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Grants to Colorado Nonprofits, Agencies, Educational Institutions, and Tribes for Wildlife Habitat Protection and Restoration Projects

RESTORE Colorado Grant Program (Restoration and Stewardship of Outdoor Resources and the Environment)

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation

Agency: Federal

GrantWatch ID #190977

Grant Description

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Grants to Colorado nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, and tribes for habitat protection and restoration projects. Funding is intended for projects that protect, reestablish, increase, or improve animal habitats in Colorado. A variety of habitats are eligible, such as forests, wetlands, rangelands, and grasslands.

All proposals must specifically address how projects will directly and measurably contribute to the landscape-scale accomplishment of one or more of the program priorities as identified below. The program seeks projects that implement conservation practices directly on-the-ground and/or which increase organizational capacity to implement conservation activities. Preference will be given to at-scale projects that impact more than one priority habitat type and emphasize ecological connectivity and resilience. 

In 2023, approximately $3.5 million may be available for projects focusing on the following habitats and statewide priorities:

  • River corridors, riparian areas and wetlands
  • Eastern Colorado grasslands
  • Sagebrush rangelands
  • Big game winter range and migration routes
  • Forest habitats

The partners developed the program to accomplish wildlife habitat restoration, expansion, and improvement at-scale and provide opportunities for the proactive management of Colorado’s public and private conservation lands for the greatest benefit to wildlife and local communities. The concept of conservation at-scale refers to cross-jurisdictional projects that accomplish landscape-level benefits to habitat and wildlife. The RESTORE Colorado Program is especially interested in funding large-scale, cross-jurisdictional projects that consider ecological function over landownership and management. For example, a stream restoration project could incorporate upland forest pre- or post-wildland fire mitigation in order to accomplish watershed-level conservation or a project addressing big game migrations could cut across sagebrush, grassland and forest habitats to emphasize species benefits and ecological connectivity. Projects that address a single priority habitat will still be considered and may be competitive but are encouraged to emphasize cross-jurisdictional components.

For more details on program priorities, see the following link:

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c)3 organizations, U.S. Federal government agencies, state government agencies and other political subdivisions of the state, local and municipal governments, Indian tribes, and educational institutions.

All projects must occur entirely within the state of Colorado. Individual program priorities may have geographic focus areas based upon the physical location of the resource.

Ineligible applicants include businesses and unincorporated individuals.

Ineligible Uses of Grant Funds:
- Federal funds and matching contributions may not be used to procure or obtain equipment, services, or systems (including entering into or renewing a contract) that uses telecommunications equipment or services produced by Huawei Technologies Company or ZTE Corporation (or any subsidiary or affiliate of such entities) as a substantial or essential component, or as critical technology of any system.
- NFWF funds and matching contributions may not be used to support political advocacy, fundraising, lobbying, litigation, terrorist activities or Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations.
- NFWF funds may not be used to support ongoing efforts to comply with legal requirements, including permit conditions, mitigation, and settlement agreements. However, grant funds may be used to support projects that enhance or improve upon existing baseline compliance efforts.
- Program funds will not be used for conservation easements or fee title acquisitions land.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicant Webinar: Wednesday, September 7, 2022, at 1:30 PM Mountain Time

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Pre-Application Information:

- Applicant Webinar: Wednesday, September 7th, 2022, 1:30 PM Mountain Time
- Full Proposal Due Date: Thursday, November 10th, 2022, 9:59 PM Mountain Time
- Review Period: November 2022 – February 2023
- Awards Announced: March 2023

All application materials must be submitted online through NFWF’s Easygrants system.

Due to the diversity of federal, state and private funding sources involved in the RESTORE Colorado Program, leverage and match is encouraged but not required.

Application Information:

Applicant webinar recording:

Pre-Recorded Easygrants Instructional Webinar:

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

12-16 projects

Estimated Size of Grant:

Minimum grant amount: $100,000

Term of Contract:

A grant term shall not exceed three years in length. Funding priority will be given to projects that will demonstrate significant accomplishments within the first year.

Contact Information:

Apply online:

Riparian and Forest Project Inquiries: Kirstin Neff, Southwest Rivers Program Manager,

Sagebrush, Grassland and Migration Project Inquiries: Daley Burns, Manager, Rocky Mountain Regional Office,

General Inquiries: Isabel Comella, Rocky Mountain Regional Coordinator,

For issues or assistance with the online Easygrants system, please contact:
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Include: your name, proposal ID #, e-mail address, phone number, program you are applying to, and a description of the issue

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