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Conservation Service Corps

Mile High Youth Corps working on the Intemann Trail near Manitou Springs, CO. Photo by Sean Sheridan.

In partnership with the Colorado Youth Corps Association, GOCO offers funding to hire conservation service corps for outdoor recreation and natural resource stewardship projects. Beginning in 2020, GOCO will commit $1,000,000 annually, doubling our previous annual investments. Another $500,000 is offered through GOCO funding to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

CYCA is a statewide coalition of eight accredited conservation service corps that employs and trains youth, young adults, and veterans (typically ages 14 – 25). CYCA-accredited corps serve more than 1,700 participants each year.

 Conservation service corps crews complete a variety of projects, including:

  • Trail construction and maintenance
  • Tamarisk, Russian olive, and other invasive species mitigation – chainsaw crews, including pesticide/herbicide application, are available
  • Fence installation and de-construction
  • Wildlife habitat improvement
  • Riparian restoration
  • Beetle kill hazard mitigation – chainsaw crews available
  • Fire Fuels mitigation – chainsaw crews available

Learn about previously funded CYCA projects from these press releases:


Cities, counties, parks and recreation districts, certain other political subdivisions of the state, and land trusts are eligible to apply. Eligible entities can sponsor projects on behalf of school districts, unincorporated cities and towns, community groups, and other ineligible entities.

There is no maximum grant request, but applicants must request at least two weeks of work. Youth corps crews work on a “per week” basis. One week includes 8-10 people who work at least 320 hours collectively. 

CYCA administers the grant on behalf of GOCO and oversees all projects, significantly streamlining the process for grantees.

how to apply

All proposals must be submitted to CYCA according to instructions included in the RFP, found at www.cyca.org.

When To apply

  • July 31, 2020: RFP available at www.cyca.org
  • September 17, 2020: Applications due to CYCA
  • December 10, 2020: Grants awarded


Contact CYCA Executive Director Scott Segerstrom at ssegerstrom@cyca.org or GOCO Senior Program Officer Chris Yuan-Farrell at cyuanfarrell@goco.org.