DEAR Grants

Desert Ecosystem Analysis & Restoration

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Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Colorado: Archuleta County, Chaffee County, Delta County, Dolores County, Eagle County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:



About DEAR

Our mission is to improve the environmental integrity of high desert ecosystems, in collaboration with public and private agencies, through restoration, education, and research. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization located in Grand Junction, Colorado.

We promote maintaining sustainable habitats for populations of native flora and fauna, are concerned about the environmental factors impacting these species, and acknowledge the importance of quality soils and water in this ecosystem. We are concerned about the loss of habitat, threats to water resources and climate change, factors that may lead to tremendous pressure and irreversible changes.

Grant Types

Three categories will be considered:

Educational Grants: It is important to develop a sense of ownership and place that enhances the status of the desert as a living ecosystem within the minds of local residents. Grants would support field trips, classroom experiences, and presentations to local community groups.

Research Grants

Grant funds would be used to address:

  • the impact of human disturbance on the above ecosystems, or
  • biological interactions among flora, fauna, and their environment, or
  • the ecology of specific species

Restoration Grants

In some cases public or private lands may be degraded by improper management, alteration of hydrologic regimes, removal of native plants/animals, introduction of exotic plants/animals, recreation activities, and other types of development. Grant funds would be used to restore the ecological integrity of these lands.

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


  • Grants must apply to a 150 mile radius around Grand Junction, Colorado, at or below 7,000 ft. elevation.
  • This includes pinon-juniper forests, desert (e.g. saltbush flats, sage brush, and shadscale communities), local wetlands, and other indigenous biological communities.