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Local Park and Outdoor Recreation (LPOR) Grants

Grants to Colorado Agencies and Parks and Recreation
Districts for Park Development and Facilities

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)

Deadline Date:

10/24/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Colorado counties, cities, and parks and recreation districts to develop outdoor public recreational facilities and parks. Applicants are required to contact program staff prior to submitting an application. Funding is intended to support the development of new parks, enhancement of existing park facilities, construction and enhancement of environmental education facilities, and the acquisition of park land.

The Local Park & Outdoor Recreation (LPOR) program is designed to assist communities and their partners with outdoor recreation capital improvement projects. Funds are available for projects including playgrounds, athletic fields, skate parks, whitewater parks, and more. Funds are also available for the acquisition of land that will be developed with active recreation components in the future.

The public must have reasonable public access to any funded project. 

A sample list of eligible costs includes: Site infrastructure required to complete the project, capital improvements for outdoor recreation amenities, including restrooms, trails within parks (must start and end within one or connected park properties), skate parks, fishing piers, fairground amenities that are located outdoors, safety surfacing with the exception of pea gravel, swimming pools, environmental education classrooms, disc golf courses, nature play areas, traditional playgrounds, athletic fields and ancillary facilities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160686

Estimated Size of Grant:

Local Park and Outdoor Recreation (LPOR) grants are up to $350,000 per project.

Term of Contract:

Projects are required to be completed within two years of the grant award date.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Cities, counties, and parks and recreation districts are eligible. Eligible entities can sponsor projects on behalf of school districts, unincorporated cities and towns, community groups, and other ineligible entities.

To apply directly to GOCO’s Local Park and Outdoor Recreation program as the applicant, your organization must be a county, incorporated municipality or Title 32 special district that receives Conservation Trust Funds (CTF) from the Department of Local Affairs. Project sponsorship scenarios are possible if you do not qualify to apply directly to GOCO, for example in the case of school districts, non-profit organizations, etc. In these instances, a local government or special district may partner with an ineligible organization to pursue the project.

Property Ownership: All property on which a proposed project is to be constructed must be owned by or under the control of the applicant or its partners. If the site is owned by partners an agreement must be in place. Applicants seeking funding for projects involving federal land must discuss the proposal with GOCO staff prior to submitting a formal application. GOCO funds cannot be used for recreational development on a property that a government entity condemned specifically for that recreational development. GOCO may consider participating in recreational development on lands previously acquired through condemnation for a purpose other than recreational development.

GOCO does not fund maintenance, programming, non-fixed assets (i.e. lawnmowers, rakes, snow blowers, etc), regional or connector trails, amphitheaters, golf courses, programmatic costs, operations and maintenance, administrative costs (grand opening events, grant writing or administration, food and drink, etc.), staff time (city, county or district), volunteer time, outdoor performing art centers/amphitheater, or GOCO contingency funding.

Indoor projects, with the exception of environmental education facilities and restrooms, will not be considered.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A Grant Writing Workshop webinar will be held on August 21, 2019, from 10 AM to 12 PM:
Dial in by phone: (872) 240-3412
Access code: 333-608-677

RSVP is required through Evite. Click on a location name to RSVP for the webinar.

For further information on grant writing workshops, see

Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be submitted to the GOCO portal no later than 5 p.m. on Thursday October 24th, 2019.


- June 17, 2019: Application posted
- October 24, 2019: Applications due
- March 2020: Grants awarded

Before beginning your application, contact program coordinator Madison Brannigan to discuss your project's eligibility.

Applicants are encouraged to contact GOCO in advance of tackling the application to discuss your project and to receive answers to any questions or concerns you may have. Applicants are also encouraged to attend the technical assistance workshops, request sample grant applications and submit a draft application for review via email.

Funding requests for the acquisition of land that will be developed with active recreation components in the future must be made in a separate application. Land acquisition projects must be discussed with staff prior to application.

Applicants must provide at least 25% of the total project cost in matching funds, at least 10% of which must be a cash match.

Funds are disbursed on a reimbursement basis.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online Application Portal:

Before applying, contact:

Madison Brannigan, Program Coordinator

Great Outdoors Colorado
1900 Grant St - Ste 725
Denver, CO 80203

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