Water Resources on Indian Lands


To support Indian tribes in the effective and efficient management, planning, and use of their water resources.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Bureau of Indian Education, Department of The Interior
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
C - Direct Payments For Specified Use; J - Provision of Specialized Services; K - Advisory Services and Counseling
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 No Information Available.
Fiscal Year 2017 No Information Available.
Fiscal Year 2018 No Information Available.
Fiscal Year 2020 Indian Affairs fulfilled program objectives by issuing approximately 100 Self Determination and Cooperative Agreement awards in FY2020.
Fiscal Year 2021 Indian Affairs issued 98 new awards and modifications to existing awards to 68 recipients.
Fiscal Year 2022 Awards 45 grants to entities to complete the goals and objectives of the program.
Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, Public Law 93-638, as amended, 25 U.S.C. 450; Snyder Act of 1921, 25 U.S.C. 13, Public Law 67-85, 42 Stat. 208.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and Native American Organizations authorized by Indian tribal governments.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Federally Recognized Indian Tribal Governments and their members and Native American Organizations.
Initial application for financial assistance must be accompanied by a resolution of the governing body of the Indian tribe.
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. Informal preapplication conference is recommended. Technical assistance in preparing the application is available upon request.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The Bureau's application and prioritization procedure for water programs funding has been published as a Notice in the Federal Register, Vol. 70, No. 201, Wednesday, October 19, 2005 ("Notice of Revised Instructions for Preparing and Prioritizing Water Program Funding Requests"). Completed applications should be submitted by the established deadline to the local BIA agency office listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Award Procedure
Awards are made by the Deputy Bureau Director, Office of Trust Services, Central Office, based on the prioritization of all applications received through a thorough evaluation and scoring by a six-person review team. Awards are usually made shortly after the review team has completed its reviews of all proposals received in Central Office by the due date of September 15th. Any awards are subject to the availability of the congressional appropriations for the new fiscal year.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
There are no set times for approval or disapproval.
No appeal process. The Water Programs funds are annual, non-recurring congressional appropriations and any awards made on the basis of the published prioritization process and the availability of funds.
Funds are appropriated for use in non-recurring projects/activities on a year-to-year basis and are not intended to provide perennial support for tribal programs.
How are proposals selected?
Water Management, Planning, and Pre-development proposals are evaluated according to the type of proposal (as published in the Federal Register Notice, Vol. 70, No. 201, October 19, 2005): Water Management - Indian Water and Associated Resources; Water Management - Coordination/Cooperation/Consultation/Conservation; Water Management - Other; Water Planning and Pre-development - Indian Water; and Water Planning and Pre-development - Other: In addition, all proposals are evaluated on the basis of: Cost Effectiveness, Compliance with Requesting Guidelines; and Efficiency and Accomplishment. Projects are funded based on rankings of the projects Bureau wide, and in accordance with the national program priorities established for the program. Some preference is given to proposals that offer matching funds. Proposals are evaluated on the capability of the prospective applicant to successfully conduct the project, and on the budget and its effective use.
How may assistance be used?
Funds are used by tribes to conduct water management and planning project and activities for the purpose of managing and conserving their water resources and to participate in the on-going water rights negotiation and litigation activities to protect and secure their lawful water rights. All awards are project/proposal specific and are the result of a nationwide competitve process.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
Financial records must be retained for 3 years from the date of submission of the single audit report. Procurement records must be retained for 3 years from the date of final payment. Property records must be retained for 3 years from the date of disposition, replacement, or transfer. Records pertaining to any litigation, audit exceptions, or claims must be retained until the dispute has been resolved.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching is voluntary. Applications are evaluated and scored based on weighted criteria that have a maximum scoring range of 100 points (congressional and court mandates automatically score 100). No matching requirement, however, applications with available matching funds may score higher.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Awards are made on an annual basis and the funds remain available until expended by the contractor or grantee. Information not available.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Applications may be filed with the local Bureau of Indian Affairs' agency office as listed in Appendix IV of the Catalog.
Headquarters Office
Juanita Mendoza
1849 C Street, N.W.
Bureau of Indian Education, MS 4657-MIB
Washington, DC 20240 US
Phone: 2022083559
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Direct Payments for Specified Use) FY 22$5,570,507.00; FY 23 est $3,993,875.00; FY 24 est $4,000,000.00; FY 21$44,369,644.00; FY 20$15,301,922.00; FY 19$20,839,073.00; FY 18$11,807,160.00; FY 17 FY 16 - Program receives Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) funding. Budget Fiscal Year 2024 estimate based on prior year appropriations and expenditures.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
The range is $10,000 to $200,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Notice of Revised Instructions for Preparing and Prioritizing Water Program Funding Requests, Federal Register, Vol. 70, No. 201, Wednesday, October 19, 2005.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 No Information Available.
Fiscal Year 2017 No Information Available.
Fiscal Year 2018 No Information Available.
Fiscal Year 2023 Projects funded provided tribes with resources to obtain the objectives of this program.


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