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Local Government Parks & Recreation / Mini Grants


Local Park and Outdoor Recreation (LPOR) grants (up to $350,000 per project) and mini grants (up to $45,000 per project costing $60,000 or less) fund:

  • New park development: Creating a park where one does not exist.
  • Enhancing existing park facilities: Improving current park facilities, including installing or creating new facilities at existing parks.
  • Park land acquisition: Acquiring land for a future park.
  • Environmental education facilities: Building new facilities or enhancing existing ones. (Please note: GOCO does not fund programming or non-fixed assets for these facilities).

Who Can Apply

Cities, counties, and parks and recreation districts are eligible for LPOR and mini grants. Eligible entities can sponsor projects on behalf of school districts, unincorporated cities and towns, community groups, and other ineligible entities. Applicants must provide at least 25% of the total project cost in matching funds, at least 10% of which must be a cash match.

How To Apply

Before beginning your application, contact program manager Jake Houston (303-226-4517) or program coordinator Madison Brannigan (303-226-4526) to discuss your project's eligibility.

Download the application and review the entire document before you start filling it out, paying particular attention to eligibility criteria so you are sure your project meets all requirements. Do not reference or re-use applications from prior grant cycles. 

All applications must be submitted online. To register, visit tinyurl.com/GOCOGranteePortal; to submit an application, use the link included in the current cycle's application form.


when to apply

Applications have closed for the 2016 -2017 grant cycle; grants will be awarded March 23, 2017 at the GOCO Board Meeting in Fort Morgan. 

  • Late Summer 2017: Applications posted and grant-writing workshops hosted (schedule and locations TBD)
  • Late Fall 2017:  Applications due
  • Spring 2017: Grant awards made


Contact Program Manager Jake Houston at jhouston@goco.org or 303-226-4517 or Program Coordinator Madison Brannigan at mbrannigan@goco.org or 303-226-4526.