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Native American Affairs: Emergency Drought Relief for Tribes

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 15.519
U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation
Apr 11, 2024

For questions about applicant and project eligibility and application review:
Kelly Titensor

Regional points of contact:


The U.S. Department of the Interior Bureau of Reclamation is offering funding for eligible tribes that are impacted by the operation of reclamation water projects with near-term drought relief projects and to assist eligible tribes to develop, manage, and protect their water and related resources to mitigate the adverse impacts of drought.

Program objectives:

  • Mitigate drought impacts
  • Increase drought resiliency
  • Reduce reliance on declining water sources
  • Increase the efficiency of water deliveries
  • Mitigate the loss of water and related tribal trust resources
  • Address drinking water shortages

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to:

  • Repair, rehabilitation, restoration, replacement, or improvement of drinking water systems adversely impacted by the operation of a reclamation water project
  • Mitigation, restoration, or protection of water and related tribal trust resources
  • Minor emergency rehabilitation, replacement, repair, or renovation of existing water related infrastructure benefiting tribes adversely impacted by drought

Eligible applicants are federally recognized Indian Tribes in the 17 Western States identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902.

Geographic coverage
Federally recognized Indian Tribes in the 17 Western States identified in the Reclamation Act of June 17, 1902
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $500,000
Project period: Up to 3 years
Estimated number of awards: 25-40
Estimated total program funding: $12,500,000

Application process

Links to the full announcement, application instructions, and the online application process are available through

Completed applications may be submitted by:

  • Email:
  • Online at
  • Mail or U.S. Postal Service overnight:
    Bureau of Reclamation
    Financial Assistance Operations Section
    Attn: NOFO Team
    P.O. Box 25007, MS 84-27133
    Denver, CO 80225
  • Express delivery and courier services:
    Bureau of Reclamation mail services
    Attn: NOFO Team
    Denver Federal Center
    Bldg. 67, Rm. 152
    6th Avenue and Kipling Street
    Denver, CO 80225
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