Kirk Russell
303-866-3441 x3232
Non-Reimbursable Project Investment Grants

What is the Construction Fund Non-Reimbursable Project Investment Grant Program?
Funding for Non-Reimbursable Project Investments is very limited and utilizes money from the Construction Fund. The funds are to be used primarily for:
  • Water-related projects or studies of statewide impact or importance.
  • Feasibility Studies and projects designed to address statewide, region-wide or basin-wide water issues.
Examples of Funded Projects

Who can apply for a Grant?
Any private or public entity that can contract with the state and that can establish and document the need for the project. You are encouraged to contact Kirk Russell, 303-866-3441 x3232, to determine if your project or study qualifies for funding.

How can the money be used?
Projects eligible for the Non-reimbursable Project Investment Grant Program include:
  1. Projects, programs or studies of statewide impact or importance, such as: ­
    • Administration of compact-entitled waters; ­
    • Facilitation of solutions to regional water supply problems; ­
    • Addressing federal water rights issues; ­
    • Recovery or conservation of threatened or endangered species within riparian ecosystems; ­
    • Development and management of a state monitoring system for collection and development of hydrologic and climatologic data; and ­
    • River restoration and floodplain management projects affecting agriculture, recreation or other industries that economically impact significant areas of the state.
  2. Feasibility studies and demonstration projects designed to answer questions related to statewide water issues or that have significant potential to result in a CWCB Water Project Loan.
How do I apply for a Grant?
  1. Contact Kirk Russell, 303-866-3441 x3232, to determine if your project or study qualifies for funding.
  2. If your project or study may qualify for funding, complete the Grant Application
    (Word or PDF) and submit to:

Colorado Water Conservation Board
Finance Section
Attn: Kirk Russell, P.E., Chief
1313 Sherman Street, Room 718
Denver, CO 80203
Fax: 303-894-2578

Application Deadline: August 1

What is the approval process after I have submitted an application?
  1. The CWCB Finance Subcommittee reviews applications in September and recommends approval of funding to the entire CWCB Board at the bi-monthly November Board meeting.
  2. Applicants present their grant request at the subcommittee meeting and also at the November meeting, if necessary.
  3. Once approved by the Board, the grant is written into the CWCB Water Projects Bill, which is introduced to the Legislature in January.
  4. The Legislature authorizes expenditures by approval of the CWCB Water Projects Bill in May.
  5. Funds are then available around July 1 if an executed contract is in place.

Example Projects
Project Description Supporting Documents
Cloud Seeding Grants The CWCB matches funding with New Mexico, Nevada, California and Arizona to provide grants to local agencies for cloud seeding programs. This report synthesizes all activities in Colorado.
Snowmelt Timing Study The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) analyzed trends in the timing of snowmelt and associated streamflows in Colorado from 1978-2007.