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Grant Program


Grant Program

2015 Grant Program will be launched on Dec. 1, 2014

 Grant applications for projects that protect, enhance or develop water resources in the 15-county area covered by the District are eligible for funding consideration. This includes all watersheds in north- and central- western Colorado, except the San Juan River basin. (see map left)

Eligible projects must achieve one or more of the following:
  • develop a new water supply
  • improve an existing water supply system
  • improve instream water quality
  • improve water use efficiency
  • reduce sediment
  • implement watershed and riparian management actions
Past projects have included the construction of new water storage, the enlargement of existing water storage or diversion facilities, rehabilitation of non-functioning or restricted water resource structures, implementation of water efficiency measures and other watershed improvements. Such projects that utilize pre-1922 water rights will be given additional ranking priority over similar projects that do not. Each project will be ranked based upon its own merits in accordance with published ranking criteria.

Eligible applicants can receive up to a maximum of $150,000 (or 25% of the total project cost whichever is less) for their project. The total grant pool for 2015 is expected to remain at $250,000. Application deadline will be Jan. 31, 2015.

More information can be obtained by contacting Dave Kanzer or Alesha Frederick at 970-945-8522; Colorado River District, 201 Centennial St., Glenwood Springs, CO 80601 or by e-mail to .

-Press Release-

Other Funding/ Financing Opportunities:

NRCS Colorado Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP)
The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) was reauthorized in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Farm Bill) to provide a voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers that promotes agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible national goals. EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible participants install or implement structural and management practices on eligible agricultural land.                 

Clean Water Act Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program and Grants
The 1987 amendments to the Clean Water Act (CWA) established the Section 319 Nonpoint Source Management Program. Section 319 addresses the need for greater federal leadership to help focus state and local nonpoint source efforts. Under Section 319, states, territories and tribes receive grant money that supports a wide variety of activities including technical assistance, financial assistance, education, training, technology transfer, demonstration projects and monitoring to assess the success of specific nonpoint source implementation projects.

Additional funding sources:

Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection
Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) Water Project Construction Loan Program
Colorado Watershed Assembly list
Grants and Funding for Invasive Species Management
Landowner Incentive Program for Species at Risk
North American Wetlands Conservation Fund
USDA Water and Waste Disposal Grants and Loans
US Fish and Wildlife Grants 
Patagonia Environmental grants - water section   

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