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Conservation Excellence Grants

Mill Creek Ranch near Gunnison, CO. Photo by Sean Sheridan.

Conservation Excellence grants foster exploration of complicated issues — i.e., oil and gas development on conserved lands, orphan easements, water, amendments — via pilot projects or research.

Projects will fall into one or more of four main categories that cover the major challenges and issues: Policy, Standards and Education, Community Engagement, and Stewardship and Long-term Sustainability. The Conservation Excellence program does not fund efforts to initiate or renew an open space tax, organizational strategic planning or capacity building, land acquisitions, or restoration of land or riparian areas. Each grant request is limited to $100,000.

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

The Conservation Excellence grant application is available by request only. Please contact Open Space Program Manager Michele Frishman at mfrishman@goco.org or 303.226.4522 to discuss your project and determine eligibility. GOCO will provide a copy of the application via email for eligible projects.

When To Apply

  • April 5, 2017: Applications made available by request to Open Space Program Manager Michele Frishman
  • May 26, 2017: Draft applications due (optional)
  • June 9, 2017: Applications due via online portal
  • September 29, 2017: Grant awards made at the GOCO Board Meeting in Fruita


Contact Michele Frishman, open space program manager, at mfrishman@goco.org or 303.226.4522 for more information.