Through this program, GOCO invests in high-value, once-in-a-generation visions and projects that will create lasting impacts on the Centennial State and future generations. The same factors that motivated Coloradans to invest in the outdoors nearly three decades ago, when GOCO was established, are even more noticeable across our state today: more people in our wild places, less habitat for wildlife, significant barriers to getting outside, and funding shortfalls at the state and local levels. These challenges call for significant solutions and present opportunities that can be addressed through thoughtful collaboration locally and regionally.

GOCO aims to bring people and partner organizations together to spark new visions and further transformational initiatives that will leave lasting imprints on a region, or the state as a whole, to the benefit of people, places, and wildlife. Through this program, communities and partners will have the opportunity to request funds to thoughtfully plan. This way, they’re prepared to request large investments in the years to come, working toward realizing their visions with GOCO with every step they take.

Who can apply

  • Colorado municipality or county
  • Title 32 special districts eligible to receive distributions from the Conservation Trust Fund
  • Political subdivision of the State of Colorado that includes in its mission the identification, acquisition, or management of open space and natural areas
  • 501(c)(3) non-profit land conservation organization that includes in its mission the identification, acquisition, or management of open space and natural areas, e.g., land trusts
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife

When to Apply

First Cycle

  • Concepts accepted up to: August 4, 2022
  • Applications invited: August 17, 2022
  • Applications due: September 15, 2022
  • Grants awarded: December 9, 2022

Second Cycle

  • Concepts accepted up to: November 3, 2022
  • Applications invited: November 18, 2022
  • Applications due: January 5, 2023
  • Grants awarded: March 2023

Third Cycle

  • Concepts accepted up to: February 2, 2023
  • Applications invited: February 15, 2023
  • Applications due: March 20, 2023
  • Grants awarded: June 2023

Apply to this program

If you’re thinking about applying to this program, now is a great time to connect with your regional program officer to discuss your project. We are currently accepting proposals for visioning opportunities and urgent land acquisitions.