 2020.

Small Scale Water Efficiency Projects FOA

FY20 Small Scale Water Efficiency Projects Funding Opportunity Announcement

Download the Small Scale Water Efficiency Projects Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to learn more about SWEP application evaluation criteria and application requirements.

This grant accepts applications once per year and the application window for FY20 ended on March 4, 2020.

 

Water and Energy Efficiency Grant FOA

FY21 Water and Energy Efficiency Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement

Download the FY21 Water & Energy Efficiency Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to learn more about WEEG application evaluation criteria and application requirements.

This grant accepts applications once per year and the application window for FY21 ends on September 17, 2021.

 

WaterSMART Progress Report Fact Sheet

WaterSMART Progress Report Fact Sheet

Since 2010, the Bureau of Reclamation has worked to improve water conservation and help water-resource managers narrow the gap between water supply and demand through the WaterSMART program. In 2016, Reclamation's progress report found that the WaterSMART program and
other conservation activities were expected to result in savings of 1.14 million acre-feet of water per year upon completion. For example, as of 2016, Reclamation had provided more than $135 million in competitively awarded grants to implement more than $395 million in water management improvements through 243 projects in 15 western states. This funding has been provided to nonfederal partners including tribes, water districts and municipalities.

For more information click the link below. The full progress report is available here.

System for Award Management

System for Award Management

The System for Award Management (SAM) is an official website of the U.S. government where users can:

  • Register to do business with the U.S. government
  • Update or renew your entity registration
  • Check status of an entity registration
  • Search for entity registration and exclusion records

Utilities applying for WaterSMART grants are required to register with SAM. There's no cost, and user accounts can be created through the link below.

WaterSMART Federal Forms

WaterSMART Federal Forms

There are several forms that will need to accompany utilities' WaterSMART grant applications. While the specific forms required depend on the particular grant in question, each application will include some or all of the following federal forms:

SF-424 Application for Federal Assistance
SF-424 Budget Information (A or C Form, as applicable to the project)
SF-424 Assurances (B or D Form, as applicable to the project)
SF-LLL Disclosure of Lobbying Activities (if applicable)

Fillable PDFs of these federal forms can be accessed through the link below.

Example: WaterSMART FOA

Example: WaterSMART Funding Opportunity Announcement

When WaterSMART funding becomes available, the Bureau of Reclamation posts Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) on the grants.gov website. The FOAs provide key information on the grant type, grant award ceiling, and how to apply. Utilities interested in applying for WaterSMART funding will need to review each FOA carefully, as the application requirements change regularly. However, as an example, the FOA for Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for Fiscal Year 2021 posted on June 16, 2020 (shown below), identifies the application closing date of September 17, 2020, a funding ceiling of $2M, and an expectation to award 40 grants.

Interested parties can also subscribe to receive notification of new FOAs by creating a grants.gov profile here.

Click the link below to view the FOA.

WaterSMART Progress Report

WaterSMART Progress Report

In 2016, Reclamation released the WaterSMART 2010 – 2016 Progress Report. According to the report, projects initiated from 2010-2016 are expected to result in savings of 1.14 million acre-feet of water per year upon completion representing the annual household use by ~4.6 million people. In other words, the amount of water used by the current population of Phoenix and surrounding areas.

Click the link below to download the report.

Atlanta: First Publicly Offered Environmental Impact Bond

Atlanta: First Publicly Offered Environmental Impact Bond

Atlanta’s Department of Watershed Management issued the first-ever publicly offered Environmental Impact Bond in partnership with Quantified Ventures, a Tap into Resilience partner. The $14 million bond closed on January 31, 2019, and is financing six green infrastructure projects to manage stormwater in economically and environmentally distressed neighborhoods that previously lacked access to funding.

The six GSI projects in the Proctor Creek Watershed will help manage stormwater, reduce local flooding, alleviate water quality impacts, increase access to green space, and create local green jobs. The EIB had a two-tiered performance structure and was highly rated by S&P (A+) and Moody's (Aa3). The high performance threshold was set at 6.52 million gallons of capacity for stormwater capture. The cost-effective methodology validates the total capacity of the projects to capture stormwater through as-built surveys and aerial imagery once projects are complete.

Click below to download Quantified Ventures' full case study on the Atlanta EIB.

WIFIA FY 2019 Selected Projects

WIFIA FY 2019 Selected Projects

The WIFIA program invited 38 projects in 18 states to apply for loans. Together, the selected borrowers will receive WIFIA loans totaling approximately $6 billion to help finance over $12 billion in water infrastructure investments and create almost 200,000 jobs. EPA’s WIFIA loans will allow communities across the country to implement projects to address national water priorities – including providing for clean and safe drinking water by reducing exposure to lead and emerging contaminants, addressing aging water infrastructure and developing water recycling and reuse projects.

Click below to review the project summary fact sheets.

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