GOCO: Conservation Excellence Grants

Great Outdoors Colorado

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Grant amount: Up to US $100,000

Next anticipated deadline: Apr 30, 2020 (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: May 30, 2020 4:00pm PDT (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Colorado

Location of residency: Colorado

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NOTE: Draft applications (optional) are due by the 'preproposal' deadline above. 

Conservation Excellence grants foster exploration of pressing needs in today’s conservation community, including engaging local communities to support land conservation, the stewardship of orphaned conservation easements, collaboration among land trusts, and more.

Projects will fall into one or more of four main categories – Policy, Standards and Education, Community Engagement, and Stewardship and Long-term Sustainability – and will produce results that are replicable by or applicable to other conservation organizations in the state.  Each grant request is limited to up to $100,000.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Who can apply: 
    • Non-profit land-conservation organizations, municipalities, counties, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and political subdivisions of the State of Colorado that include in their mission the identification, acquisition, or management of open space and natural areas are eligible for this grant program.


  • The Conservation Excellence program does not fund efforts to initiate or renew an open space tax, organizational strategic planning or capacity building for a land trust or open space program, land acquisitions, construction of recreational amenities, or restoration of land, riparian areas, or infrastructure.