Drought Planning and Preparedness Grants

Ecology is offering $1.8 million statewide in competitive grants to incentivize and facilitate increased local drought preparedness, resiliency, and water supply security by funding the preparation of “Local Drought Preparedness Plans.”

Plans will identify the specific actions, along with associated costs and timeframes, a local community intends to take to increase its water supply security as the climate changes.

Funding cycle

  • Amount of funding available: $1.8 million
  • Grant award limit: There is no budget cap for projects
  • Amount of matching funds required: None

Applications are currently being accepted.

This pilot competitive grant funding opportunity opens at 8 a.m. on Jan. 16, 2024, and closes at 5 p.m. on March 14, 2024. 

We anticipate issuing these competitive local grants beginning in summer 2024.

Funding is available for the following entities:

Entities eligible to apply for the grants are (under RCW 43.83B.415):

This pilot grant round is focused on Local Drought Preparedness Plans, not projects. 

Check out the grant funding guidance or request a pre-application meeting to learn more about the purpose of a Local Drought Preparedness Plan.

More information about this funding program

This grant offering is focused on preparedness and planning for future droughts and long-term drought resilience.

This grant offering is separate from the funding that Ecology distributes to eligible applicants when a drought emergency is declared, and an emergency drought funding rule is in effect. 

Grant applicant workshop

We hosted a workshop at 10 a.m. on Jan. 9, 2024, to provide information to potential grant applicants about the process and purpose of the grants. 

Pre-application meetings

Potential applicants may request a pre-application meeting with Ecology as an optional step prior to submittal of a grant application. Ecology will schedule with all potential applicants that request prior to 5 p.m., Feb. 1, 2024. Meeting requests submitted after Feb. 1 will be scheduled based on staff availability.

To request a pre-application meeting, please email droughtpreparedness@ecy.wa.gov.

  • In the email include your organization, primary contact person, and list at least three proposed meeting dates/times.
  • Allow one week for Ecology to identify staff to take part. 
  • Use “Meeting request” in the subject line.