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Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund Grants


What is the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund Grant Program?
Established jointly by the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Water Quality Control Commission, in cooperation with the Colorado Watershed Assembly, the Program helps support local watershed organizations in their efforts to provide clean water, protect habitat, and improve recreation and accessibility.

The Program is financed by the Colorado Individual Income Tax Refund Check-off Program, which gives taxpayers the opportunity to contribute a portion of their tax return or to make a donation to assist locally-based conservation groups in their efforts to protect our land and water resources. 
 
Examples of Funded Projects

Who can apply for a Grant?
Eligible applicants include locally-based watershed protection groups who are committed to a collaborative approach to the restoration and protection of lands and natural resources within Colorado’s watersheds.

How can the money be used?
Two categories of grants are available under the Program:
  1. Project Grants: For projects that promote the improvement and/or protection of the condition of the watershed. Includes: water quality and/or water quantity monitoring; participation in the development and/or implementation of total maximum daily loads (TMDLs); implementation of watershed-related best management practices; flood protection; channel stability; and a wide variety of other riparian, streambank and habitat restoration efforts.
  2. Planning Grants: For the planning of successful watershed restoration or protection projects. Includes: data collection and assessment; analysis of project alternatives; project permitting; acquisition of funding for a project; and outreach efforts to ensure the education, involvement and support of the local community.
How do I apply for a Grant?
  1. Review the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund Guidance.
  2. Submit an Application, including all attachments, via email as one file to: Chris Sturm. Electronic applications may also be mailed to:

Colorado Water Conservation Board
Attn: Chris Sturm
1580 Logan Street, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80203

Application Deadline: April 30

What is the approval process after I have submitted an application?
Applications are due April 30 of each year. An Applications Committee reviews and makes recommendations to the Designees of the fund by July 31. The Designees approve or deny the recommendations, and Grants are awarded by September 30. Annual progress reports are due by September 30 of the following year.

Example Projects 
 Project Description  Supporting Documents
Park County Watershed Assessment of River Stability and Sediment Supply (WARSSS) Systematic assessment of stream channel stability, sediment sources and sediment yield for all the stream reaches in the South Platte Headwaters watershed. Stream segments are prioritized based on risk ratings or level of channel impact. High-risk segments indicate high levels of instability and sediment loading. Low-risk segments are the least impacted and most stable stream segments in the watershed. 
Upper Ski Creek Watershed Erosion Control and Restoration - Pikes Peak, CO Phase 2 of a large-scale, multi-year effort to address severe sedimentation and erosion impacts caused by stormwater runoff from the Pikes Peak Highway. The project lead, Rocky Mountain Field Institute, constructed cross vanes, bank restoration structures and check dams to stabilize 2,500 feet of stream channel banks. Volunteers, interns and the Pikes Peak Corps contributed more than 1,200 hours of labor to the project. Excessive sediment in Ski Creek has degraded aquatic habitat and negatively impacted storage capacity in South Catamount Reservoir. 
 All Funded Projects


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 Grants Document Search

What type of grant projects have been awarded? Search grant reports and other supporting materials. Wildcards (*) may be used in the Title field as necessary.  The Document ID field has already been set to help limit to Healthy Rivers grants. Select Project Report or Scope of Work from the Document Type field.