Funding Opportunities

E.g., Mar 8, 21
Funder Name: Colorado Water Conservation Board
Funding Range:

$10,000 - $150,000

The YWG BRT grant program has three designated award periods contingent upon available funding. All grant criteria is designated by the request amount of under or over $10,000. Please review the requirements and goals of the program to determine the appropriate application level for your request. These grants will be awarded in November, February and April depending on available funds.


1.  Applicant must meet all the WSRF grant requirements set by the CWCB, able to contract with the State of Colorado and meet insurance requirements

2.  Matching Fund as set by the CWCB

  • Basin fund only a 25% match from either cash or in-kind services or in-kind material contributions

  • State wide fund request requires a 50% match. This match will be made up of 10% from the YWG RT WSRF account, 10% from applicant or third party in any combination of cash, in-kind services, or in-kin materials. The remaining 30% match may be provided from any other source, including cash from Basin Account, or any combination of cash, in-kind services, or in-kind materials

3.  Meet one or more of the Yampa-White-Green Basin Implementation Plan (BIP) goals or for state fund request meet one or more of the Colorado Water Plan goals

Funder Name: Colorado Watershed Assembly
Funding Range:

$5,000 - $20,000

Colorado Watershed Assembly is requesting applications for the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund (CHRF) Grant Program. This fund grants money to on-the-ground projects that contribute to cleaner water, healthier wildlife habitat, improved recreation and vibrant local economies throughout our state.

The CHRF program targets two categories of grants: project grants and planning grants.

Watershed restoration or protection plans and projects can be very costly, and this grant can be used as matching money for larger grants or grants that need non-federal match. Grants can be used in multi-objective projects when multiple partners and funding sources need to be managed.

  • Project Grants These grants will support projects that promote the improvement and/or protection of the condition of the watershed. This could include projects such as participation in the development and/or implementation of total maximum daily loads (TMDLs), implementation of watershed related best management practices, flood protection, channel stability, a wide variety of other riparian, streambank and habitat restoration efforts, and post-implementation water quality and/or water quantity monitoring. The suggested maximum for this grant type is $20,000.

  • Planning Grants Development and implementation of a successful watershed restoration or protection project requires appropriate planning. This second category of grants will support these planning efforts. Such efforts may include 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. The suggested maximum amount for this type of grant is $20,000.

The goal of the program is the implementation of on-the-ground projects to restore and protect the natural resources within Colorado watersheds. Average grant awards range from $5,000 to $20,000.

Interested parties can find grant guideline information, the Online Grant Application and learn more about the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund Grant Program by visiting the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund webpage.

Funder Name: Colorado River District
Funding Range:

$25,000 - $400,000

A project proponent within the District’s 15-county boundaries is eligible to apply for the Partnership Project Funding Program. Project proponents include stakeholders such as individuals, local governments, corporations, private entities such as mutual ditch companies, non-profit corporations, and partnerships.  Completed projects are not eligible for the Partnership Project Funding Program. 

The program seeks to advance the Colorado River District’s mission “to lead in the protection, conservation, use, and development of the water resources of the Colorado River basin for the welfare of the District, and to safeguard for Colorado all waters of the Colorado River to which the state is entitled.”

Projects should be within the River District’s boundaries and fit within the District’s MissionStrategic Plan and the Board of Director’s policy statements. District Partnership Project Funding may be made in the form of a grant, loan and/or investment in a project. Program funds shall not be the sole source of funding for any project. Project applicants and supporters should contribute funds and use District funds to leverage additional state, federal or private funds to the project.

The program framework prioritizes multi-use projects that meet needs in one or more of the following categories:

  • Productive agriculture projects could include multiple-use storage that addresses regional priorities; developing innovative and functional water leasing; suitable agriculture efficiency and conservation approaches; technical assistance and technological innovation; and dedicated resources for increasing community literacy about irrigated agriculture and supporting agricultural market growth. The District will not utilize these funds to permanently or temporarily fallow irrigated agriculture;

  • Infrastructure projects could include upgrading aging infrastructure while incentivizing new storage and delivery projects that collaboratively address multiple needs, such as improved flows to meet demands, stream and watershed health, and habitat quality; multi-purpose projects and storage methods that are supported in the Water Plan and the Basin Implementation Plans;

  • Healthy rivers projects could include those identified in stream management plans or similar projects that support and sustain fish and wildlife, healthy aquifer conditions as they connect to healthy streams, economically important water-based recreation, wetland habitat, fish passage construction for new or revised water diversion structures, stream restoration projects, and environmental and recreational enhancements for new or revised water supply projects;

  • Watershed health and water quality projects which could include projects identified in collaborative and science-based watershed management plans that reduce the risk from and increase resilience to fires and/or floods, rehabilitate streams, or make landscapes resilient to climate change, including, but not limited to science-based mechanical forest treatments and prescribed fire, projects that address drinking water quality for under-resourced communities, and projects that address pollutants such as selenium, salts, and others, as well as mine remediation activities; and

  • Conservation and efficiency projects could include supporting agricultural water infrastructure that increases reliability and efficiency; municipal and industrial projects that promote efficiency, water conservation, green infrastructure, and outdoor landscaping to reduce consumptive use; increase leak detection for infrastructure repair and replacement; assisting communities with water-smart community development and water conservation programs; and targeting smaller, fast-growing, and communities with older infrastructure with strategic, incentive-based investments.


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mission is to advance the restoration of riparian lands through collaboration, education, and technical assistance.