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Regional Partnerships Initiative
Regional Partnerships Initiative

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Colorado Outdoor Regional Partnership Funding Program

​Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) are collaborating to fund new and existing coalitions to join a statewide initiative working to ensure that Colorado’s land, water, and wildlife thrive while also providing for equitable and quality outdoor recreation experiences.

See the Regional Partnership Report March 2023.  NEW 

Spring 2023 Grant Cycle Closed

The Spring grant cycle for Regional Partnerships is now closed. The next funding round will open in September 2023. Interested applicants are encouraged to review grant guidelines​ and then contact Jody Kennedy, Regional Partnership Program Manager, to discuss details. 

​Spring Grant Cycle Key Dates:

  • February 28, 2023: Application Period Opens
  • March 13, 12-1 PM: Informational Webinar Q & A Session. Registration (required) link
  • April 7, 2023: Letter of Interest Deadline
  • April 28 at 5:00 PM: Application Deadline
  • May 1 - May 31, 2023: Review by CPW Staff and CO-OP Scoring Committee
  • May or early June, 2023: Applicant presentations to the CO-OP Scoring Committee
  • June, 2023: Awards & Partnerships Announced

Recent Funding Awards

Eagle County Community Wildlife Roundtable
The Roundtable was formed in 2020 by community members and organizations with the purpose of understanding and addressing issues facing wildlife populations, and the goal of leveraging diverse values, creativity, and resources to move toward positive action and enduring solutions to the complex wildlife issues in Eagle County. Awarded funding will support coalition development including goals, criteria, and priorities based on existing community engagement and land manager master plans. 

Grand PLACES 2050
(People, Land, Access, Conservation, Ecosystems, and Sustainability) 
Grand PLACES 2050 strives to become a model coalition that sustainably manages Grand County’s natural and cultural resources in balance with quality outdoor recreation experiences. Funding for Grand PLACES 2050 will support conservation and recreation planning at the landscape scale by focusing on both short-term responsive planning and long-term prioritization.

Roaring Fork Outdoor Coalition
The Roaring Fork Coalition convenes land managers and decision-makers to look at regional recreation challenges holistically to proactively move toward coordinated management and solutions. Awarded funding will help formalize the coalition, create a framework for collaboration, and establish a vision and goals for conservation and recreation in the region. 

Summit County Outdoor Coalition
This new coalition will seek to understand and address issues facing wildlife populations, recreation, and landscape-scale ecosystems across Summit County. The goal of the coalition is to best manage the impacts of growth in outdoor recreation and support ecosystem health in the face of climate change. This new coalition will utilize roundtable formats and a science-based mapping tool to promote planning needs and projects for their community. 

​For questions and more information:

  • Contact CPW Regional Partnership Program Manager Jody Kennedy at ​

  • Sign-up for the Colorado Outdoor Partnership email list to receive information.

Questions on the Regional Partnerships Initiative:

Jody Kennedy
Regional Partnership Program Manager

Governor Jared Polis signs Executive Order creating the Colorado Outdoor Regional Partnerships Initiative. 

The Colorado Outdoor Partnership logo

The executive order tasks the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) to work with the Colorado Outdoor Partnership (CO-OP) to identify, create and formalize local and regional collaboratives, as Colorado Outdoor Regional Partnerships. Together DNR, CPW and the CO-OP will develop a state-level vision for the sustainable management of Colorado’s lands, waters, wildlife and outdoor recreation. The Regional Partnerships will identify projects and create local and regional priorities for balancing recreation and conservation to inform a Statewide Conservation and Recreation Plan

Visit the Colorado Outdoor Partnership to learn more about this initiative.