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Town Scores a Hat Trick in Grant Awards!

Thursday, November 21 was a special day for Town staff, volunteers, and the Nederland Fire Protection District due to notifications from three entities awarding support for various initiatives.

Since information about all three grants is already posted on social media, I thought you could post this article on the home page which covers all three. I realize the last paragraph is a repeat of the initial posting about CPAW grant. Let me know your thoughts.

Boulder County’s Resource Conservation Division informed the Town that our Special Event Zero Waste Recycling project has been chosen as part of the 2020 Zero Waste funding program. This year they had 20 applications with over $200,000 in funding requested for zero waste projects throughout the county. The Resource Conservation Advisory Board unanimously voted to partially fund the Special Event Zero Waste Recycling project in the amount of $3,000, with funding awarded to be used for reused recycling containers.

Staff was notified by the Board of County Commissioners that the Town of Nederland will be awarded our requested amount of $15,000 to undertake sustainability initiatives. The Sustainability Matching Grant will fund a contract with a sustainability expert for program management, streamlined communication, and valuable sustainability expertise to the town and community, in support of Nederland’s sustainability goals. Volunteer and staff hours will be used to match the grant award. Note: The final award and grant funding are pending county 2020 budget approval on December 10th.  In the award letter they went on to say “We are grateful for all the Town of Nederland has done to advance sustainability in our region and value the partnership we have built to meet our shared vision of more
sustainable communities”.

The Town is grateful to the Sustainability Advisory Board for partnering with staff to complete and submit the two grants listed above.

And to add to the good news, The Town of Nederland was accepted into the Community Planning Assistance for Wildfire (CPAW) Program. This program provides support in the form of technical (not monetary) assistance, as well as covering the cost for attendance at the Land Use Planning and Wildfire Forum in Boulder, Colorado on December 10-12, 2019. The forum provides the latest science and best practices regarding wildfire risks, as well as network building opportunities. The grant application was a collaboration between the Nederland Fire Protection District (NFPD) personnel Fire Chief Rick Dir, Fire Inspector and Wildfire Risk Coordinator Rik Henrikson, and Deputy Zoning Administrator Cynthia Bakke, with some historical perspective and past wildfire program information provided by former Trustee and PROSAB Chairman Randy Lee.