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XIP promotes projects that convert high-water use landscapes to regionally adapted water-wise landscapes. During this pilot program, HOA and commercial properties can receive $1.50/square foot of area converted up to $15,000 per project if they meet certain qualifications and submit an application detailing a project that demonstrates long-term water reduction through landscape transformation. Funds are limited. Applications will be reviewed by a cross-disciplinary review team and awards will be announced in September 2020.

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  1. Applicants must be a non-residential Fort Collins Utilities water customer (e.g., HOA and multifamily sprinkler taps and commercial properties). 
  2. Applicants must provide a financial match at least equivalent to the XIP grant amount received. In-kind services will not be counted toward the match; however, an applicant can use other grant funding sources.
  3. All projects must involve conversion of high-water use area(s) to water-wise landscapes. Projects that only address irrigation will not be considered.
  4. For 2021 participants only: If selected for XIP funding, project must be substantially completed with final inspection and establishment plan completed by Oct. 15, 2021. Final progress report and a long-term maintenance plan must be submitted by Dec. 31, 2021.

Application Details

  • A pre-application must be approved and submitted prior to completing a full application. The pre-application ensures eligibility before a full application is completed. Pre-application review takes one week. The last date to submit a pre-application is July 1, 2020. Please factor this into your timeline for submitting a full application by August 1, 2020. Water Conservation recommends submitting a pre-application as soon as you can!
  • Factor into your planning that a full application does require an existing landscape plan, proposed landscape plan, irrigation plan among other minor items such as photos.
  • Applications will be evaluated based on the following evaluation rubric.

Funding details for eligible 2021 participants

  • Applicants can receive $1.50/square foot of area converted up to $15,000 per project.
  • Applicants must provide a financial match at least equivalent to the XIP grant amount received. In-kind services will not be counted toward the match; however, an applicant can use other grant funding sources
  • Awards will be announced in September 2020 via email.
  • If awarded, funding will be made available to recipients after submission of invoices detailing expenses. Water Conservation will hold 25% of funding until the awardee submits final project completion report.

Award details for eligible 2021 participants

  • Awards will be announced in September 2020. Applicants will be notified via email.
  • If awarded, funding will be made available to recipients after submission of invoices detailing expenses. Water Conservation will hold 25% of funding until the awardee submits final project completion report.
  • Awardees will be required to submit reports, pictures detailing project progress, an establishment plan and a long-term management plan.

Application Information

Manage Your Water Use

  • Allotment Management Program (AMP): AMP provides eligible Utilities water customers with a temporary waiver from their Excess Water Use surcharges if they meet certain qualifications and submit an application detailing a project that demonstrates long-term water reduction.
  • Landscape Water Budget Program: Water Conservation staff will work with you to determine how much water your existing landscape needs in comparison to your allotment and historic water use.
  • My Water: Track your water use and receive high use/leak email alerts with Utilities free online monitoring tool, formerly known as WaterSmart.
  • Certified Landscape Professionals can help you save water and money.

Before You Start

  • Minor Amendment: If your property falls within City limits, any change that results in modification to an approved landscape plan will require a minor amendment prior to any work being completed. To search for your existing approved landscape plan visit citydocs.fcgov.com. Click here to download the minor application. Specific questions can be directed to PGFjbGFzcz0=">em9uaW5nQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==.
  • Locate your underground utilities: Any time earth is moved or removed using equipment, tools or explosives, the Utility Notification Center of Colorado must be notified. Please dial 811 so that underground utilities can be located.
  • Soil Amendments: City of Fort Collins' Ordinance 084, 2003 requires the addition of a soil amendment in areas that are cleared and planned to hold plants and grass. Click here to download a certificate.

Professional Resources

Irrigation

Plants

Trees and Forestry

Specific questions can be directed to PGFjbGFzcz0=">Zm9yZXN0cnlAZmNnb3YuY29t

Zoning and Minor Amendments 

  • Minor Amendment: If your property falls within City limits, any change that results in modification to an approved landscape plan may require a minor amendment. Minor Amendment's must be submitted and approved prior to any work being done on this project. To search for your existing approved landscape plan visit citydocs.fcgov.com. Click here to download the minor application. Specific questions can be directed to PGFjbGFzcz0=">em9uaW5nQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== or 970-416-2745.
    • Minor Amendment review takes four to six weeks.
  • Fort Collins Streetscape Standards

Soil, Erosion and Dust

Disposing of Organic Waste Material

1. What is the maximum amount of money I could be awarded?

A project can receive $1.50/square foot up to $15,000. 

2. What percent match is required?

Applicants must provide a financial match at least equivalent to the XIP grant amount received. In-kind services will not be counted toward the match; however, an applicant can use other grant funding sources.

3. Can in-kind services count towards the match requirement?

No. In-kind services do not count toward the match requirement.

4. How do I apply?

Click here to start your application!

5. I applied in 2020, can I apply again?

Past applicants may apply again but they must fill out a new application for 2021.

6. When would I be notified if I have been awarded money?

Applicants will be notified in September 2020.

7. If awarded, can I use my money on anything?

Money can be used on design, labor, material or installation costs related to the project. Money cannot be used on anything outside the scope of the project as descripted in the project application.

8. If awarded, will I receive the award money immediately?

No. Money will only be awarded after invoices detailing expenses are submitted and approved. Additionally, 25% of the funds will be held until after the final report has been submitted.

9. How will I submit invoices to receiving my award money?

If awarded, invoices will be submitted through ZoomGrants. Water Conservation will hold 25% of funding until the awardee submits final project completion report.

10. How will applications be reviewed?

Applications will be reviewed by a cross-disciplinary review team based on an evaluation rubric.

11. I submitted my application, but now I want to make a change. What do I do?

Even after you’ve submitted the application, you’ll be able to make changes until the application deadline on Aug. 1. The XIP team will begin reviewing all applications after Aug. 1. You may also contact XIP staff directly at eGlwWExAZmNnb3YuY29t if you have questions.

12. What will happen after receiving a grant?

If awarded, you will have to:

  • Sign contract
  • If your property falls within City limits, apply for a minor amendment. Specific questions about minor amendments can be directed ton PGFjbGFzcz0=">em9uaW5nQGZjZ292LmNvbQ== or 970-416-2745.
  • Complete W-9 form
  • Complete project
  • Submit invoices
  • Submit quarterly progress reports
  • Submit establishment and long-term management plan

13. Can I submit a late application?

No. Late applications will not be reviewed.

14. Do I have to use a contractor listed on your website?

No, you are not required to use a contractor listed on our website.

Are you a residential customer? Visit fcgov.com/xip to learn more about our residential program.

Questions?

Contact Xeriscape Incentive Program (XIP) for HOA and commercial properties at eGlwWExAZmNnb3YuY29t or 970-416-4306.