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Local Park and Outdoor Recreation (LPOR) Grant Program

Grants to Colorado Agencies for Outdoor Recreational
Facilities, Parks, and Environmental Education

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Foundation / Corporation

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Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)

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Deadline Date:

11/01/18 5:00 PM


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Grants to Colorado counties, cities, parks and recreation districts for the development of public recreational facilities and parks. Applicants must discuss projects with the program staff prior to applying. Funding is available for the acquisition of park land, the enhancement of existing park facilities, the development of new parks, and building new or enhancing existing environmental education facilities.

The Local Park & Outdoor Recreation (LPOR) and Mini Grant programs are designed to assist communities and their partners with outdoor recreation capital improvement projects. Funds are available for projects such as new park development, environmental education facilities, nature and traditional playgrounds, athletic fields, skate parks, and whitewater parks (this is not an all-inclusive list).

Mini grants are designed to assist communities and their partners in small scale, capital outdoor recreation projects with a smaller total project cost.

Funds are available for the acquisition of new park lands – lands to be developed with active recreation components – but this requires a separate application and is available by request only.

The mission of Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) is “To help preserve, protect, enhance and manage the state’s wildlife, park, river, trail and open space heritage.” In that light, GOCO Local Government funds are only available to projects that pursue these goals and further the state’s outdoor recreation opportunities. Projects must be located outdoors. Indoor projects with the exception of environmental education facilities and restrooms will not be considered.

Local Park and Outdoor Recreation (LPOR) Grants Eligible Project Costs:

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, design and engineering costs may be used as match and can be included if they are incurred within two years of the application date.

GOCO seeks to further its "Protect, Connect, and Inspire" strategies through the LPOR and Mini Grant programs by providing funding for the places that get youth and families outdoors.

GOCO 's five-year Strategic Plan to guide its funding priorities until 2020 reflects the public's desires and GOCO's unique role in preserving Colorado. The plan is anchored by three overarching goals:

- Protect more urban and rural land for people and wildlife, notably once-in-a-lifetime, large-scale projects.
- Connect people to the outdoors by increasing bike and pedestrian access in communities across Colorado and filling gaps in important trail systems.
- Inspire more kids and their families to explore and take care of our great outdoors by addressing the growing disconnect between youth and nature.

Any project requesting GOCO funding must provide reasonable public access.

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. GOCO Local Government funds cannot be used on federal- or state-owned property unless a long-term use agreement is in place. GOCO funding cannot be used on a property that was acquired through condemnation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160686

Estimated Total Program Funding:

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Mini Grants are up to $45,000 per project costing $60,000 or less.

Term of Contract:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Cities, counties, parks, and recreation districts are eligible for LPOR and mini grants. 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 Government Program as the applicant, the applicant organization must be an incorporated municipality or Title 32 special district that receives Conservation Trust Funds (CTF) from the Department of Local Affairs.

Those who do not qualify to apply directly to GOCO, in the case of school districts, non-profit organizations, etc., sponsorship scenarios are possible. In these instances, an eligible local government or special district within your area may partner with your organization to pursue the project. The eligible organization will be responsible for obtaining the necessary approvals via a resolution from their governing body, entering into an intergovernmental agreement (or the like) with the ineligible organization and signing off on all necessary grant materials. At the time of application only a draft IGA or MOU is required.

Any project requesting GOCO funding must provide reasonable public access.

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. GOCO Local Government funds cannot be used on federal- or state-owned property unless a long-term use agreement is in place. GOCO funding cannot be used on a property that was acquired through condemnation.

Ineligible Project Cost/In-Kind Match: Indoor facilities with exception of those mentioned, any funds expended prior to the grant award date, non-fixed assets (lawnmowers, snow blowers, rakes, etc.), regional or connector trails (GOCO funds these through the Connect Initiative), amphitheaters, golf courses, programmatic costs, operations and maintenance, administrative costs (grand opening events, grant writing or administration, food and drink, etc.), contingency funding.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Free Grant Writing Workshops will be offered on the following dates:

August 1, 2018 9 am - 11 am
Creede High School
Room 151
450 Corsair Drive

August 3, 2018 11 am -1 pm
Community Building
477 D Ave.

August 9, 2018 9 am - 11 am
Rifle Branch Library
207 East Ave.

August 14, 2018 11 am - 1 pm
Municipal Building
Council Chambers
601 Colorado Ave.
La Junta

August 15, 2018 9 am - 11 am
Lakewood Cultural Center
Community Room
470 S. Allison Pkwy

For those applicants who are unable to attend a workshop in person, GOCO grant officers will be hosting a webinar on September 6, 2018, 10 am -12 pm, which will be recorded and available for later viewing.

Advance registration is required for the workshops and the webinar. For information and registration:

Pre-Application Information:

When to Apply:

- July 6, 2018: Application posted.
- August 2018: Free grant writing workshops.
- October 18, 2018: Draft applications due (optional).
- November 1, 2018: Applications due via online portal.
- March 2019: Grants awarded.

Before beginning an application, applicants must contact program coordinator Madison Brannigan to discuss their project's eligibility.

All applications must be completed and submitted online. Applications must be submitted to the GOCO portal no later than 5 p.m., on the grant deadline.

Local Government grants are matching grants. The project applicant and partners are required to commit financially to the project in order to apply. The LPOR and mini grant programs require a minimum match of 25% of the total project cost, a minimum of 10% of which must be cash. GOCO will not fund more than 75% of the total project cost. No construction costs incurred prior to grant award can be included as match.

Land acquired for the purposes of the project within three years of the application date can also be used as match. If the property was purchased with cash it can count as cash match, if it were donated it can be included as in-kind match. An appraisal will be required to document the value. Only the fair market value can be used as match.

In-Kind Match: Discounts or a donation on any of the above eligible project costs (materials and the labor to complete them) can be counted towards in-kind match. Additionally, the use of applicant or partner equipment and staff time to implement the project can be used as in-kind match.

Reimbursement Grants Funds are disbursed on a reimbursement basis. This means that the applicant organization's community will be required to expend some funds prior to requesting payment from GOCO, if a grant is awarded. GOCO offers two payment options: (1) an interim or “progress” payment of up to 50% of the grant amount prior to completion with the remaining 50% being paid when the project is complete, or (2) one lump sum final payment of the entire grant amount. No funds included in the project can be expended prior to a grant award.

Contact Information:

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

The LPOR Grant Application Portal:
The LPOR Mini Grant Application Portal:

Before applying, applicants must contact:

Madison Brannigan, Program Coordinator

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

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado