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Conservation Easement Transaction Costs Grants

Bender Conservation Easement near Buena Vista, CO. 

The Transaction Costs Grant Program helps facilitate land conservation projects with donated conservation easements that would not otherwise be successful in the face of prohibitive transaction costs for the landowner. Grants are capped at $50,000 per property.

All GOCO grants are reimbursement grants, meaning funds will not be distributed until closing. However, GOCO recognizes some grantees that will be awarded a transaction cost grant will need funding to reach closing, and GOCO is coordinating with Colorado Open Lands on potential loan options to ensure maximum program success. 

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

This grant program is currently on hold as it is being evaluated by GOCO staff and board members. In the interim, if you would like to express interest in future program cycles or provide program feedback, please contact Alex Castino at 303.226.2417 or acastino@goco.org


when to apply

  • January 6, 2020: Application available by request
  • March 5, 2020: Applications due
  • June 2020: Grants awarded


Contact Alex Castino at 303.226.4517.