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Water Efficiency Grant Frequently Asked Questions



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Agency DefinitionUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
What is an agency?
An agency is defined in §37-60-126 C.R.S. as a public or private agency whose primary purpose is the promotion of water resource conservation.
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Board Meeting Attendance for Board Approval for Water Efficiency GrantsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
If my grant request requires Board approval, do I need to attend the Board meeting?
No, attendance is not mandatory. However, in many instances it is recommended that the grant applicant be present when the CWCB staff presents the grant request to respond to questions from the CWCB Board.
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Covered Entity DefinitionUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
What is a covered entity?
A covered entity is defined in §37-60-126 C.R.S. as a municipality, agency, utility, including any privately owned utility, or other publicly owned with a legal obligation to supply, distribute, or otherwise provide water at retail to domestic, commercial, industrial, or public facility customers, and that has a total demand for such customers of 2000 acre-feet or more.
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Disbursing Water Efficiency Grants MoniesUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
How are grant monies disbursed to the grant recipient?
The CWCB will make payments during the term of the project to the entity or agency that has been awarded funds, as requested by each applicant in its application. The individual payments do not need to be equal. All payments will be based on invoices for work already completed. For Water Conservation and Drought Mitigation Planning Grants, the final payment will be at least 10% of the total grant award, which will not be released until completion and OWCDP approval of a final water conservation or drought mitigation plan. For Water Conservation Implementation Grants and Water Education & Outreach Grants, the final payment will be at least 10% of the total grant award, which will not be released until completion of the project.
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Matching Funds Requirement for Water Efficiency GrantsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Is there a matching contribution requirement for grant applications?
Yes, the Water Efficiency Grant Program requires that entities and agencies requesting funding under these programs will need to have and demonstrate the ability to provide 25% of the project budget with matching funds, either as cash or in-kind services or through payment of consulting fees or any combination thereof.
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Reporting Requirements for Awared Water Efficiency GrantsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Are there any reporting requirements for grant funded projects?
Yes, all grant funded projects are required to provide written progress reports to the CWCB, via the OWCDP staff, at 50%, 75% completion of the project as well as a final report. The estimated dates of the progress reports must be included in the project scope of work contained in the application.  An approved Water Conservation or Drought Mitigation Plan is considered to be the final report.  In addition, Water Conservation Implementation Projects and Water Education & Outreach Project grant recipients will need to prepare and submit a final project report to the CWCB including a review of the activities completed, an estimate of actual water savings realized (for covered entities), and other information that is relevant to the CWCB’s record of the project and future use of the project outcomes.
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Timeline for Expending Water Efficiency Grant FundsUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
If a grant is awarded, how much time do I have to expend the money and complete the project?
For the Water Efficiency Grant Program, grant monies must be expended and the project completed by the end date stated in the approved Scope of Work. The CWCB will withhold the final 10% of the grant award until the OWCDP approves a water conservation or drought mitigation plan or a project’s final report.
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Water Efficiency Grant ApplicationUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Is there a grant application form that needs to be filled out?
No, there is no application form for any of the grant programs. An applicant should submit a cover letter and scope of work with a project budget and schedule to the OWCDP for consideration. Close adherence to the Grant Guidelines is expected.
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Water Efficiency Grant Eligibility when not a Covered EntityUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
I am a water provider that is close to becoming a statutorily defined covered entity. Am I eligible for a water conservation planning grant even though I am not yet a covered entity?
Yes, an entity that is soon to become a covered entity may be eligible for a water conservation planning grant. The entity must disclose it organization structure, its charter, and its annual retail water demand for the past five years. A reasonable engineering estimate of future annual retail demand for the next three to five years based.
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Water Efficiency Grants Application Process TimelineUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
How long does the grant application process take?
Currently, the grant application process may take between 6 – 8 weeks for OWCDP staff evaluation. This includes the time necessary to communicate with the applicant, sometimes repeatedly, on the need for additional information or clarification of the existing information.
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Water Efficiency Grants Maximum Grant AmountUse SHIFT+ENTER to open the menu (new window).
Is there a maximum grant amount?
There are no minimum or maximum amounts that entities or agencies can request, noting that:The CWCB cannot award more money than it has funds for in any given year.The entity is responsible for a 25% match of the project budget.Awards over $50,000 will be made by the Board
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