GOCO’s Planning & Capacity grants help our partners with planning, capacity, research, education, and storytelling projects that address opportunities, explore issues, and examine trends in the outdoors.

Our program accommodates a wide range of projects, including strategic plans and master plans. We also invest in capacity-building and education efforts that help our partners make better informed decisions and take the appropriate actions. Through this program, GOCO also invests in research projects to share and further knowledge and facilitate learning in conservation and recreation, as well as community engagement and educational efforts that develop and foster networks, partnerships, and collaborations. Finally, this program supports storytelling projects, helping our partners communicate the impacts, benefits, and challenges outdoor work brings.

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

When to apply


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


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


  • 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.