The Grant Program Portfolio

GOCO offers competitive grant programs for outdoor recreation, land conservation, and stewardship projects in Colorado, all outlined below. For a quick view of our 2021–2022 programs and their timelines, download a Grant Calendar linked below.

Colorado municipalities, counties, and Title 32 special districts with parks and recreation authority are all eligible for GOCO grants. Nonprofit conservation organizations, political subdivisions of the state, and Colorado Parks and Wildlife are also eligible. In many cases, eligible entities may sponsor projects on behalf of ineligible entities. For example, a nonprofit land trust can partner with private landowners to conserve their land, or a city can apply for a grant on behalf of a school to build a playground.

Grant Calendar

Land Acquisition

Land Acquisition Grants to support important landscape, waterway, habitat, and public access land protection priorities.

Community Impact

Community Impact Grants to develop and revitalize parks, trails, school yards, fairgrounds, environmental education facilities, and other outdoor projects that enhance a community’s quality of life and access to the outdoors.

Planning and Capacity

Planning and Capacity Grants invest in planning, capacity, research, education, and storytelling projects that address opportunities, explore issues, and examine trends in the outdoors.

RESTORE Colorado

RESTORE Colorado Grants to improve and restore Colorado’s rivers, wetlands, grasslands, forests, and other critical habitat.

Stewardship Impact

Stewardship Impact Grants support collaborative stewardship work that demonstrates meaningful improvements to ecological and recreational amenities.

Conservation Service Corps

Conservation Service Corps Grants employ conservation service corps crews, including young people and veterans, on projects like trail building, fire mitigation and restoration, and eradicating invasive species.

Generation Wild

Generation Wild invests in diverse, local coalitions offering culturally relevant programs that provide youth and families with quality outdoor experiences as well as leadership and career opportunities.

Centennial Program

Centennial Program Grants for high-value, once-in-a-generation visions and projects that will create lasting impacts on the state and future generations.

CPW Director's Innovation Fund

The CPW Director’s Innovation Fund elevates unique projects by Colorado Parks and Wildlife staff that complement CPW’s and GOCO’s respective missions.

Fellowship Program

GOCO’s Fellowship Program supports positions at partner organizations throughout Colorado for young people from diverse backgrounds to prepare for careers in the outdoors, gaining meaningful experience in the fields of conservation, recreation, and stewardship.