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Bureau of Reclamation Provides Technical Assistance Funding Opportunity to Tribes

Commissioner's Office
Washington, DC


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For Immediate Release:  October 16, 2017


Bureau of Reclamation Provides Technical Assistance Funding Opportunity to Tribes


WASHINGTON - The Bureau of Reclamation has issued a funding opportunity for technical assistance to Indian tribes and tribal organizations through the Native American Affairs Technical Assistance to Tribes Program. This program is intended to establish cooperative working relationships, through partnerships with Indian tribes and tribal organizations, to ensure that tribes have the opportunity to participate fully in Reclamation’s Program as they develop, manage, and protect their water and related resources. 


Approximately $1,500,000 in Fiscal Year 2018 funding is anticipated to be made available. The funding per award will not exceed $200,000 total over two (2) years ($100,000 per year). Awards will be determined and administered by Reclamation’s five regional offices located in Boise, Idaho; Sacramento, California; Boulder City, Nevada; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Billings, Montana. 


Project awards will be made through grants or cooperative agreements, as applicable to each project. If a cooperative agreement is awarded, the recipient should expect Reclamation to have substantial involvement in the project. Applicants should describe in their proposal the level of Reclamation involvement. Reclamation participation will be subject to the availability of resources.


This funding opportunity is available on by searching for funding opportunity BOR-DO-18-F001.  The deadline for submission of proposals is January 17, 2018. Reclamation will complete proposal reviews as soon as practicable after the deadline. After selection, financial assistance agreements will be awarded to applicants that successfully pass all pre-award reviews and clearances. 


Eligible proposals that are not awarded during the current fiscal year due to a lack of time or available funding may be retained by Reclamation for consideration in the next fiscal year if the applicant agrees. Reclamation will contact applicants should this circumstance arise to discuss available options.


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