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Wetlands Project Funding
Wetlands Project Funding
Avocets at Russell Lakes State Wildlife Area during sunset

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The Colorado Wetlands for Wildlife Program is a voluntary, collaborative, and incentive-​based program to restore, enhance and create wetlands and riparian areas in Colorado. Funds are allocated annually to the program - and projects are recommended for fu​​nding by a Parks and Wildlife committee with final approval by the Director.

New Funding Available for 2018 - APPLY NOW!​

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Competitive grant funding opportunities for wetland/riparian restoration, enhancement and creation are available! The application deadline is Tuesday, July 10, 2018

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Available Funding 

Up to approximately $2,000,000. The funding source is Great Outdoors Colorado.​

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. See species list on the habitat scorecards​ page.

What's new for 2018: 

  • Grants to non-CPW partners are now allowed for projects on state lands, including State Wildlife Areas and State Parks. Matching funds and signed agreements specifying assumption of liability/risk are needed.
  • Funds awarded through this grant cycle may be used as matching funds to secure other non-CPW grant funds for the project. See new question in Budget section of the Wetlands Grant RFA​.
  • 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 2017, there are no maximum award limits for individual or block grants for 2018. 
  • 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 2018 may be ineligible for future funding until the project and final report are satisfactorily completed. Potential applicants needing financial or technical assistance with project planning should contact the CPW Wetlands Program Coordinator.
  • Additional scoring points will be awarded for larger-scale, comprehensive projects.

Previous Wetland/Riparian Grant Awards