Public Education Outreach & Participation (PEPO) funding was recently expanded by the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) to include a “Statewide Initiatives” category. In creating the Statewide Initiatives category, the Water Plan serves as the main driver of the priorities noted in the PEPO Grant Criteria and Guidelines. Because the Water Plan outlines broad priorities, the PEPO workgroup along with CWCB have together outlined funding priorities for the Statewide Initiatives fund to help spur applicant ideas and guide program development.
These outlined priorities and concepts tie into actions noted in the 2023 Water Plan and intent of the Statewide Initiatives funding – to create cross-basin education and outreach materials, analysis and discussions. Applicants who are interested in applying for the Statewide Initiatives category can submit grant proposals for other ideas that are not on this list and those will be equally considered based on the
PEPO Grant Criteria and Guidelines. The list is not exhaustive and is only meant to serve as a starting point for concepts that CWCB and PEPO have identified as being beneficial and in alignment with the intent of the Statewide Initiatives category. They can be referenced to the extent they are helpful in generating grant proposals.