Youth Corps Grants

Great Outdoors Colorado

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Grant amount: Up to US $250,000

Anticipated deadline: Sep 19, 2020

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Colorado

Location of residency: Colorado

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About this funder:




In partnership with the Colorado Youth Corps Association, GOCO offers $500,000 in funding each year to local governments to hire youth conservation corps for land, water, and energy conservation projects on permanently conserved properties. Another $500,000 is offered through GOCO funding to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

CYCA is a statewide coalition of nine accredited youth conservation corps that employs and trains youth, young adults, and veterans (ages 14 – 25). CYCA serves 1,700 young people each year.

  •  Youth corps crews complete a variety of projects, including:
  • Trail construction and maintenance
  • Tamarisk, Russian olive, and other invasive species mitigation – chainsaw crews, including pesticide/herbicide application, are available
  • Fence installation and de-construction
  • Wildlife habitat improvement
  • Riparian restoration
  • Beetle kill hazard mitigation – chainsaw crews available
  • Fire Fuels mitigation – chainsaw crews available

There is no maximum grant request, but applicants must request at least two weeks of work. Youth corps crews work on a “per week” basis. One week includes 8-10 people who work at least 320 hours collectively. 

For GOCO-funded projects, CYCA acts as foreman and oversees all projects, significantly streamlining the process for grantees

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


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