Water Conservation Field Services (WCFS)
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
Bureau of Reclamation, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2017
Information not available. Regional assistance to districts towards development of water conservation plans, assistance with identifying efficiency improvement measures, 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.Fiscal Year 2019
Regional assistance to districts towards development of water conservation plans, assistance with identifying efficiency improvement measures, 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.
Section 9504(a) of the Omnibus Lands Management Act of 2009, P.L. 111-11
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
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. Each funding announcement may include additional eligibility requirements.
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.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this listing. An environmental impact assessment is required for this listing. 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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
Generally, applicants should propose projects that can be completed within 24 months from the project start date.
How are proposals selected?
Specific evaluation criteria for the Water Management and Conservation Planning, System Optimization Review, Designing Water Management Improvements, and Demonstrating Conservation Project Technologies announcements will be included in the funding announcements posted on www.grants.gov.
How may assistance be used?
Funding is made available for the development of water conservation and management plans and design of water management improvements, identifying water management improvements through System Optimization Reviews, and improving the understanding of water conservation technologies through Demonstration activities. Financial assistance is limited to $100,000 or less, per year.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
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.
Nonfederal entities that expend $750,000 or more a year in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal 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.
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 formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.
Matching is mandatory. The Federal share of the cost of a project or activity carried out under the WCFSP shall not exceed 50 percent of the total cost of the project or activity. 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 assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Projects typically are awarded for up to 24 months. Payment terms vary by agreement awarded under this program.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Regional contact information may be found at https://www.usbr.gov/waterconservation.
Bureau of Reclamation, Water Resources and Planning Office, Mail Code: 86-69200, P.O. Box 25007, Denver Federal Center,
Denver, CO 80225 US
(Cooperative Agreements (Discretionary Grants)) FY 18$4,179,000.00; FY 19 est $4,179,000.00; FY 20 est $1,750,000.00; FY 17$4,179,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range $6,938 - $100,000 Average $50,000
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 2017
Information not available. In FY 2016, the Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District in Utah received $25,000 to develop a water conservation plan. In FY 2016, the Village of Los Lunas in New Mexico received $23,400 to develop a water conservation plan.Fiscal Year 2019
The Franklin Soil and Water Conservation District in Utah received $25,000 to develop a water conservation plan. The Village of Los Lunas in New Mexico received $23,400 to develop a water conservation plan.