The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) is seeking applications for the Colorado Weed Management Grants Program.
- The primary objectives of the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) Noxious Weed Management Fund (WMF) grant program, in compliance with the Colorado Noxious Weed, are to:
- Provide additional financial resources to entities that are engaged in cooperative efforts to eradicate and/or contain state-listed noxious weeds;
- Produce measureable outcomes across Colorado for noxious weed management; and
- Assist new or recently established weed management programs, especially in regions where additional resources are needed.
- The primary objectives of the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and United States Forest Service (USFS) collaborative State and Private Forestry (SPF) grant program are to:
- Provide additional financial resources to local communities engaged in cooperative efforts to eradicate and/or contain state, regionally, or locally rare noxious weed species/populations;
- To prevent high-priority weed populations from advancing onto USFS property; and
- To facilitate participation between local weed managers and National Forest land managers in a cooperative and coordinated approach to managing these high-priority weed problems.
- Approximately $700,000 of Noxious Weed Management Fund is available for this grant round.
- Approximately $48,000 of United States Forest Service (USFS) State & Private Forestry (SPF) funding is available in addition to the Noxious Weed Fund for projects occurring in 2022.
- “Local governing bodies,” as defined in the Colorado Noxious Weed Act, Title 35-5.5-103(11), are the primary focus of this grant program. These include counties and municipalities. Other eligible entities include conservation districts, non-profit organizations, and organized private entities such as road associations, and homeowner’s associations. Grantees must demonstrate adequate capacity to carry out effective noxious weed management projects. State and federal agencies are eligible to receive NWF (but not SPF) funding if they are significant project partners. State and federal agencies cannot be the project applicant.
- All eligible entities must meet the requirements. All awarded funds must be used for noxious weed management efforts within the State of Colorado.
- All counties and municipalities receiving grant funding must be in compliance with the Colorado Noxious Weed
- Act prior to reimbursement, specifically the following:
- Adopt and actively administer a noxious weed plan covering the entire jurisdiction;
- Appoint a local advisory board;
- Carry out sufficient measures to eradicate any List A and/or List B species subject to eradication in the county; and
- Ensure that public Rights-of-Way are in compliance with the Act.
For more information, visit https://ag.colorado.gov/conservation/noxious-weeds/grants