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Another exciting update, we received a grant for $200,000 through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for project construction! This is a significant portion of the project cost and will move us that much closer towards implementation. We wouldn't have received this grant without the initial CHRF support, which really speaks to the value of these smaller leveraging grants.

Emma Reesor, Executive Director, Rio Grande Headwaters Restoration Project


Resources for Grant Applicants

Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund Grant Guidance

You will want to have the following materials on-hand to complete your online application:

1.      General applicant information including: primary contact, project name, state watershed basin location, grant type and project sponsors.

2.      List the objectives of the project. Please include objectives for all aspects of the project whether funded by the CHRF or not. (300 word limit)

3.      A detailed description of each task. Detailed descriptions are only required for CHRF funded tasks. Other tasks should be identified, but do not require details beyond a brief description.

4.      Project budget in tabular format to be uploaded with the application. Include rows for each task and columns for requested CHRF funding, other funding, and in-kind match.

5.      Documents may be uploaded with the application in order to support the request for funding. If the project is an implementation project, the applicant is encouraged to include a link to a copy of the watershed plan in the body of the application, if such a plan exists. Letters of support from other entities and letters of financial commitment. Pertinent still photos. Maps and reports from other similar or related projects.

The lead applicant should be a local community-based organization, which could include Conservation Districts. The CHRF is not intended for federal, state or municipal governments, but their participation is encouraged.

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Past Grant Recipients

PDF of actual Grant by Basin

Healthy Rivers Fund Fact Sheet

Please consider a donation to support Healthy Rivers in Colorado

Even $1 can make a difference!

Projects funded by the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund are matched with an average of $6 for every $1 donated.


The Colorado Watershed Assembly is committed to the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund and will continue to work with our friends in the Colorado Legislature, the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission to continue a program which helps support local watershed organizations in their efforts to provide clean water, protect habitat and improve recreation and accessibility.

Contributions made to the Colorado Watershed Assembly for the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund will be held in reserve and administered jointly with the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission.

Make your donation to the Fund Now!

You can also pay by check written to:

Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund

Mail to:

P.O. Box 460736, Glendale, CO 80246

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In 2002 Colorado General Assembly approved the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund which was designed to be funded solely through the Colorado Individual Income Tax Refund Check-off Program. In 2015 we were surprised to learn that the Fund would not be on the 2015 Colorado Income Tax form. The fund lapsed into dormancy while we worked to have it reinstated.

Our campaign to the Legislature in 2016 was successful and we are happy to announce that the Healthy Rivers Fund is not only back on the Tax Refund Check-off Program, but it has also been restructured to allow for contributions to be made year-round.

We are embarking on an initiative to rebuild this fund which grants money to on-the-ground projects that contribute to cleaner water, healthier wildlife habitat, and improved recreation throughout our State. The Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund has granted funding for more than 80 projects statewide. Please consider making a contribution to this important resource!

It’s easy to donate! Tell your accountant that you’d like to support Colorado nonprofits when filing your state income taxes. Thanks for your support!