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Connect Initiative Grant

Grants to Colorado Municipalities and Park Districts for
Trail Construction Projects to Increase Access to the Outdoors

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

08/02/19 5:00 PM


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Grants to Colorado municipalities, counties, and special park and recreation districts for trail construction projects that aim to increase access to the outdoors in communities across the state. Applicants must email the Program Manager to discuss eligibility prior to receiving a Concept Paper. Funding is intended to address existing gaps in trails or trail networks, construct new trail systems in high demand, and provide increased access for youth and families to existing parks, open spaces, natural areas, and environmental education opportunities. Funding is available primarily for trail construction, although land acquisitions may be considered with staff approval.

GOCO’s Connect Initiative will help increase access to the outdoors in Colorado communities by filling trail gaps and providing better walkable and bikeable access for youth and families. Projects that present an exciting opportunity to leverage partnerships and outside funding, connect important trail segments, and are shovel-ready may score more competitively. There is no requirement for surface type.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179673

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum Connect Initiative grant request is $2 million. GOCO will not fund more than 75% of the total project cost.

Term of Contract:

Successful applicants shall have three years from the award date to complete the proposed projects and submit final documentation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Connect Initiative is open to all entities eligible to receive GOCO local government funds including: municipalities, counties, and title 32 special districts that receive Conservation Trust Fund (CTF) distributions from the Department of Local Affairs.

Any relevant eligible entity may sponsor projects on behalf of ineligible applicants, e.g., non-profit organizations. In this circumstance, the eligible entity is responsible for obtaining all necessary approvals from its governing body (including resolutions), entering into an intergovernmental agreement (or similar agreement) with the ineligible organization, executing all necessary grant materials, and receiving/redistributing grant funding.

GOCO does not fund:
- Indoor facilities (except environmental facilities and restrooms)
- Non-fixed assets (i.e., lawn mowers, shovels, rakes, etc.)
- Operations & maintenance costs
- Programmatic funding, including environmental education
- Outdoor performing art centers/amphitheater
- Staff time (city, county or district)
- Volunteer time

Pre-Application Information:

How to Apply:
- Email Senior Program Officer Chris Yuan-Farrell to discuss your eligibility for this special initiative. Please include dates/times you are available for a phone call to discuss your project.

When to Apply:
- January 18, 2019: Concept papers available
- April 4, 2019: Concept papers due, 5:00 PM
- May 21, 2019: Applications distributed to selected concepts
- August 2, 2019: Applications due
- September 27, 2019: Grants awarded

A minimum 25% match from other sources is required, and at least 10% must be cash.

How Trails Connect a Community (video):

Contact Information:

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

Click here to apply online:

Chris Yuan-Farrell, Senior Program Officer
Phone: 303.226.4511

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO)
1900 Grant Street, Suite 725
Denver, CO 80203

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado