Water-ef­fi­ciency grant ap­pli­ca­tions now open

Daily Camera (Boulder) - - Business - By Bizwest staff

The North­ern Colorado Water Con­ser­vancy Dis­trict will be­gin ac­cept­ing ap­pli­ca­tions Oct. 1 for its next round of Col­lab­o­ra­tive Water Ef­fi­cient Landscape Grants. Ap­pli­ca­tions will be ac­cepted through Nov. 20.

North­ern Water of­fers grants to part­ner with lo­cal en­ti­ties through­out north­east­ern Colorado to bring more-sus­tain­able land­scapes to the re­gion.

This is the third year of the grant pro­gram. Ap­prox­i­mately $260,000 has been dis­trib­uted since 2018, with fund­ing go­ing to 23 projects that con­sist of ir­ri­ga­tion-sys­tem upgrades, in­cor­po­ra­tion of Colorado cli­mate-friendly plants into land­scapes, and turfto-na­tive-grass con­ver­sions.

The pro­gram is open to lo­cal gov­ern­ment en­ti­ties, busi­nesses and home­own­ers as­so­ci­a­tions lo­cated within North­ern Water’s bound­aries. Sin­gle-fam­ily homes do not qual­ify.

The max­i­mum grant amount that will be awarded per pro­ject is $20,000, with a dol­lar-for-dol­lar match re­quired from the ap­pli­cant.

The value of in-kind la­bor can po­ten­tially be fac­tored into that match, but North­ern Water will make that de­ter­mi­na­tion on a case-by-case ba­sis. A limited num­ber of grants will be awarded.

Ap­pli­cants are re­quired to take part in a con­sul­ta­tion with North­ern Water prior to sub­mit­ting an ap­pli­ca­tion. Pre-ap­pli­ca­tion con­sul­ta­tions can be sched­uled by con­tact­ing Chad Kuh­nel at 970292-2566 or at ck­uh­nel @north­ern­wa­ter.org.

Ap­pli­cants will be no­ti­fied by Jan. 20, 2021, whether their projects have been se­lected. Ad­di­tional de­tails and up­dates about the grant pro­gram are avail­able at north­ern­wa­ter.org/grants.

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