GOCO: Connect Initiative Grants

Great Outdoors Colorado

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Grant amount: Up to US $2,000,000

Next anticipated deadline: Apr 4, 2020 (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Aug 2, 2020 (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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GOCO’s Connect Initiative will invest $30 million over the next five years to increase access to the outdoors in communities across the state through the Connect Initiative. The initiative will focus on connecting existing trail gaps, constructing new, highly demanded trail systems, and providing better walkable and bikeable access for youth and families to existing outdoor recreation opportunities.

During the development of GOCO’s new strategic plan, public and stakeholder input expressed Coloradans’ continued support for more trail connectivity. Meanwhile, the health and wellness of our state’s youth and families is a topic of concern as youth obesity rates continue to rise. Through this initiative, Coloradoans will have free access to safe, non-motorized trails connecting them to outdoor destinations and experiences in their own communities and beyond.

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


  • Eligible grantees include municipalities, counties, and Title 32 special park and recreation districts that receive Conservation Trust Fund monies from the Department of Local Affairs.
    • Eligible entities may sponsor projects on behalf of entities that are not eligible for GOCO funding such as school districts, non-profit organizations, etc.
  • Projects must be primarily for trail construction, however land acquisitions may be considered with staff approval. 
    • There is no requirement for surface type.


  • Projects that present an exciting opportunity to leverage partnerships and outside funding, connect important trail segments, and that are shovel ready may score more favorably.