Wetlands Project Funding

Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Grant amount: More than US $100,000

Anticipated deadline: Jul 14, 2018

Applicant type: Individuals Indigenous Group For-Profit Business Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: Colorado

Location of residency: United States

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Wetland Wildlife Conservation 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

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.

The intent of this funding is to support the two primary goals of the program:

  • Improve the distribution and abundance of ducks, and opportunities for public waterfowl hunting.  Applications supporting this goal should seek to improve fall/winter habitat on property open for public hunting (or refuge areas within properties open for public hunting), or improve breeding habitat in important production areas.
  • Improve the status of declining or at-risk species.  Applications supporting this goal should seek to clearly address habitat needs of these species.

Grant Types and Minimum/Maximum Awards

Individual Project Grant:

This type of grant is for individual projects on a single tract of land, or multiple, smaller tracts in the same general area for which pre-project planning has been conducted. Generally, the tracts are identified in advance and the landowners are known. Habitat management practices, acreage impacted, costs, and cost-share partners are known.

Block Grant:

This type of grant is for multiple (> 2) projects that need not be specifically identified in advance. Block grant applicants must specify the habitat restoration, enhancement, or creation practices to be conducted; the total acreage to be impacted by each practice; and matching funds (if needed, see matching funds requirements below).

Recipients will be obligated under contract to deliver the habitat conservation acreages and to provide matching funds specified in their applications. After individual projects are identified, the block grant recipient must find a local CPW project sponsor (see Project Sponsor section ) and submit an application form (see Attachment 2) for approval by CPW before proceeding with the project. Recipients may use their network of partners and subcontractors to accomplish project delivery. 

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  • Eligible Grant Recipients:
    • Local governments, other state and federal land management agencies, tribes, non-profit habitat conservation organizations, and private companies. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) staff is eligible to apply for individual project grants but not block grants.
    • For projects on lands owned, controlled, or managed by the state (e.g., State Wildlife Areas, State Parks, State Land Board parcels, etc.), only DNR staff may apply.
  • For individual project grants, there is no maximum grant request, but small requests are discouraged.
  • For block grants, the minimum funding request is $100,000 and there is no maximum request.  
  • Eligible Costs:
    • Standard costs for conducting on-the-ground wetland/riparian habitat restoration, enhancement, and creation, including labor, travel and transportation, material and supplies, equipment rental or lease, etc.
    • Project planning, engineering, and design expenses and feasibility studies.
    • Project monitoring and evaluation expenses.
    • Personnel and travel costs to be incurred by the grant recipient should be identified separately in the application.
    • Indirect costs are allowed but discouraged.
    • These costs should be identified separately in the application and should not exceed 10% of the grant request.
  • The total cost per acre for restoration, enhancement, and creation practices will be scrutinized closely. Habitat improvements should be designed to last at least 10 years without major renovations or additional funding from this program, and long-term improvements are preferred.
  • Matching Funds:
    • For all projects, non-state matching funds are strongly encouraged and will be rewarded during the scoring and selection process.
    • The source of matching funds and their use for specific project costs must be described in the application.
    • There is no minimum requirement for matching funds except for projects on properties owned by other land management agencies (excluding properties owned or controlled by CPW).
    • On these projects, CPW funds must be matched at least 1:1 (preferably higher). 


  • The following species have been declared priorities for conservation in Colorado's State Wildlife Action Plan, or are popular species for waterfowl hunting and wildlife viewing. 
  • Tier 1 species are highest priority for project funding.


  • Ineligible Grant Recipients:
    • Previous grant recipients with an active project that has fallen behind schedule relative to the project delivery timeframe identified in the application, and private landowners.
    • Landowners interested in undertaking a wetland or riparian restoration project on their property should contact their local Focus Area Committee for project funding options.
    • Non-governmental organizations and governments often are willing to receive and manage grants and coordinate project delivery on private lands.
  • Ineligible Costs:
    • Habitat protection through fee title or easement acquisitions.
    • Acquisition of water rights.
    • Any costs associated with wetlands that are part of a mitigation project or bank.
    • Equipment purchases; except pumps are allowed on a case-by-case basis if needed to maintain desired hydrology of a wetland site.
    • Routine, annual operations and maintenance expenses such as weed control, water delivery, soil disturbance, etc.
    • Personnel and travel costs incurred by any government agency staff. These costs should be shown as matching contributions on the application.
    • Costs for use of equipment already owned. These costs should be shown as matching contributions on the application.
  • State funds are ineligible as match for wetlands program funds.