The 2018 Grant Program cycle will open December 1, 2017.
Deadline for submission of a grant application for the 2018 cycle is January 31, 2018.

Grant applications for projects that protect, enhance or develop water resources in the 15-county area covered by the District are eligible for funding consideration. This includes all watersheds in north- and central- western Colorado, except the San Juan River basin.

Our land area

Eligible projects must achieve one or more of the following:

  • develop a new water supply
  • improve an existing water supply system
  • improve instream water quality
  • improve water use efficiency
  • reduce sediment
  • implement watershed and riparian management actions
Past projects have included the construction of new water storage, the enlargement of existing water storage or diversion facilities, rehabilitation of non-functioning or restricted water resource structures, implementation of water efficiency measures and other watershed improvements. Such projects that utilize pre-1922 water rights will be given additional ranking priority over similar projects that do not. Each project will be ranked based upon its own merits in accordance with published ranking criteria.

Annual Grant Program Standard Guidelines and Criteria

2017 Grant Program Application (PDF fillable) 
2017 Grant Program Application (PDF printable)
2017 Grant Program Application (Word printable)

For more information please contact Dave Kanzer or Alesha Frederick at 970-945-8522; Colorado River District, 201 Centennial St., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 or by e-mail to

Please note: The River District is not responsible for lost and/or undelivered applications. The sponsor of the application will receive a confirmation from the River District when an application is received.

Additional grant opportunities: 

Tamarisk Coalition
This database of funding opportunities provides a nationwide comprehensive and searchable list. 

Colorado Water Conservation Board Grants
The Colorado Water Conservation Board provides grants for numerous water-related projects.

Bureau of Reclamation WaterSMART Grants
The Bureau of Reclamation annual administers a series of funding opportunities under the “Water Smart” Program.

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