Steve Biondo
303-866-3441 x3205
Severance Tax Trust Fund Operational Account Grants

What is the Severance Tax Trust Fund Operational Account Grant Program?
The Account exists primarily to provide grants for regional water resource planning studies and associated demonstration projects. The programs supported by the Account must promote natural resource planning, management and development related to minerals, energy, geology and water within the State of Colorado.

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.

How can the money be used?
The funds from the Account can be used for a study or demonstration project that will benefit a wide range of people and organizations, and/or a large geographic area within Colorado. Approved grants must be able to begin the project 6 months after the application date and complete the project within 12 months.

How do I apply for a Grant?
  1. Contact Steve Biondo, 303-866-3441 x3205, 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: Steve Biondo
1313 Sherman St, Room 718 
Denver, CO 80203
Fax: 303-866-4474

Application Deadline: January 31 to receive funds 6 months later around July 1

What is the approval process after I have submitted an application?
  1. Proposals are reviewed by the CWCB staff and presented to the CWCB Board at the regularly scheduled meeting in March.
  2. Proposals approved by the Board are presented to the Minerals, Energy and Geology Policy Advisory Board (MEGA) in the spring/summer.
  3. MEGA Board-approved proposals are forwarded to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Executive Director in late summer and forwarded to the Governor as part of the annual DNR budget request in September.
  4. Governor-approved proposals are forwarded to the Joint Budget Committee in November.
  5. Proposals are considered by the Joint Budget Committee (JBC) and the General Assembly during the annual budget process from January until April.
  6. Approved funding is included in the Long Bill and sent to the Governor for his signature in April or May.
  7. If the Long Bill is signed, funding is available on July 1 and grant funds will be disbursed following the execution of a contract.