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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 funding by a Parks and Wildlife committee with final approval by the Director.

New Funding Available for 2016 - APPLY NOW!

Competitive grant funding opportunities for wetland/riparian restoration, enhancement and creation are available! The application deadline is Friday, June 17, 2016

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ilable Funding
Up to approximately $2 million. Funding sources include Great Outdoors Colorado lottery funds. Colorado Parks and Wildlife seeks applications 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. ​

​What’s new for 2016  

  • Available funding has increased compared to recent years, and there is no maximum award limit for individual or block grants.
  • Priority species have changed, to be consistent with the 2015 Colorado Wildlife Action Plan​.
  • A series of fact sheets for priority wildlife species has been developed to assist grant applicants in developing and evaluating habitat improvement projects for these species. 
  • Scoring criteria have been modified to reward applicants who coordinate project development and review through local Wetland Focus Area Committees​.
  • CPW applicants must also submit applications through the Advantage360 financial system.

Previous Wetland/Riparian Grant Awards