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:
WHO CAN APPLY
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