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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 2017 - APPLY NOW!

Competitive grant funding opportunities for wetland/riparian restoration, enhancement and creation are available! The application deadline is Friday, July 14, 2017

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Available Funding

​​Up to approximately $900,000. The funding source is Great Outdoors Colorado.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife 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 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.​

Previous Wetland/Riparian Grant Awards