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Conservation Easement Transaction Costs Grants

Bender Conservation Easement near Buena Vista, CO. 

The Transactions Costs Grant Program helps facilitate land conservation projects with donated conservation easements that would not otherwise go through 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 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

Applications are available by request only. Determine your eligibility by sending your responses to the Transaction Costs program criteria to Open Space Program Coordinator Amanda Hill at ahill@goco.org. Applications will be available from Amanda when GOCO staff has approved your project's eligibility.


when to apply

  • January 3, 2018: Application posted
  • February 16, 2018: Draft applications due (optional)
  • March 2, 2018: Applications due via online portal
  • June 2018: Grants awarded


Contact Amanda Hill, Open Space Program Coordinator, at ahill@goco.org or 303.226.4521.