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Outdoor Equity Fund
Outdoor Equity Fund
​​​​​​​​​​​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.

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.

Board Members

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