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Community Projects

Through the community capital projects, Nature in the City (NIC) partners with HOA's, schools, community groups, non-profits, businesses, and others in the community to increase access to high quality natural spaces for people and wildlife. Developed in 2016, the program empowers residents to plan and implement neighborhood-scale projects that improve access to nature, increase landscape diversity, and connect wildlife corridors throughout the city. As Fort Collins grows toward its "buildout" population, these projects will help ensure that nature is well-integrated into the urban fabric of public and private lands.

NIC prioritizes projects that address barriers preventing people and wildlife from accessing nature. Previously-funded improvements include outdoor classrooms or nature centers at schools, soft-surface trails, pollinator and community gardens, and living architecture.


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Learn more about the Nature in the City Community Projects

Click on a category below to learn more about the types of community projects supported by Nature in the City.

Apply Now for Your 2018 Project

Nature in the City wants to partner with you to make a difference for nature in your neighborhood! Projects should benefit wildlife habitat, give residents of Fort Collins easy access to nature, or make neighborhood landscapes more diverse. NIC’s 2018 Community Project Grants can support your idea no matter where you are in the process - planning, design, or implementation. Projects don’t have to be big to be impactful. Small, creative, and unique projects are encouraged to apply. There is up to $100,000 available for 2018 projects.

For the 2018 funding cycle, there are three grant categories:

  • Mini- Grant– up to $1,000 – Small projects to incorporate nature into small or challenging spaces.
  • Planning Grant – up to $5,000 – Design assistance to turn your idea into landscape or construction plans.
  • Implementation Grant – up to $25,000 – “Shovel-ready” projects that can be completed in 2018.
The most competitive projects have matching funds or labor, include volunteers, are supported by the neighborhood, and make the greatest local impact in connecting people and wildlife to nature. Funds will be awarded by January 2018.
Applications are due Monday, October 2. Apply via ZoomGrants™