GOCO: Protect Initiative Grants

Great Outdoors Colorado

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Grant amount: More than US $1,000,000

Next anticipated deadline: Dec 22, 2019 (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Apr 20, 2020 (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Government Entity Nonprofit College / University

Funding uses: Applied Project / Program

Location of project: Colorado

Location of residency: Colorado

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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.

As part of its new Protect Initiative, Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) is pleased to announce plans to fund once-in-a-lifetime, large conservation projects. The GOCO Board has approved investing up to $47 million in these projects over fiscal years 2016 through 2019. Grants will be awarded each June as necessary starting in 2017; the first awards were made in June 2016.

Projects may range from conservation of an urban parcel to a ranch that encompasses tens of thousands of acres, but all must present a compelling urgency, involve significant size and/or cost, and be accessible and/or visible to the public. Multiple-parcel or phased projects may be considered but will be limited with regard to substitutions of properties and extensions of grants. 

Projects are evaluated on conservation value, urgency, amount of matching funds pursued, and the potential for the project to serve as a catalyst for future conservation projects.

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


  • Eligible grantees municipalities, counties, land trusts, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and a limited number of political subdivisions of the state with an open space purpose.