August 4 deadline: Tribal water infrastructure projects funding

The Bureau of Reclamation announces $320 million in funding for Tribal water infrastructure projects in the Western United States, supporting Indigenous communities and President Biden's focus on investment and equity.
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  • Funding: $320 million available for Tribal domestic water infrastructure projects.
  • Eligibility: Open to federally recognized Tribes in the 17 western states.
  • Project Types: Funding covers planning, design, and construction.
  • Support: Aligns with Biden’s Investing in America agenda and Justice40 Initiative.

The Bureau of Reclamation has announced a significant funding allocation designed to support Tribal water infrastructure throughout the Western United StatesOpens in a new tab.. As part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, $320 million will be made available to assist federally recognized Tribes and Tribal organizations with the planning, designing, and constructing of domestic water infrastructure projects.

This new initiative recognizes the critical need for investment in clean, reliable water access and infrastructure in Indigenous communities. “Investing in water infrastructure projects is crucial to ensuring the health, safety and prosperity of Indigenous communities,” said Secretary Deb HaalandOpens in a new tab..

Federally recognized Tribes located within the 17 western states served by the Bureau of Reclamation are eligible to apply:

  • Arizona
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Idaho
  • Kansas
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Oklahoma
  • Oregon
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Washington
  • Wyoming

Projects eligible for funding include those focusing on planning, design, or construction, with maximum funding limits for each category. This program also supports President Biden’s Justice 40 Initiative, aiming to ensure disadvantaged communities benefit from federal investments.

“Reclamation is working hard on projects that support water conservation and infrastructure improvements across Indigenous communities,” said Reclamation Commissioner Camille Calimlim Touton.

Interested Tribes have until August 4, 2024, to submit a proposal to the Bureau of Reclamation’s Native American Affairs Office.


Since 1995, Deborah has owned and operated LegalTech LLC with a focus on water rights. Before moving to Arizona in 1986, she worked as a quality control analyst for Honeywell and in commercial real estate, both in Texas. She learned about Arizona's water rights from the late and great attorney Michael Brophy of Ryley, Carlock & Applewhite. Her side interests are writing (and reading), Wordpress programming and much more.

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