Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) has announced the application period for Wildlife rehabilitation grants is now open.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Grants are offered by CPW to support wildlife rehabilitation efforts statewide. Grant amounts are a minimum of $ 1,000 and are awarded for the purpose of maximizing wildlife rehabilitation efforts in Colorado. Applications must be submitted by November 23.
Since the grant program’s inception in 2018, 27 grants totaling over $ 53,000 have been awarded to wildlife rehabilitation facilities in Colorado.
“It’s not uncommon for wildlife rehabilitation centers to serve a radius of 50 miles or more,” said Jim Guthrie, Wildlife Rehabilitation Grants Program Coordinator. “Grants to date have helped facilities, which rely heavily on the time and donations of volunteers, to expand or modernize enclosures for injured animals to recover, purchase necessary medical and food supplies, and in some cases. , to allow a new installation to start up and operate. “
Learn more about the Wildlife Rehabilitation Grant Program on CPW website To cpw.state.co.us.
To be eligible for Wildlife Rehabilitation Grants, applicants must meet the following criteria:
- Applicants must be a current CPW licensed wildlife rehabilitator
- In general, grant funds can only be used for species authorized under the applicable Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit.
- According to the authorizing law, the minimum grant is $ 1,000. Please note that the total estimated funding available for the 2021 funding cycle is $ 16,000.
This grant program was created through Bill 17-1250. This update to Colorado law replaced the Nongame and Endangered Wildlife Cash Fund with the Colorado Nongame Conservation and Wildlife Restoration Cash Fund. Funding for grants for wildlife rehabilitation comes primarily from the non-game tax levy program, as well as fines resulting from non-game wildlife offenses and interest income. For the first $ 250,000 raised each year through the off-game levy, 10% is allocated to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Grant program, which aims to provide funding specifically to Wildlife Rehabilitation Centers.
A board established by HB 17-1250 reviews applications and makes funding recommendations. The Board of Directors is made up of seven members, each appointed by the Director of CPW, who serve staggered terms of three years.
To facilitate wildlife rehabilitation in Colorado, CPW is allocating funds in accordance with Council recommendations. Regular operating expenses and capital improvements are both eligible for funding. The rehabilitation of game and non-game species is eligible; but exotic species are not. Recipients must sign an agreement with CPW to receive a grant, and the work performed under the grant must be performed or managed by the recipient. Matching funds are not required and applicants do not need to be a 501 (c) (3) organization.
Once funding decisions are made, CPW will post information on grant recipients, grant amounts and annual grant reports on its website. For more information on the grant program and application documents.