Wetlands Project Funding

Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Grant amount: Up to US $20,000,000

Anticipated deadline: Jul 10, 2019

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

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Colorado

Location of residency: United States

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Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) seeks applications for wetland and riparian restoration, enhancement, and creation projects to support its Wetlands Program Strategic Plan.

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. See species list in Attachment 1.

What’s new for 2018:  

  • Grants to non-CPW partners are now allowed for projects on state lands, including State Wildlife Areas and State Parks. Matching funds and signed agreements specifying assumption of liability/risk are needed.
  • Funds awarded through this grant cycle may be used as matching funds to secure other non-CPW grant funds for the project. See new question in Budget section.
  • Larger grant applications (including block grants for multiple properties) that accomplish significant acreage of wetland/riparian conservation and include multiple partners (where appropriate) are encouraged. As in 2017, there are no maximum award limits for individual or block grants for 2018.  
  • Comprehensive, well-planned, whole-property restoration projects are encouraged, and phased approaches involving repeated funding applications for the same properties are discouraged. Properties receiving funding in 2018 may be ineligible for future funding until the project and final report are satisfactorily completed. Potential applicants needing financial or technical assistance with project planning should contact the CPW Wetlands Program Coordinator.
  • Additional scoring points will be awarded for larger-scale, comprehensive projects.

Available Funding

Up to approximately $2,000,000. The funding source is Great Outdoors Colorado.

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. For individual project grants, there is no maximum grant request, but small requests are discouraged. 

Block Grant:

This type of grant is for multiple (> 2) projects that need not be specifically identified in advance, but please identify possible projects. 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 below) 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. For block grants, the minimum funding request is $100,000 and there is no maximum request.  

Project Completion Timelines

All projects funded in 2018 must be completed on or before June 30, 2021. However, due to expiration dates of various wetlands funding appropriations, some projects will require completion by June 30, 2019 or June 30, 2020. Applicants will be asked to provide detailed project completion and expense projections, and projects will be assigned to funding appropriations accordingly. Applications for “shovel-ready”, shorter-term projects are encouraged.  

** Note: Project expenditures must begin within the first 12 months following project approval, otherwise the project will be cancelled and the funding will revert. 

Project Manager:

The application must list a Project Manager. This person must be affiliated with the grant recipient’s organization, and is the main point of contact for the project. The Project Manager should be knowledgeable about the project and available to provide information on project status as needed. Project Managers are responsible for successful project delivery, following all state procurement and contracting procedures and rules as applicable, spending all the requested grant funds within the timeline shown in the application, quarterly reporting to the Wetlands Program Coordinator, and preparing a final project report.

CPW Project Sponsor

Each application must list a CPW Project Sponsor. Block grant applications encompassing multiple CPW administrative regions must list a sponsor in each region. It is the applicant’s responsibility to build local CPW support for the project and to find sponsors. Sponsors may be any CPW field staff. The sponsor’s responsibility is to monitor the status of the project as needed, and to initially approve invoices for payment. If an applicant is unfamiliar with local CPW field staff, they should contact their local Focus Area Committee if applicable, or the Wetlands Program Coordinator.  

Priority Wildlife Species

 Projects should be developed with the objective of improving habitat conditions for priority wildlife species (see Attachment 1). Applicants are expected to be familiar with the biology of the species benefitted by the project, and to describe those benefits in detail. Fact sheets and habitat scorecards are available for some priority species to assist applicants in developing and evaluating projects. Benefits to priority species are the primary criteria on which applications will be evaluated (see Attachment 2)

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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
  • 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.


  • 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.
  • 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.