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Whether you’re searching for GOCO news, want to learn about GOCO funds at work in communities statewide, or are looking for tips on upcoming funding and educational opportunities, you’ve come to the right place.

Where Do You GOCO - January 2017 Closed Projects

February
15
2017

There’s a lot of fanfare around grant awards, but what happens after the ceremonial checks are presented, the reporters have published their articles, and the interviews are over? Our grantees get down to business.

GOCO funding has built parks and trails, helped communities recover from floods and schools build new playgrounds, protected wildlife habitat and open space, and improved outdoor amenities like campgrounds and boat ramps. We’re funded completely by Colorado Lottery proceeds and have invested in more than 4,900 projects in all 64 counties. Read our annual report for more information >>

Each year, we award funding through competitive grant programs to communities across the state and to Colorado Parks & Wildlife. Grantees are typically allowed about two years to complete projects.

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GOCO Board Selects Chris Castilian as Executive Director

February
7
2017

The Board of Trustees of Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) is pleased to announce its selection of Chris Castilian for the GOCO executive director position. A native of Colorado, Castilian has a lengthy history of both private and public service, including serving as deputy chief of staff for Gov. Bill Owens, as well as director of the Colorado State Board of Land Commissioners. Most recently, Castilian was director of strategy and engagement for Anadarko Petroleum Corp., where he led government affairs, social investment, employee engagement, and stakeholder outreach for the Rockies region.

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Where Do You GOCO - December Closed Projects

January
17
2017

There’s a lot of fanfare around grant awards, but what happens after the ceremonial checks are presented, the reporters have published their articles, and the interviews are over? Our grantees get down to business.

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What Is A Conservation Easement?

January
17
2017

Have you ever wondered how land in Colorado gets conserved and what that really means? To conserve something is to protect it—and since protecting land is an important part of what GOCO and many of its partners do—we thought we’d take the opportunity to break down how it (typically) works.  

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Celebrating GOCO's Inspire Initiative Pilots

January
5
2017

December 8, 2016 was a big day for GOCO. Not only had our board just awarded one of our largest rounds of funding, but $13.2 million of that funding was awarded to our six pilot coalitions for the Inspire Initiative. We brought together Inspire Initiative coalition members, youth leaders, partners, supporters, and the media to celebrate a huge milestone for this groundbreaking initiative to get kids outside and break down barriers keeping them from connecting with nature.

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