Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund: A Colorado Program Supporting Local Restoration Projects
Resources for Grant Applicants
Stay tuned, we look forward to opening a round of application submittals on March 1, 2018!
Even $1 can make a difference!
Projects funded by the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund are matched with an average of $6 for every $1 donated.
In 2002 Colorado General Assembly approved the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund which was designed to be funded solely through the Colorado Individual Income Tax Refund Check-off Program. In 2015 we were surprised to learn that the Fund would not be on the 2015 Colorado Income Tax form. The fund lapsed into dormancy while we worked to have it reinstated.
Our campaign to the Legislature in 2016 was successful and we are happy to announce that the Healthy Rivers Fund is not only back on the Tax Refund Check-off Program, but it has also been restructured to allow for contributions to be made year-round.
We are embarking on an initiative to rebuild this fund which grants money to on-the-ground projects that contribute to cleaner water, healthier wildlife habitat, and improved recreation throughout our State. The Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund has granted funding for more than 80 projects statewide. Please consider making a contribution to this important resource!
It’s easy to donate! Tell your accountant that you’d like to support Colorado nonprofits when filing your state income taxes. Download this form and include with your tax documents. Thanks for your support!
The Colorado Watershed Assembly is committed to the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund and will continue to work with our friends in the Colorado Legislature, the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission to continue a program which helps support local watershed organizations in their efforts to provide clean water, protect habitat and improve recreation and accessibility.
Thanks to Representative Lois Court, (D-Denver) and Senator Beth Martinez-Humenik (R-Thornton) who sponsored HB 16-1297, we are delighted to announce that on April 22, 2016 Governor Hickenlooper signed HB 16-1297 reinstating the Healthy Rivers Fund in the Colorado Income Tax Checkoff Program along with five other public benefit programs.
Contributions made to the Colorado Watershed Assembly for the Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund will be held in reserve and administered jointly with the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission.