DENVER – The Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Board awarded $33.2 million in grants across the state of Colorado, $13.5 million of which is part of the Inspire Initiative to get kids outside.
Six Inspire pilots were awarded funding to community- and youth-led coalitions to invest in places, programs, and pathways to that will make the outdoors more accessible for Colorado families.
All three pillars of GOCO’s five-year strategic plan awarded funding this round, with the Protect and Connect initiatives also announcing grants.
The Protect Initiative invests in large-scale, once-in-a-lifetime land conservation opportunities in Colorado and funded four more projects this grant cycle. The Connect Initiative, which aims to close trail gaps and increase foot and bike access for Coloradans, awarded its first round of planning grants to help municipalities navigate the complicated design and engineering process of trail building.
The open space grant program awarded funding to 10 projects that will sustain local agriculture and economies, give outdoor recreationists a place to play (or simply enjoy the view), protect wildlife habitat, and safeguard the state’s water supply.
The transaction costs grant program also awarded funding to help landowners place conservation easements on their land. To be eligible for the program, landowners are required to donate the entire value of the conservation easement for the project.
GOCO funded grants through its habitat restoration grant program, which funds projects that manage invasive species, protect Colorado’s water supply, mitigate fire fuels, and perform other critical restoration work.
GOCO also awarded Youth Corps funding through the Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA), a statewide coalition of nine accredited youth corps groups that engage and train youth, young adults, and veterans (ages 16-25) to work on land, water, and energy conservation projects.
Corps members earn a stipend for their full-time service and an AmeriCorps education award to use toward college or trade school. The organization serves 1,700 young people annually.
In total, GOCO funding will:
Fund 63 projects in 35 counties
Help nearly 42,000 kids get outside in six Inspire Initiative pilot communities
Employ 175 youth through the Colorado Youth Corps Association
Restore 663 acres of habitat
Conserve 97,289 acres of land, including critical wildlife habitat, productive agricultural land, scenic views, and outdoor recreation access
Leverage $47 million in local match dollars and $17 million in donated land value
Funded projects are listed in alphabetical order by grant program. Click here to read the full press release>>
Carbondale to Crested Butte Trail Plan, $100,000 grant to Pitkin County
City of Fort Morgan Trail Master Plan, $100,000 grant to the City of Fort Morgan
Clear Creek Greenway: East Idaho Springs Planning, $100,000 grant to the City of Idaho Springs in partnership with the Clear Creek Greenway Authority (CCGA)
Complete the Ring Planning Project: $100,000 grant to the City of Colorado Springs in partnership with the Trails and Open Space Coalition (TOSC)
Delta County Trails Master Plan, $100,000 grant to Delta County
Evergreen North Lake Trail Planning Project, $100,000 grant to Evergreen Park and Recreation District (EVPRD)
Greenhorn Valley Trails Master Plan, $73,000 grant to Colorado City Metro District
LoVa Trail Phase III, $75,000 grant to the City of Glenwood Springs
Namaqua Trail Underpass, $97,000 grant to the City of Loveland
Palisade Plunge, $90,000 grant to the Town of Palisade
Wildcat Trail, $65,000 grant to Thompson Rivers Parks and Recreation District (TRPRD)
Elkhorn Creek Forest Restoration, $75,584 grant to The Nature Conservancy (TNC) in partnership with the Elkhorn Creek Forest Health Initiative
Jones Park Bear Creek Greenback Cutthroat Trout Habitat Restoration Project, $75,000 grant to El Paso County
Las Colonias Park Riparian Restoration, $29,400 grant to the City of Grand Junction
North St. Vrain Creek Restoration in Button Rock Preserve, $60,000 grant to the City of Longmont
Poudre River and Floodplain Habitat Restoration at Kingfisher Point, $100,000 grant to the City of Fort Collins
Prewitt Wetlands Enhancement, $109,658 grant to Colorado Open Lands in partnership with Ducks Unlimited
Rio Grande State Wildlife Area Restoration and Protection Project: Phase 1, $25,000 grant to Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Swift Ponds Russian Olive Removal and Noxious Weed Eradication, $24,890 grant to Colorado Open Lands in partnership with Colorado Youth Outdoors
Get Outdoors Leadville, $3 million grant to Lake County
Nature Kids/Jovenes de la Naturaleza, $2.8 million grant to the City of Lafayette
My Outdoor Colorado, $2.7 million grant to the City and County of Denver
Go Wild NE Metro, $2.7 million grant to the cities of Aurora, Commerce City, and the City and County of Denver
Inspire Lamar, $1.3 million grant to the City of Lamar
San Luis Valley Inspire, $1 million grant to the towns of Antonito, Crestone, and Saguache
Baker’s Peak Ranch Conservation Easement Project, $625,000 to Colorado Open Lands in partnership with Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Doig Homestead Open Space, $675,000 grant to Summit County
Farmland Acquisition, $487,690 grant to the City of Brighton (partial award)
Johnson Ranch - Glade Park, $308,500 grant to Mesa Land Trust
La Garita Creek Ranch Conservation Easement, $376,500 grant to Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust (RiGHT)
Maverick Ranch, $1,056,000 grant to The Trust for Public Land (TPL)
North Floyd Hill, $545,000 grant to The Trust for Public Land (TPL), in partnership with Mountain Area Land Trust (MALT)
Poudre Valley Community Farms: A Pilot Project for Community Investment in Local Food, $639,750 grant to Colorado Open Lands (COL)
Sunfire Ranch, $1 million grant to Pitkin County
The Nature Center at Butler Corner, $264,560 grant to Montezuma Land Conservancy
Yust Ranch, $697,000 grant to The Conservation Fund
Agate Prairie Conservation Legacy, $2.14 million grant to Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust in partnership with The Trust for Public Land and The Nature Conservancy
Buckley Air Force Base (AFB) Compatible Use Buffer, $3 million grant to The Trust for Public Land in partnership with the City of Aurora and Arapahoe County
Southeast Colorado Prairie Canyonlands Conservation Project, $2.647 million grant to Colorado Cattlemen’s Agricultural Land Trust in partnership with The Nature Conservancy
Willow Bay Acquisition, $3 million grant to Adams County
Badger Creek Conservation Easement, $39,800 grant to Central Colorado Conservancy (CCC), formerly Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas (LTUA)
Barr Farm Conservation Easement, $27,500 grant to Colorado Open Lands (COL)
McLeod Conservation Easement, $39,000 grant to Mesa Land Trust (MLT)
Menoken Farm Conservation Easement, $47,600 grant to Mesa Land Trust (MLT)
Ranch on the Uncompahgre River, $38,700 grant to Gunnison Ranchland Conservation Legacy (GRCL) in partnership with Colorado Open Lands (COL)
Ranch on the Yampa River, $31,468 grant to Colorado Open Lands (COL)
Schultz Elk & Cattle Ranch, $50,000 grant to Montezuma Land Conservancy (MLC)
Baxter Gulch Trail and Crested Butte Open Space Stewardship, $25,200 to the Town of Crested Butte
Black Forest Area Trails and Forest Restoration, $45,000 to El Paso County
Cerise Park Open Space Invasive Weed Management, $13,800 to the City of Montrose
City of Greeley Natural Area Improvement, $41,700 to the City of Greeley
Duckett Creek Ranch Fire Mitigation and Wildlife Habitat Enhancement, $22,500 to San Isabel Land Protection Trust
Hermit Park Open Space New Trail Construction, $40,200 to Larimer County Dept. of Natural Resources
Intemann Trail Fire Mitigation Project, $30,000 to City of Manitou Springs
John Griffin Regional Park Tamarisk and Russian Olive Abatement, $30,000 to Canon City Area Rec and Park District
Las Colonias Park Riparian Area, $17,550 to the City of Grand Junction
Montezuma School to Farm Manaugh Garden Project and Ohana Kuleana Community Garden, $25,200 to the City of Cortez
Phantom Canyon Preserve River Trail, $37,800 to The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Spring Creek Park Maintenance and Mitigation, $26,400 to the Town of Brookside
Spring Creek Trail Restoration, $12,150 to the City of Steamboat Springs
Swallowtail and Ringtail Trail Corridor, $27,600 grant to Douglas County Open Space
Swift Ponds Russian Olive Removal and Noxious Weed Management, $41,700 to Colorado Open Lands (COL)
Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers, and open spaces. GOCO’s independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created when voters approved a Constitutional Amendment in 1992, GOCO has since funded more than 4,700 projects in urban and rural areas in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support. Visit GOCO.org for more information.