Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants Fostering District/Farmer Partnerships

doilogoAgricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants Fostering District/Farmer Partnerships – The Bureau of Reclamation, Mid-Pacific Region, intends to issue a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), Agricultural Water Conservation and Efficiency Grants Fostering District/Farmer Partnerships, for a Grant Agreement(s) pursuant to the authority of Public Law 111-11 (42 USC 10364) Title IX of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009, Subtitle F, Secure Water, Section 9504 (a) Water Management Improvement. The objective of this Agricultural Water Conservation Efficiency (AWCE) FOA is to invite Indian Tribes, irrigation districts, water districts and other organizations with water or power delivery authority located in the state of California to leverage their money and resources by cost sharing with Reclamation on projects that save water, improve water management, create new supplies for agricultural irrigation, improve energy efficiency, and benefit endangered species. Water conservation and water use efficiency are critical elements of any plan to address these resource issues. Projects that achieve this by increasing the capability or success rate of on-farm water conservation or water use efficiency projects that can be undertaken by farmers and ranchers will be a high priority for this program, as reflected through the increased weighting of this category in 2016. Reclamation and the Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) are encouraging water supplier/client farmer partnerships as an effective way to identify district/watershed/regional needs and opportunities. In coordination with NRCS, Reclamation will select applicants for funding under this FOA. Successful applicants will enter into a financial assistance agreement with Reclamation. NRCS will provide accelerated technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers in the project service area, through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) program: 1) for those successful FOA projects that include activities or elements that facilitate on-farm improvement, 2) where a number of farmers are likely to participate and 3) where EQIP applicants and projects meet EQIP program eligibility requirements. Period of Performance is a two year period from the date of issuance. BOR-MP-16-0003 was posted on the Grants.gov website, at http://www.grants.gov, on or about February 26, 2016. The date for receipt of proposals is on April 26, 2016, no later than 3 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT). The FOA must be downloaded from http://www.grants.gov. No paper copy of this announcement will be distributed. Administrative questions concerning this FOA should be directed to Christina Muñoz at cmunoz@usbr.gov. Technical questions concerning this FOA should be directed to Anna Sutton at asutton@usbr.gov. Current Closing Date for Applications: April 26, 2016.

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