The High Plains Water District funds a number of research and demonstration projects. We invite district residents and water conservation professionals with innovative ideas to submit requests for proposals (RFPs). These projects should focus on water conservation demonstration, education or research.

Past funding has been awarded to projects relating to the Dockum Aquifer, rainwater harvesting, agricultural water conservation, urban water conservation and groundwater reuse.

How to Apply

Annually, the HPWD Board of Directors may review and approve funding requests for conservation research and demonstration within the District.  Proposals must be received no later than the first Monday in May each year to be considered for funding for the following District budget cycle beginning October 1.

For example, proposals are due May 7, 2018 for consideration for the 2019 District budget cycle beginning October 1, 2018 and ending September 30, 2019.

past projects

2017-2018 Research & Demonstration Grants

  • Ogallala Commons: “Stewarding Our Water Cycle” internship and Playa Management Field Days
  • Texas 4-H Water Ambassadors: Leadership Academy
  • Texas A&M AgriLife Research, Bushland: Well monitoring instrumentation in Southwest Potter County
  • Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Service (Lubbock, Amarillo, Bushland and College Station): Automatic center pivot speed control for irrigation water conservation
  • Texas Tech University, Dept. of Plant and Soil Science: Comparing forage potential of forage sorghum, pearl millet and corn under limited irrigation

2016-2017 Research & Demonstration Grants

2015-2016 Research & Demonstration Grants

2014-2015 Research & Demonstration Grants

  • Texas Tech University, Dept. of Plant and Soil Science: Turfgrass Research
  • Texas Soil & Water Conservation Districts: Irrigation well flow testing and water well efficiency testing