About the Waterwise Landscape Transformation Grant

Resource Central, with the help of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, is offering grants to help Homeowners Associations (HOAs) remove high-water-use turf and replace it with waterwise alternatives. Selected HOAs can receive between $5,000 and $25,000 (based on project characteristics) to use for turf removal projects. We are focused on projects that will be utilizing non-chemical removal methods instead of the use of chemicals (like herbicides). If your current plan includes spraying, we strongly encourage you to apply and utilize the grant funding for non-chemical removal. Resource Central will participate in an observational capacity, documenting the process to gain valuable insight into the challenges and successes of large-scale turf replacement projects.

Key program details:

Please note: Resource Central is only providing funding; our role excludes decision making and providing goods and services on the project. To receive funding, you must agree to allow our team to observe relevant meetings, communicate with all stakeholders (project manager, HOA board members, landscaping contractors, etc.), and review project budget, plans, and other documents as needed so that we can gain familiarity with the process of large-scale turf conversion. 

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Eligibility Criteria:

  • Project size must be more than 5,000 square feet of healthy, irrigated grass to be replaced with waterwise plant material (perennials, native grass, wildflowers, etc.)
  • Must be open to non-chemical removal methods
  • Must have HOA board approval for the project.
  • Must have primary funding secured.
  • Project must begin before September 1, 2024.
  • Must be willing to let Resource Central observe the entire process, including speaking with stakeholders and reviewing documents.

Resource Central will evaluate grantees and funding availability based on eligibility, project size, start date, and removal method to explore a wide variety of projects.

Application Questions

Applicant information: HOA name, Grant applicant name, contact info, project address

Project Information:

  • Please describe your project (including total square feet, current landscape description, plans for what turf is being replaced with, etc.).
  • Do you have a landscaper who has agreed to complete the turf conversion? Please provide their details here if so (name, phone number).
  • Do you have a finalized work plan?
  • How is your landscaper planning to remove existing turf?
  • What are you replacing turf with? 
  • Do you have a plan for irrigation after turf is removed? Please describe if so.
  • Has your HOA board approved the project? If so, please list the date it was approved.
  • What is your expected total project cost? How are you planning to fund the project beyond this grant?
  • What is your project’s start date?
  • When do you expect the project to be completed?
  • Is the person filling out the application also serving as the project manager? If not, please list name, phone number and email for the project manager.

Please upload the following documents:

  1. Proof of board approval
  2. Up to three pictures of your existing plot that you will be converting
  3. Work plan (if you have one)

Application Process

  • Applications open on May 1, 2024.
  • Rolling deadline for applications, reviewed as they are received and open until filled. Applicants are encouraged to apply early to have the best chance of receiving funding.
  • Once we review your application, we will schedule a brief screening with you if we decide to move forwards (or notify you if not)
  • If selected, we will gather documents and meet to discuss further details of your project and distribute funding.
  • Projects must be started by September 1.

Maintenance is vital for the success of your waterwise landscape project. It guarantees the health and vitality of your plants and transforms your space into a vibrant hub for life after turf removal. Here’s what you can expect and start planning for in your community space.

Adjusting Irrigation

  • Water Savings: Implementing irrigation changes is crucial for conserving water, a fundamental aspect of the Transformative Landscape Change Challenge. By optimizing irrigation systems, you can significantly reduce water usage, contributing to sustainable water management practices and environmental conservation efforts.
  • Plant Health and Thriving Environment: Adjusting irrigation systems ensures that your newly planted waterwise plants receive the appropriate amount of water for healthy growth and development. Proper irrigation is essential for nurturing the plants in their new environment, helping them thrive and establish themselves effectively.
  • Collaboration with Irrigation Team: It’s essential to collaborate closely with your project area’s irrigation team to facilitate successful changes. Work together to evaluate and adjust the irrigation system from planting through plant maturation, ensuring that it meets the specific needs of the waterwise landscape and promotes optimal plant health.

By prioritizing irrigation changes, you not only conserve water but also create a supportive environment for your new waterwise plants, setting the stage for a thriving and sustainable landscape.


Can’t find what you’re looking for?

Email Tracy Ayres at tayres@resourcecentral.org for any questions or concerns.

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