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Colorado's Water Plan (CWP) Grants

Grants to Colorado Agencies and Nonprofits
for Water Projects Throughout the State

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Department of Natural Resources (DNR) - Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB)

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Grants to Colorado government entities and nonprofit organizations for projects to develop, conserve, protect, and manage water resources throughout the state. Funding is intended for projects in one of the following categories: environmental and recreation, conservation and land use, engagement and innovation activities, water storage and supply, and agriculture.

Water Plan Funding Categories include:

  • Water Storage and Supply Projects – Projects that facilitate the development of additional storage, artificial recharge into aquifers, and dredging existing reservoirs to restore the reservoirs' full decreed storage capacity, multi-beneficial projects, and those projects identified in basin implementation plans to address the water supply and demand gap.
  • Conservation & Land Use Projects – Activities that implement long-term strategies for conservation, land use, and drought planning.
  • Engagement & Innovation Activities - Activities that support water education, outreach, and innovation efforts.
  • Agricultural Projects – Projects that provide technical assistance or improve agricultural efficiency.
  • Environmental & Recreation Projects – Projects that promote watershed health, environmental health, and recreation

Examples of eligible projects and activities:

  • Technical assistance regarding permitting, feasibility studies, and environmental compliance.
  • Studies or analysis of structural, programmatic, consumptive, and non-consumptive water projects or activities.
  • Design of structural projects or activities.
  • Activities that promote education, outreach, and innovation consistent with the mission and goals of the CWP.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 191261

Term of Contract:

Successful applicants are expected to execute a contract with CWCB within 6 months of award. If a grant contract is not executed within this timeframe, CWCB staff may return the funds back to the appropriate funding category if adequate progress is not made.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:
- Governmental entities – municipalities, districts, enterprises, counties, and State of Colorado agencies. Federal agencies are encouraged to work with local entities.
- Covered Entities as defined in Section 37-60-126, C.R.S., are eligible if the applicant has adopted an approved water conservation plan.
- Private entities - mutual ditch companies, non-profit corporations, and partnerships.

Pre-Application Information:

- The next application deadline will be December 1, 2020.
- Submitted Applications Posted on CWCB Website: January 1, 2021
- Final Board Approval: March 2021

Matching Fund Requirements: Water Plan Grant requests require matching funds. CWCB funds for Colorado’s Water Plan Grants shall not exceed 50% of the total cost of the project or activity. Other CWCB funds may be used for plans and studies, but the total CWCB funding shall not exceed 75% of the total cost. Project costs may consist of a combination of in-kind and cash match, but no more than half of the match may be in the form of in-kind services. Applicants should identify match as pending or secure.

Cash Match: Actual expenditures paid directly with cash funds (based on contractual arrangements) from the grantee to a vendor. Examples are supplies, services, and necessary equipment purchase or rental.

In-Kind Match: Services and labor provided by the paid staff of the grantee to perform all or part of the approved project scope of work, including necessary project administration. This can include standard direct and indirect personnel fringe benefits. Volunteer services provided at no cost to the applicant by firms or individuals consistent with the approved scope of work will be valued for in-kind match at local prevailing wage rates. Project specific land acquisition or access agreement costs may also be claimed as in-kind contributions and credited against the minimum requirement. Costs that CAN NOT be considered include: general organization operating costs such as utilities, operating supplies and services, amortized costs or rental costs for buildings and equipment used for the general operation of the organization, and general property and liability insurance costs, nor will overhead per cent charges to cover such items be allowed. These business expenses are NOT reimbursable costs and may not be claimed as matching contributions.

Non-CWCB matching funds include state agencies such as Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) funding, and other state agencies and federal agencies. CWCB loans are also considered matching funds. All other funding sources within the control of the CWCB Board and its Director are considered CWCB funds, including the Water Supply Reserve Fund (WSRF).

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit all application materials in one email to:

If you have questions, please contact CWCB at (303) 866-3441 or email the following staff to assist you with applications in the following areas:

Water Storage & Supply Projects:
Matt Stearns

Conservation, Land Use Planning:
Kevin Reidy

Engagement & Innovation Activities:
Ben Wade

Agricultural Projects:
Alexander Funk

Environmental & Recreation Projects:
Chris Sturm

*If your grant crosses multiple topic areas, please copy all applicable program managers.

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