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Our Grant Programs

Great Outdoors Colorado grants impact communities of all sizes across the state of Colorado. We offer the following funding and special initiative grant programs based on four funding areas mandated by the Colorado Constitution, feedback from grantees, and input from Coloradans.

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  • Conservation Easement Transaction Costs Grants 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.
  • Habitat Restoration Grants to improve and restore Colorado's rivers, streams, wetlands, and critical habitat.
  • Local Park and Outdoor Recreation Grants to help construct and enhance community parks, outdoor recreation amenities, and environmental education facilities. 
  • Open Space Grants to preserve Colorado’s open spaces, including land along river corridors, urban parcels, agricultural lands, and wildlife habitat.
  • Planning Grants to develop strategic plans for the creation, protection, or enhancement of open space, wildlife habitat, parks, and trails.
  • The School Yard Initiative to upgrade school playgrounds and create student-designed outdoor play and learning environments.
  • Youth Corps Grants to create hundreds of jobs for youth in the outdoors on projects like building trails, erosion control after forest fires, and eradicating invasive species.


  • The Protect Initiative, developed as part of our 2015 strategic plan, funds large land conservation projects.
  • The Connect Initiative, the second part of our strategic plan, funds projects that helps 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. 
  • Connect Initiative Trail Planning grants fund the hiring of a professional planning consultant to engage in trail planning efforts.
  • 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.