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Inspire Initiative

Cherry Creek State Park in Aurora, CO. Photo by Caveman Collective.

As the cornerstone of the strategic plan, the Inspire Initiative aims to connect youth and their families with the outdoors. For our quality of life to endure, we know that Coloradans must appreciate and care for our great outdoors. We can’t appreciate what we don’t experience. That’s why GOCO and its partners are establishing places for kids and their families to play and connect with the outdoors, programs that activate those places, and pathways to outdoor stewardship and leadership roles.

Local coalitions across the state are bringing projects to life through an integrated, youth-driven, collaborative approach. This innovative framework is being looked to as a national model, and each coalition’s approach will serve as examples to other rural, urban, suburban, or mountain communities across the country.

In December 2016, the GOCO Board awarded $13.5 million in grants to pilot coalitions, impacting more than 40,000 kids across the state. Tier II coalitions will be awarded funding December 15, 2017, at the GOCO Board meeting in Longmont.

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This grant program is not currently accepting applications from new coalitions.


Contact Jackie Miller, Director of Youth Initiatives, at jmiller@goco.org or 303-226-4524.