The Colorado State Forest Service helps individuals, landowners, community groups and others secure grants and assistance for projects that promote healthy forests in Colorado, whenever opportunities arise.

Assistance Programs

Forest Restoration & Wildfire Risk Mitigation Grant Program

The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) is accepting Forest Restoration and Wildfire Risk Mitigation (FRWRM) grant applications for:

  1. Fuels and forest health projects, and/or
  2. Capacity building projects on non-federal lands in Colorado

Eligible applicants include local community groups, local government entities, public and private utilities, state agencies and non-profit groups. The FRWRM program was established through Senate Bill 17-050, which consolidated the Colorado Forest Restoration Grant Program (previously administered by the CSFS) and the Wildfire Risk Reduction Grant Program (previously administered by the Colorado Department of Natural Resources [CDNR]).

The new grant program provides state support in the form of competitive grant funds to encourage community-level actions across the state to reduce the risk of wildfire to people, property and infrastructure in the wildland-urban interface (WUI) and promote forest health and forest restoration projects. Successful applicants will receive final award approval with approximate project start date on June 1, 2018 or later.

Additional information about the program purpose, requirements and eligibility can be found in the request for applications (RFA) document.

Application Deadline

Nov. 27, 2017 at 5 p.m. MST

FRWRM Applications for Funds

Fuels and Forest Health Projects Instructions (PDF)
Fuels and Forest Health Projects Application (PDF)
Capacity Building Instructions (PDF)
Capacity Building Application (PDF)

(Note: When opening the application PDFs above, make sure you download them and open them in Acrobat or a PDF viewer so you can complete the form fields. Opening the PDFs in your web browser [Firefox, etc.] may not let you complete the fields of the forms.)

Submit applications to your local CSFS District office.


Colorado Forest Legacy Program

Application Period Open – Federal Fiscal Year 2019 Funding

The Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) is accepting Forest Legacy Program (FLP) proposals from Colorado landowners. The program authorizes the CSFS or U.S. Forest Service to purchase permanent conservation easements on private forestlands to prevent those lands from being converted to non-forest uses.

The program provides an opportunity for private landowners to retain ownership and management of their land, while receiving compensation for unrealized development rights. More about the Forest Legacy Program

Application Deadline

July 28, 2018 at 4 p.m. 

Colorado FLP Application Packet for 2019 Funds

Application and instructions (330 KB PDF)

Return Applications to:

Colorado Forest Legacy Program
Colorado State Forest Service
Colorado State University
Foothills 5060 Campus Delivery
Fort Collins, CO 80523-5060


Landowner & Community Assistance

Trees in a Colorado Community ParkA variety of programs for homeowners and landowners exist through the Colorado State Forest Service (CSFS) and other natural resource agencies to assist them in managing their forested property.

The CSFS is committed to helping homeowners and landowners promote healthy and sustainable forest conditions. One of the ways we do this is by emphasizing action on state, private and other non-federal lands, and providing technical and financial assistance to those that have demonstrated a commitment to effectively manage their property.

Programs Offered through CSFS

Other Programs

The following document outlines forestry/agroforestry and cost-share programs for Colorado landowners and communities.

Grants & Assistance Database

Link to Natural Resources Grants Database website The Colorado State Forest Service developed the Natural Resources Grants & Assistance Database to help communities, educators, government agencies, landowners, nonprofit organizations and others to more easily search for natural resource project funding and assistance programs that promote the health and welfare of Colorado’s natural resources.

The tool is free, and users are not required to register or create a password to access the system.

In addition to offering information on grants and assistance programs administered through the CSFS, the database includes those sponsored by federal, state and other organizations that are relevant to Colorado and its residents.

This online resource primarily focuses on opportunities for Colorado; however, programs in the database also may apply regionally, nationally or, in some cases, internationally.

Wildfire Mitigation Measures – Income Tax Subtraction

Colorado landowners with property located in a wildland-urban interface (WUI) area may qualify to receive a tax subtraction for the costs of wildfire mitigation work.

Limitations

  • The taxpayer must own the property upon which the wildfire mitigation measures are performed.
  • The property must be located in Colorado and within a wildland-urban interface area.
  • For tax years 2009 through 2012 only, the wildfire mitigation measures must be authorized by a community wildfire protection plan adopted by a local government within the interface area.
  • The total amount of the subtraction cannot exceed 50% of the landowner’s out-of-pocket expenses, $2,500 or the owner’s federal taxable income, whichever is less.
  • The deduction is available for tax years 2009 through 2024.

As authorized by §39-22-104(4)(n)(ll)), C.R.S., for income tax years 2009 through 2024 individuals, estates and trusts may subtract from federal taxable income certain costs incurred in performing wildfire mitigation measures.

Qualifications & Details

Please visit the Colorado Department of Revenue website