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Backcountry Search and Rescue (BSAR) Grants
Backcountry Search and Rescue (BSAR) Grants

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Colorado Backcountry Search and Rescue (BSAR) organizations are volunteer-based and provide search and rescue services throughout Colorado, free of charge, to those stranded, lost or injured in the backcountry. Grant funds are available to Colorado counties and nonprofit BSAR organizations to enable volunteers to continue to provide services.

BSAR Reimbursement

All requests must be certified by the sheriff and submitted to CPW, by email within 60 days of the incident end date. Contact the BSAR program manager if you intend to submit a request late or have any other questions.

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Types of BSAR Grants

There are two separate types of BSAR grants. “Year End” Grants are funded by any money remaining in the Backcountry Search and Rescue Fund after all incident reimbursements and administrative costs incurred throughout the year have been paid. The funding is divided among applicant counties for the purchase of equipment and training.
“Flexible Fund” grants are awarded through a competitive application process and may be used to purchase reasonable and necessary services, equipment, training, and for special circumstances.

BSAR Flexible Fund Grant (pursuant to C.R.S. §33-1-112.5.(1)(c)(I))

Eligibility: All Colorado counties and non-profit organizations that provide BSAR services

2023 Timeline

Funding Amount: $1.1m

  • Notice of funding opportunity announced: January 24, 2023
  • Applications open: Jan 24, 2023 
  • Application close: March 1, 2023
  • Early March - A review panel meets to evaluate applications and to develop funding recommendations. 
  • Funding awards announced: May 19, 2023 (estimated)
  • Award letters sent: May 22, 2023 (estimated)

Potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the program coordinator for input into the proposal prior to submission.​

​Year End BSAR Grants (pursuant to C.R.S. §33-1-112.5.(1)(c)(II))   

Eligibility: All Colorado counties, with coordinated backcountry search and rescue teams 

2023 Timeline

  • Funding amount: TBD
  • Notice of funding opportunity announced: May 16, 2023
  • Applications open: May 16, 2023
  • Application close: July 15, 2023
  • Funding awards announced: September 2023
  • Award letters sent: September 2023