Water Efficiency Planning Grants

Grants for Water Efficiency Planning Projects offer assistance to water providers of all sizes who are developing or updating their water efficiency plans, helping to promote more meaningful water efficiency statewide.

 

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Who can apply?

    Covered entities, non-covered entities and other state or local governmental entities, who: ­
    Require water conservation plans to qualify for water project funding under Board and Colorado Water Resources and Power Authority (CWRPA) programs; ­ Need to update and/or amend existing water efficiency plans currently on file with the Office to maintain funding from the Board or the CWRPA in adherence with §37-60-126 C.R.S; or ­ Desire to improve, update and/or create water conservation plans.

    How can the money be used?

    Grant money can be used to develop a water efficiency plan, including offsetting staff and other internal costs associated with plan development or engaging the technical assistance of a water efficiency professional or consultant.

    How can I apply?
    1. Review the Grant Guidelines for Water Conservation Planning Projects. Preference may be given to those applicants that follow the structure and processes described in the CWCB’s Water Conservation Plan Development Guidance Document.
    2. Develop the application content following the Guidelines and submit a electronic copy to: Ben Wade
    What is the approval process after I have submitted an application?

    Applications are divided into two categories: ­

    Requests less than $50,000: CWCB staff evaluate, and prioritize the application using the Grant Guidelines for Water Conservation Planning Projects. When an application meets the Guideline criteria, the CWCB Director, or designee, reviews and makes the final award decision. The awarded amount may be what was requested or it may be an alternate amount. Upon the Director’s approval and signature, CWCB staff notifies the applicant of the award within 10 days. ­

    Requests of $50,000 or more: CWCB Board action and approval are required. First, CWCB staff evaluate, and prioritize the application using the Grant Guidelines for Water Conservation Planning Projects. When an application meets the Guideline criteria, the CWCB Board reviews and makes the final award decision. The awarded amount may be what was requested or it may be an alternate amount. Upon the Board’s approval, CWCB staff notifies the applicant of the award within 30 days. ­

    Work cannot begin until a Purchase Order is completed.

    Point of Contact

    Ben Wade
    303-866-3441 x3238

    Application Deadline
    • Requests less than $50,000: May be submitted any time throughout the year. ­
    • Requests of $50,000 or more: Must be submitted by the first of the month prior to a bi-monthly Board meeting to be considered for award at that Board meeting (e.g., applications must be received by February 1 to be considered for award at the March Board meeting).