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Grant Opportunities for Distribution

The Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART program is now accepting applications for their FY 22 Drought Contingency Planning (DCP) Grants. 

The Details
This funding opportunity supports the development and update of drought contingency plans. Through this funding opportunity, Reclamation provides financial assistance for planning that, when implemented, will increase water supply reliability and improve water management through the use of expanded technologies and improved modeling capabilities.

  • Applicants may request up to $200,000 for plans to be complete within two years
  • Applications are due by April 14, 2022
  • Click here to access the funding opportunity on and download the complete Notice of Funding Opportunity (also searchable using the opportunity number R22AS00178). 

Join USBR's Webinar! 
The Bureau of Reclamation will host a webinar on Thursday, February 24, 2022, at 2 pm MST to discuss eligible applicants, program requirements, and the evaluation criteria for the Drought Contingency Planning Grants funding opportunity. Click here to join the live event or use the same link to watch a recording after the completion of the live event. 

Questions About the Grant?
If you are planning to apply or have questions regarding applicant and project eligibility, program requirements, or the evaluation criteria, you should schedule a time to talk with the USBR program coordinators by clicking here and selecting Drought Contingency Inquiry/Technical Consultation Inquiry. 

Support from WaterNow Alliance 
Now, more than ever, our cities and utilities need all of the financial support they can get to meet our region's water challenges. WaterNow Alliance is able to support Western water providers with no-cost assistance to apply for these funds to bring critical support to your community. If you are interested in applying for these grants and learning more about how WaterNow can help support your application process, read more here and please reach out to Victoria Arling ( and Georgia Beesemyer (! 


DEQ and EPA are offering free webinars on Creating Resilient Water Utilities for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utility owners and operators, and others. These webinars focus on building resilience to the impacts of climate change, as well as the identification and implementation of adaptation options, and utility infrastructure financing.

Introductory webinar on Wednesday, April 20, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. PT

The full series will be held from on May 3, 5, 10 and 24, 2022 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 


  • Drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utility staff and management involved with planning operations, sustainability, and risk management
  • Technical assistance providers and environmental consultants
  • Local, state, federal, and tribal government officials
  • Watershed planners
  • Other Water Sector associations and stakeholders

Register by April 19th

CREDIT HOURS / CONTINUING EDUCATION UNITS for certified drinking water operators and certified wastewater operators  may be available (applications pending). To receive credit hours / CEUs, you must register and attend the entire webinar (2 hours) and complete a survey provided afterwards.

To learn more about climate change impact in the water sector, visit EPA’s CRWU website: If you have questions or would like more information, please email Wesley Wiggins at