The City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department (NAD) invites members of the Fort Collins community to propose enhancement projects for funding through the Natural Areas Enhancement Fund. The NAD encourages stewardship of all natural areas so financial assistance is available for projects to enhance or restore private or public natural areas in Fort Collins. The NAD is appropriating $15,000 from the citizen-initiated Open Space Yes! sales tax for the Enhancement Fund in 2013. Applications are due on November 1 and are available at fcgov.com/naturalareas
Examples of projects might include native tree and shrub plantings, removal of exotic pest trees, wetland restoration, or native grassland revegetation. Examples of eligible sites include privately-owned City-certified natural areas such as those managed by homeowners associations, as well as publicly-owned natural areas not managed by the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas Department which could include wetlands and stream corridors within City parks or stormwater detention areas. School projects also may be eligible. Sites managed by the Natural Areas Department are enhanced through a separate funding source. Project proposals from private citizens, neighborhood groups, nonprofit organizations, school groups, and corporations are encouraged. City, County, and Federal projects are not eligible for this fund.
The NAD is appropriating $15,000 from the citizen-initiated Open Space Yes! sales tax for the Enhancement Fund in 2013. Projects up to $15,000 will be considered; smaller budget projects ($2,000 or less) with a supporting volunteer commitment are encouraged. Funds are targeted for implementation of projects. Planning projects and salary costs are not considered for funding.
Over the past 19 years, the City of Fort Collins Natural Area Enhancement Fund has provided over $247,000 for enhancement of 64 sites.
To receive enhancement funds for privately owned land, the property must first be certified as a natural area by the City. An application can be submitted at the same time as the Enhancement Fund application. In addition, the land must be at least ¼ acre in size and be within the limits of the Fort Collins Growth Management Area, but need not be within the City limits. Applicants must provide proof of project approval from landowner(s).
Applications must be submitted no later than 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 1, 2013. Incomplete or inaccurate applications will not be considered. Funds will be awarded in December 2013. Applications can be obtained on-line at http://www.fcgov.com/naturalareas/pdf/enhancement-grant-application13.pdf
or by calling Karen Manci at 970-221-6310.