F U N D I N G R E S O U R C E P A G E
Here you will find several funding sources and links to websites. We will continue to update this page with resources, as we discover them! Our hope is to provide outreach for water projects and help connect people with potential grants and funding sources. Connecting water projects with funding sources is a main objective of the Ark Basin PEPO Workgroup and we are here to help guide you through this process.
Please email your PEPO Coordinator for the Arkansas Basin with questions.
Please email your PEPO Coordinator for the Arkansas Basin with questions.
We strongly suggest contacting your local Roundtable representatives if you are interested in developing a water project. Roundtable members are leaders in our water communities and can help connect you with local stakeholders, explain what has already be done, or connect you with someone who can answer your questions. Please use the link below to find your local Roundtable representative.
The PEPO Workgroup will be hosting a series of funding presentations as part of the monthly Arkansas Basin Roundtable meetings. A presention on available funding resources from multiple agencies will be presented each month, starting January 2017. Use the link above to find details about meeting dates and locations.
Funding Sources- Grants, Loans, & Programs
Grant Watch. com
GrantWatch.com provides subscribers with the most grants for nonprofits and small businesses. Find GRANTS for your nonprofit, 501c3, NGO, education, religious or community organization, municipal government agency or small business. This website service is updated daily with new grant opportunities.
Federal Funding Opportunities
Use the link above to search through all current federal funding resources.
Environmental Protection Agency - Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act
Funding will leverage public and private investments to keep lead and other contaminants out of drinking water and upgrade aging water infrastructure.
Natural Resource Conservation Service- NRCS
NRCS- offers voluntary programs to eligible landowners and agricultural producers to provide financial and technical assistance to help manage natural resources in a sustainable manner. Through these programs the agency approves contracts to provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns or opportunities to help save energy, improve soil, water, plant, air, animal and related resources on agricultural lands and non-industrial private forest land.
United States Bureau of Reclamation
USBR Water Smart Grants -Water and Energy Efficiency Grants provide cost-shared funding for projects that save water; increase energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy in water management; support environmental benefits (i.e., make conserved water available instream or otherwise address endangered species issues);mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; and accomplish other benefits that contribute to water supply sustainability in the western United State.
USBR Water Conservation Field Service Program-Reclamation is in the process of updating the Water Conservation Field Services Program and has issued a temporary Reclamation Manual Release. The goal of this Temporary Reclamation Manual Release (TRMR) D&S is to ensure consistency and efficiency in the process the Bureau of Reclamation uses to carry out financial assistance as part of the Water Conservation Field Services Program. This TRMR provides that financial assistance will be available under the WCFSP for water conservation planning, development of system optimization reviews, designing water management improvements, and demonstration projects.
USBR Drought Response Program- The Bureau of Reclamation's new Drought Response Program supports a proactive approach to drought. It will provide assistance to water users for drought contingency planning, including consideration of climate change information and to take actions that will build long-term resiliency to drought.
Nation Science Foundation- NSF
NSF Innovations at the Nexus of Food, Energy and Water Systems (INFEWS) -Humanity is reliant upon the physical resources and natural systems of the Earth for the provision of food, energy, and water. It is becoming imperative that we determine how society can best integrate across the natural and built environments to provide for a growing demand for food, water and energy while maintaining appropriate ecosystem services. The overarching goal of INFEWS is to catalyze well-integrated interdisciplinary and convergent research to transform scientific understanding of the FEW nexus (integrating all three components rather than addressing them separately), in order to improve system function and management, address system stress, increase resilience, and ensure sustainability.
United States Department of Agriculuture
The USDA has several grant/loan programs. Use the link above to see the full list of programs and then navigate to existing grants using the links provided on the website.
Environmental Protection Agency
Use the link above to search for all EPA grants/loans.
State Funding Opportunities
Colorado Water Conservation Board- CWCB
The CWCB offers numerous loans and grants to water providers and other entities statewide for a variety of water-related projects, studies, planning documents, awareness campaigns and other activities.
Each bold title links to the associated CWCB grant page.
- Colorado Water Plan Implementation Grants The purpose of the Water Plan Grant funding is to make progress on the critical actions identified in the Colorado’s Water Plan (CWP) and its Measurable Objectives. All applications will be assessed based on funds available for a particular CWP Measurable Objective category.
- Water Project Loan Program: Provides low-interest loans to agricultural, municipal and commercial borrowers for the design and construction of raw water projects in Colorado.
- Water Efficiency Grants: Provides financial assistance to communities, water providers and eligible agencies for water conservation-related activities and projects.
- Water Supply Reserve Account Grants: Provides grants and loans to assist Colorado water users in addressing their critical water supply issues and interests.
- Severance Tax Trust Fund Operational Account Grants: Provides grants for regional water resource planning studies and associated demonstration projects.
- Colorado Watershed Restoration Grants: Provides grants for watershed/stream restoration and flood mitigation projects throughout the state.
- Agricultural Emergency Drought Response Program: Provides loans or grants for emergency drought-related water augmentation purposes to Colorado’s agricultural water users.
- Alternative Agricultural Water Transfer Methods Grants: Assists in developing and implementing creative alternatives to the traditional purchase and transfer of agricultural water.
- Fish and Wildlife Resources Fund Grants: Provides grant money to existing water supply facilities to help preserve a balance between development of the state’s resources and the protection of the state’s fish and wildlife resources.
- Weather Modification Grants: Provides state grants to water providers and local governments to assist in funding ground-based wintertime operational cloud seeding programs.
- Non-Reimbursable Project Investment Grants: Funds water-related projects or studies of statewide impact or importance and Feasibility Studies and projects designed to address statewide, region-wide or basin-wide water issues.
- Invasive Phreatophyte Control Program: Provides cost share assistance to eligible entities to control and/or eradicate riparian invasive phreatophytes.
- Wild and Scenic Rivers Fund: Provides information about obtaining funds for developing alternatives to wild and scenic river designation.
- Stream Restoration Account of the Flood & Drought Response Fund (Debris Removal Bill): Funds watershed cleanup and stream restoration in areas affected by the September 2013 flood.
- Reservoir Dredging Program Grants: The Program provides grants for recovery of reservoir storage volume by conducting a dredging construction project.
Great Outdoors Colorado- GOCO
GOCO invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state's parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. Our independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created by voters in 1992, GOCO has committed more than $917 million in lottery proceeds to more than 4,800 projects in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support.
Additional State Funding Links
Private Funding Opportunities
New Belgium Brewing Company
Partnering with non-profit organizations and community involvement have always been a part of New Belgium. In 1995 when the philanthropy program was conceived, we began donating $1 for every barrel of beer sold to non-profit organizations in the communities where we sell our beers. This effort spurred the establishment of a philanthropy committee that, to this day, remains the backbone of the program. This inter-departmental group, open to all interested coworkers, researches, reviews and allocates funds to worthy organizations doing important work across our areas of distribution. Since its inception, New Belgium Brewing has donated more than $8 million through our grant programs and in 2015 co-workers donated over 2773 hours of volunteer time to their community.
CoBank works with water and wastewater not-for-profit associations, municipalities, and investor-owned utility companies to provide the funding required to meet their needs. Many rural Americans depend on CoBank's water customers every time they turn on the tap. Not only are many of their customers in the business of providing clean, safe drinking water to rural areas, but others also process wastewater and deliver other services.