GOCO: Habitat Restoration Grants

Great Outdoors Colorado

Grant amount: Up to US $100,000

Next anticipated deadline: Aug 1, 2019 (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 31, 2019 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Colorado

Location of residency: Colorado

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NOTE: Draft applications (optional) are due at the "preproposal" deadline above. Applications due via online portal at the "full proposal" deadline. 

GOCO funding for habitat restoration aims to improve and restore Colorado's rivers, streams, wetlands, and critical habitat. Previous habitat restoration grants targeted river habitat, but the current program includes all types of ecosystem restoration and enhancement, from forests and grasslands to rivers and wetlands. 

GOCO invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state's parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. Our independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Created by voters in 1992, GOCO has committed more than $917 million in lottery proceeds to more than 4,800 projects in all 64 counties without any tax dollar support.

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


  • Applicant eligibility - This program is open to all entities eligible to receive GOCO open space funds:
    • Colorado municipality or county
    • Political subdivision of the State of Colorado
    • Non-profit land conservation organization (land trust or 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with land conservation as a primary purpose)
    • Colorado Parks and Wildlife
    • Colorado special district with land conservation as a primary purpose
  • Project/Property Eligibility
    • The project’s primary objective must consist of enhancing or restoring habitat.
    • The project must occur on land owned by a:
      • municipality, county, or other political subdivision of the state and the land is managed as a protected open space or park or
      • land trust or other private party and the land is permanently protected by a conservation easement or other permanent use restriction.
    • All work must comply with any conservation easement or other use restriction concerning management of the property’s natural resources.
  • GOCO will fund up to 75% of the proposed project’s eligible costs.
    • Of the remaining minimum 25% match from other sources, GOCO requires a 12.5% minimum cash contribution.
  • Eligible costs are costs that are necessary to the project that GOCO can fund directly or that GOCO will allow as match, either as cash or as in-kind donations. The following list, though not comprehensive, summarizes GOCO’s eligibility requirements with regard to project: 
    • Professional services such as consultant or contracted services, youth corps crews, etc.
    • Staff time on projects when it can be shown that staff is the most effective and strategic way of addressing this project and that the other duties of that staff person can still be fulfilled
    • Equipment operation and/or rental
    • Travel expenses related to project
    • Costs that relate directly to the project, such as surveys, engineering, design, GIS/mapping, monitoring and evaluation services, etc.


  • Ineligible projects include but are not limited to:
    • Projects focused on recreational amenities including trails along rivers and streams and instream recreational features
    • Projects on private property that is not protected with a conservation easement or similar development restriction
    • Projects on federal lands
    • Projects that solely involve planning or monitoring
  • Ineligible costs: 
    • Fundraising costs
    • Staff time on projects outside of the scope of the application
    • Equipment purchases
    • Land, water, or conservation easement purchases
    • Any costs incurred prior to the grant award date with the exception of limited engineering and design costs

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