CO Wildlife Habitat Program (CWHP)

Colorado Parks & Wildlife


Grant amount: Up to US $1,100,000

Anticipated deadline: Jun 15, 2019 4:00pm PDT

Applicant type: Individuals Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Colorado

Location of residency: Colorado

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Overview:

The Colorado Wildlife Habitat Program (CWHP) is a state-wide program that supports Colorado Parks and Wildlife's (CPW) Mission by offering funding opportunities​​ for private landowners who wish to voluntarily protect important wildlife habitat, and/or, provide sustainable wildlife-related recreational access to the public. ​​

The CWHP is an incentive-based, voluntary program that utilizes Conservation Easements, Access Easements, and in some circumstances, fee title purchases to accomplish strategic wildlife conservation goals and/or public access goals.

Funding for qualified projects is made possible by a conservation partnership with Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and from revenue generated from the sale of habitat stamps​ (required of all hunters and anglers). The CWHP priorities are guided by requirements of the funding sources (Habitat Stamp Program and GOCO) and the State Wildlife Action Plan​. 

Public access is not required for conservation easement projects. However, conservation easement projects that separately convey to CPW limited or year-round public access for wildlife-related recreation will be eligible for access compensation in addition to compensation for the conservation easement. Landowners may also submit proposals to the CWHP for projects whose sole purpose is to provide hunting or fishing access through an access easement.

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

Eligibility:

  • To apply, applicant must complete a Proposal for property that addresses one or more of the following 2018 priorities:
    • Big game winter range and migration corridors
    • Protecting habitat for species of concern (specifically those of Greatest Conservation Need, as  identified in the State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP))
    • Riparian areas and wetlands 
    • Landscape scale parcels and parcels that provide connectivity. 
  • Fee title, conservation easement, or public access easement acquisitions are eligible for funding through the Colorado Wildlife Habitat Protection Program (CWHPP). 

Preferences:

  • Priority is given to Conservation Easements and Public Access Easements over Fee Title per CPW Policy and Title 33-4-102.7 C.R.S.
  • Preference will be given to 3rd party conservation easements, properties that are adjacent to either one or both side of wildlife crossings (either overpass or underpass crossings), and properties that are working farms or ranches.  

Ineligibility:

  • CPW will not reimburse indirect costs incurred by a Third Party involved in a transaction, including staff time and in-house counsel.