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The Chaffee Common Ground Citizens Advisory Committee will open a grant cycle on March 8, 2021.

Community organizations and others interested in applying for funding are encouraged to attend an information session from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Monday, March 15, to learn about eligibility requirements and grant criteria.

Contact Common Ground Administrator Ben Doon at to obtain virtual access and materials for the Zoom session.

Forest Health. Scott Peterson image for Chaffee Common Ground

Up to $500,000 will be available during this grant cycle for programs and projects that strengthen forest health and reduce wildfire danger, conserve and support agricultural lands and rural landscapes, and manage the impacts of growth in outdoor recreation.

The pre-application deadline is March 31 and the final deadline is April 30. Funding recommendations by the Citizens Advisory Committee are subject to approval by the Board of County Commissioners. Awards will be announced in June.

Visit and click on Grantee Info for guidelines and application links.

A conservation funding program addressing landscape challenges for the community, Chaffee Common Ground invests a portion of sales tax revenues to strengthen forest health and reduce wildfire danger; conserve and support working agriculture and rural landscapes; and manage the impacts of growth in outdoor recreation.

Created when voters approved a 0.25% sales tax in 2018, Common Ground supports locally based, collaborative programs and projects through a transparent grant process that leverages revenues to achieve the highest impact.

Featured image: The 389-acre Kelly Ranch was placed under a conservation easement in 2011, protecting it from development in perpetuity. Image Courtesy Chaffee Common Ground