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In 1997, the Colorado Legislature established the Colorado Noxious Weed Management Fund to provide additional financial resources to communities, weed control districts, or other entities engaged in cooperative efforts to manage noxious weeds. Organized private interests, conservation districts, municipalities and counties have been eligible to apply for assistance provided that awarded funds be used to enhance weed management efforts within the State of Colorado. Over the five years that the Fund was supported by the General Assembly, the Colorado Department of Agriculture disbursed $1,255,000 for noxious weed management, education, and mapping. Since 2008, the Fund has been supported by CDA’s Agriculture Management Fund, which has contributed just under $1 million to date to support local noxious weed management projects. On average, every dollar of the State's investment was matched by more than five dollars of private, local, other state, and federal resources. Awards are made on a competitive basis and recommended by a committee of individuals representing the perspectives and experiences of professionals and academic researchers in weed science, state noxious weed managers, Colorado government officials, public natural resource managers; and representatives from agriculture, local weed programs, and environmental interests.
Colorado Weed Management Grant Forms
The Noxious Weed Program funds three grant types, all focused on on-the-ground noxious weed management. For 2015, the Weed Fund (53 projects, in yellow) consists of state general funds appropriated to the program to be spent statewide on high-priority control projects. A part of the Weed Fund is the Disaster Relief Fund (6 projects, in red) which supports projects that aim to assess, monitor and treat noxious weed populations that have appeared following natural disasters such as wildfire or floods. The State and Private Forestry program (12 projects, in blue) is funded by the U.S. Forest Service. These projects are directed to private lands near USFS lands with the intent of preventing noxious weed spread onto the federal lands. Clicking on the points will give you the title of the project and the grant recipient.
There are several dedicated funds that annually solicit funding proposals related to weed management. Please check the pertinent websites for additional information.