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Regional Partnerships Initiative
Regional Partnerships Initiative

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Colorado Outdoor Regional Partnerships 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 a map and read stories from the outdoor partnerships at the Regional Partnerships Initiative Story Map  

Fall 2023 Grant Cycle

The fall application period closed on Nov. 1st. The next funding application period will open in the spring of 2024. 

Fall Cycle Application Timeline:
  • September 6, 2023: Application Period Opened
  • September 27, 10 -11:00 AM: Informational Q&A Session 
  • October 13, 2023: Letter of Interest Deadline
  • November 1, 2023: Application Deadline
  • Nov. 1 – Dec. 8, 2023: CPW & CO-OP Scoring Committee Review
  • Dec. 8 - 15, 2023: Applicant Presentations 
  • January, 2024: Awards Announced

Interested applicants are encouraged to review the fall cycle​ grant guidelines and then contact Jody Kennedy, Regional Partnership Program Manager, to discuss details.

​Spring 2023 Grant Awards

CPW is excited to announce the following grant recipients for the Regional Partnerships Initiative spring funding round.​​  

​Regional Partnership 2023 Grant Funding Recipients:​

Envision Chaffee County
Envision Chaffee County officially joined the Regional Partnership Initiative in 2021, which energized the coalition to share their model, resources, and lessons learned. With 2023 funding, Chaffee will continue to plan and pilot solutions to regional challenges, including Wilderness Areas and trails system management, camping management, funding, and climate resilience. 

Metro Denver Nature Alliance 
Metro DNA, serving Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties, is a Regional Partnership of non-profit, government, research, and private sector partners seeking to align nature-based efforts to ensure more equitable access to nature and to promote healthy people, communities and natural places. This award will be used to hire planning and outreach support for the development of a Regional Vision for People + Nature to build off the work they’ve accomplished since 2021. 

Montelores Coalition 
Montezuma and Dolores Counties join the Regional Partnership Initiative as the Montelores Coalition. With funding, they will build a partnership to develop strategic regional priorities and initiatives that foster sustainable outdoor recreation and conservation of natural resources to serve the unique needs of Colorado’s southwest corner. 

NoCo PLACES 2050 
(Northern Colorado People, Land, Access, Conservation, Ecosystems, and Sustainability)
Representing Boulder, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Jefferson, and Larimer Counties, NoCo PLACES has been a part of the Regional Partnership Initiative since 2021. This grant award supports further advancement of a conservation and recreation vision through stakeholder engagement, community outreach and communications.

Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance
Since 2021 Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance has been developing a regional plan that serves El Paso, Fremont, and Teller Counties. With continued funding, they will conduct public engagement meetings, complete surveys and data analyses, and finalize a conservation and recreation vision for the region. 

Routt Recreation & Conservation Roundtable
Joining the Regional Partnership Initiative in 2021, this Roundtable serves Routt County by providing a community forum that improves the balance between conservation and recreation. Awarded funding will help this coalition finalize a Conservation and Recreation Plan, host public meetings, and conduct research and mapping to inform regional priorities. 

San Luis Valley Great Outdoors (SLV GO!)
The SLV GO! Coalition works within all six counties of the San Luis Valley: Costilla, Conejos, Alamosa, Mineral, Rio Grande, and Saguache. Funding will help this coalition develop and implement a regional Conservation and Outdoor Recreation Plan by supporting community outreach, research pathways, and data analysis. 

Southwest Colorado Conservation & Outdoor Recreation Roundtable
This new coalition based in Southwest Colorado will use awarded funding to convene diverse users and voices from the region to develop common ground, share up-to-date information, and chart a course for the region to identify overarching goals and strategies related to conservation and recreation.

Two Rivers Recreation and Conservation Roundtable
Serving Montrose, Delta, and Me​sa counties, Two Rivers has been working to formalize its steering committee, operations, and decision-making guidelines since it first received funding in 2022. With this award, the coalition will identify priorities and projects to balance conservation, wildlife, and recreation through data gathering, public input, and mapping. 

​For more information:

Regional Partnerships

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.