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Outdoor Equity Grant Program
Outdoor Equity Grant Program
​​​​​​​​​​​Children looking through binoculars at Cheyenne Mountain State Park. Copyright Kimmell.

Colorado Outdoor Equity Grant Program Fund

Despite the many outdoor activities Colorado offers, some Colorado youth and their families face obstacles to accessing nature-based recreation. House Bill 21-1318 establishes a grant program for outdoor organizations focused on creating opportunities for underserved youth and their families to get involved in recreational activities and experiencing Colorado’s open spaces, state parks, public lands and other outdoor areas.


Outdoor Equity Grant Program Details

The purpose of the Outdoor Equity Grant Program is to increase access and opportunity for underserved youth and their families to experience Colorado's open spaces, state parks, public lands, and other outdoor areas.

Outdoor recreation costs can include long-distance travel, specialized outdoor recreation gear and activity instruction that adds up and becomes prohibitively expensive for lower-income households. This can be discouraging for some families, making them unable to experience the nature of their beautiful state.

HB21-1318 establishes the grant program and board within Colorado Parks and Wildlife. The board is responsible for the governance of the grant program and may award grants to applicants that will directly utilize the grant to engage eligible youth and their families by reducing barriers to the Colorado outdoors, creating pathways for formal or informal conservation of the Colorado outdoors, or offering environmental and Colorado outdoor-based educational opportunities.

Board Member Application Process

The application period has closed.


Board Members

Members responsible for the governance of the Outdoor Equity Grant Program will be announced when available. 

Term Limits

This application is for one of the 9 voting seats on the Colorado Outdoor Equity Grant Board. Board members will serve for 4 years. Board members may not serve more than 2 terms. 

As we work to establish the Board, the term limits for the racial justice, environmental justice and conservation will be limited to two years initially. After the first two years, these terms will transition to four year terms to allow for staggered terms.


Two years for:

  • One member who is personally impacted by and has experience in racial justice issues
  • One member who is personally impacted by and has experience in environmental justice issues
  • One member with experience working on conservation issues

Four years for:

  • One member with experience in providing outdoor education programs
  • One member personally impacted by and with experience in disability-accessible outdoor programming
  • One member personally impacted by and has experience working in equity for individuals who identify as LGBTQ+

Youth Board Seats:

The term of office for two of the youth members of the Board is two years and the term of office for one of the youth members of the Board is one year.


Outdoor Equity Grant Funding

The bill funds the grant program through a redistribution of lottery money that is earmarked for the general fund.

Find funding details in the text of HB21-1318.


Next Steps

The passage of HB21-1318 means Colorado Parks and Wildlife can move quickly to open the application process for grants to outdoor organizations focused on creating opportunities for underserved youth and their families to experience Colorado’s open spaces, state parks, public lands and other outdoor areas.

Grant Applications

  • Eligible applicants, programs, funding amounts and application instructions will be announced when available.