In 1997, the Colorado Legislature established the Colorado Noxious Weed Management Fund to provide additional financial resources for on-the-ground noxious weed management. Organized private interests, conservation districts, municipalities, and counties have been eligible to apply for assistance provided that awarded funds are used to enhance weed management efforts within the State of Colorado. Over the initial five years that the Fund was supported by the General Assembly, the Colorado Department of Agriculture disbursed $1,255,000 for noxious weed management, education, and mapping.
From 2008 to 2014, the Fund was supported by CDA’s Agriculture Management Fund, which contributed about $1 million to support local noxious weed management projects. Since 2015, the Fund has benefitted from a $700,000 annual appropriation from the General Assembly. On average, every dollar of the State's investment has been matched by more than five dollars of private, local, other state, and federal resources. Awards are made on a competitive basis as recommended by a committee of individuals representing the perspectives and experiences of professionals and academic researchers in weed science; state noxious weed managers; Colorado government officials; public natural resource managers; and representatives from agriculture, local weed programs, and environmental interests.
Additionally, the Noxious Weed Program continues to administer federal noxious weed management funds from the U.S. Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry program. These funds are devoted to managing noxious weeds on private lands in the vicinity of National Forests and Grasslands in order to prevent the spread of noxious weeds onto federal lands.
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Colorado Weed Management Grants
Notes: Please read through the Request For Applications (RFA) before completing your application.
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2021 Combined Noxious Weed Management (NWF) and U.S. Forest Service State & Private Forestry (SPF) Grant Funds
Please read through the Request For Applications (RFA) carefully and review the answers below to see if your questions have been addressed. If not, please contact the Noxious Weed Program.
- On the new application form species table, I could not find Dalmatian x yellow toadflax hybrid. Can I include that somehow?
We tried to combine some species in order to simplify things this year. If you treat the hybrid the same way as either of the parent species, feel free to lump it with that species and just add that you will also treat the hybrid in the "Additional Information" cell. If you will treat it completely differently, leave the "List B Species" cell blank, and put the hybrid name in the "Additional Information" cell.
- Can a private landowner apply for a grant to cut down Russian-olive trees?
Grantees are limited to local governments, conservation districts, and on occasion, HOAs. Some of these entities will apply for grants that they then use in cost-share programs for their members or residents, so you may want to contact your county, municipality, or conservation district to see if they are planning to apply for funds that they may then pass on to landowners.
- How would you like us to describe our match in the application narrative? Should we describe all funding including both the requested amount and the match or just describe how we plan to use the requested funds?
Basically, we ask for a brief description of matching contributions on the budget form and then, depending on the project specifics, you may expand on your explanation in the Additional Information box - this is entirely up to you, but gives us a fuller description of the proposed project. Keep in mind, too, that the match has to be directly related to the project, so if you're including, say, an administrator's salary as match, only the time they spend on the grant-related project is an eligible matching expense.
- Our request will be to continue a program that treats private property that boards National Forest Service lands. Is this type of project eligible for SPF funding? If so, what percent would be a reasonable request out of our total project request?
Yes, that is exactly the type of project that SPF funding can support. Propose an amount and CDA will determine the best allocation.
- Is there a cap on the amount of money that we can ask for?
The RFA does not mention a cap on the funding request.
- If I were to hire a contractor to do noxious weed mitigation, could my in-kind contribution be half of the cost for that contractor's invoices? And then the other half would be reimbursable through the grant?
Yes and yes.
- How does reimbursement work when partnering with other entities? For example, we are partnering with 2 different municipalities. Would the reimbursement be sent in full to us (the Grantee)? Could we have multiple invoices for reimbursable items from each different partner in addition to our own?
The State views grants as contracts and thus we issue only one reimbursement directly to the grantee. If the grantee has partners that should receive reimbursement, the grantee is responsible for issuing those reimbursements to the partners. In essence, it is up to the grantee and partners to arrange those fiscal matters between them.
- Does it change reporting requirements if the funds come from NWF and SPF? Or will the report also be combined?
There will only be one set of reports (quarterly and final), even if you have both WF and SPF funding. We might recommend splitting your budget into two forms at the end, to clearly show federal vs. non-federal matching sources, but I'm sure there are ways to make that clear on one budget form if you prefer.
- Am I required to have matching funds?
Yes, all grant proposals require at least a one-to-one match. The match can be cash or in-kind, and often consists of contributions from project partners and/or the time that permanent staff spend on the project (permanent staff salaries are not eligible for grant funding, but seasonal/part-time hourly wages are). Consult the RFA for additional information.
- Can the money be used to hire a commercial sprayer?
Contracted services is an allowed expense that can be reimbursed by the Weed Fund grant. The actual services provided should be described in the application as well as listed in the proposed budget.
- What is the definition of forming a local advisory board
One of the basic requirements of the Noxious Weed Act is for local governing bodies (counties and municipalities) to have designated a local weed board. This is a requirement for receiving a Weed Fund grant. The weed board can be a standalone board, or other existing boards (such as parks and rec, etc.) which can also serve the purposes of the weed board. In some counties, the county commissioners collectively serve as the weed board.
- Where can I find the management goals for List B species by county?
Select the desired county link on the County Weed Program page.
- How do I address the fact that our weed plan is not a one year plan but rather multi-year?
The statute does not define the specifics of what's required in noxious weed management plans. How this is approached - time horizon, listing of species, management goals, etc. - is up to the local entities. We're glad to help with developing or updating these plans, but if you have a plan, you've met the eligibility requirement for the Weed Fund grants.
- What's the rate for volunteer hours that I can use for the matching requirement?
For calculating volunteer time (matching in-kind) for 2021 grantees, you can use the current Independent Sector rate, which is a commonly used standard. The current national rate is $27.20.
- Can we include common reed (Phragmites) in the list of species to be treated in our grant applications?
CDA has worked with weed managers from a number of agencies and organizations, and with CSU to collect and test samples of Phragmites around the state. The conclusion of the genetic testing showed the existence of both native and non-native populations of Phragmites. For the 2021 field season, non-native populations (those identified by the genetic testing project) may be included in the species list for treatment, as long as they are not the only species your application proposes to treat. Please contact Patty York if you need more information.
The Noxious Weed Program funds multiple grant types, all focused on on-the-ground noxious weed management. Funding for these grants comes from two main sources. The Noxious Weed Fund (NWF) consists of state general funds appropriated to the program to be spent statewide on high-priority noxious weed control projects. The U.S. Forest Service, State & Private Forestry Fund (SPF) consists of federal funds appropriated on an annual basis to the program to be spent on non-federal lands with vicinity to National Forest Service Lands. SPF funds are limited in nature and can be combined with state funds for applicable projects. Since 2015 the program has received $700,000 annually for the NWF, to pass through to local entities to support their noxious weed control efforts, and this is supplemented with approximately $40,000 in SPF funds. In most years, a part of the Noxious Weed Fund is set aside to support weed mitigation and restoration projects made necessary by a disaster such as fire or flood. Occasionally these funds have been granted to emergency EDRR projects with an immediate need at a time outside the regular NWF/SPF grant cycle. View grantee map
Other Funding Opportunities
There are several dedicated funds that annually solicit funding proposals related to weed management. Please check the following websites for additional information:
- Colorado Water Conservation Board
- Colorado State Conservation Board
- Natural Resources Conservation Service
- Pulling Together Initiative - The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
- Habitat Partnership Program (HPP) - Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers grants for large-scale habitat improvement
- Wetlands Project Funding - Colorado Parks and Wildlife offers grants to restore, enhance, and create wetlands and riparian areas in Colorado.