Program Application

WaterNow Alliance's Colorado Regional Project Accelerator program offers technical and program assistance to advance innovative, equitable and sustainable water projects within the State of Colorado. The Accelerator is open to utilities, cities, towns, special districts, and other public entities with responsibility for drinking water, wastewater, and/or stormwater services. 

Selected projects receive approximately 250 hours of pro-bono assistance, typically over a 6-9 month period. Accelerator projects are intended to be collaborations with the relevant community, so applicants are advised to be clear about their ability to commit time to the proposed initiative. 

The deadline to apply is February 10, 2023. 

For more information about the program, including eligibility, examples of past projects, and other FAQ, please visit our website.
Organization Information

Please help us better understand your organization by responding to the questions below.

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* 1. Is your utility located in or working within the state of Colorado?

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* 2. Please provide your contact information:

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* 3. Are you the correct contact for follow-up questions related to your application?  If not, please indicate the most appropriate individual and provide his/her email and phone number.

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* 4. Approximately how many customers/ratepayers does your water utility serve?

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* 5. How did you hear about WaterNow's Project Accelerator? (Select all that apply.)

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* 6. To be eligible for selection for the Accelerator, at least one person within your agency must be a WaterNow member (e.g. elected/appointed official, executive management staff). Membership is free and it's easy to join! 

Are you or a representative of your city/water agency a member of the WaterNow Alliance?

Project Information

This section helps us understand the goals of the project, and what type of inputs from the Accelerator would contribute to its success.

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* 7. What is your proposed project title (e.g. Direct Install Program for Income Qualified Residents, Development of a Graywater Ordinance, Conservation Program Outreach Plan, etc.)?

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* 8. What is the primary goal and/or driver of this project (e.g., addressing local water shortages, limiting stormwater pollution, meeting goals outlined in a conservation plan, etc.)?

Suggested length: less than ~250 words.

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* 9. Please briefly describe your sustainable water project, and indicate how the project would benefit from an infusion of approximately 6-9 months of outside program and technical support from WaterNow Alliance.

Suggested length: ~ 250-500 words.

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* 10. Does this project support under-resourced communities and/or advance water equity? If so, please describe this element of the project in greater detail. 

For more detailed descriptions and definitions of under-resourced communities and water equity, please see the FAQ section of WaterNow's Project Accelerator web page.

Suggested length: less than ~250 words.

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* 11. What are the specific outputs or deliverables you are seeking from working with WaterNow? Please be as specific as possible.

Note: WaterNow uses the term “outputs” to refer to deliverables within the control of the project participants, such as assistance navigating new federal funding opportunities, drafting ordinance language, creating an outreach and communication plan, hosting stakeholder meetings, creating best management practices or policy recommendations, etc.

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* 12. What outcomes do you hope to achieve by working with WaterNow through the Project Accelerator program? Please be as specific as possible.

Note: WaterNow uses the term “outcomes” to refer to results that are aspirational but are outside of the direct control of the project participants, e.g., X number of applications participate in a specific program, X gallons of water are saved, engagement of X number of customers, etc.

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* 13. What commitments to your proposed project, if any, has your community made to date (e.g., city council has approved $XX in spending to implement a rebate program; General Manager has tasked staff with applying for a federal grant; internal deadline to prepare a plan by X date, etc.)?

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* 14. Which of the following Project Accelerator resources do you believe would best support your proposed project?  (Select UP TO THREE.)

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* 15. Do you believe that approximately 250 hours of program and technical assistance, over a period of approximately 6-9 months, will have a significant impact on moving your project forward?

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* 16. What is your preferred start date for Accelerator support?  

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* 17. Launching a Project Accelerator project includes collaboratively developing a Project Brief that outlines the project roadmap, deliverables, and responsibilities. Both WaterNow and the participating organization also co-create and sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). Does your organization have capacity to participate in the creation of a Project Brief and review and sign an MOU in a timely manner?

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* 18. If there are any additional supporting documents you would like to share, please upload them here, or email them to aw@waternow.org.

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