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Protect Initiative Grants

GOCO's Protect Initiative funds urgent, once-in-a-lifetime land conservation projects. Projects may range from conservation of an urban parcel to a ranch that encompasses tens of thousands of acres, but all must present a compelling urgency, involve significant size and/or cost, and be accessible and/or visible to the public. The minimum request for GOCO funding of these projects is $1 million. Multiple-parcel or phased projects may be considered but will be limited with regard to substitutions of properties and extensions of grants. Read about the most recent round of funding awarded >> 

Who can apply

Non-profit land-conservation organizations, municipalities, counties, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and political subdivisions of the State of Colorado that include in their mission the identification, acquisition, or management of open space and natural areas are eligible for this grant program.

how to apply

If you have more than one project in mind, please submit a separate concept paper for each project.

Please keep in mind that a concept paper does not constitute a grant application. GOCO staff and peer reviewers will review your concept paper, and staff will present eligible concept papers to the GOCO Board's Parks, Trails, and Open Space Committee. Selected eligible applicants will receive a formal, invitation-only application, and a site visit will be scheduled.

Feel free to contact us at any point during the completion of your concept paper and application. We are always willing and happy to assist you.


when to apply

  • December 22, 2017: Concept papers due
  • March 1, 2018: Staff presentation of concept papers to GOCO Parks, Trails, and Open Space Committee
  • March 2, 2018: Applications provided by GOCO to selected projects
  • April - May 2018: Site visits of selected projects
  • April 20, 2018: Applications due
  • June 14, 2018: Grants awarded at GOCO Board meeting in Lamar


Contact Michele Frishman, Open Space Program Manager, at (303) 226-4522 or mfrishman@goco.org