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:
- Local Government Park and Outdoor Recreation Grants offers up to $350,000 grants to help construct and enhance community parks, outdoor recreation amenities and environmental education facilities. This program includes Mini Grants for smaller 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.
- (NEW IN 2016) Conservation Easement Transaction Cost Only Grants provide funds for closing costs associated with conserving a property, which sometimes is a financial barrier for a landowner who wishes to conserve their property.
- Planning Grants to help develop strategic plans that create, protect and enhance open space, wildlife habitat, parks and trails.
- Trails Grants offered through the Colorado State Trails Program to develop recreational trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and other non-motorized activities.
- Riparian Restoration Grants help improve and restore Colorado's rivers and streams, and engage youth and families in the effort.
- Conservation Excellence Grants to improve and expand capacity at organizations working in land conservation.
- Youth Corps Grants through GOCO and Colorado Parks and Wildlife create hundreds of jobs for youth in the outdoors, such as building trails, doing erosion control after forest fires and eradicating invasive species.
NEW INITIATIVES AND SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY GRANTS
- School Play Yard Initiative creates safer, more active play areas and environments for outdoor learning at schools.
- Inspire Initiative is a new five-year strategy, developed for our new strategic plan, to address the growing disconnect between youth and the outdoors. Five communities will be pilots to create or improve outdoor destinations, safe access trails and youth programming.
- (NEW IN 2016) The Protect Initiative and Connect Initiative grant programs, developed as part of our new strategic plan, will address large open space protection goals and regional trail networks around the state to better connect people to open spaces and parks.
- 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.