Ensure Adequate Funds
Budgeting for the SMP process is a challenging and important step to securing funding. It is important to plan the entire SMP process, even if only a portion is undertaken at a time. Costs to consider include project management, stakeholder engagement/outreach, data collection/inventory, analysis, etc. Try to have a relevant consultant review cost estimates to ensure that the estimates are realistic.
Funding (cash and in-kind) should come from a variety of sources. Most grants (including the CWCB Colorado Watershed Restoration Program, SMP grant type) require cost-share among multiple partners. Having community-level support can also promote leadership and ownership by the community. Typical funding sources include project partners/stakeholders including Basin Roundtables, municipalities, counties, nonprofits, state agencies and local businesses. Some SMPs are able to secure non-governmental grants from private sources or foundations to offset costs.