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Bureau of Reclamation Announces $328 Million for Water Recycling and Desalination

Date: October 02, 2023

Last week, the Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) announced $328 million in grant funding for the Title XVI Water Reuse Grants Program and the Desalination and Water Purification Grants Program. The funding comes from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act of 2021 (IIJA) as well as from FY 2023 and 2024 annual appropriations. WateReuse led the effort to secure direct funding for Title XVI in the IIJA and through the annual appropriations process, and is pleased to see the funding opportunity open. We encourage all WateReuse members located in the 18 BOR states to take a close look at the funding announcements and consider applying.

Funding for the Title XVI is broken into two parts—Title XVI legacy projects, which were individually authorized by Congress in the early years of the program, and Title XVI-WIIN, through which BOR provides competitive grants to entities that have completed feasibility studies. Of the amount provided for Title XVI, $50 million in annually appropriated spending will be made available for legacy projects, subject to final FY 2024 appropriations. Nearly $200 million—of which $179 million is direct spending from the IIJA for FY 2023 and FY 2024—will be made available for Title XVI-WIIN projects.

The Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO), with all eligibility and application details, for Title XVI legacy projects can be found here, while the NOFO for Title XVI-WIIN can be found here. The NOFO for Desalination Grants can be found here. BOR is providing for an extended application period with two batching deadlines, the first on December 7, 2023 and the second on September 30, 2024. To be eligible for funding, entities must have completed and submitted to BOR a project feasibility study one month prior to the applicable application deadline.

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