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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 $1,000 and require no match. 
  • Application deadline is November 23, 2021.

For further information or any questions, please contact Jim Guthrie at

Applicant Eligibility

Total funding estimated to be available for 2021 is ~$16,000. 

  • 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  

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.

  • Food 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
  • 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 the 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 the completed project, or of the facility, may be required

Grant Decision and Award Process

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

Statutory Authority

See House Bill 17-1250.