Mile High Youth Corps working on the Iron Horse Trail near Denver, CO. Photo by Sean Sheridan.
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
All proposals must be submitted to CYCA according to instructions included in the RFP, found at www.cyca.org.
when to apply
- August 2017: RFP available at www.cyca.org
- 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