Great Outdoors Colorado grants continue to make a difference in communities statewide. Based on the four funding areas mandated by the Colorado Constitution—and with input from grantees and Coloradans—we’ve developed a variety of annual and special opportunity grant programs:
- Conservation Easement Transaction Costs Grants provides funds for closing costs associated with conserving properties with donated conservation easements.
- Conservation Excellence Grants to improve best practices at land conservation organizations and study issues affecting the conservation community.
- Local Government Park and Outdoor Recreation Grants offers grants of up to $350,000 to help construct and enhance community parks, outdoor recreation amenities, and environmental education facilities as well as Mini Grants for projects costing $60,000 or less.
- Open Space Grants to help preserve Colorado’s open spaces, including land along river corridors, urban parcels, agricultural lands, and wildlife habitat.
- Planning Grants to help develop strategic plans for the creation, protection, or enhancement of open space, wildlife habitat, parks, and trails.
- Habitat Restoration Grants to help improve and restore Colorado's rivers, streams, wetlands, and critical habitat.
- The School Yard Initiative to create student-inspired outdoor play and learning environments on school grounds.
- Trails Grants offered through the Colorado State Trails Program to develop recreational trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding, and more.
- Youth Corps Grants to create hundreds of jobs for youth in the outdoors, such as building trails, doing erosion control after forest fires, and eradicating invasive species.
SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY GRANTS.
- The Protect Initiative, developed as part of our strategic plan, will address large open space protection goals.
- The Connect Initiative, part of our strategic plan, will help connect regional and local trail networks and provide more bikeable and walkable access to outdoor recreation.
- The Inspire Initiative is the third prong of our strategic plan and was developed to address the growing disconnect between youth and the outdoors.
- In response to the fall 2013 flooding, GOCO provided $5 million in emergency flood recovery grants to help affected communities repair or rebuild damaged parks, trails, and open spaces.