Funding for Developing Watershed Groups and Building Group Capacity
The Bureau of Reclamation has announced its annual Water SMART Cooperative Watershed Management Program Phase I Grants. This program provides funding for local communities to develop a watershed group, complete watershed management planning activities, or design watershed management activities. Applicants may request up to $100,000 for projects to be completed within two years.
Funding is available to watershed groups, tribal nations, local and special districts (e.g., irrigation, water, and conservation districts), local governmental entities, interstate organizations, and non-profit organizations.
You can view the organizations/projects funded through the previous cycle by visiting this link. Full details on the opportunity are available on grants.gov by searching for opportunity number BOR-DO-21-F003, and you can see more by viewing the funding opportunity announcement. Applications are due on January 19, 2021, at 4 pm MST. (Make sure you have an account through grants.gov before beginning the application process; getting approval for new accounts can take a few days.)
The Bureau of Reclamation recently hosted a webinar to discuss eligible applicants and project types, program requirements, and the evaluation criteria for the funding opportunity (click here for the recording).