Noxious Weed Grants & Financial Assistance
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.
Boot Brush Kiosk Funding
For the past two years, CDA has offered scholarships to help cover the cost of building boot brush kiosks! This program has been a success and we are continuing it. Scholarships are awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis. Learn more about Boot Brush Kiosks.
Ready for reimbursement?
Submit the Final Report Form and include photos of your installed boot brush kiosk and proof of payments. Contact the Noxious Weed Specialist with questions.
Colorado Weed Management Grants
2022 Combined Noxious Weed Management (NWF) and U.S. Forest Service State & Private Forestry (SPF) Grant Funds
Read the Request For Applications (RFA) below before completing your application.
Download the forms then open in Acrobat or Excel, not your web browser.
Archer, Newberry may receive grant for $1M
A $1 million federal grant could help Archer and Newberry combat drugs and crime in their communities in the coming years, Alachua County Sheriff Sadie Darnell told the two cities’ commissions Monday evening.
The Sheriff’s Office has applied for a federal “Weed and Seed” grant that would provide $1 million over the course of five years to first “weed” out offenders and then offer the cities resources to “seed” positive programs back into their communities.
“In cooperation with the sheriff, we are stepping up, I believe, to the next level,” said Newberry City Manager Keith Ashby during the Newberry City Commission meeting Monday evening.
Recent conflicts have arisen in the last few weeks between some Archer residents and the Sheriff’s Office, but Capt. Jim Troiano with the Sheriff’s Office said the grant application was filed before those issues arose.
Darnell said that although the grant was not sought in response to the recent issues in Archer, she said she hopes the grant money can help iron out some of the problems in both Archer and Newberry.
“It actually is great timing from the standpoint of addressing the drug enforcement activity that’s needed in Archer and Newberry, and gives us a great deal of expertise from which to draw from in the Weed and Seed program,” Darnell said.
Darnell said the drug and crime problems in Archer reach back at least a decade, whereas many of Newberry’s drug problems are more recent.
“Archer has had a longer, chronic drug problem than Newberry,” she said. “Newberry is a newer issue than the longer term concern in Archer. Archer residents have been asking for assistance from the Sheriff’s Office for more than a decade.”
The U.S. Attorney’s Office will play a key role in facilitating the federal grant, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Gregory McMahon told the Newberry City Commission Monday that because his office is involved, certain criminals could face both state and federal prosecution for their crimes.
McMahon said that when the five years of Weed and Seed are finished “you will be proud to have pursued this avenue.”
The next step in the process, if the grant is approved, is to form a joint steering committee between Archer and Newberry that will include local officials, as well as Troiano, McMahon and agent-in-charge Jeff Yllander of the Gainesville office of the Drug Enforcement Agency.