RBC I Colorado Parks and Wildlife’s Habitat Partnership Program is now accepting applications for $500,000 in Habitat Improvement Grants to fund large-scale habitat projects across Colorado.
Any entity, agency, organization or individual interested in applying can download the application at www.cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/HabitatPartnershipProgram.aspx.
The deadline is 5 p.m. on Feb 2. Up to five successful applicants will be awarded grants of $100,000 or more. Created by Colorado Parks and Wildlife and authorized by the Colorado State Legislature in 1990, HPP brings wildlife managers, hunters, landowners and land management agencies together in a cooperative effort to reduce big game damages to forage and fences.
Project proposals for this grant opportunity must be developed to reduce big game/agricultural conflicts in keeping with the program’s mission.
“By working together with our partners, we have been able to find a variety of creative solutions to reduce these conflicts,” said Pat Tucker, HPP coordinator for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “These grants are another opportunity to continue that work on a larger, landscape-scale effort.”
Wildlife managers and private landowners say that large-scale habitat rehabilitation not only enhances forage for wildlife but it also improves conditions for livestock as well, creating a win-win situation for everyone.
“This grant allows for multiple partners to cooperate and accomplish what would be difficult for an individual to do on their own,” Tucker said. “Productive habitat is the key for healthy and viable wildlife populations. A successful project can provide improved conditions for many years into the future.”
HPP is funded from a portion of the revenue generated by the sale of big game hunting licenses, but also asks for matching funds and labor from project proponents. Applications will be reviewed by HPP state council members who will consider the details and scope of the planned project. The availability of additional funds the applicant can leverage with grant money will also be a priority during the evaluation process.
Applicants will also have to make a presentation to the state council in support of their request. Additional criteria and instructions can be found on the application. Grant recipients will be notified by April 1, 2015.
Information about the HPP program in general, HPP activities in your area or this grant offer can be found at www.cpw.state.co.us/aboutus/Pages/HabitatPartnershipProgram.aspx.