The Bureau of Reclamation posted two funding opportunities under their Drought Response Program. The Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) are for Drought Contingency Planning, and Drought Resiliency Projects.
The objective of the Drought Contingency Planning FOA is to invite eligible applicants to leverage their resources by cost sharing Drought Contingency Planning with Reclamation to build resilience to drought in advance of a crisis. Applicants under this FOA may request funding to develop a new drought plan or to update an existing drought plan. Applicants may also request technical assistance from Reclamation for the development of elements of the Drought Contingency Plan. Applicants may request up to $200K in Federal funds. There is a cost-share waiver available under exceptional/limited circumstances (see C.2. in the FOA).
Drought Resiliency Projects increase flexibility for water managers through system modifications and improvements, and development of alternative water supplies, among other projects to mitigate the impacts of future drought. There are two Funding Groups for this FOA:
- Funding Group I - up to $300K for projects that can be completed within two years
- Funding Group II - up to $750K for projects that can be completed within three years
Both FOAs close on February 14, 2017. Eligible applicants include states, tribes, irrigation districts, water districts, and other organizations with water or power delivery authority in the 17 Western United States.
Here are the links to the FOAs: Planning - http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=290122 Projects - http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=290104
For questions, please contact: Darion Mayhorn Drought Coordinator Department of the Interior | Bureau of Reclamation | Policy and Administration 303-445-3121 | firstname.lastname@example.org