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Colorado's Water Plan Grants


In Fiscal Year 2019-2020, $10 million will be available from the Water Plan Grant program. The funding categories include:

  • $3.75 million to facilitate the development of additional storage, artificial recharge into aquifers, and dredging existing reservoirs to restore the reservoirs’ full decreed storage capacity for multi-beneficial projects and those projects identified in basin implementation plans to address the water supply and demand gap.
  • $1.75 million to provide technical assistance, project, or program funding for agricultural projects.
  • $1.75 million to implement long-term strategies for conservation, land use, and drought planning.
  • $500,000 for water education, outreach, and innovation efforts.
  • $2.25 million for environmental and recreational projects.

Please see CWP Grant Guidelines below for more information about qualifying projects.


Submitted Applications Posted On CWCB Web Final Board Approval
August 1, 2019 September 1, 2019 November 2019
February 1, 2020 March 1, 2020 May 2020

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.

Examples of approved applications in each category:

Agriculture  Colorado Open Lands – Acequia Conservation Initiative – Acequia Conservation Initiative

Florida Consolidated Ditch Company – Florida Canal Diversion Structure Rehabilitation Project
Conservation & Land Use Dominion Water & Sanitation District – Regional Factors for Precipitation Harvesting

Babbitt Center for Land & Water Policy – Guidance to Covered Entities for Land Use Planning Components of Water Efficiency Plans
Engagement & Innovation  Lefthand Watershed Oversight Group – Stewardship through Community Science
Environment & Recreation Colorado Rio Grande Restoration Foundation – Del Norte Riverfront Project
Water Storage & Supply City of Walsenburg – City Lake Dam Rehabilitation and Enlargement

If you have questions email:

Water Storage & Supply Projects:

Conservation, Land Use Planning:

Engagement & Innovation Activities:

Agricultural Projects:

Environmental & Recreation Projects:

*If your grant crosses multiple topic areas, please copy all applicable program managers.

How to Submit:
Submit all application materials in one email to: in the original file formats (word or excel). Please do not combine documents. In the subject line, please include the funding category and name of the project.

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