Backcountry Search and Rescue Flexible Fund (BSARFX)


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.   

Eligible Applicants:

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.


Eligible Expenses:

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 thoroughly demonstrate a need for funding will be accepted for consideration.  


Four Funding Opportunities (“phases”) over 2 years - SFY22 and SFY23: 

Total Funding: $2.25 million (Up to $600,000 per phase) 


Phase 2 Online Application and Award:
  • Application Opens: March 3, 2022
  • Application Closes: April 15, 2022
  • Applications Reviewed: Week of April 18, 2022
  • Awards Announced: TBD
  • Funds released: TBD

All applications must be completed and submitted through the Grants Portal

Grants Portal


Linked Program Documents



Perry Boydstun
Search and Rescue Fund Program Manager
(303) 864-7748