Reclamation Rural Water Supply


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
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Reclamation, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2017 No available information. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 no new agreements were awarded, and closeout procedures are underway for prior year agreements.
Fiscal Year 2018 No available information.
Fiscal Year 2019 No available information.
Fiscal Year 2020 No available information.
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.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. 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
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. 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
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.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Appraisal investigations: 180 business days; Feasibility studies: 270 business days. .
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.
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 and in supplemental instructions posted on the program website at
How may assistance be used?
Construction assistance not available unless authorized and funds appropriated by Congress.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
All recipients shall maintain records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. 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 assistance listing.
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. 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
Bureau of Reclamation, Water and Environmental Resources Division Bldg. 67 PO Box 25007 (84-55000) Denver, CO 80225-0007
Headquarters Office
Jeremy Black
Bureau of Reclamation, Acquisition and Assistance Management Division, Mail Code 84-27850, P.O. Box 25007, Denver Federal Center
Denver, CO 80225 US
Phone: 3034452490
Fax: 3034456344
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$0.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range $0 Average $0
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR 200 and OMB Circulars. These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation Office listed below.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2018 No available information.
Fiscal Year 2019 No available information.
Fiscal Year 2017 No available information. Examples of appraisal investigations include South Sioux City Investigation, City of Flagstaff Investigation, Northern Cheyenne Tribe Investigation, County of McKinley Investigation, Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate Investigation, and Central Montana Regional Water Authority Investigation.


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