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Regional Partnerships Initiative
Regional Partnerships Initiative

Colorado Outdoor Regional Partnerships Funding Program

2021 Spring Application

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 access to quality outdoor recreation experiences. Funding will support new and existing coalitions that meet criteria under a State-level Vision and advance development of local and regional planning elements to inform a Statewide Conservation and Recreation Plan (Statewide Plan).


  • Successful proposals must address how coalitions are committed to advancing the criteria described in the instructions document. The application provides one answer field per criterion with a limit of 1500 characters (about 250 words or half a page).
  • Submit a letter of support or resolution from a Governing Body. Additional letters of support from partner organizations or agencies are not required but will strengthen your proposal.
  • Funding proposals must submit a budget and timeline, templates are provided below. 
  • Submit relevant documents pertaining to your organization, if applicable. This could include your coalition’s governance charter or other planning documents. 
  • You will need to upload a budget and a timeline within your application. Please use the provided templates.

Spring 2021 Funding Application Timeline:

  • April 8, 2021: Application available
  • April 16, 2021: CPW will be hosting a live Q&A Session to assist interested coalitions
  • April 20, 2021: CPW will be hosting a second live Q&A Session 
  • April 22, 2021: Prior to this date, applicants must contact CPW Deputy Director, Carlee Koutnik 
  • May 20, 2021: Applications due
  • May 20 -June 21, 2021: Review by CPW Staff and the Colorado Outdoor Partnership (CO-OP) Executive Committee
  • June 28, 2021: Awards & partnerships announced
  • July - August, 2021: Funding available

Questions on the Regional Partnerships Initiative:

Dan Zimmerer
Statewide Partnerships Coordinator

Carlee Koutnik
Deputy Director

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.