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Small Grants for Community Partnering (SGCP)

Grants to Larimer County, Colorado Organizations, Individuals,
and Agencies to Preserve and Promote the Environment

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Larimer County Department of Natural Resources

Deadline Date:

08/30/18 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $3,000 per year to Larimer County, Colorado organizations, individuals, and government agencies for neighborhood and community projects that connect people to natural resources and the land around them. Preference will be given to projects involving conserved lands, such as neighborhood parks and HOA covenant-protected areas.

Proposed projects must be in accordance with the mission of the Larimer County Open Lands Program and fall into one or more of the five Small Grants for Community Partnering categories listed below:

A. Provides or enhances natural areas, including wildlife habitat, river areas, and wetlands.

B. Provides public linkages with existing open lands. Linkages may be either trails or wildlife habitat.

C. Provides opportunities for environmental education, outdoor recreation, or nature interpretation.

D. Provides opportunities for people to connect with the land via agriculture or increased access to open spaces and natural areas

(1) Agriculture projects must also meet the following criteria:

Provision of local food production, including community gardens, CSAs, etc., with a preference for projects which:
1. Are community minded (connecting a community and its people to an area)
2. Are conservation minded, and
3. Have local distribution in Larimer County

(2) Increased Access to Open Spaces and Natural Areas projects must also meet the following criteria:

2. Getting people out into open spaces and natural areas made available at least in part with the open spaces sales tax dollars.

Projects should be one or more of the following:
1. Nature-based education
2. Nature-based health and wellness programs
3. Nature-based recreation
4. Transportation to open spaces and natural areas

Additionally, the project must be approved through the Natural Resources special event permit process before funding can be awarded.

E. Research on Larimer County Open Spaces projects must also meet the following criteria:

1. Research which will provide new information to increase a better understanding of Larimer County Department of Natural Resources’ properties and/or the visitors who use them. Projects should encourage intellectual curiosity about the natural world and/or how people connect to it. Research projects should include:
a. Ecological (examples: species, plants, etc.)
b. Behavioral (example: relationships of people to open spaces, etc.)
c. Cultural (examples: barriers to use of open spaces, historical use of open spaces, etc.)

-The project must be approved through the Natural Resources special event permit process before funding can be awarded.
-Funding for research may not be used for college or university overhead or administrative costs. No exceptions.

2. Projects that include planting and/or habitat improvement must use native and/or non-invasive, drought-resistant plant species appropriate for the selected environment, except for projects categorized as "Agriculture."

3. If applicable, a long-term maintenance plan may be required and should be included in the application.

This program funds:
-Project expenditures related to project implementation, materials, supplies, etc. Delivery or shipment of project materials is permitted but cannot exceed more than 5% of the total grant request.
-Tools and equipment (e.g., GPS units, weed sprayers, etc.) may be funded to 501c3 nonprofit organizations, only with an acceptable justification as it relates to project implementation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 156617

Estimated Size of Grant:

Individual grant awards are available up to $3,000 per project, limited to one application per applicant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Anyone can apply, with just a few exceptions and parameters:

1. Government agencies already receiving Help Preserve Open Spaces tax dollars may not apply directly. This includes but is not limited to Fort Collins, Loveland, Estes Park, Berthoud, Wellington and Timnath.

2. For projects on public lands and for government agencies (excluding educational institutions), the applicant must be a 501c3 non-profit or other non-governmental entity with an active, leadership role in the project.

3. Together with the grant application, all affected landowners must agree in writing with the project. Home Owners and Property Owners Associations must submit a copy of board meeting minutes approving the project. Educational institutions must provide a letter from the appropriate facilities director agreeing to the specific project.

Projects must be located or take place within Larimer County (unincorporated or city/town limits). Grant dollars can only be distributed in Larimer County, and to the extent possible, awards will be made throughout the entire county. Preference will be given to those associated with conserved land (e.g., HOA's covenant protected lands, neighborhood parks, etc.).

In order to encourage the disbursement of sales tax dollars throughout the county, individuals or organizations that have received three years of consecutive funding are not eligible to apply for one calendar year.

Not Funded:
-Salaries and/or project planning expenses, except for category "E" projects
-Transportation expenses; except for categories "D (2)" and "E" projects

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 30. Applications will be accepted through a new online form. Review the application instructions first, which will guide you through the rest of the application requirements.

Grant Cycle:

September: Initial review of applications.

October – December: If warranted, pre-visit with the applicant, Open Lands Program staff and citizen advisory board committee members. (This is the opportunity for the applicant to discuss why his or her project is a great candidate for funding. Project partners are welcome to attend the site visit as well.) Review site visit evaluations and request any follow-up information and formulate recommendations.

January – March: Present funding recommendations to Open Lands Advisory Board. The board ultimately makes the final selection of grant awards. Notify awardees; prepare contracts. Finalize contracts and declarations. Host awards presentation at an Open Lands Advisory Board meeting, typically the last Thursday of the month. Final reports due for prior year's grants.

Projects must have a minimum match of 50% of the requested dollar amount. For example, a $1,000 request requires a $500 match. The match may be from in-kind services, volunteer hours, private dollars, and/or other funding sources (e.g. other grants).

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Jennifer Almstead
(970) 619-4569

Small Grants for Community Partnering
Larimer County Natural Resource
1800 South County Road 31
Loveland, CO 80537

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado: Larimer County