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Connect Initiative Grants


GOCO’s Connect Initiative will help increase access to the outdoors in Colorado communities by filling trail gaps, building new trails, and providing better walkable and bikeable access for youth and families. Applicants may request up to $2 million for trail construction projects.

who can apply

Eligible grantees include municipalities, counties, and Title 32 special park and recreation districts that receive Conservation Trust Fund monies from the Department of Local Affairs. These eligible entities may also sponsor projects on behalf of entities that are not eligible for GOCO funding such as school districts, non-profit organizations, etc.

Projects must be primarily for trail construction, however, land acquisitions may be considered with staff approval. There is no requirement for surface type. Projects that present an exciting opportunity to leverage partnerships and outside funding, connect important trail segments, and are shovel-ready may score more competitively. 

how to apply

Email Senior Program Officer Chris Yuan-Farrell at trails@goco.org to discuss your eligibility for this special initiative. Please include dates/times you are available for a phone call to discuss your project.

The maximum Connect Initiative grant request is $2 million, with a minimum match of 25% of the total project cost consisting of a minimum of 10% cash. GOCO will not fund more than 75% of the total project cost. Read program details >>

Application Forms

when to apply

  • January 18, 2019: Concept papers available
  • April 4, 2019: Concept papers due
  • June 13, 2019: Applications distributed to selected concepts
  • August 2, 2019: Applications due
  • September 27, 2019: Grants awarded


Contact Chris Yuan-Farrell at 303.226.4511.