Nonpoint source funding opportunities

2024 Nonpoint Source Project Concept Consultation

The Nonpoint Source (NPS) Program at the Water Quality Control Division is requesting submittal of a Concept Paper to solicit feedback about NPS project concepts in anticipation of release of its annual Request for Applications (RFA). While submittal of a Concept Paper is optional, the Concept Paper provides an opportunity for project sponsors to develop their NPS water quality restoration or protection project idea and receive technical advice in advance of the application process.

Project concept paper deadline October 11, 2023
2024 Nonpoint Source Funding Concept Paper instructions 
2024 NPS Basins of Focus Proposal Priorities 

Please submit project concept papers to: cdphe_wqcd_nonpointsource+managers@state.co.us 

Colorado watershed plans coverage map and current information about waterbodies in the state is available at: Clean Water GIS Map

Go to Colorado’s EnviroScreen map located here to see the Disproportionately Impacted Community layer to see if your proposal is in a census block that meets the definition of “Disproportionately Impacted Community” in the Colorado Environmental Justice Act (House Bill 23-1233). More information is in the “2024 Nonpoint Source Funding Concept Paper” instructions link above.  

2023 Request for Applications (RFA)

RFA #41051 is closed and we are currently not accepting applications for nonpoint source projects under this RFA. The materials below are examples from the closed NPS RFA that are intended as a reference only.

Answers to RFA #41051

NPS Mini Grant Program

The NPS Mini Grant Program supports small, locally-sponsored outreach and education projects that range from conferences and events to bike tours and exploring opportunities to form watershed groups. These “Mini grants” are awarded on a cost-reimbursement basis. Typically, mini grants range from $1,000 to $2,500, with a maximum of $5,000. Non-federal matching funds are required. Proposals can be submitted year-round using the following instructions and template:

Other Funding Opportunities

Information on this website may not constitute the most up-to-date information.

Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund

Senate Bill 02-087 allowed Colorado citizens to make a voluntary contribution on their state income tax returns to support local watershed protection efforts in the state through the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund. Application requirements are available on https://www.coloradowater.org.

Colorado Environmental Justice Grants Program: Community Solutions to Improve Environmental Health

This grant opportunity was created by the Environmental Justice Act to provide funding to communities disproportionately impacted by pollution and climate change. The Environmental Justice Advisory Board oversees the EJ Grants Program and will serve as the selection committee for the grants.

You can apply for this grant if you are part of a: non-profit organization, local government, federally-recognized Tribal government, university, other educational institution, for-profit corporation, or grassroots organization.

Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)

Programs include the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP), Agricultural Conservation Easement Program (ACEP), Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), and the Watershed Operations PL-566 Program.

Source Water Assessment and Protection (SWAP)

CDPHE’s SWAP program's main objective is to minimize potential contaminant threats to public drinking water supplies. To engage in this effort, public water systems and governmental entities can apply for a $5,000 protection planning grant through the SWAP program. The SWAP program also supports Wildland Fire Decision Support System work and post-wildfire recovery efforts. SWAP program staff assisted in the development of the Post Fire Playbook to assist local recovery groups in navigating the complexities surrounding post-wildfire recovery. For more information visit the SWAP page.

Water Quality Grants and Loans Unit

CDPHE’s Grants and Loans Unit offers small community grants and water quality improvement fund grants to protect public health and water quality. They also administer the State Revolving Fund (SRF) Loan Program to finance the design and construction of public drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects. More information on eligible drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater projects is available on the water quality grants and loans page.