Fish and Wildlife Resources Fund Grants

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply?

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 Chris Sturm, 303-866-3441 x3236, to explore the opportunities for joint application with the CWCB.

How can the money be used?
  1. 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.
  2. River restoration feasibility studies and construction projects designed to directly mitigate or significantly improve the environmental impacts of existing water facilities.
  3. An appropriate combination of river restoration and water rights acquisition or appropriation.

CWCB Policy 15

CWCB Policy 20

CRS 37-60-122.2 (5)

How can I apply?
  1. Call Chris Sturm to discuss potential applications. 303-866-3441 x3236
  2. Review the Grant Packet.
  3. Complete an application and submit electronically to: Chris Sturm.

Point of Contact

Chris Sturm
303-866-3441 x3236

Application Deadline

Grant proposals are accepted throughout the year.