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Colorado's Water Plan Grants

Water Plan Grant Opportunities

The purpose of the Water Plan Grant funding is to make progress on the critical actions identified in the Colorado’s Water Plan (CWP) and its Measurable Objectives. All applications will be assessed based on funds available for a particular CWP Measurable Objective category. See below for project category balances.

The Board will select projects, programs and activities to fund from applications that have the best opportunity to make progress on the CWP’s Measurable Objectives or critical actions. The CWCB staff reserves the right to negotiate with successful applicants to modify the scope and budget of their project to better meet the CWP objectives in light of fund availability. CWCB staff will evaluate applications and recommend projects to the CWCB Board for final approval at its regularly scheduled Board meetings.

Project Categories* and Funding Availability

Available Project Category
$2,000,000 Supply and Demand Gap Projects - Multi-beneficial projects and those projects identified in basin implementation plans to address the water supply and demand gap.
$3,000,000 Water Storage Projects – Projects that facilitate the development of additional storage, artificial recharge into aquifers, and dredging existing reservoirs to restore full decreed storage capacity.
$1,000,000 Conservation & Land Use Projects – Activities that implement long-term strategies for conservation, land use, and drought planning.
$1,000,000 Engagement & Innovation Activities - Activities that support water education, outreach, and innovation efforts.
$1,000,000 Agricultural Projects – Projects that provide technical assistance or improve agricultural efficiency.
$1,000,000 Environmental & Recreation Projects – Projects that promote watershed health, environmental health, and recreation.
* Applications may qualify for more than one category of funding.

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