This page highlights information on funding for various types of projects affecting water. More information on funding programs from specific Federal agencies is available on the menu to the right.


Department of Health and Human Services is your place to find and apply for federal grants. Grant categories that may be of interest include "Environment," "Natural Resources," and "Agriculture."

Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection

U. S. Environmental Protection Agency

"The Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection Web site is a searchable database of financial assistance sources (grants, loans, cost-sharing) available to fund a variety of watershed protection projects."

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.

Locate funding resources government-wide by searching using the phrase "water quality" or another term. Also see the "Agriculture," "Environmental Quality," "Natural Resources" and other categories at

Research and Financial Services in Planning, Environment and Realty

Federal Highway Administration.

FHWA "research activities support program and policy objectives that...address improvements to the quality of the natural environment by reducing highway-related pollution and by protecting and enhancing ecosystems."

Plans, Awards, and Funding

American Water Works Association Research Foundation.

Provides funds for applied research needed by the drinking water community.

Watershed Resource Directory

Boise State University. Environmental Finance Center.

On-line, searchable database with federal, state, private, and other watershed restoration funding information.

Funding Search

Red Lodge Clearinghouse.

A database to find funding for collaborative natural resources projects in the western United States.

Funding and Fellowships

National Sea Grant.

Provides information on funding opportunities which are offered primarily through its 30 state Sea Grant programs.

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.

"NFWF provides funding on a competitive basis to projects that sustain,
restore, and enhance our nation's fish, wildlife, and plants and their
habitats. "

Active Funding Opportunities

National Science Foundation.

Provides funding opportunities, grants, program information, and solicitations.


Water Environment Research Foundation.

Awards funding through a competitive program in a variety of areas.

Water Quality: A Catalog of Related Federal Programs (PDF | 309KB)

Government Accountability Office.

Lists and evaluates federal programs that assist states, municipalities, individuals, and other entities in protecting water and groundwater resources (GAO Report RCED-96-173; Jun 19, 1996).

Water Sanitation and Health Requests for Proposals

World Health Organization.

Contains a listing of current requests for proposals for projects related to water, sanitation, and hygiene.