Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Planning & Capacity Building Grants

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Purpose

The GOCO Amendment to the Colorado state constitution dedicates a portion of state lottery proceeds to projects that preserve, protect, and enhance Colorado's wildlife, parks, rivers, trails, and open spaces.
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Funding Interests

New planning efforts and start-up money to help establish or expand small non-profit land conservation organizations or local government programs geared toward protecting and enhancing open space, wildlife and outdoor recreation. Planning grants must result in tangible products that will be useful for implementing new programs and activities that help accomplish GOCO's mission.
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Geographic Focus

Colorado

Types of Support

Planning and program

Grant Size

$10000 to $75000

Requirements & Limitations

Eligible recipients are Colorado municipalities or counties, special districts with parks and recreation responsibilities as a primary purpose, political subdivisions of the state, non-profit land conservation organizations, Colorado State Parks and the Colorado Division of Wildlife. GOCO will fund no more than 75% of a project's total eligible costs. A minimum of 10% must be provided by the applicant and its partners as a cash match, with the balance in cash or in-kind.
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Ineligible planning grant costs include:
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  • Costs of updating an existing plan;
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  • Fundraising;
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  • Land acquisition and facility development;
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  • Architectural, design and engineering costs;
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  • Land/habitat restoration costs; and
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  • Staff time spent on existing projects.
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Ineligible capacity building grant costs include:
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  • Staff time spent on existing projects (with a few exceptions);
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  • Land acquisition;
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  • Equipment not directly related to the project; and
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  • Fundraising for existing land trusts without a significant increase in activity (with a few exceptions).
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Application Process

Applications for planning grants are available on the website. Grants for capacity building projects are not currently available. Anyone with questions regarding a capacity building project should call Brenda Bennett, Program Assistant, at (303) 226-4526 for further information.

Deadlines

For 2008, applications were due MArch 7, 2008. Refer to the website for future dates.

Recent Grants

Grant 1

Grantee: Milliken/Johnstown Parks, Trails, Recreation & Open Space Master Plan
Amount: $50000
Purpose: Milliken and Johnstown have been experiencing a significant growth as the population in northern Colorado expands along the I-25 corridor. The grant is being used to prepare a master plan that identifies existing and future needs for parks, trails, recreation and open space.<br><br>

Grant 2

Grantee: Colorado Youth Corps<br>
Amount: $
Purpose:

The Colorado Youth Corps has received several grants to help foster and strengthen youth conservation corps programs throughout the state. CYC provides youth with environmental education opportunities and meaningful seasonal and year-round employment.


Grant 3

Grantee: Northern San Juan Initiative/Ouray, San Miguel and Montrose counties
Amount: $
Purpose:

Black Canyon Regional Land Trust, partnering with the Colorado Conservation Trust, The Nature Conservancy and the Trust for Land Restoration, is using GOCO funds to establish a working partnership to define and prioritize key land parcels for preservation in the historic ranching heritage and scenic view sheds along the San Juan Skyway. The planning will focus on historic ranches and important wildlife habitats in Ouray, western Montrose and eastern San Miguel counties. Rising land values and development pressures make this conservation planning effort timely, and will result in research and mapping along with public workshops to inform landowners and potential donors about land protection options and conservation tools for the region.

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