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