Each year, half of GOCO’s funding is invested in Colorado Parks and Wildlife to go toward their ongoing efforts in conservation, recreation, and wildlife management. The state agency works to take care of our state’s diverse wildlife and maintains 42 state parks all across Colorado. CPW also invests in outdoor recreation opportunities that extend well beyond state park boundaries.
Neither GOCO nor CPW receives any tax dollars. Approximately 19% of CPW’s budget comes from GOCO funding and other Colorado Lottery proceeds. GOCO’s investment in CPW goes toward a wide range of programs, from building trails and new park amenities to maintaining park infrastructure, removing invasive plants and reducing fire hazards, enhancing wildlife-migration corridors and other critical habitats, supporting native and threatened species, and inspiring children to love the outdoors.
The GOCO board formalizes its funding to CPW through an annual investment proposal and also offers the Director’s Innovation Fund, a competitive grant program for CPW staff to apply directly to GOCO for funding.