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DroughtMitigationFundingSources

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CWCB Construction Fund & Severance Tax Trust FundUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
  • No limit
  • Loans typically range from $50,000 to $5,000,000 Loans can be made up to $10,000,000 without legislative authorization within the CWCB process

Raw water projects (e.g., dams, pipelines, ditches, wells, new projects or restorations)

  • Available to any organization (e.g., municipalities, agriculture, ditch companies, homeowners assn., special districts, etc.)
  • Must receive CWCB Board and Legislative approval if > $10M; CWCB Board approval if <$10M
Colorado Water Conservation Board
State
Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund (WPCRF)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
  • Fire-related NPS projects can be given priority status
  • Direct loans under $1,000.000 available with Board approval
  • 10K grants available for planning (fire-related O.K.)

Low-interest loans for public waste water treatment system needs and watershed nonpoint source (NPS) control projects

  • Available to governmental agencies
  • Emergency projects can be identified at any time throughout the year -Loan funds require board review, study grants available immediately
State
Drinking Water Revolving Fund (DWRF)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
  • Fire-related NPS projects can be given priority status
  • Direct loans under $1,000,000 available with Board approval
  • $10K grants available for planning (fire-related O.K.)

Low-interest loans for drinking water treatment system needs

  • Available to governmental agencies
  • Emergency projects can be identified at any time throughout the year
  • Loan funds require board review, study grants available immediately
State
USDA Rural Development 502 Direct Housing Loan ProgramUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
  • Loans limited by individual county mortgage limits
  • Most counties have loan limit of $108,317

Available for wells and water connections

  • Applicants must be very low income, owner/occupant, unable to obtain conventional credit, and in rural communities and areas
Federal
NRCS Emergency Watershed Protection ProgramUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
  • Funding available though the Simplified Acquisition Procedures (SAP) ranges from $25K to $100K
  • Funded through contracts between project sponsors and the NRCS. There are no grants. The NRCS pays 75% of the costs.
Installing/repairing conservation measures to control flooding and prevent soil erosion. Generally, more than one individual should benefit from the project. Public or private landowners or others who have a legal interest or responsibility for the values threatened by the watershed emergency

National Resource Conservation Service

Initial contacts should be made with NRCS county offices when an emergency exists.

Federal
Non-Point Source Pollution (NPS) GrantsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Typical awards range from $30K to $150K
  • Applicants can include governmental and non-governmental organizations
  • Applicants generally evaluated through a stakeholder process, but this can be waived
  • 40% non-federal match required
  • Funds available immediately for fire-damaged watersheds impacting drinking water supplies
State
Agricultural Emergency Drought Response FundUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
$1 million fund for loans and grants
  • For emergency drought-related water augmentation purposes
  • Limited to agricultural organizations
State
Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
$500,000 (guideline)
Water and wastewater
State
U.S. Economic Development Administration Grant (EDA)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
No limit (subject to federal appropriation)
Water and wastewater
Federal
CWCB Drought Management Planning Grant ProgramUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
No limit, as long as funding is available
  • Drought Management Planning

Colorado Water Conservation Board

State
Energy & Mineral Impact Assistance FundUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
  • Tier I grants of up to $200,000
  • Tier II grants, of up to $2,000,000
Water and wastewater
State
Rural Development (U.S. Department of Agriculture)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Subject to federal appropriation
Water, wastewater & stormwater projects
Federal
Colorado Rural Water Association (CRWA)Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
$100,000 or 75% of the total project (whichever is less)
Water and wastewater
State
Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority Revenue Bonds ProgramUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
$100,000,000 ($300,000 minimum)
Water and wastewater
State
CWCB Water Project Loan ProgramUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Limited to fund availability. Loans typically range from $100,000 to $10,000,000
Raw water projects (e.g., dams, pipelines, ditches, wells, new projects or rehabilitation).
State
WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grant ProgramUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Up to $1,000,000
Projects should seek to conserve and use water more efficiently, increase the use of renewable energy, protect endangered species, or facilitate water markets.
Federal
Water Conservation Field Services ProgramUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Up to $100,000
Funds projects that improve water use efficiency and improve water management practices
Federal
Watershed Processes and Water ResourcesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
$100,000
Sponsors research that address two areas:
  1. Understanding fundamental watershed processes
  2. Developing appropriate technology and management practices for improving the effective use of water (consumptive and non-consumptive) and protecting or improving water quality for agriculture and forestry production
Federal
National Research Initiative Standard Research (Part T): Watershed Processes and Water Resources Use SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
$500,000
Innovative research in understanding fundamental processes that affect the quality and quantity of water resources at diverse spatial and temporal scales, ways on improving water resource management in agriculture, forested, and rangeland watersheds, and developing appropriate technology to reach those goals.
Federal
General Matching Grants ProgramUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Varies
Funds projects that promote fish and wildlife conservation as well as conservation of their habitats
Federal
Hydrologic Research GrantsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Up to $125,000
To conduct joint research and development on pressing surface water hydrology issues common to national, regional, local operational offices. Eligible applicants are federally recognized agencies of state or local governments, quasi-public institutions such as water supply or power companies, hydrologic consultants and companies involved in using and developing hydrologic forecasts.
Federal
Drought Resiliency ProjectsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Reclamation will fund drought resiliency projects that will help communities prepare for and respond to drought. Typically, these types of projects are referred to as "mitigation actions" in a drought contingency plan.

Projects must meet one of the following goals:

  • Increase the reliability of water supply and sustainability
  • Improve water management and increase operational flexibility
  • Implement systems to facilitate voluntary sale, transfer or exchange of water
  • Provide benefits for fish and wildlife and the environment
  • Mitigate poor water quality caused by drought.
Federal
Drought Contingency PlanningUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Reclamation will provide financial assistance on a competitive basis for applicants to develop a drought contingency plan or to update an existing plan to meet the required elements described in the Drought Response Framework.

Most drought contingency planning processes are structured to address the three following questions:

  • How will we recognize the next drought in the early stages?
  • How will drought affect us?
  • How can we protect ourselves from the next drought?

The planning process is structured to help planners answer these three questions and to encourage an open and inclusive planning effort that employs a proactive approach to build long-term resiliency to drought.

Federal
Emergency Response ActionsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Reclamation will continue to undertake emergency response actions under the Drought Response Program to minimize losses and damages resulting from drought, relying on the authorities in Title I of the Drought Act.
Emergency response actions are crisis driven actions in response to unanticipated circumstances. Eligible emergency response actions are limited to temporary construction activities and other actions authorized under Title I that do not involve construction of permanent facilities, including water purchases and use of Reclamation facilities to convey and store water.
Federal