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 several grant programs:
- Local Government Park and Outdoor Recreation 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.
- Planning Grants to help develop strategic plans that create, protect and enhance open space, wildlife habitat, parks and trails.
- Trails Grants offered annually through the Colorado State Trails Program to develop recreational trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and other non-motorized activities.
- 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.
- A special initiative, School Play Yards, creates safer, more active play areas and environments for outdoor learning at schools.
- In response to the fall 2013 flooding, GOCO offered emergency Flood Recovery grants to help affected communities repair or rebuild damaged parks, trails and open spaces.