As your conservation partner, we’re proud to work with you to identify and support important urban and rural landscape, waterway, and habitat protection priorities and improve access to the outdoors. Together, our land conservation efforts are securing our state’s irreplaceable natural resources, contributing to strong and resilient ecosystems, mitigating the negative impacts of climate change, and providing places for people to connect with the outdoors.

GOCO invests in projects that protect unique open spaces, natural areas, and agricultural lands with significant conservation values. They safeguard essential wildlife habitats and migration corridors; critical watersheds, waterways, and riparian ecosystems; scenic viewsheds and greenways; and farms and ranches. Some provide public recreation access and use, bolstering the health of people and communities. Some help advance landscape-scale connectivity, critical to providing healthy habitats well into the future. All face significant threats from development, energy exploration, climate change, speculation, and other impacts that would fundamentally change the land’s ability to deliver the resources Coloradans value so much.

Fishers Peak. Photo by Cameron Davidson, courtesy of The Nature Conservancy.
Fishers Peak. Photo by Cameron Davidson, courtesy of The Nature Conservancy.

We encourage and support your collaborative visioning and community conservation efforts. Investments in community-driven projects help us all advance shared conservation priorities, explore new and innovative practices, connect more people to our protected landscapes, and elevate the ongoing stewardship of Colorado.

Who can apply

  • Colorado municipality or county
  • Title 32 special district 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

Fall

  • Concepts accepted up to: August 23, 2021
  • Applications invited: August 31, 2021
  • Applications due: September 30, 2021
  • Grants awarded: December 9, 2021

Winter

  • Concepts accepted up to: November 22, 2021
  • Applications invited: November 30, 2021
  • Applications due: December 31, 2021
  • Grants awarded: March 10, 2022

Spring

  • Concepts accepted up to: February 21, 2022
  • Applications invited: March 1, 2022
  • Applications due: March 31, 2022
  • Grants awarded: June 9, 2022

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. Please read through the entire application before you start filling it out. In particular, review the eligibility information to ensure that your project meets all the necessary requirements. Once you’re ready, please submit your application through the grant portal.

Want to learn more?

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. Use the link below to find a staff member to connect with and get things moving!

Our Staff