Grant Details

WaterSMART: Title XVI Congressionally Authorized Water Reclamation and Reuse Projects (Select States) - FY 2023/2024

Agency: U.S. Department of Interior
CFDA: 15.504
Federal FON: R23AS00463
Office: Bureau of Reclamation Water Resources and Planning Office
Multipart Grant: No
Next Due: 09/30/2024 (Multiple)
Solicitation Date: 09/28/2023
Match Required: Yes
Match Type: Cash/In-Kind
Actual Funds: Unspecified
Award Range: $20,000,000 (Max)

The purpose of this program is to ensure that water resources in the western United States are stretched and secured for future generations by providing funding to local water agencies for the planning, design, and construction of water reclamation and reuse projects. Projects will result in the development and supplementation of urban and irrigation water supplies through water reuse, thereby improving efficiency, providing flexibility during water shortages, and diversifying local water supplies. In addition, projects will provide growing communities with new sources of clean water, thus increasing water management flexibility and making water supplies more reliable.

Additional points will be awarded during the application evaluation process to projects that contribute to a more reliable water supply. Specific concerns may include:

  • Water supply shortages
  • Water supply reliability
  • Groundwater depletion
  • Water quality issues
  • Natural disasters that may impact water supply infrastructure
  • Heightened competition for water supplies
  • Availability of alternative supplies
  • Increasing cost of water supplies

Points will also be awarded based on the extent to which the project is expected to stretch and secure reliable water supplies.

Additional points will also be awarded based on the extent to which the project will:

  • Improve surface water, groundwater, or effluent discharge quality
  • Restore or enhance habitat for non-listed species
  • Provide water or habitat for federally listed threatened or endangered species
  • Promote or apply a watershed perspective by implementing an integrated resources management approach, implementing a regional planning effort, forming collaborative partnerships with other entities representing diverse interests, or conducting public outreach
  • Demonstrate support for the Biden-Harris Administration's priorities
  • Reduce climate pollution; increase resilience to impacts of climate change; protect public health; and conserve lands, waters, oceans, and biodiversity
  • Honor the federal government's commitment to tribal nations
  • Help to meet the funding agency's legal and contractual obligations

Additional points will also be awarded for economic considerations, including cost per acre-foot of water expected to be delivered upon completion of the project, and how the cost of the project compares to a non-reclaimed water alternative.

Eligible costs include personnel, fringe benefits, travel, equipment, supplies, contractual, construction, other direct costs, and indirect costs.

An optional webinar is scheduled for this program. Refer to the Application section for details.

Eligibility is limited to applicants located in Hawaii, the 17 western states of Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming, and the U.S. territories of America Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Refer to the Eligibility section for additional information.

Last Updated: February 12, 2024

Eligibility Notes:

Eligible applicants are sponsors of water reclamation and reuse projects specifically authorized for funding under Title XVI of Public Law 102-575, as amended (43 U.S.C. 390h through 390h-39), including:

  • State, regional, or local authorities
  • Indian tribes or tribal organizations
  • Other entities such as water conservation or conservancy districts, wastewater districts, or rural water districts

Projects will only be eligible if they have not reached their federal funding ceilings, as specified in the Title XVI statute. A list of authorized projects can be found online at

Applicants must be located in the 17 western states and Hawaii, or U.S. territories. The 17 western states are Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming. Eligible territories are American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. A map of the eligible states can be found online at

Applicants for projects involving funding for construction activities must have a completed feasibility study. Feasibility studies must be submitted for review by the following dates:

  • November 7, 2023, for applications received by December 7, 2023
  • August 30, 2024, for applications received by September 30, 2024

Applicants may submit multiple applications, provided that the project scopes are not duplicative.

Previous award recipients include:

  • Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District (CA)
  • Long Beach Water Department (CA)
  • County of Hawaii (HI)
  • City of San Diego (CA)
  • City and County of Honolulu (HI)

Refer to the Award file for additional information regarding previous award recipients.

Eligible Applicants:
Local Government
Native American Tribe
State Government
Tribal Organizations/Institutions
Application Notes:

Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis, with the following cut-off dates:

  • 4:00 p.m. MT on December 7, 2023
  • 4:00 p.m. MT on September 30, 2024

Applications must be submitted online at, or one copy of the application must be mailed or delivered to the appropriate address provided in the Contact section. Emailed or faxed applications will not be accepted. Online submissions are strongly preferred. Applicants submitting mailed or delivered applications must notify Chandrika Nasstrom via email at the address provided in the Contact section by 2:00 p.m. MT on the respective closing date.

Applications must include:

  • SF 424
  • SF 424A
  • SF 424B
  • SF LLL (if applicable)
  • Technical proposal and evaluation criteria (40 pages max)
  • Budget narrative
  • Explanation of why application is being submitted by mail (if applicable)

Refer to page 5 of the NOFA file for a list of recommended application components.

Applications must be formatted on standard-sized pages with one-inch margins, using at least a 12-point font that is easily readable. Applications, including attachments, may not exceed 125 pages. Hard-copy applications may be bound only with a binder clip. Oversized pages will not be accepted.

The following are required in order to submit an application:

  • Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number
  • SAM (System for Award Management) registration
  • SPOC (state Single Point of Contact) notification

Applicants may obtain a UEI number and verify or renew SAM registration status at Applicants in states participating in the SPOC program must contact the relevant SPOC listed in the SPOC file before applying.

An optional webinar for this program is scheduled as follows:

October 25, 2023
11:00 a.m. MT

Applications will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Water supply (35 points)
  • Environment and water quality (15 points)
  • Economic benefits (25 points)
  • Presidential and Department of the Interior priorities (15 points)
  • Watershed perspective (10 points)

Refer to the NOFA, BudgetNarrativeGuide, and BudgetDetail&Narrative files for additional application information.

Match Required: Yes
Match Type: Cash/In-Kind
Actual Funds: Unspecified
Award Range: $20,000,000 (Max)
Match Notes:

Applicants must provide at least 75 percent of the total project costs via cash and/or in-kind contributions.

Third-party in-kind contributions may be in the form of equipment, supplies, and other expendable property, as well as the value of services directly benefiting and specifically identifiable to the proposed project.

Any contributions from outside the applicant organization must be secured and available prior to the award.

Other sources of federal funding may not be used as matching contributions, unless specifically authorized by federal statute.

Applicants may not include as part of their cost-share the cost or value of third-party in-kind contributions that have been or will be relied on to satisfy a cost-sharing or matching requirement for another federal financial assistance agreement, a federal procurement contract, or any other award of federal funds.

Funding Notes:

An unspecified amount of funding is available to support up to ten grants or cooperative agreements of up to an anticipated $20 million through this program.

Anticipated award dates are expected to vary according to application submittal period, as follows:

  • First application submittal period (closing date: December 7, 2023): anticipated award notification in May 2024 or later if necessary; anticipated award in September 2024 and project completion in December 2026
  • Second application submittal period (closing date: September 30, 2024): anticipated award notification in April 2025; anticipated award in September 2025 and project completion in November 2027

Additional potential award recipients will be announced after more applications are evaluated under the subsequent application submittal periods.

Environmental and cultural resources compliance costs are considered project costs and should be included in the project budget.

Applicants that wish to receive technical assistance from the funding agency must account for such costs in their budgets.

Pre-award costs may be considered by the funding agency, as long as they were incurred after the date of the project's congressional authorization.

Funding may not be used for:

  • Costs for work conducted before the date of the project's congressional authorization
  • Projects that do not have a project-specific congressional authorization
  • Projects eligible under section 4009(c) or 4009(a) of the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act
  • Congressionally authorized projects that have already reached the specific federal funding ceiling for such authorization
  • Operations, maintenance, and replacement (OM&R) activities, as detailed on page 19 of the NOFA file
  • Lobbying
  • Costs for preparing and submitting an application, including developing data necessary to support the proposal

In January 2021, a total of $9.5 million was distributed via two awards of $556,700 and $8,928,442, respectively, through this program. Refer to the Award file for details.


Primary Contact:

Maribeth Menendez
(303) 445-2094

Financial Assistance/Application and Submission/Award Administration Contact:

Chandrika Nasstrom

Delivery Address
Bureau of Reclamation mail services
Attn: Water Resources and Planning Office
Denver Federal Center
Bldg. 67, Rm. 152
6th Avenue and Kipling Street
Denver, CO 80225

Mailing Address
Bureau of Reclamation
Attn: Water Resources and Planning Office
P.O. Box 25007, MS 86-63000
Denver, CO 80225

Contact Notes:

Questions should be directed to the appropriate program contact. Emailed question submissions must include "R23AS00463" in the subject line.

Applications must be submitted online at, mailed or delivered via U.S. Postal Service overnight service to the mailing address provided, or delivered via other express delivery or courier services to the delivery address provided.

NOFA File: US10013_NOFA_FY2023-24.pdf (1.6 Mb)
Award File: US10013_Award_FY2023-24.pdf (1.9 Mb)
Other Pre-Award File: US10013_BudgetNarrativeGuide_FY2023-24.pdf (296.3 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US10013_BudgetDetail&Narrative_FY2023-24.xlsx (84.9 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US10013_Webinar_FY2023-24.pdf (151.0 Kb)
Other Pre-Award File: US10013_ApplicationUpdate_FY2023-24.pdf (257.9 Kb)
Federal Forms:
SF 424 (144.4 Kb)
SF 424B (64.2 Kb)
SF 424A (131.6 Kb)
SPOC (195.6 Kb)
SF LLL (98.7 Kb)
File Notes:

The NOFA file contains the full solicitation for this program. The BudgetNarrativeGuide file contains detailed budget narrative instructions. The BudgetDetail&Narrative file contains a budget detail and narrative spreadsheet that applicants may elect to use for their budget narrative. The Webinar file contains information regarding an optional webinar scheduled for this program. The ApplicationUpdate file contains an announcement regarding updated required forms for the application. The Award file contains information on previous award recipients. The attached federal forms may be used if submitting a hard-copy application. The SPOC file contains information on the state Single Point of Contact program.

February 12, 2024
An announcement regarding updated required forms for the application has been released and attached as the ApplicationUpdate file. The Application section has been updated accordingly.

October 13, 2023
Information regarding an optional webinar scheduled for this program has been released and attached as the Webinar file. The Application section has been updated accordingly.

Project: North Bay Water Reuse Program (4.0 Mb)
Applicant: North Bay Water Reuse Authority

The purpose of this program is to achieve a sustainable water strategy to meet the nation's water needs by supporting projects that reclaim and reuse municipal, industrial, domestic, or agricultural wastewater and naturally impaired ground and surface water. The North Bay Water Reuse Authority requested and received $4 million to fund the North Bay Water Reuse Program (NBWRP), a project that aims to provide a new and sustainable local water supply for public spaces and agricultural lands, water restoration of wetlands, and reduced demand on local water supplies and imported Russian river water. The NBWRP will provide a cost share of $16 million.

Grant Keywords
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Grant Categories
Environment/Natural Resources
Recycling & Reuse
Rural Issues
Water Supply/Quality