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Make it Happen Implementation Grants!#

Make it Happen Implementation Grants!

Nature in the City helps to fund projects that will bring natural spaces into your neighborhood and community! Applications for 2022 grant funds are available.   

  • Make it Happen: Implementation Grant applications open September 1, 2021 for funds in 2022.
  • Grant applications are due by Oct 20, 2021
  • Funding awards from $5,000 to $40,000 will be available to help implement your ready to go projects. 
  • Go to the “Apply” page to learn more!   
  • Residential Scale Projects will continue to be offered through the partnership with the City’s Utilities Xeriscape Incentive Program (XIP).  

Need some inspiration? In 2020 Nature in the City awarded $145,000 worth of funding towards 16 implementation projects that have already increased nature throughout Fort Collins!  Check out some of past Nature in the City projects here!  

This grant opportunity is thanks to the voter-approved Community Capital Improvement Program. Thank you for your support! 

What to Plant?#

What to Plant?

Looking for plants that support local wildlife and pollinators, are waterwise, and regionally appropriate? City of Fort Collins Recommended Plant List is here! This list is unique to Fort Collins and includes hundreds of plants native to Fort Collins and Colorado. This new resource can serve as a guide in the creation of sustainable and ecologically diverse landscapes and may just help you decide what else to plant in your garden.

Check out the Plant List

2020 Annual Report#

The Fort Collins community stepped up for nature in 2020 despite the challenges and uncertainty that the year brought. The Nature in the City 2020 Annual Report highlights key accomplishments from the year. Explore the report to find out how the community and volunteers helped make 2020 one of the programs biggest years yet!

Read the 2020 Annual Report

Vision, Goals and Strategic Plan#


A connected open space network accessible to the entire community that provides a variety of experiences and functional habitat for people, plants, and wildlife.


  • CONNECTIVITY across high quality natural spaces through enhancement of urban lands that provide diverse social and ecological opportunities.
  • ACCESS to nature by ensuring every resident can easily experience nature where they live, work, and play.
  • STEWARDSHIP of the naturalized landscape by demonstrating that a shift in our community landscape can support healthy environments for people and wildlife.

Strategic Plan:

Nature in the City logo

Some current partnerships and projects are:

Nature in the City Photos#