Funding Sources

State and Federal agencies, foundations and private organizations may be potential sources to provide funding to qualifying groups and local governments within rural areas. 

The following list represents entities that have contributed funds in the past, and that may have programs to offer assistance to rural watershed groups and partnerships for specific studies and projects.


Time-Sensitive Funding

Through the CRWU initiative, drinking water, wastewater, and storm water utility owners and operators, the EPA is offering one-on-one, no-cost climate change risk assessment support using CRWU’s tools and resources. Over the course of two to four months, water sector utilities will be guided through a risk assessment process to:

  • Better understand their potential risk to climate change threats;
  • Identify potential adaptive measures to become more resilient to those threats; and
  • Identify potential funding sources for implementation of those potential adaptive measures.

The EPA is encouraging those interested in the no-cost climate change risk assessment technical assistance to apply by August 15th, 2024, by emailing Aliza Furneaux ([email protected]).

Close Date: Thu, Aug 15 2024

FY24 Water Energy and Efficiency Grants funding opportunity was posted November 14, 2023. The first round of applications were due February 22, 2024 and are currently under review. The second round of applications are due October 30, 2024.

This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) provides funding for projects that result in quantifiable water savings and wider sustainability goals. These projects will need to conserve and use water more efficiently, mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict, and accomplish other benefits that contribute to sustainability in the Western United States. These grants are available to local and regional governments, Federally recognized Native American Tribal Governments, and irrigation or water districts.

Close Date: Thu, Oct 31 2024

Grant funds may be used to connect service lines to a residence, pay utility hook-up fees, install plumbing and related fixtures, e.g., bathroom sink, bathtub or shower, commode, kitchen sink, water heater, outside spigot, or bathroom.

Applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Own and occupy a dwelling located in a colonia (Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas) and have evidence of ownership.
  • Have a total taxable income (based on the latest federal income tax form from all individuals residing in the household) that is below the most recent poverty. income guidelines established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Have no delinquencies on any federal debt.

Applications for this program are accepted year round. Please apply through your local Rural Development office.

ADEQ is now accepting applications for the 604(b) Surface Water Improvement Grant for Fiscal Year 2025. The program provides funding ($168,000 available) as reimbursements to awardees that report their regional water quality management planning accomplishments and expenses to ADEQ.

Applicants are encouraged to submit project proposals that address:

  • Improving stormwater systems
  • Determining ways to expand green infrastructure programs
  • Determining the nature, extent and causes of point and nonpoint source water pollution problems, and developing plans to resolve these problems.

Please note that project proposals must be focused on water quality management planning (not projects on-the-ground)

Applications are due to ADEQ by July 15, 2024 Each applicant will be notified by email of the final status of their application. Additional information and instructions will be given to the selected applicants.

Close Date: Tue, Jul 16 2024

The EPA is soliciting applications from eligible applicants to provide support for training and related activities to build the capacity of agricultural partners, state, and Tribal officials and non-governmental stakeholders in activities to be carried out to support the goals of the Clean Water Act.

  • Only following activities are eligible for this NOFO: conducting or promoting the coordination and acceleration of research, investigations, experiments, training, demonstrations, surveys and studies relating to the causes, effects (including health and welfare effects), extent, prevention, reduction and elimination of water pollution.
  • Each application submitted under this announcement must address one, and only one, of the five National Priority Areas described below. Applicants may submit more than one complete application package under this announcement as long as each application is separately submitted and addresses only one National Priority Area.

State and Tribal Aquatic Resource Monitoring Technical Training and Capacity Building Workshops.

State and Tribal Territorial Data Management and Data Sharing Training Workshops in Support of CWA Section 303(d), CWA Section 305(b), TMDLs and Water Quality Monitoring and Assessment.

Training Workshops on Recreational Waters and Beach Monitoring Programs.

Nonpoint Source Technical Support for Tribes.

Training Workshop on Fish Monitoring and Advisory Programs.

Close Date: Thu, Jul 18 2024

The Trust offers a unique opportunity for non-profit 501(c) (3) organizations focused on watershed and environmental health within the State of Arizona.

  • The grant is available primarily to fund operating costs of conservation projects, with rare occasions funding being used for capital support for projects.
  • These funds are not available to local governments or private individuals. Usually only 501(c) (3) organizations that match the organization's requirements are eligible.

Interested applicants should familiarize themselves with the Trust’s website to ensure what projects and groups fit within their funding priorities and geographic areas of interest if this aligns with your organization.

  • NOTE: The first step in the application process is to talk to a Trust program officer. If the Trust program officer believes that your project or organization is a good fit, you will be invited to submit a grant application. Reach out to Laura McBride ([email protected]) to see if your project is eligible.

Applications are invite only and require contact with the Trust at least two months in advance. The next application deadline is July 12, 2024, with the following application deadline December 5, 2024.

Close Date: Fri, Dec 6 2024
  • The Water Supply Development Revolving Fund (WSDRF) was created to provide low-cost financing, grants, and technical assistance for water supply development projects outside of Arizona’s major urban centers. This fund is specifically designed to meet the unique water supply needs of small, rural communities.
  • WIFA can provide up to $2 million in grant funding and up to $3 million in the form of a low-interest loan for a total of $5 million in financial assistance per application.
  • Interest rate discounts and grant eligibility will be determined based on the criteria listed in ARS § 49-1274(B)(3), including:
    • Water Demands: existing, near-term and long-term water demands compared to the volume and reliability of existing water supplies
    • Project Benefits:impact on water supply, benefits to multiple jurisdictions, conservation efforts, BMPs being implemented, and long-term reliability of supply being developed
    • Project Feasibility:engineering specs, the cost and effectiveness of the proposal, funding sources, and public comment
    • Financial Need:median household income
  • Eligible Entities: Water providers and political subdivisions located outside of the Phoenix, Tucson, or Pinal AMAs.
  • Applications currently being accepted.

The Rural Development program is accepting applications from nonprofits that have capacity and expertise in promoting safe, productive use of individually-owned household wells, and can act as a lender. This program helps qualified nonprofits and tribes create a revolving loan fund to increase access to clean, reliable water and septic systems for households in eligible rural areas.

  • The fund may be used to construct, refurbish, or service individually-owned household water well and septic systems.
  • Terms for the loans include one percent fixed interest rate, 20-year maximum term, and an $15,000 maximum loan per household.
  • Grant funds may be used to pay administrative expenses associated with providing drinking water system loans and/or sub-grants.
  • Matching funds are required at 10%, though matching funds from third parties can count.
Close Date: Sat, Jun 29 2024
  • Reclamation leverages Federal and non-Federal funding to work cooperatively with States, Tribes, and local entities as they plan for and implement actions to increase water supply reliability through investments in existing infrastructure and attention to local water conflicts.
  • This NOFO provides funding for water conservation and efficiency projects, water management and infrastructure improvements, and river and watershed restoration projects and nature-based solutions that provide significant ecological benefits, have been developed as part of a collaborative process, and help carry out an established strategy to increase the reliability of water resources.
  • Applications originally closed on June 18th, and now closes on June 25, 2024.
Close Date: Tue, Jun 25 2024
  • Reclamation began providing funding for watershed group development, watershed restoration planning, and watershed management project design (Phase I). Submit proposals for the second application period for Phase I activities to develop a watershed group, complete watershed restoration planning activities, and design watershed management projects.
  • Reclamation will award a successful applicant up to $100,000 per year for a period of up to three years, with no non-Federal cost-share required.
  • Applications are due by 4:00 PM, MDT, on September 4th, 2024.
  • Apply Here
Close Date: Wed, Sep 4 2024

Rolling Funding