Grant Funding Opportunities & Updates

See the latest grant funding opportunities for irrigation projects (both on-farm and off-farm) available throughout the United States. Latest update, May-October 2024.

Many upcoming funding opportunities are available through federal, state, and other sources and are suitable for many different project types.

A few of the upcoming funding opportunities include:

1. WaterSMART Project Design Grants – Application submission by May 21st, 2024

    • Award ceiling of $400,000 per application for projects that can be completed within 3 years. Required cost share varies based on project type.

New for 2023, Project Design Grants offers cost sharing with Reclamation for the site-specific final design of medium and large-scale on-the ground water supply construction (including domestic water supply projects for Tribes, insular areas, and disadvantaged communities), water management construction, and restoration projects. Prior to applying for a Project Design Grant, it is expected that applicants will have already performed some general planning work and preliminary studies that led to the identification of a specific location for project design. Project Design Grants should result in a final design package at approximately 60% design level. 

2. WaterSMART Small-Scale Water Efficiency Project – Application submission by July 9th, 2024

    • Award ceiling of $100,000 with a required 50/50 cost share. Only fitting for projects where total project cost does not exceed $225,000.

Through the WaterSMART Small-Scale Water Efficiency Projects Reclamation provides 50/50 cost share funding to irrigation and water districts, tribes, states and other entities with water or power delivery authority for small water efficiency improvements that have been identified through previous planning efforts. Projects eligible for funding include installation of flow measurement or automation in a specific part of a water delivery system, lining of a section of a canal to address seepage, or other similar projects that are limited in scope.

3. WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency – Application submission by October 30th, 2024

    • Award ceiling of $5,000,000 with a required 50/50 cost share. Only fitting for projects where the total project cost does not exceed $10,000,000.

Through WaterSMART Water and Energy Efficiency Grants (formerly Challenge Grants) Reclamation provides 50/50 cost share funding to irrigation and water districts, tribes, states and other entities with water or power delivery authority. Projects conserve and use water more efficiently; increase the production of hydropower; mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; and accomplish other benefits that contribute to water supply reliability in the western United States. Projects are selected through a competitive process and the focus is on projects that can be completed within two or three years.


There are many other state specific grants available throughout the coming years for projects like these as well.

If you’re anything like our grant writing team, the ability to plan ahead for your pursuit of grant funding is an integral part of the process. If any of these funding opportunities sound of interest to you, don’t hesitate to reach out to our North American grant writing team for a consultation!

Contact at: (307.231.1348)

Grant Updates:

Idaho Aging Infrastructure Funding Awards

Great news for our clients and grant writing team!

The Idaho Water Resource Board approved grants for some of our customers in Idaho through the aging infrastructure grants program.

This year’s grant season is off to a good start, as our grant writing team continues to work with clients and apply to multiple funding opportunities throughout the year. Our grant writing team is elated to see this success, and always happy to help our customers find the right funding to upgrade their infrastructure and improve the safety and efficiency of their operations.

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $25 Million from Investing in America Agenda to Protect Wetlands in Arizona

Rubicon is proud to be included as a small but significant portion of the recent funding to assist in resilience and drought mitigation in the Yuma East Wetlands.

“Building on our significant milestones this year to protect the Colorado River System, we are continuing to bring every tool and resource to bear to protect the stability and sustainability of the Colorado River System and increase water efficiency across the West.” said Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Water and Science Michael Brain 

Read the funding announcement released via the U.S Department of Interior here


Rubicon Water has contributed to similar initiatives to protect natural habitats and Indian Communities that rely on sustainable river flows, an example the work we’ve been delivering under Pima Maricopa Irrigation Project (P-MIP) on the Gila River – Natural Life Returns to Gila River Indian Community