Indian Tribal Water Resources Development, Management, and Protection


To increase opportunities for Indian tribes to develop, manage, and protect their water resources.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Reclamation, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 Information not available. Projects were awarded for water system rehabilitation, groundwater monitoring, streamflow gaging, well drilling, water quality sampling and testing, water conservation planning, drought response planning, and water needs inventories and studies.
Fiscal Year 2018 Information not available.
Fiscal Year 2019 Information not available.
Fiscal Year 2020 Information not available.
Consolidated Appropriations Resolution, 2003, Division D - Energy and Water Development Appropriations, Title II, Sec. 201, P. L. 108-7 (43 USC Sec. 373d)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Federally recognized Indian tribes, institutions of higher education, national Indian organizations, and tribal organizations located in the 17 western States identified in the Act of June 17, 1902, as amended; specifically, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Federally recognized Indian tribes in the 17 western states.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372. Environmental compliance for this program may be required depending on the scope of the specific project funded. This may result in the need for an environmental impact assessment or environmental impact statement prior to the commencement of project activities.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Bureau of Reclamation Native American Affairs Specialists in each Region will notify tribes when funds become available. They will also provide application packages and instructions, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications. A Funding Opportunity Announcement will also be posted on
Award Procedure
All applications will be initially screened for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the notification to tribes and the funding announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by a proposal evaluation panel comprised of Bureau of Reclamation Native American Affairs Program managers who are knowledgeable in the program area. Applications will be reviewed against the proposal evaluation criteria, and any additional review factors, as stated in the funding announcement. Reclamation will notify successful applicants as soon as possible after proposals have been reviewed and approved for award. Reclamation anticipates that contracts will be awarded under the authority of PL 93-638 as amended in accordance with federal self-determination and self-governance policies. Tribes may also request to enter into financial assistance grants or cooperative agreements.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Varies depending on the type and complexity of the project. Further information will be available for each specific project at the time the funding opportunity announcement is posted on and may be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation personnel listed as the point of contact in the funding announcement.
None. Final award decisions are not subject to appeal; however, the Bureau of Reclamation will provide all applicants with information on why their proposals were not selected for award.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Proposed projects must be related to the development, management and protection of Indian tribal water resources.
How may assistance be used?
Increase opportunities for Indian tribes to develop, manage, and protect their water resources. Tribes may contract under the authority of the Indian Self-Determination Act (25 U.S.C. 450 et. seq.) or enter into a financial assistance agreement under the authority of 31 U.S.C. 63 et seq.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit on an annual basis Program Performance Reports. Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final Program Performance Report.
Not applicable.
Indian Tribal governments and organizations shall maintain project records in accordance with 43 CFR 12.82. Institutions of higher education shall maintain project records in accordance with 43 CFR 12.953.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Projects generally last one to two years. Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Pacific Northwest Region: 208-378-5008; Mid-Pacific Region: 916-978-5194; Lower Colorado Region: 702-293-8426 Upper Colorado Region: 801-524-3674 Great Plains Region: 406-247-7710
Headquarters Office
Native American and International Affairs Office, 1849 C Street, NW
Washington, DC 20240 US
Phone: (202) 513-0550
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$3,500,000.00; FY 19 est $3,500,000.00; FY 20 Estimate Not Available FY 17$3,600,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range $2,000 to $1,300,000 Average $125,000
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
43 CFR 12 and 2 CFR 200, Subparts E and F. These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation Office listed below.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2017 Information not available. Sedimentation studies, water quality investigations and monitoring, geomorphic analysis, watershed data collection, irrigation project rehabilitation, watershed management planning, habitat restoration, water conservation, SCADA control systems, aquifer studies and monitoring, erosion control, and infrastructure improvement.
Fiscal Year 2019 Typical activities funded under this program include needs assessments, system studies, data collection, minor repair/rehabilitation projects, preliminary engineering reports, water resource inventories, water conservation studies, SCADA system rehabilitation, infrastructure studies, and drought plans.


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