Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund: A Colorado Program Supporting Local Restoration Projects

Resources for Grant Applicants

The application period is now closed. 

Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund Grant Guidance

Template_COLORADO HEALTHY RIVERS FUND Application 2018

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Past Grant Recipients

PDF of actual Grant by Basin

Healthy Rivers Fund Fact Sheet

Please consider a donation to support Healthy Rivers in Colorado

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.


Show your support, get a specialized license plate today!


We have partnered up with Colorado Trout Unlimited to try and reach the goal of having 3,000 cars on the road with the message of river conservation throughout the state and beyond! But, we need your help. The state has a quota that we must meet before the end of June 2018 or the plates will no longer be available! If you have already received your certificate online, then be sure to print out a color copy and pick up your physical plates before the deadline. 

Get your River License Plate here:

To designate a portion of your $25 donation to go towards the Colorado Watershed Assembly's Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund then please type "CWA" into the Partner Code box upon checkout. You’ll then receive a certificate that you can take into your county motor vehicle office to order your plates.  Not yet due to renew your vehicle registration?  No problem!  Your county will pro-rate your registration charge to reflect the months you have already paid on your last renewal.

Note: In Colorado, you also will have to pay the State a one-time only $50 fee to get the specialized plate, but after that, the plates are yours forever! Also, if you have already purchased and picked up your plates before this year's deadline, you still get to keep your plates even if we fall short of the quota. Check out the FAQ if you have more questions:

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.

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.

Make your donation to the Fund Now!

You can also pay by check written to:

Colorado Healthy Rivers Fund

Mail to:

P.O. Box 211729, Denver, CO 80221