In partnership with the Colorado Youth Corps Association, GOCO offers $500,000 in funding each year to local governments to hire youth conservation corps for land, water, and energy conservation projects on permanently conserved properties. Another $500,000 is offered through GOCO funding to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.
CYCA is a statewide coalition of nine accredited youth conservation corps that employs and trains youth, young adults, and veterans (ages 14 – 25). CYCA serves 1,700 young people each year.
Youth corps crews complete a variety of projects, including:
- Trail construction and maintenance
- Tamarisk, Russian olive, and other invasive species mitigation – chainsaw crews, including pesticide/herbicide application, are available
- Fence installation and de-construction
- Wildlife habitat improvement
- Riparian restoration
- Beetle kill hazard mitigation – chainsaw crews available
- Fire Fuels mitigation – chainsaw crews available
WHO CAN APPLY
how to apply
CYCA release an RFP in late August, which is posted to this webpage. All proposals must be submitted to CYCA according to instructions included in the RFP.
when to apply
- August 2017: RFP available
- September 2017: Proposals due to CYCA
- December 2017: Grants awarded by GOCO board
- January 2018: Projects authorized to begin
- December 31, 2018: All projects must be complete