GOCO funds the restoration of Colorado’s rivers, streams, wetlands, and critical habitat through the RESTORE Colorado Program (Restoration and Stewardship of Outdoor Resources and the Environment). Established in 2019, RESTORE is a strategic partnership designed to fund large-scale habitat restoration and stewardship projects across prioritized habitats. Funding partners include GOCO, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), Gates Family Foundation, Colorado Department of Natural Resources, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

Colorado has long been a national leader in private land conservation with some of the country’s most impressive publicly owned and managed lands. The partners mentioned above developed RESTORE to add to our state’s available conservation tools, supporting wildlife habitat restoration, expansion, and improvement at scale and providing opportunities for the proactive management of our public and private conserved lands. Our collaborative funding approach supports larger, more impactful projects.

For those completing projects on the ground, RESTORE serves as a single point of application, creating an efficient, one-stop shop for much-needed funding. What’s more, funding from a combination of state, federal, and private sources allows for the most flexibility to help finish the work at hand.

Together, the partners have identified several habitat types and priority landscapes to support, including:

  • River corridors, riparian areas, and wetlands
  • Eastern Colorado grasslands
  • Sagebrush
  • Big-game winter range and migration routes
  • Forestland projects in specific geographies

The RESTORE Colorado program expects to award approximately $3.5 million in 2023 to 12-16 projects, with a minimum grant amount of $100,000. Due to the diversity of federal, state, and private funding sources involved in the RESTORE Colorado Program, leverage and match is encouraged but not required.

Who can apply

Eligible applicants include non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations, U.S. Federal government agencies, state government agencies and other political subdivisions of the state, local and municipal governments, Tribes, and educational institutions. Ineligible applicants include businesses and unincorporated individuals.

When to apply

  • RFP available: August 18, 2022
  • Applications due to NFWF: November 10, 2022
  • NFWF/GOCO grant decision: Spring 2023

Apply to this program

The grant application process and the administration of awarded grants is managed by NFWF. All partners are involved in project selection.

Questions? Contact your GOCO regional program officer.

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