Habitat Partnership Program (HPP)

Colorado Parks & Wildlife


Grant amount: US $100,000 - US $500,000

Deadline: Rolling

Applicant type: Individuals Organizations

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Colorado

Location of residency: Colorado

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Overview:

The HPP program is again offering large-scale habitat improvement ​grant opportunities which, when completed, will provide benefits to livestock, private land owners, land managers, big game animals and other wildlife species.  

The Habitat Partnership Program (HPP) was established in 1990 and is directed by Colorado statutes to “reduce wildlife conflicts, particularly those associated with forage and fence issues, and to assist the Division of Parks and Wildlife in meeting game management objectives...” HPP works with landowners, land managers, sportsmen, the CPW and others to resolve conflicts between ungulates and agricultural users.

Methods

Although the program uses several methods to reduce conflicts, one of the primary, long term methods used by the program is to improve existing habitat conditions in an area. Such improvement benefits wildlife and livestock by creating more and better habitat and forage resources for both.

While many current HPP projects are habitat projects, many have been done on a small, localized scale. While effective in reducing conflicts on this level, the State Council recognizes that the most effective projects and those that hold the most potential for resolving conflicts for the long term are those habitat improvement projects that encompass a large land area and involve multiple partners. This not only leverages everyone’s limited funds but we are able to accomplish more over a larger area, thus being more effective, meet our mandate and improve landowner relations.

Habitat improvement projects include using mechanical and chemical tools to improve/increase available habitat and forage. Typical habitat improvement projects done by HPP include:

  • brush manipulation (hydroaxing, roller chopping, Lawson aerating, burning, etc),
  • weed control using biological and chemical means,
  • water developments (maintaining existing water sources and developing new ones),
  • fertilizing and reseeding.

The State Council specifically desires this grant to improve habitat conditions by conducting treatments on specific acreages.

Purpose of Grant

The purpose of this grant is to reduce conflicts between agricultural operators and big game (deer, elk, pronghorn, moose) by implementing habitat improvement projects that will improve habitat and range conditions for both big game wildlife and livestock on a large scale basis.

Allowable Expenses

The State Council desires to fund habitat improvement projects that put a treatment on the ground for actual habitat work. 

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

Eligibility:

  • Any agency, entity, organization or individual can apply
  • HPP funding can only be used in those areas that have established HPP committees.
  • Local HPP committee support is required for any habitat grant application.
  • Project applications must have at least a 50% cash match from non HPP sources. 

Preferences:

  • Projects with multiple partners will be given priority over those with no/fewer partners.
  • Priority will be given to those applications that have the monetary support of their local HPP committee.

Ineligibility:

  • This grant is intended to include one or more of the methods in Overview to treat current vegetative conditions on a large landscape scale. Proposals that include other project types, either for funding or as an in kind contribution, will be disqualified. 
  • HPP funds cannot be used for: 
    • agency staff time (permanent, seasonal or temporary),
    • the purchase of equipment or for materials that would not be used in the implementation of the project or which have a useable lifespan after the project is completed.
  • If an application has non habitat related projects included, those will be removed from consideration and this may affect the match. 
  • Due to the uncertainty of burn windows and the one year time frame to complete projects awarded this grant, burns will not be considered and should not be used as a match.