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Open Space Grants

Open Space Grants help fund the acquisition and protection of unique open space and natural areas of statewide significance through fee acquisitions or conservation easements.

Land acquisition projects intended for low-impact, passive recreation with very limited facilities should be submitted through our Open Space Program; acquisition projects intended for high-impact, active recreation with significant facility development should be submitted through our Local Parks and Outdoor Recreation Grant Program.

Project areas include:

  • Buffers/in-holdings
  • Greenways/stream corridors
  • Community separators
  • Agricultural land
  • Natural areas and non-game wildlife habitat
  • Scenic viewsheds
  • Urban open space parcels

Who Can Apply

Non-profit land-conservation organizations, municipalities, counties, political subdivisions of the state, and the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife are eligible for Open Space Grants.

How To Apply

GOCO no longer accepts paper applications. All grant applications must be submitted electronically through our online portal. 


When To Apply

Open Space Grants are offered annually. Consider submitting a draft application to GOCO staff no later than two weeks prior to the application due date for feedback and comments. Feel free to contact us at any point during the application process. We are happy to assist you.

  • June 30, 2016: Application posted
  • August 5, 2016: Draft applications due (optional)
  • August 19, 2016: Applications due
  • December 8, 2016: Grants awarded


Contact Michele Frishman at mfrishman@goco.org or 303.226.4522.