In 2021, Colorado House Bill 21-1326 was signed by Governor Polis for the transfer of $2.25 million from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) into the Search and Rescue Program Fund. Transferred funding enabled the Department of Local Affairs (DOLA), in consultation the DNR, to establish the Backcountry Search and Rescue Flexible Fund Grant Program. This program is intended to offer grants to organizations that are non-governmental and to allow grant dollars to pay for a variety of search and rescue needs outside of the traditionally funded equipment and training.
Colorado Counties and nonprofit backcountry search and rescue organizations contracted with a county or state to provide search and rescue services are eligible to apply. Multi-County applications are also accepted.
Applicants may apply for funding for needed services, equipment (to include vehicles and vehicle accessories), training, capital projects/improvements, and SAR incident cost. Applicants may apply for a special circumstances grant that does not fit into the prescribed fund categories. Only projects that can demonstrate a need for funding in excess of $10,000 will be accepted for Phase 1.
Four Funding Opportunities (“phases”) over 2 years - SFY22 and SFY23:
Total Funding: $2.25 million (Up to $600,000 per phase)
Phase 1 Online Application and Award:
- Application Opens: October 27 2021
- Application Closes: December 1, 2021
- Applications Reviewed: Week of December 6, 2021
- Awards Announced: By December 15, 2021
- Funds released: TBD
All applications must be completed and submitted through the Grants Portal
Linked Program Documents
- Grants Portal Account Creation Instructions
- Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA)
- BSAR FX Grant Facts Sheet
- Financial Hardship Waiver
- BSAR FX Cash Match Qualification Document
- Sample Application
- BSAR Phase 1 Q&A
Search and Rescue Fund Program Manager