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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.
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Colorado Weed Management Grant Forms2020 Combined NWF & SPF Grant Deadline: December 16, 2019
Please read through the RFA carefully and check the questions/answers below to see if your questions have been addressed. If not, please contact the Noxious Weed Program.
The Noxious Weed Program funds three grant types, all focused on on-the-ground noxious weed management. For 2019, 31 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. Since 2015 the program has received $700,000 annually to pass-through to local entities to support their noxious weed control efforts. 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. Last year, 2018, was a very active year for wildfires and $50,000 of the Noxious Weed Fund was set aside for disaster mitigation projects. As of mid-May 2019 two projects have received funding for this year. Finally, the USDA Forest Service State and Private Forestry program is am additional grant pass-through funding source. In 2019, funds were allocated for a mini-grants program managed by the Colorado Weed Management Association; for partial funding of the Larimer County Weed Fund grant, and to fund ongoing projects including installing information kiosks near U.S. Forest Service trailheads.
There are several dedicated funds that annually solicit funding proposals related to weed management. Please check the following websites for additional information: