Colorado Parks and Wildlife Seeks Wetlands Grant Applications

Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) seeks applications for wetland and riparian restoration, enhancement, and creation projects to support its Wetlands Program Strategic Plan.

The intent of this funding is to support the two primary goals of the program:

  1. Improve the distribution and abundance of ducks, and opportunities for public waterfowl hunting.  Applications supporting this goal should seek to improve fall/winter habitat on property open for public hunting (or refuge areas within properties open for public hunting), or improve breeding habitat in important production areas.
  2. Improve the status of declining or at-risk species.  Applications supporting this goal should seek to clearly address habitat needs of these species.
Note:  The application deadline is Friday, July 14, 2017

What’s new for 2017: 

  • Larger grant applications (including block grants for multiple properties) that accomplish significant acreage of wetland/riparian conservation and include multiple partners (where appropriate) are encouraged.  As in 2016, there are no maximum award limits for individual or block grants for 2017.  Block grants are no longer restricted to one CPW administrative region.
  • Comprehensive, well-planned, whole-property restoration projects are encouraged, and phased approaches involving repeated funding applications for the same properties are discouraged.  Properties receiving funding in 2017 may be ineligible for future funding until the project and final report are satisfactorily completed.
  • Property management plans (if available) and habitat scorecards must be submitted along with the application.

Available Funding:  Up to approximately $900,000. The funding source is Great Outdoors Colorado.

Grant Types and Minimum/Maximum Awards: 

Individual Project Grant:  This type of grant is for individual projects on a single tract of land, or multiple, smaller tracts in the same general area for which pre-project planning has been conducted.  Generally, the tracts are identified in advance and the landowners are known.  Habitat management practices, acreage impacted, costs, and cost-share partners are known.  For individual project grants, there is no maximum grant request, but small requests are discouraged. 

Block Grant:  This type of grant is for multiple (> 2) projects that need not be specifically identified in advance.  Block grant applicants must specify the habitat restoration, enhancement, or creation practices to be conducted; the total acreage to be impacted by each practice; and matching funds (if needed, see matching funds requirements below).  Recipients will be obligated under contract to deliver the habitat conservation acreages and to provide matching funds specified in their applications.  After individual projects are identified, the block grant recipient must find a local CPW project sponsor (see Project Sponsor section below) and submit an application form (see Attachment 2) for approval by CPW before proceeding with the project.  Recipients may use their network of partners and subcontractors to accomplish project delivery.  For block grants, the minimum funding request is $100,000 and there is no maximum request.

Find full details in the below Request for Applications.