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Noxious Weed Management Grants: State & Private Forestry RFA

Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA)

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Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Anticipated deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit Indigenous Group College / University

Funding uses: Research, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Colorado

Location of residency: Colorado


NOTE: Not available in 2019

Program Objectives

The primary objectives of the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and United States Forest Service (USFS) collaborative State and Private Forestry (SPF) grant program are to:

  • Provide additional financial resources to local communities engaged in cooperative efforts to eradicate and/or contain state, regionally, or locally rare noxious weed species/populations;   
  • To prevent high‐priority weed populations from advancing onto USFS property; and
  • To facilitate participation between local weed managers and National Forest land managers in a cooperative and coordinated approach to managing these high‐priority weed problems.

Priority Species and Project Areas

 The following priorities must be the main component of all grant applications.

  • Early Detection and Eradication of List A Species
    • CDA strongly encourages timely management action to mitigate against threats posed by infestations of List A noxious weeds.
    • Immediate  containment of known populations, intensive surveys of surrounding areas or susceptible lands, and initiation of multi‐year eradication efforts must be included in proposals for List A species.
    • Goals and objectives in a proposal must be consistent with an overall plan and timeline for eradication.
  • List B Species.
    • Proposals for the management of List B species must be consistent with, or more aggressive than the noxious weed management plans described in the Rules Pertaining to the Administration and Enforcement of the Colorado Noxious Weed Act (8 CCR 1206‐2).
    • List B management plans can be found here.

Supplemental Components

The following elements may be used to support priority species and project  areas.

  • List C Species
    • If certain List C species are identified as a high priority in the county, and effective, strategic treatment is possible, projects including List C species may be eligible for funding.
    • Grant applications must show that the targeted List C species is/are localized such that treatment may eventually eliminate the species in a geographic area, and/or protect regionally valuable natural resources.
    • Grant applications must primarily target treatment of List A or B species.
  • Contributions to Watch List Information
    • In 2016, four Watch List species were targeted as needing more information in order to make listing decisions.
      • These four species are:
        • baby’s breath (Gypsophila paniculata)
        • yellow flag iris (Iris pseudacorus)
        • common reed (Phragmites australis), and
        • swainsonpea (Sphaerophysa salsula).
      • If a project includes information gathering or treatment on one or many of these four eligible Watch List species, the project may be eligible for funding. 
    • Surveying for populations, setting up ways to observe behavioral patterns, and genetic testing for Phragmites sp. are examples of Watch List species projects that could be considered.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Applicant eligibility:
    • Eligible entities may include:
      • counties
      • municipalities
      • conservation districts
      • non‐profit organizations, and
      • organized private entities such as road associations, and homeowner’s associations
    • Entities must demonstrate adequate capacity to carry out effective noxious weed management projects.
      • Each project must be planned and coordinated with local U.S. Forest Service weed management staff.
    • All counties and municipalities receiving grant funding must be in compliance with the Colorado Noxious Weed Act prior to reimbursement, specifically the following:
      • Adopt and actively administer a noxious weed plan covering the entire jurisdiction (Sections 105, 106);
      • Appoint a local advisory board (107);
      • Be actively working to eradicate any List A and/or List B species subject to eradication in the county (108.5); and
      • Public Rights‐of‐Way are in compliance with the Act (112).
    • All conservation districts receiving grant funding must be in good standing with CDA and with the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA).
    • Eligible entities are limited to receiving funds from a maximum of one Noxious Weed Fund grant and one USFS State and Private Forestry grant in 2017.
  • Project Eligibility:
    • All awarded funds must be used within the State of Colorado.
    • Projects specifically must occur in the vicinity of National Forests and/or National Grasslands.
    • Reimbursable grant expenses include, but are not limited to:
      • materials and supplies
      • contracted services
      • seasonal labor wages and hiring expenses
      • herbicides
      • cost‐share agreements
      • partnership agreements
      • outreach materials
      • meeting expenses
      • training tuition
      • publications and
      • equipment rental
    • A 1‐for‐1 match for all grants is required.


  • CDA prefers an education or outreach component in all projects.


  • Funds cannot be used on Forest Service lands themselves.
  • Proposals for treating only List C species will not be considered for funding.
  • Projects that focus solely or primarily on education and/or outreach will not be funded unless applicants discuss with CDA any special circumstances or unique opportunities prior to submitting a proposal.
  • Ineligible expenses include:
    • salary for full‐ and part‐time permanent employees, except in limited circumstances (contact CDA for more information)
    • motorized vehicles (e.g. ATV, UTV, trucks, etc.), or
    • equipment that is not used entirely for noxious weed management purposes (e.g. desktop computer).