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Basin Water Supply Reserve Fund Grants

Who can apply for a Basin WSRF Grant?
Eligible entities that may apply for grants or loans from the Program include: ­
  • Public (Government) – municipalities, enterprises, counties and State of Colorado agencies ­
  • Public (Districts) – special, water and sanitation, conservancy, conservations, irrigation and water activity enterprises ­
  • Private Incorporated – mutual ditch companies, homeowners associations and non-profit corporations ­
  • Private – individuals, partnerships and sole proprietors are eligible for Basin Funds but are not eligible for Statewide Funds ­
  • Non-governmental organizations – typically non-profit but also includes for-profit corporations
How can the money from the Basin Account be used?
Eligible water activities include a broad range of activities such as: ­
  • Technical assistance regarding permitting, feasibility studies and environmental compliance; ­
  • Studies or analysis of structural, nonstructural, consumptive and non-consumptive water needs, projects or activities; and ­
  • Structural and nonstructural water projects or activities.
How do I apply for a Basin Grant?
  1. Review the Water Supply Reserve Fund Grant Criteria and Guidelines
  2. Obtain approval from the basin roundtable in which your activity will occur. Meeting dates and contact information are available from the basin roundtables page.
  3. Submit the Grant Application form (Word or text-enabled  PDF), statement of work, budget and schedule via email to Water Supply Planning. Electronic applications can also be mailed to:

    Colorado Water Conservation Board
    Water Supply Planning Section
    WSRF Application
    1313 Sherman Street, Room 718
    Denver, CO 80203

    Please review the statement of work template (Exhibit A) and appendices with reference information (Word or text-enabled  PDF).

  4. Work with CWCB staff to address any issues or additional needs prior to CWCB Board review.
  5. Submit W-9 and Insurance Certificate form, if requested.

Application Deadline: Prior to applying to the CWCB, the applicant must have the approval of the basin roundtable in which the activity will occur. See the basin roundtables page for details about upcoming meeting dates and contact information. A complete, detailed application, including letter from the respective basin roundtable, statement of work, budget, schedule, and maps must be received by the CWCB no later than the first of the month, the month prior to the bimonthly CWCB meeting at which the application will be considered for funding. For example, applications for the March CWCB meeting are due February 1st.

What is the approval process after I have submitted an application?

After approval from the basin roundtable has been granted, CWCB staff review all eligible applications and provide a written recommendation to the CWCB Board at its bi-monthly Board meeting. The CWCB Board evaluates the application and makes a funding decision. Allocation of funds is dependent on the availability of funds and an evaluation of the merits of the proposed water activity. The merits of the proposed water activity are based on how well a proposal meets the criteria outlined in the Criteria and Guidelines. Within 30 days of the Board review, the CWCB will provide each applicant with a summary of why the application was approved for full funding, partial funding or no funding. Successful applicants are expected to execute a contract with the CWCB within 6 months from approval.

Example Basin Projects
Project  Description  Supporting Documents 
Fountain Creek Vision Task Force  The project developed a detailed “Strategic Plan for Fountain Creek Watershed,” which identifies consumptive and non-consumptive water needs in the basin along with methods and projects for addressing those needs. 
Morrison Creek Reservoir Feasibility Study Report  If built, the reservoir would provide additional storage, water supply for multiple uses and increase the reliability of the storage supply in Stagecoach Reservoir near Steamboat Springs.    

For a complete summary of the WSRF program and awarded grant status and summaries, please download the WSRF Annual Report.

Autumn Golds on the Rio Grande Corridor Slough West of Alamosa, Rio de la Vista

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