The Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund:
A Colorado Tax Check-Off Program Supporting Local Restoration Projects


About the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund
Formerly the Colorado Watershed Protection Fund, the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund is financed by the Colorado tax checkoff program which provides tax payers the opportunity to contribute a portion of their tax return or to make a donation to assist locally-based conservation groups in their efforts to protect our land and water resources.

Please consider a donation to support Healthy Rivers in Colorado. Remember to ask your tax consultant to make a donation when completing your return.
  • Since the establishment of the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund in 2003, over 125,000 citizens donated more than $1,004,000 from their tax returns.
  • The Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund has granted funding for 72 projects statewide.
  • Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund grant projects contribute to cleaner water, healthier wildlife habitat, and improved recreation throughout the State.
  • The Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund has contributed to the restoration of stream channels in the South Platte, Arkansas, Colorado, Gunnison, Rio Grande, Yampa, and San Juan River Basins.
  • Projects funded by the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund are matched with an average of $6 for every $1 donated.
Donations must be made on your Colorado Individual Income Tax Form 104. Simply go to line 42 of Form 104 and fill in your donation amount. Or, you can ask your tax consultant to fill in the contribution for you. 

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Resources for Grant Applicants
A grant application may be submitted for locally-based watershed protection efforts, provided that the applicant is committed to a collaborative approach to the restoration and protection of lands and natural resources within Colorado’s watersheds in concert with economic development. Applications are due by April 30th of each year. The below applications are up to date as of March 2014.
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"Check the box" for the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund on your tax return!



When you check the box for the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund on your state income tax return, you’re contribution will help protect one of our most fragile and important resources: our water.