COSA GOCO funds available: $500k for Local Gov’t + Open Space youth corps projects

GOCO announces $500,000 for Youth Corps Projects on Land Trust, Open Space, & Local Government Properties

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and the Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) are pleased to announce a $500,000 grant opportunity for open space, local government, and land trusts to hire conservation corps! In addition to public parks and open spaces, corps projects can occur on private lands protected by a conservation easement.

The RFP can be found attached to this email and The application deadline is Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018 at 4:00 PM and we strongly encourage early submissions. Successful projects will be announced in December 2018 and crews will complete the proposed work in 2019. Matching funds/support not required but encouraged. Applicants can apply for youth corps crews (ages 16-25) to complete a variety of stewardship projects including (but NOT limited to):

· 2 week project minimum

· Trail construction and maintenance

· Tamarisk, Russian olive, and other invasive species mitigation – chainsaw crews, including pesticide/herbicide application, are available

· Fence installation and de-construction

· Wildlife habitat improvement

· Riparian restoration

· Fire Fuels mitigation – chainsaw crews available

Youth corps crews work on a “per week” basis. One week of a youth corps crew includes 8-10 members that work at least 320 hours collectively. They arrive on site with skilled supervision, hand tools, transportation, and camping gear. Day crews are also available.

To find the youth corps that serves your area, go to ssegerstrom or 303-863-0604 with questions.

Kind regards,

Scott Segerstrom

Executive Director

Colorado Youth Corps Association

1640 Grant Street, Suite 210

Denver, CO 80203


(303) 863-0604 office


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GOCO Youth Corps Request for Proposals.pdf