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Wildlife Rehabilitation Grants
Wildlife Rehabilitation Grants

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Wildlife Rehabilitation Grants are​​ a program offered by Colorado Parks and Wildlife to support wildlife rehabilitation efforts across the state.  

  • Grants are for a minimum of $1000 and require no match. ​
  • Application deadline is November 1.

For further information or any questions, please contact Jim Guthrie at jim.guthrie@state.co.us​.

Applicant Eligiblity

Total funding estimated to be available for 2018 is ~$15,000. 

  • Applicants must be a wildlife rehabilitator currently licensed by Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
  • In general, grant funds can only be used for species authorized under the applicable wildlife rehabilitation license​. ​
  • Per the authorizing statute, minimum grant award is $1,000; maximum is $30,000.  

Eligible Activities

The following lists examples of activities eligible for funding through the Wildlife Rehabilitation Grants Program.  Other activities may be considered by the Board.  Applicants are encouraged to check with the program coordinator for eligibility of activities not listed below.​
  • Fo​od for species rehabilitated at the facility
  • Upgrade or repair facility infrastructure
  • Facility operation and maintenance
  • Upgraded, expanded or new rehabilitation structures (e.g. enclosures, flight cages) at existing licensed facilities
  • Veterinary or medical expenses
  • Public education and outreach on animal rehabilitation, and resolving human-wildlife conflicts
  • Training​​

Ineligible Activities​

  • Activities related to species not authorized under the applicable wildlife rehabilitation license, with the exception of sparrows, starlings and collared doves.
  • Non-releasable animal support or housing (e.g. sanctuary)
  • Lobbying
  • Staff salaries
  • Out of state travel, conferences.​​​

Funding Considerations

The following are factors that board members may consider in assessing grant requests.   

  • Type and number of species rehabilitated annually
  • Preference for funding existing facilities vs. a newly created facility.
  • Good track record of rehabilitation.
  • Fills a local/regional need.
  • Ability to complete planned project.
  • Geographic distribution of funding.
  • Cost-effectiveness
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  • Matching funds are NOT required.
  • Partial funding may be awarded.

Grant Recipient Requirements

The following lists responsibilities on the part of grant recipients:
  1. Financial records for funds awarded must be provided by recipient for reimbursement.
  2. Reimbursed expenses can only be incurred during the grant period (i.e. work completed prior to grant award and contract set-up is not eligible for reimbursement).
  3. Quarterly and final reports required.
  4. Timely use of awarded funds, in accordance with approved application.
  5. Must maintain appropriate state and federal permits to work on species at the facility.
  6. On-site inspection of completed project, or of the facility, may be required.​

Grant Decision and Award Process

Early November – funding applications distributed to board members.
Late November – Board meets to score application, make funding decisions.
December – Grant awards announced.
December – February – CPW staff works with grant recipients to finalize a contract, including a scope of work describing the project.​

Statutory Authority

HOUSE BILL 17-1250