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:
How do I apply for a Grant?
- 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.
- 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.
- Review the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund Guidance.
- Submit an Application, including all attachments, via email as one file to: Chris Sturm. Electronic applications may also be mailed to:
Application Deadline: April 30
What is the approval process after I have submitted an application?
Colorado Water Conservation Board
Attn: Chris Sturm
1580 Logan Street, Suite 200
Denver, CO 80203
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.