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.

Centennial Program FAQ Centennial Projects Request for Information Survey

Centennial Program Webinar Slide Deck  Centennial Program Information Session

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 for Land Acquisition & Visioning Projects

GOCO is still accepting applications for Centennial Visioning and Centennial Land Acquisitions through our FY25 triannual grant cycles. 

First Cycle

  • Concepts accepted up to: August 1, 2024
  • Applications invited: August 15, 2024
  • Applications due: September 12, 2024
  • Grants awarded: December 6, 2024

Second Cycle

  • Concepts accepted up to: October 24, 2024
  • Applications invited: November 14, 2024
  • Applications due: December 16, 2024
  • Grants awarded: March 2025

Third Cycle

  • Concepts accepted up to: January 23, 2025
  • Applications invited: February 6, 2025
  • Applications due: March 6, 2025
  • Grants awarded: June 2025

When to Apply for Centennial Capital Projects

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 currently available opportunities. 

Please visit the Planning & Capacity and Land Acquisition program pages for concept materials related to Centennial visioning and land acquisition requests. Opportunities for Centennial capital projects are currently unavailable but GOCO is always interested in hearing your big ideas so please reach out to have a discussion with your regional program officer.