Government Funding Opportunities Information

Contact Information
West Regional Office
711 Independent Ave.
Grand Junction, CO 81505

Northeast Regional Office
317 W. Prospect
Fort Collins, CO 80526

Southeast Regional Office
Salida Service Center
7405 Hwy 50
Salida, CO 81201
Deadlines Contact local regional office for application procedures.
Eligibility Requirements: Landowners
The Cooperative Habitat Improvement Program (CHIP) is designed to assist landowners who wish to develop or improve wildlife habitat. This program is offered statewide by the Colorado Division of Wildlife.

CHIP is a flexible program that offers landowners several options to create habitat for a specific species.

The Division will also provide assistance to landowners regarding other cost-share programs. CHIP can be used as a stand-alone program for small projects, however many projects can be supplemented and improved by partnering with other habitat programs such as the Conservation Programs within Farm Bill and Partners for Fish and Wildlife.
Contact Information
Colorado Division of Wildlife
Administrative Offices
6060 Broadway
Denver, CO 80216
Phone: 303-297-1192
Deadlines The funding period is currently closed but it is best to check the website periodically for updates, deadlines and current grant cycle requirements.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Landowners, local governments, federal land management agencies, and non-profit habitat conservation organizations are eligible to apply for funding.

Mission: 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.

Wetland Program Services

  • Funding for all phases of wetland and riparian creation, restoration and enhancement
  • Funding for conservation easements and fee-title purchase through Division of Wildlife’s Wildlife Habitat Protection Program
  • Wildlife and aquatic resource inventories
  • Education and outreach
  • Project monitoring and evaluation
Contact Information
700 Kipling Street
Suite 4000
Lakewood, CO 80215-8000
Phone: 303-239-4100
Deadlines Ongoing
Comments Eligibility Requirements: The Natural Resource Matching Grants Program is open to all Colorado Conservation Districts to help them implement private lands on-the-ground conservation projects that have been identified as important at the local level.

The Natural Resource Matching Grants Program:

  • open to all Colorado Conservation Districts to help them implement private lands on-the-ground conservation projects
  • provides 50% state funds towards the costs of such projects
  • the district and their partners provide the other 50% of funding

The grant is competitive and a committee of government and private conservation experts rank the applications based on:

  • focused approach with measurable outcomes
  • conservation impact
  • feasibility
  • district involvement

Contact Information
For more information please contact your Local Conservation District Office or the Grand Junction office at:
2738 Crossroads Blvd., Suite 104
Grand Junction, CO 81506
Phone: (970) 243-5068
Deadlines Ongoing
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Landowners
It is estimated that the river carries an average salt load of nine million tons annually. By implementing the program, rural landowners can help to reduce the amount of salt entering the Colorado River.

The Colorado River Salinity Basin States Parallel Program has been administered in Colorado through the Colorado State Conservation Board (CSCB) since 1998. An agreement was signed between the CSCB in February of that year to deliver the program through local conservation districts in Colorado. The Western Slope office of the CSCB, located in Grand Junction, serves as the coordination point for Colorado's program participation. Ongoing agreements, renewed annually, are in place with five Conservation Districts to manage and deliver the program locally. Technical assistance is provided through the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) field offices and by employees hired by local Conservation Districts as part of the funding agreement between NRCS, CSCB, and the Bureau of Reclamation.

Since the beginning of the program in 1998, more than 100 projects have been completed with cost share funding of just under $3 million. In 2005, more than $3.4 million was paid to landowners in cost share dollars. Currently we have 172 active contracts among the 5 conservation districts.
Contact Information
13787 S. Hwy. 85
Littleton, CO 80125
Phone: 303-791-1957
Fax: 303-470-0782

Nancy Matchett
State Trails Coordinator
303-791-1957 x4128
Melanie Gose
Trails Grants Administrator
303-791-1957 x4150
Mike Colchiski
Trails Grants Administrator
303-791-1957 x4131
 Deadlines The deadline for application submission may change each year.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Municipalities, counties, and special districts recognized as political subdivisions of the State of Colorado are eligible for competitive grants.

Mission: The mission of the State Trails Program is to be the major facilitator in accomplishing these visions through promoting understanding and stewardship of
Colorado’s outdoors by providing opportunities for the public use and support of Colorado’s diverse system of trails.

The Colorado State Recreational Trails Grant Program funds projects for large recreational trail grants, small recreational trail grants, trail planning, and trail support grants. This program is a partnership among Colorado State Parks, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), the Colorado Lottery, the federal Recreational Trails Program (RTP), and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

Availability of funds for successful applicants may vary due to legislative processes, fiscal year parameters and/or written authorization of spending authority. Awarded funds are for 2 1/2 years. Depending on the source of awarded funds, contracts may be sent out for signature authority from May through August of a grant cycle. Please consider this when planning your projects and timelines.
Contact Information
Region 6 Mountain- Prairie Region (Colorado Office)
P.O. Box 25486
Denver, CO 80225
134 Union Blvd.
Lakewood, CO 80228-1807
Phone: 703-358-1854
Fax: 303-236-8192
Deadlines Check website
Comments Eligibility Requirements: State governments, State fish and wildlife agencies and eligible territories. Individuals & organizations may partner with government agencies.

LIP provides federal grant funds to the states, the District of Columbia and insular areas to protect and restore habitats on private lands, to benefit Federally listed, proposed or candidate species or other species determined to be at-risk.

The LIP Program includes two funding tiers, Tier One (non-competitive) and Tier Two (nationally competitive). Under Tier One each state may receive funding for eligible projects up to $200,000 annually and the District of Columbia and insular areas up to $75,000 annually.
Contact Information
EPA CARE Program (Community Action for a Renewed Environment)

CARE Program
US EPA (8001A)
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20460
1-877-CARE 909
Contact for Region 8:
Michael Wenstrom
Deadlines Check Website.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Local, public non-profit institution/organizations, federally-recognized Indian tribal government, Native American organizations, private non-profit institution/organizations, quasi-public nonprofit institution/organizations both interstate and intrastate, local government, colleges, and universities could be eligible to apply for CARE funds.
  • The Community Action for a Renewed Environment (CARE) program is a competitive grant program that offers communities an innovative way to address the risks from multiple sources of toxic pollution in their environment.
  • Through CARE various local organizations, including non-profits, businesses, schools and governments create partnerships that implement local solutions to reduce releases of toxic pollutants and minimize people’s exposure to them.
  • CARE educates and supports communities by helping them assess the pollution risks they face. We provide access to EPA's and other voluntary programs to address local environmental priorities and improve the environment through local action.
  • CARE has provided financial assistance by funding cooperative agreements with communities annually since 2005.

Colorado Funded Projects:
  • City and County of Denver
  • Groundwork Denver, Inc.
  • Citizens for Clean Air in Pueblo
  • Garfield County Public Health
CARE offers two different types of Cooperative Agreements: Level 1 and Level 2. These can be thought of as grants and, respectively, amount to approximately $90,000 and $275,000.
Contact Information
1313 Sherman St., Room 721
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-866-3441
Fax: 303-866-4474
Deadline See Website
Contact Information
US Environmental Protection Agency
Water Resource Center (RC-4100)
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20460
Phone: 202-566-1729
Fax: 202-566-1736

Lead State Agency Contact Information:
Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority
Valerie Lovato
Phone: 303-830-1550 Ext. 20
Fax: 303-832-8205
Deadlines None
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Listed Below
Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) programs provided more than $5 billion annually in recent years to fund water quality protection projects for wastewater treatment, nonpoint source pollution control, and watershed and estuary management. CWSRFs have funded over $89 billion, providing over 30,012 low-interest loans to date.

Key features: Low Interest Rates, Flexible Terms — Nationally, interest rates for CWSRF loans average 2.1 percent, compared to market rates that average 4.3 percent. For a CWSRF program offering this rate, a CWSRF funded project would cost 18 percent less than projects funded at the market rate. CWSRFs can fund 100 percent of the project cost and provide flexible repayment terms up to 20 years.
  • Significant Funding for Nonpoint Source Pollution Control and Estuary Protection—CWSRFs provided more than $240 million in 2007 to control pollution from nonpoint sources and for estuary protection, more than $2.6 billion to date.
  • Assistance to a Variety of Borrowers—The CWSRF program has assisted a range of borrowers including municipalities, communities of all sizes, farmers, homeowners, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations.
  • Partnerships with Other Funding Sources—CWSRFs partner with banks, nonprofits, local governments, and other federal and state agencies to provide the best water quality financing source for their communities.
Contact Information
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
1133 Fifteenth St., N.W.,
Suite 1100
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: 202-857-0166 
Fax: 202-857-0162

Manager, Community-Based Conservation Programs
Deadlines June 30, 2013.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: federal, tribal, state, and local governments, educational institutions, and non-profit conservation organizations.

The Five Star Restoration Program brings together students, conservation corps, other youth groups, citizen groups, corporations, landowners and government agencies to provide environmental education and training through projects that restore wetlands and streams.

The program provides challenge grants, technical support and opportunities for information exchange to enable community-based restoration projects. Funding levels are modest, from $5,000 to $20,000, with $10,000 as the average amount awarded per project.
Contact Information U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Office of Water (4100T)
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20460

Region 8 – Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah
Contact: Gary Kleeman
Phone: 303-312-6246
Deadlines Check Website
Comments Eligibility Requirements: States, local governments, public and private nonprofit institutions/organizations, federally recognized Indian tribal governments, U.S. territories or possessions, and interstate agencies.

The Targeted Watersheds Grant Program is designed to encourage successful community-based approaches and management techniques to protect and restore the nation's waters. It is a competitive grant program based on the fundamental principles of cooperative conservation: collaboration, new technologies, market incentives, and results-oriented strategies. Successful watershed organizations are those that have the institutional ability to achieve on-the-ground, measurable environmental results. The program embodies the principles of cooperative conservation by strengthening shared governance and citizen stewardship.

Colorado Projects (2006/2007):
Clear Creek Watershed Foundation, Idaho Springs
Contact Information
Office of Emergency Management
15075 South Golden Road
Golden, CO 80401-3979

Contact: Marilyn Gally
Phone: 303-273-1775
Fax: 303-273-1795
Web Page:
Deadlines Federal funding under the HMGP is activated following a Presidential disaster declaration. Local governments should contact their State Hazard Mitigation Officer.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: community/watershed groups, nonprofit groups, educational institutions, private landowners, conservation districts, water and wastewater utilities, local government, state/territorial agencies and tribal agencies.

HMGP funds may be used to fund projects that will reduce or eliminate the losses from future disasters. Projects must provide a long-term solution to a problem, for example, elevation of a home to reduce the risk of flood damages as opposed to buying sandbags and pumps to fight the flood. In addition, a project's potential savings must be more than the cost of implementing the project. Funds may be used to protect either public or private property or to purchase property that has been subjected to, or is in danger of, repetitive damage.
Contact Information

Contact the Joint Venture Coordinator in your project area for assistance with developing a project proposal, for information about how proposals are ranked, and/or for guidance on Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and National Historic Preservation Act compliance requirements.

For general program information, contact the Small Grants Program Coordinator, Rodecia Mcknight (, (703) 358-2266, or Lacy Alison (, (703) 358-2552.

Deadlines October 31, 2013.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Public-private partnership
The Small Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in the United States that further the goals of the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (Act). These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats for the benefit of all wetlands-associated migratory birds.

Colorado Projects:
Project: Conservation of a Playa Complex in Eastern Colorado
Location: El Paso County, Colorado
Grant: $11,550
Grantee: Rocky Mountain Bird Observatory

This program supports the same type of projects and adheres to the same selection criteria and administrative guidelines as the U.S. Standard Grants Program. However, project activities are usually smaller in scope and involve fewer project dollars. Grant requests may not exceed $75,000, and funding priority is given to grantees or partners new to the Act’s Grants Program.
Contact Information
Primary Contact: David Buie
Phone: 301-497-5870

Secondary Contact: Cheryl Leonard
Phone: 703-358-1725
Deadlines March 1, 2013 and July 26, 2013.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Public-private partnerships
The Standard Grants Program is a competitive, matching grants program that supports public-private partnerships carrying out projects in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. These projects must involve long-term protection, restoration, and/or enhancement of wetlands and associated uplands habitats.

Colorado Projects
Project: North Park Wetland and Refuge Partnership
Location: Jackson County, Colorado
Grant: $1,000,000
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy

Project: Steel’s Fork Playas and Prairie
Location: Lincoln County, Colorado
Grant: $828,000.
Grantee: The Nature Conservancy
Contact Information
303 E. 17th Avenue
Suite 1060
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-226-4500

Primary Contact: Josh Tenneson
Phone: 303-226-4522
eadlines March 12, 2013.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: These grants are awarded to nonprofit land trusts, local governments, Colorado State Parks, and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife for projects that protect land and natural areas such as urban open space, riparian corridors, wildlife habitat, agricultural land, and community separators.

Open Space grant funding works to preserve land along river corridors, urban parcels, agricultural lands and wildlife habitat, to directly benefit the state’s economic health and development.
Contact Information
303 E. 17th Avenue
Suite 1060
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-226-4500

Primary Contact: Jake Houston
Phone: 303.226.4517
Deadlines March 6, 2013. Offered twice a year.
Comments Eligibility Requirements:
Local Governments, land trusts and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife are all eligible for Planning Grants.

Many communities are working to preserve their character in the face of growth, while at the same time anticipating future outdoor needs. GOCO grants help develop strategic plans that create, protect and enhance open space, wildlife habitat, parks and trails that are crucial elements of every community. Because they result in sound plans, these grants typically lead to projects with greater long-term success.
Contact Information
303 E. 17th Avenue
Suite 1060
Denver, CO 80203
Phone: 303-226-4500
Deadlines Offered once a year through the Colorado State Trails Program.

Eligibility Requirements: Nonprofit and government organizations
Mission: Since 1971, the Colorado State Trails Program has fostered the development of recreational trails for activities like hiking, biking, wildlife-watching, horseback riding, cross-country skiiing, and snowshoeing. Great Outdoors Colorado funds provide a substantial boost to the State Trails grant program that helps provide grants for trail planning and design, construction, maintenance, special projects, and equipment.
Contact Information
NRCS-Colorado State Office
Denver Federal Center
Building 56, Room 2604
PO Box 25426
Denver, CO 80225-0426

Contact the NRCS office closest to you for more information.
Deadlines NRCS accepts applications on an ongoing basis. There will be two application periods in 2013. The first application period ended February 15, 2013. The second application period will end April 19, 2013. Interested applicants should contact their local NRCS Field Office for assistance.Application enrollment varies year to year – check website for current deadline on completing the program application and associated conservation plan development.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Owners of land in agricultural or forest production or persons who are engaged in livestock, agricultural or forest production on eligible land and that have a natural resource concern on the land may participate in EQIP.

The EQIP was reauthorized in the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002 (Farm Bill) to provide a voluntary conservation program for farmers and ranchers to promote agricultural production and environmental quality as compatible national goals. EQIP offers financial and technical help to assist eligible participants install or implement structural management practices on eligible agricultural land.

The EQIP is a voluntary program that provides financial and technical assistance to agricultural producers through contracts up to a maximum term of ten years in length. These contracts provide financial assistance to help plan and implement conservation practices that address natural resource concerns and for opportunities to improve soil, water, plant, animal, air and related resources on agricultural land and non-industrial private forestland. In addition, a purpose of EQIP is to help producers meet Federal, State, Tribal and local environmental regulations.
The objective of EQIP -- to optimize environmental benefits -- is achieved through a process that begins with the definition of National priorities.

The National priorities are:
  • Reduction of non-point source pollution
  • Reduction of emissions
  • Reduction in soil erosion and sedimentation
  • Promotion of at-risk species habitat conservation
Contact Information
NRCS-Colorado State Office
Denver Federal Center
Building 56, Room 2604
PO Box 25426
Denver, CO 80225-0426

Colorado CIG Contact:
Michael Brady, Program Manager
Phone: 720-544-2813

National CIG Contact:
Gregorio Cruz
Phone: 703-235-8065
Deadlines April 19, 2013
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Non-Federal government & non-government organizations, Indian Tribes, individuals

Program Goal: Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) is a voluntary program intended to stimulate the development and adoption of innovative conservation approaches and technologies while leveraging Federal investment in environmental enhancement and protection, in conjunction with agricultural production.

CIG has two competitions available in fiscal year 2013 -- National and State. The announcement for program funding for the national competition is available below. Each state administering a CIG competition will announce funding availability through separate announcement.
National: For fiscal year 2013, NRCS is offering two CIG funding opportunities. The first one focuses in the following areas: Program Outreach Nutrient Management, Energy Conservation, Soil Health, Wildlife, Economics, Co-Management for Food Safety and CIG Projects Assessment. The deadline to submit pre-proposal applications is March 22, 2013.
  • Water Quality – Demonstrate treatment effectiveness and efficiency of removing or reducing selenium and other contaminants in runoff or drainage water using innovative practices.
  • Air Quality – Demonstrate and quantify the optimal combinations of nutrient source, application rate, placement, and application timing to help reduce nutrient deposition in Rocky Mountain National Park area.
  • Air Quality - Identify barriers to the adoption and implementation of core nutrient reduction practices (avoiding, controlling, and trapping), including nutrient management, and demonstrate solutions and approaches to the barriers. Demonstrate methods to increase adoption of nutrient reduction practices with traditionally low or non-participating producers in high risk areas.
  • Soil Health - Development of optimal species mixes, seeding rates and seeding methods to enhance cover crop establishment/survival and increase soil organic matter.
  • Soil Health - Demonstrate and quantify the impacts of cover crop presence, species mix, and management (e.g. termination growth stage, tillage practice) on soil water content and subsequent crop yield across a range of climates and cropping systems.
Contact Information
Contact the NRCS office closest to you for more information.
Deadlines Applications are accepted at any time. Applications may be obtained through USDA Service Center e-Forms website.
  • Form NRCS-CPA-1200, Conservation Program Application
  • Form NRCS-LTP-31, Agreement for the Purchase of Conservation Easement
  • Form AD-1161, Application for Payment
Comments Eligibility Requirement: Private Landowners.

The program offers landowners an opportunity to establish long-term conservation and wildlife practices and protection. It is a voluntary program offering landowners the opportunity to protect, restore, and enhance wetlands on their property. The USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides technical and financial support to help landowners with their wetland restoration efforts. The NRCS goal is to achieve the greatest wetland functions and values, along with optimum wildlife habitat, on every acre enrolled in the program. This program offers landowners an opportunity to establish long-term conservation and wildlife practices and protection.

The goal of NRCS is to achieve the greatest wetland functions and values, along with optimum wildlife habitat, on every acre enrolled in the program.  

Lands eligible for WRP:

  • Wetlands farmed under natural conditions
  • Farmed wetlands
  • Prior converted cropland
  • Farmed wetland pasture
  • Certain lands that have the potential to become a wetland as a result of flooding
  • Rangeland, pasture, or forest production lands where the hydrology has been significantly degraded and can be restored
  • Riparian areas that link protected wetlands
  • Lands adjacent to protected wetlands that contribute significantly to wetland functions and values
  • Wetlands previously restored under a local, State, or Federal Program that need long-term protection
Contact Information
NRCS-Colorado State Office
Denver Federal Center
Building 56, Room 2604
PO Box 25426
Denver, CO 80225-0426
Deadlines Check website for 2013 announcement. Applications accessed and submitted through the USDA Service Center EForms Website.
Comments Eligibility Requirement: Privately owned land, Federal land when the primary benefit is on private or Tribal land, State and local government land on a limited basis, Tribal land.

The Wildlife Habitat Incentives Program (WHIP) is a voluntary program for people who want to develop and improve wildlife habitat primarily on private land. Through WHIP USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service provides both technical assistance and up to 75 percent cost-share assistance to establish and improve fish and wildlife habitat. WHIP agreements between NRCS and the participant generally last from 5 to 10 years from the date the agreement is signed.
Contact Information Presidents Environmental Youth Award

Region 8 Contact:
Wendy Dew
1595 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202-1129
Phone: 303-312-6605
Deadlines December 31 of each year for the Regional Award Program and any time of the year for the Certificate Program.
Comments Eligibility Requirement: a student or students, sponsored by an adult, must submit to their local EPA regional office evidence of a completed project as defined in the PEYA application, as well as a completed application.

The PEYA program promotes awareness of our nation's natural resources and encourages positive community involvement. Since 1971, the President of the United States has joined with EPA to recognize young people across the U.S. for protecting our nation's air, water, land, and ecology. It is one of the most important ways EPA and the Administration demonstrate commitment to environmental stewardship efforts created and conducted by our nation's young people.

One outstanding project from each region is selected for national recognition. Projects are developed by young individuals, school classes (K-12), summer camps, and youth organizations to promote environmental stewardship. Thousands of young people from all 50 states and the U.S. territories have submitted projects to EPA for consideration. Winning projects in the past have covered a wide range of subject areas, including:

  • environmental science projects
  • recycling programs in schools and communities
  • construction of nature preserves
  • major tree planting programs
  • videos, skits and newsletters that focused on environmental issues
Contact Information
Colorado Regional Contact Information:
U.S. EPA Region 8 (8EPR-ES)
1595 Wynkoop Street
Denver, CO 80202-1129
Phone: 303-312-6696

Contact: Linda Armer
Deadlines There are no fixed deadlines. Once the EPA receives a LOI from a group for a particular site, a notice will be published in the local papers. Other community groups interested in a TAG have 30 days to form a coalition with the first group or submit their own LOI. After the first 30 days, groups that sent LOIs have 30 days to submit an application to the EPA Regional Office.
Comments Eligibility Requirement: Groups of individuals affected by Superfund hazardous waste sites. This may include homeowners, land/property owners, as well as any other individuals in the general public who live near a site or are otherwise affected by it.

A Technical Assistance Grant (TAG) provides money for activities that help your community participate in decision making at eligible Superfund sites. An initial grant up to $50,000 is available to qualified community groups so they can contract with independent technical advisers to interpret and help the community understand technical information about their site.

Objectives: to procure a technical adviser(s) to help in understanding the nature of the environmental and public health hazards at the site, the various stages of health and environmental investigations and activities, cleanup, and operation and maintenance of a site, including exposure investigation, health study, surveillance program, health promotion activities (for example, medical monitoring and pediatric health units), remedial investigation, and feasibility study, record of decision, remedial design, selection and construction of remedial action, operation and maintenance, and removal.
Contact Information
1133 Fifteenth St., N.W.,
Suite 1100
Washington, D.C. 20005
Phone: 202-857-0166
Fax: 202-857-0162

Cara Rose, Director, Western Partnership Office
Brooke Patterson, Coordinator, Western Partnership Office
Deadlines Check website. 2013 RFP not yet announced.
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Projects should involve partnerships between communities, agencies, private landowners, and organizations that seek to rehabilitate streamside and watershed habitats.

The Bring Back the Natives program supports conservation activities that restore, protect and enhance native populations of sensitive or listed fish species across the United States, especially on lands on or adjacent to federal agency lands. The partnership provides funding to help implement the goals of the National Fish Habitat Action Plan ( The program emphasizes coordination between private landowners and federal agencies, tribes, corporations, and states to restore the health of entire watersheds. The end result is on-the-ground restoration, in-stream improvements, and partnerships that benefit aquatic systems and their native fish species throughout the U.S.

Funding priorities for this program include:

  • Upper Colorado native fish (flannelmouth and bluehead suckers, roundtail chub, and Colorado cutthroat trout)
  • Lahontan cutthroat trout
  • Sierra Nevada native fishes
  • Apache trout
  • Native brook trout and associated native aquatic species (Chesapeake and Upper Ohio River)
  • Russian River (CA) Coho
  • Klamath suckers, redband trout and Coho
  • Southeast native bass
  • River Herring
  • Other native fish species identified in state, federal, and tribal fish and wildlife agency planning documents (such as the USFS or BLM Aquatic Sensitive Species Lists) and/or by recognized and candidate National Fish Habitat Board Fish Habitat Partnerships organized under the National Fish Habitat Action Plan
  • Native fish identified in state Aquatic Invasive Species Management Plans as being at risk from invasive species.
Grants generally range from $25,000 to $100,000 although grants greater than $100,000 can be considered.

There is a match requirement of 2:1, therefore applicants must be able to provide atleast $2 or non-federal match for every $1 of grant fund requested.
Contact Information
Water Quality Control Division
4300 Cherry Creek Drive South
Denver, CO 80246-1530
Phone: 303-692-3500

Primary Contact: Lucia Machado, Nonpoint Source Coordinator
Phone: 303-692-3585
Deadlines The RFP is issued each Fall
Comments Eligibility Requirements: Nonprofit organizations, governmental entities, utilities

All information is listed at NPS Colorado