Colorado offers $3.5M for wildfire grants

DENVER – Colorado’s Department of Natural Resources is accepting grant applications for $3.5 million in funding as part of the agency’s Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program.

The program, formed by Senate Bill 269 passed by the state Legislature last year, funds projects that reduce risks to property damage infrastructure and water supplies as well as those that will limit the spread of wildfires spreading into populated areas. Funds will be directed to nonfederal lands in Colorado.

The funding marks the third round of grants awarded to organizations and local governments. The state awarded $5.9 million in grants during the first and second rounds last year.

Funding can be used for projects such as creating defensible space around homes and buildings.

Eligible applicants include community groups, utilities and nonprofits. Applicants must contribute matching funds, which can include in-kind resources.

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