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.


Acquisition and Grants Office

DOC. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Information on grants and doing business with NOAA.

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.

Wetlands Reserve Program

USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Provides "financial incentives to enhance wetlands in exchange for retiring marginal agricultural land."

Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program

USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Assists private land owners to develop and implement a wildlife habitat plan and provides funding to carry out that plan.

USDA logo Federal Funding Sources for Rural Areas

USDA. NAL. Rural Information Center.

A searchable database developed by National Agricultural Library's Rural Information Center (RIC) and the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance.

Building Sustainable Farms, Ranches and Communities

Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

"This guide lists funding opportunities offered by federal programs, and is indispensable for anyone seeking government help to foster their innovative enterprise in forestry and agriculture."


USDA. National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Information on funding opportunities and applying for and managing grants.

Small Business Innovation Research Program

USDA. National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Provides grants to small business that support research for scientific problems related to agriculture. Program solicitiations usually open in June.

Water and Environmental Programs

USDA. Rural Development.

Provides loans and grants for water waste disposal, solid waste management, training and technical assistance.

Agricultural Management Assistance

USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

"Provides cost share assistance to agricultural producers to voluntarily address issues such as water management, water quality, and erosion control by incorporating conservation into their farming operations."

Conservation Innovation Grants

USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

"A voluntary program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production."

Conservation Reserve Program

USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Encourages farmers to convert highly erodible cropland or other environmentally sensitive acreage to vegetative cover, filterstrips, or riparian buffers. Farmers receive an annual rental payment for their participation. CRP is administered by the Farm Service Agency (FSA).

Conservation Stewardship Program

USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

A voluntary conservation program that encourages producers to address resource concerns in a comprehensive manner by undertaking additional conservation activities and improving, maintaining, and managing existing conservation activities. Participants receive an annual land use payment for operation-level environmental benefits they produce. Under CSP, participants are paid for conservation performance: the higher the operational performance, the higher their payment.

Emergency Watershed Protection

USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

"Undertakes emergency measures, including the purchase of flood plain easements, for runoff retardation and soil erosion prevention to safeguard lives and property from floods, drought, and the products of erosion on any watershed whenever fire, flood or any other natural occurrence is causing or has caused a sudden impairment of the watershed."