Noxious Weed Grants and Financial Assistance
In 1997, the Colorado Legislature established the Colorado Noxious Weed Management Fund to provide additional financial resources for on-the-ground noxious weed management. Organized private interests, conservation districts, municipalities, and counties have been eligible to apply for assistance provided that awarded funds are used to enhance weed management efforts within the State of Colorado. Over the initial 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.
From 2008 to 2014, the Fund was supported by CDA’s Agriculture Management Fund, which contributed about $1 million to support local noxious weed management projects. Since 2015, the Fund has benefitted from a $700,000 annual appropriation from the General Assembly. On average, every dollar of the State's investment has been matched by more than five dollars of private, local, other state, and federal resources. Awards are made on a competitive basis as 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.
Additionally, the Noxious Weed Program continues to administer federal noxious weed management funds from the U.S. Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry program. These funds are devoted to managing noxious weeds on private lands in the vicinity of National Forests and Grasslands in order to prevent the spread of noxious weeds onto federal lands.
Colorado Weed Management Grants
Colorado Weed Management Grant Forms
2019 NWF Grant Deadline: December 17, 2018.
The Noxious Weed Program funds three grant types, all focused on on-the-ground noxious weed management. For 2018, 30 weed management projects were supported by the state's Noxious Weed Fund. The Fund consists of state general funds appropriated to the program to be spent statewide on high-priority noxious weed control projects. In most years, a part of the Noxious Weed Fund is set aside to support weed mitigation and restoration projects made necessary by a disaster such as fire or flood. As 2017 was relatively calm in this respect, no funds were awarded for this purpose in 2018. Finally, the USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry program is a grant pass-through funding source (11 projects in 2018) directed to private lands with the intent of preventing noxious weed spread onto the federally managed lands.
2018 Noxious Weed Grants Awarded
Other Funding Opportunities
There are several dedicated funds that annually solicit funding proposals related to weed management. Please check the following websites for additional information:
- Colorado Water Conservation Board
- Colorado State Conservation Board
- Natural Resources Conservation Service
- The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation - Pulling Together Initiative
- Colorado Parks and Wildlife Habitat Partnership Program (HPP) offers grants for large-scale habitat improvement
- Colorado Parks and Wildlife Wetlands Project Funding offers grants to restore, enhance and create wetlands and riparian areas in Colorado.