Fish and Wildlife Resources Fund Grant Program

Colorado Department of Natural Resources (CO DNR)

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Unspecified amount

Fields of work: Water Resource Management

Applicant type: Government Entity, Nonprofit, For-Profit Business

Funding uses: Project / Program

Location of project: Colorado

Location of residency: Colorado


Colorado’s most comprehensive water information resource, the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) was created to provide policy direction on water issues.

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) has been authorized by the State of Colorado to grant money to existing water supply facilities to help preserve a balance between development of the state’s resources and the protection of the state’s fish and wildlife resources. The grant money is awarded for mitigation of existing water diversion, delivery or storage facilities. 

Grants from the Fish and Wildlife Resources Fund can be accepted for:

  • The appropriation of water rights or the acquisition of water rights to preserve or improve the natural environment to a reasonable degree to mitigate the impact of an existing water facility. All acquisitions or appropriations must be in compliance with instream flow rules and state water laws.
  • River restoration feasibility studies and construction projects designed to directly mitigate or significantly improve the environmental impacts of existing water facilities.
  • An appropriate combination of river restoration and water rights acquisition or appropriation.

A special note on water rights appropriations and acquisitions: The Board will consider and CWCB staff will evaluate and recommend to the Board grant applications for appropriation or acquisition of water rights to be held by the Board on the following project types:

  • Instream flow water rights that assist in the administration of compact-entitled waters, or address problems relating to compact-entitled waters
  • Instream flow water rights that facilitate the resolution of federal water rights issues
  • Instream flow water rights that assist in the recovery of threatened or endangered wildlife

species or the conservation of existing wildlife species within riparian ecosystems. 

Applicants are strongly encouraged to contact staff to discuss funding amounts and limitations. 

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


  • Eligible applicants include operators of existing water diversion, delivery or storage facility projects and the CWCB. 
  • Entities that do not operate such facilities, such as certain municipalities, watershed groups, and others, are encouraged to contact CWCB staff to explore the opportunities for joint application with the CWCB
  • Projects should be completed within three years of receiving funding


  • Applicants are encouraged to compile an appropriate mix of cash and in-kind funding sources.

This page was last reviewed October 14, 2020 and last updated February 26, 2020