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Grant Opportunities
Grant Opportunities
2018 Partners In The Outdoors Conference

Are you partnering or planning to partner with other organizations in Colorado for stewardship projects? Conservation planning? Wildlife management? Conference attendees receive exclusive access to our Partners Grant program! This program funds initiatives that link a coalition of organizations, agencies, schools, businesses and communities making a difference in Colorado through a collaborative approach.

2018 Grant Cycle

The application process for will open at the conclusion of the May 2018 conference.

The Partners in the Outdoors Grants are distributed by Colorado Parks and Recreation Association. All partner organizations that attend the 2018 Annual Partners in the Outdoors Conference will be  eligible to apply for the 2018 grant cycle.

As a flagship feature to the Partners Conference, we designate these funding opportunities solely for attendees. We want to support what you do every day!

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • Must have attended the Partners in the Outdoors Conference
  • Have matching funds (in-kind and/or dollar for dollar)
  • Must be a collaborative effort, including multiple partners
  • Must utilize and document via photos/video (more info provided upon selection)
Projects should address elements of the following areas:

  • Outdoor Recreation Education/outreach
  • Integration of Outdoor Recreation Interests
  • Healthy Lifestyles and Communities
  • Stewardship/Conservation
  • Protect, Connect and Inspire Coloradans to appreciate, enjoy and care for our great outdoors (GOCO Strategic Initiative)

Grant applications and guidelines will be available at the conference, as well as sent electronically to all attendees after the conference. 

The Partners in the Outdoors Conference is a platform for conversation and planning, professional development and workshops to strengthen the statewide efforts of all partners involved. You might find your grant partners while at the conference!

​Congratulations to our 2017 Grant Recipients​

In 2017, we increased both the number of grants and the total dollar amount given through the Partners in the Outdoors Grant Program. Thanks to the generous support of GOCO, CPRA, Noble Energy, and RMEF, we were able to provide $30,000 to 15 different grant applicants! 

Despite these expanded resources, our Grant Review Committee still faced a difficult decision-making process with many exceptional organizations vying for the grants. This year's grant recipients include:

  • Big City Mountaineers
  • Cal-Wood Education Center
  • Colorado Outward Bound School
  • Colorado Wildlife Federation  
  • Environmental Learning for Kids
  • Friends of the Dillon Ranger District
  • Friends of Staunton State Park
  • Greater Arkansas River Nature Association
  • Rocky Mountain Wild
  • South Metro Pheasants Forever
  • Teens, Inc.
  • Trails 2000
  • Town of Oak Creek
  • Western Slope Conservation Center
  • Yampatika

We'd like to provide special recognition to the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMEF) who sponsored the grant awarded to the Colorado Wildlife Federation. These funds will be used to provide scholarships for their Becoming an Outdoors Woman program.


We invite all applicants to submit new requests to us during next year's grant cycle following the 
2018 Annual Partners in the Outdoors Conference.​​

Planning Partners​​

Thank you to the following organizations for serving on our Partners in the Outdoors Conference Planning Committee.

  • GOCO
  • CDOT
  • Pheasnts Forever
  • BLM
  • CAEE
  • Angler's Covey
  • CPRA
  • Grant writing consultations trainings
  • NWTF
  • YMCA
  • Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance
  • Conservation Colorado
Dan Zimmerer​
Partnership Coordinator
(303) 291-​7258​

Learn more about ​Partners in the Outdoors​.​​​​​​​​​