Alternative Agricultural Water Transfer Methods Grants

Colorado's Water Plan sets a goal of establishing alternative transfer methods (ATMs) that compete with, if not out-perform, traditional "buy-and-dry" transactions in the water market. Through the Alternative Agricultural Water Methods Grant Program, funding is available to support projects seeking to investigate solutions to barriers to ATMs and to facilitate the development and implementation of ATM projects such as interruptible water supply agreements and fallowing-leasing pilot programs that provide reliable water supply while sustaining meaningful agricultural production. Projects involving the development of water transactions benefiting the environment or recreational needs, as well as, alternative approaches to compact and rule administration may also be eligible.

Grant Proposals are accepted throughout the year, please contact Alexander Funk to discuss the details of your project prior to applying.

Point of Contact

Alex Funk
303-866-3441 x3201

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

Any private or public entity that can contract with the state and that can establish and document the need for the project is eligible to apply for funds.

How can the money be used?
  1. Approved projects should further the agriculture viability goals of Colorado's Water Plan and provide usable and transferable information that will increase our understanding of how to successfully design and implement ATMs and alternative approaches that minimize permanent fallowing of agricultural lands. Priority will be given to applications resulting in the execution of wet-water transfers or utilize innovative solutions to barriers to ATM adoption. This may include projects and studies such as:
  2. Perform technical, logistical, or legal analysis of ATM feasibility
  3. Facilitate stakeholder outreach and education on ATM opportunities
  4. Explore innovative uses of ATMs of address environmental and recreational water needs and to evaluate alternatives to permanent fallowing in response to compact administration requirements
  5. Purchase of conservation easements including the ability to lease water
  6. Design and construction of infrastructure critical to ATM implementation
How can I apply?

Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Alexander Funk at 303.866.3441 x3201 to discuss potential project concepts.

  1. Review the Alternative Agricultural Water Transfer Methods Grants Criteria and Guidelines.
  2. Submit the Application (word version application) form, statement of work, budget and schedule via email to Interstate & Federal section. Paper applications can also be mailed to:
  3. Colorado Water Conservation Board
    Alternative Ag Water Transfer Methods Grant Application
    Attn: Interstate & Federal Section/ATM
    1313 Sherman Street, Room 718
    Denver, CO 80203