Water Conservation Field Services Program (WCFSP)

 

The goal of the Water Conservation Field Services Program (WCFSP) is to proactively encourage water conservation in the operations of recipients of water from Federal water projects, to assist agricultural and urban water districts in preparing and implementing water conservation plans in accordance with the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 (RRA), and to complement and support State and other conservation programs.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
15.530
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of the Interior
Office: Bureau of Reclamation
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Discretionary)
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Regional assistance to districts towards development of water conservation plans, assistance with implementation of efficiency improvement measures identified in plans, demonstrations of new technology, and leveraging of resources through collaboration between water districts and other entities by encouraging and developing partnerships.

Additional information on accomplishments is available from area and regional offices. Contact your regional coordinator for information.

http://www.usbr.gov/waterconservation/wtrctrs.html. Fiscal Year 2015: Information not available. Fiscal Year 2016: Information not available.
Authorization
Section 9504(a) of the Omnibus Lands Management Act of 2009, P.L. 111-11 and the Reclamation Projects Authorization and Adjustment Act of 1992, Title XXXIV-Central Valley Project Improvement Act, Pub. L. 102-575.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Subject to authorizing legislation. For projects funded under the authority of P.L. 111-11, eligible applicants include any State, Indian tribe, irrigation district, water district, or other organization with water or power delivery authority.
Applicants must also be located in the western U.S. or Territories as identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902, as amended and supplemented; specifically, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Virgin Islands.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The general public and irrigation or water districts 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.
Credentials/Documentation
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
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.
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. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. An environmental impact assessment is 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
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Funding opportunity 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
All applications will be initially screened for eligibility and compliance with the requirements stated in the program funding announcement. Applications passing this screening process will be forwarded for review by a proposal evaluation panel comprised of qualified experts in the program area. Applications will be reviewed against the proposal evaluation criteria, and any additional review factors, as stated in the funding announcement. Final selection will be determined by regional officials, as applicable to the project. The number of awards and maximum funding amount per award are determined on an annual basis and are dependent upon the amount of available funding in each Region. Contact your regional coordinator for additional program information.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional office, 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 www.grants.gov and may be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation personnel listed as the point of contact in the funding announcement.
http://www.usbr.gov/waterconservation/wtrctrs.html.
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
Generally, applicants should propose projects that can be completed within 24 months from the project start date. However, multi-year proposals may be considered if it can be demonstrated that there will be measurable on-the-ground accomplishments each year.
How are proposals selected?
Specific evaluation criteria will be included in the funding announcements posted on www.grants.gov. Reclamation-wide Evaluation Criteria are as follows:

Water Management Planning – 100 Total Points Available
•Association with Reclamation Project Water Supplies
•Reasonableness of cost
•Extent to which Federal funding would promote completion of an activity that might otherwise be delayed or postponed
•Amount and sources of non-Federal funding (i.e., cost share)
•Other criteria as developed by regional and area offices to address local goals and priorities.

Implementation of Efficiency Measures – 95 Total Points Available
•Association with Reclamation Project Water Supplies
•Extent to which applicant’s Water Management Plan is complete and updated (N/A if applicant is not required to have a plan in place)
•Reasonableness of cost
•Extent to which the proposed activity is expected to improve water use efficiency
•Extent to which Federal funding would promote completion of an activity that might otherwise be delayed or postponed
•Amount and sources of non-Federal funding (i.e., cost share)
•Likelihood that any environmental and cultural resources issues associated with the proposal can be addressed at low cost and in a timely manner
•Extent to which proposal demonstrates a sound implementation strategy
•The applicant’s strategy for monitoring performance and reporting and disseminating results
•Other criteria as developed by regional and area offices to address local goals and priorities.

Demonstration Projects – 90 Total Points Available
•Association with Reclamation Project Water Supplies
•Extent to which applicant’s Water Management Plan is complete and updated (N/A if applicant is not required to have a plan in place)
•Reasonableness of cost
•Extent to which the proposed activity will demonstrate innovative conservation technologies for improving water use efficiency (including applied research to benefit development of new technologies; demonstration of a specific conservation technology; or innovative application of existing technology with the intent of evaluating results)
•Extent to which Federal funding would promote completion of an activity that might otherwise be delayed or postponed
•Amount and sources of non-Federal funding (i.e., cost share)
•Likelihood that any environmental and cultural resources issues associated with the proposal can be addressed at low cost and in a timely manner
•Extent to which proposal demonstrates a sound implementation strategy
•The applicant’s strategy for monitoring performance and reporting and disseminating results
•Other criteria as developed by regional and area offices to address local goals and priorities.
How may assistance be used?
Funding is to be used for projects to develop water management and conservation plans, implement efficiency measures, or complete demonstration activities. Financial assistance is limited to $100,000 or less, per year. For further information, please contact the regional office.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Unless otherwise stated in the agreement document, recipients shall submit annually Program Performance Reports. 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 annually the
SF-425, Federal Financial Report. 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 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
Records
All recipients of Federal awards shall maintain project records in accordance with 2 CFR 200.333 Retention requirements for records. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records, and all other non-Federal entity records pertinent to a Federal award must be retained for a period of three years from the date of submission of the final expenditure report or, for Federal awards that are renewed quarterly or annually, from the date of the submission of the quarterly or annual financial report, respectively, as reported to the Federal awarding agency or pass-through entity in the case of a subrecipient. Federal awarding agencies and pass-through entities must not impose any other record retention requirements upon non-Federal entities, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.333.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: The Federal share of the cost of a project or activity carried out under the WCFSP shall generally not exceed 50 percent of the total cost of the project or activity, depending on the project and authorizing legislation, the Federal share of project funding may be less than 50 percent. Costs of operation, maintenance, repair and rehabilitation of facilities funded under the authority of this program shall be nonfederal responsibilities.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Projects typically are awarded for up to 24 months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Regional contact information may be found at http://www.usbr.gov/waterconservation/wtrctrs.html. This website includes a map to help you locate the appropriate office for your area.
Headquarters Office
NA NA, NA, District of Columbia NA Phone: NA
Website Address
http://www.usbr.gov/waterconservation/.
Financial Information
Account Identification
14-0680-0-1-301.
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 14 $3,489,042; FY 15 est $4,460,000; and FY 16 est $4,240,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range$6,938 - $100,000
Average$4,063,014.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR 200 UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE REQUIREMENTS, COST PRINCIPLES, AND AUDIT REQUIREMENTS FOR FEDERAL AWARDS and the applicable OMB Circulars. These documents may also be obtained by contacting the Bureau of Reclamation Office listed below.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: In FY 2014, the Arbuckle Master Conservancy District in Oklahoma received $87,879 to install a Supervisory Control and Automated Data Acquisition (SCADA) system along its distribution system to increase the accuracy of measurement and to allow for more efficient operation of the water delivery system. Fiscal Year 2015: Information not available. Fiscal Year 2016: Information not available.

 


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