By Christi Lightcap
Special to The SUN
The Colorado Department of Agriculture announces requests for proposals for the 2015 grants for noxious weed management to local entities.
This year, the department has over $600,000 in grant funds available for projects based in Colorado to battle noxious weeds.
Noxious weed grants
Nearly $500,000 was appropriated by the General Assembly in 2014 to expand the availability of resources for Colorado counties, municipalities and other entities with exceptional noxious weed management projects.
Included in these funds is $100,000 earmarked for projects that address noxious weed problems resulting from floods, wildfires and other natural disasters.
State and private forestry program grants
Over $100,000 is available from the U.S. Forest Service’s State and Private Forestry program, which directs funds to projects that reduce noxious weed infestations that occur close to Forest Service-managed lands.
More information about these grant programs, including the requests for proposals and application forms, can be found on the Noxious Weed Grants and Financial Assistance webpage at https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/agconservation/noxious-weed-grants-and-financial-assistance.
Applications are due no later than Jan. 9, 2015.
For questions regarding the Noxious Weed Fund grants, please contact Steve Ryder at (303) 869-9034 or Cecily Mui at (303) 869-9036.
For questions regarding the State and Private Forestry grants, please contact Patty York at (303) 869-9035.