Colorado's Water Plan Grant Fund

Water Plan Grant Opportunities

The purpose of the Water Plan Grant funding is to make progress on the critical actions identified in the Colorado’s Water Plan (CWP) and its Measurable Objectives. All applications will be assessed based on funds available for a particular CWP Measurable Objective category. See below for project category balances. 

The Board will select projects, programs and activities to fund from applications that have the best opportunity to make progress on the CWP’s Measurable Objectives or critical actions. The CWCB staff reserves the right to negotiate with successful applicants to modify the scope and budget of their project to better meet the CWP objectives in light of fund availability. CWCB staff will evaluate applications and recommend projects to the CWCB Board for final approval at its regularly scheduled Board meetings.

Please submit your grant by emailing all materials (in the version youd downloaded - Word, Excel) in one email to

Information & Materials

CWP Grant Guidelines

CWP Grant FAQs

CWP Grant Application (download Word version below & submit in Word)

CWP Grant Timeline & Budget Template (download Excel version below & submit in Excel)

CWP Grant Scope of Work Template (download Word version below & submit in Word)

Engagement & Innovation Supplemental Application (download Word version below & submit in Word)

If you have questions please email:

Supply and Demand Gap Projects:

Water Storage Projects:

Conservation, Land Use Planning:

Engagement & Innovation Activities:

Agricultural Projects:

Environmental & Recreation Projects:

Project Categories* and Funding Availability


Project Category


Supply and Demand Gap Projects - Multi-beneficial projects and those projects identified in basin implementation plans to address the water supply and demand gap.


Water Storage Projects – Projects that facilitate the development of additional storage, artificial recharge into aquifers, and dredging existing reservoirs to restore full decreed storage capacity.


Conservation & Land Use Projects – Activities that implement long-term strategies for conservation, land use, and drought planning.


Engagement & Innovation Activities - Activities that support water education, outreach, and innovation efforts.


Agricultural Projects – Projects that provide technical assistance or improve agricultural efficiency.


Environmental & Recreation Projects – Projects that promote watershed health, environmental health, and recreation.