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Nature in the City

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Dept Head: John Stokes

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Nature in the City Grants


Nature in the City helps to fund projects that will bring natural spaces into your neighborhood and community! In 2021 grant funds will be available:  

  • Dream it Up: Planning Grant applications are now open until 11:59 pm Nov 2, 2020. Funding awards up to $5,000 are available to help transform your inspired ideas into ready to go projects. 
    • Go to the “Apply” page to learn more and apply!  
    • Sign up for the virtual Q&A session on September 30, 2020 at 5:30 pm
    • Watch the recorded Q&A session (link available in early October)
  • Residential Scale Projects will be offered through a partnership with the City’s Utilities Xeriscape Incentive Program (XIP). 

Make it Happen:Implementation Grants will be offered 2022 with the application opening fall/winter 2021.  

Need some inspiration? In 2020 Nature in the City awarded $145,000 worth of funding towards 16 implementation projects and 2 planning projects for increasing 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! 

Learn more and apply

Vision, Goals and Strategic Plan

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.


  • Easy Access to Nature: Ensure every resident is within a 10-minute walk to
    nature from their home or workplace.
  • High Quality Natural Spaces: Conserve, create and enhance natural spaces to
    provide diverse social and ecological opportunities.
  • Land Stewardship: Shift the landscape aesthetic to more diverse forms that
    support healthy environments for people and wildlife.

Strategic Plan:

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Some current partnerships and projects are:

More About Nature in the City

Nature in the City is the next evolution of conservation in Fort Collins. As Fort Collins grows in population, it is more important than ever to ensure that nature remains a defining attribute of the city. Through innovative partnerships, policies, and projects, the Nature in the City program strives to expand easy access to nature and create habitat hubs for people and wildlife.

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