Reclamation Rural Water Supply Program

 

To provide the basic requirements and framework for conducting water and related resource feasibility studies in order to formulate, evaluate, and select project plans for implementation. The benefits will include improved consistency in the content and quality of feasibility studies and reports prepared by or for Reclamation.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.548
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Bureau of Reclamation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: Information not available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Authorization
Reclamation Rural Water Supply Act of December 22, 2006 (Pub. L. 109-451, Title I, 120 Stat. 3346, 43 U.S.C. 2401, et seq.).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants include states and political subdivisions of states, such as departments, agencies, municipalities, counties, and other regional or local authorities; Indian tribes and tribal organizations; and entities created under state law that have water management or water delivery authority, such as irrigation or water districts, canal companies, water users associations, rural water associations or districts, joint powers authorities, and other qualifying entities; and any combination of the entities listed above. Applicants must be located in the 17 Western States as identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902, as amended.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Eligible beneficiaries include small communities or group of small communities, including Indian tribes and tribal organizations. For the purpose of the Rural Water Supply Program, a small community is defined as having a population of no more than 50,000 people. More than one small community may be served by a rural water project if each small community has a population of 50,000 or less.
Credentials/Documentation
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Funding announcements for this program, along with registration procedures, application packages and instructions, points of contact, and procedures for submitting applications will be available on www.grants.gov.
Award Procedure
Grants, cooperative agreements, and technical assistance awards funded under the Rural Water Program will follow all applicable Federal rules, regulations, and agency specific guidelines.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Appraisal investigations: 180 business days;
Feasibility studies: 270 business days. .
Appeals
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.
Renewals
Appraisal investigations may generally be renewed on an annual basis, not to exceed a total of 2 years. Feasibility studies may generally be renewed on an annual basis, not to exceed a total of 5 years. When renewals or extensions are applicable, continuation of funding for these activities is at the discretion of Congress and will be subject to availability of appropriated funds.
How are proposals selected?
Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on www.grants.gov and in supplemental instructions posted on the program website at www.usbr.gov/ruralwater/.
How may assistance be used?
Construction assistance not available unless authorized and funds appropriated by Congress. Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the Program Performance Reports on an annual basis. Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final Program Performance Report; and other specific reports that may be applicable to the agreement such as property inventories, and patent and invention disclosures. Cash reports are not applicable. Progress reports are not applicable. Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit the SF-425, Federal Financial Report; on an annual basis. Upon completion of the agreement, recipients shall submit a final SF-425, Federal Financial Report. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
Records
State, local and Indian Tribal governments shall maintain records in accordance with 43 CFR 12.82. All other recipients shall maintain records in accordance with 43 CFR 12.953.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: In accordance with Sec. 105 & 106 of Public Law 109-451, Federal funding for appraisal investigations is 100 percent of the total cost of the investigation, up to $200,000. If the cost of conducting an appraisal investigation is more than $200,000, the non-Federal share of the costs in excess of $200,000 shall be 50 percent. With some exceptions, the Federal share of the cost to conduct a feasibility study shall not exceed 50%.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Appraisal investigations must be completed in 2 years. Feasibility studies are not limited but generally take 2-3 years to complete. There is no specific period of time that the assistance is available. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Fund appraisal investigations and feasibility studies are awarded on an annual basis. It depends on how much is requested during the fiscal year and how long it will take to conduct the study.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Bureau of Reclamation, Water and Environmental Resources Division
Bldg. 67
PO Box 25007 (84-55000)
Denver, CO 80225-0007.
Headquarters Office
Bureau of Reclamation Water and Environmental Resources Division
Bldg. 67
PO Box 25007 (84-55000), Denver, Colorado 80225-0007 Phone: (303)445-2711
Website Address
http://www.usbr.gov/ruralwater/
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-0680-0-1-301.
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 12 $300,000; FY 13 est $0; and FY 14 est $0
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range$75,000 to $500,000
Average$100,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
43 CFR 12 and OMB Circulars. These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation Office listed below.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: Information not available. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available

 



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