COSA GOCO grant: $1.2M for Local Gov’t & Open Space conservation corps pr ojects!

Hello COSA community! Please see below for an outstanding funding opportunity for local governments, land trusts, and open space organizations.

GOCO announces up to $1.2 Million for Youth Corps Projects on Land Trust, Open Space, & Local Government Properties

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) are pleased to announce a $1.2 million grant opportunity for open space, local government, and land trusts to hire conservation corps! Please note: in addition to public parks, open spaces, and private lands protected by conservation easement, corps projects may occur on federal lands.

The RFP is attached to this email and on the homepage of The application deadline is Wednesday, August 14th at 4:00 PM; we strongly encourage early submissions. Successful projects will be announced in December 2024 and crews will complete the proposed work in 2025. Applicants can apply for corps crews (ages ~14 to ~25) to complete stewardship projects including (but NOT limited to):

· 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 with clear outcomes that include enhancing or restoring open space, wildlife habitat, or improving ecosystems – chainsaw crews are available

To find the corps that serves your area, go to tdillow with questions. Thank you!


Tom Dillow


Associate Director

Colorado Youth Corps Association

1640 Grant Street, Suite 210
Denver, CO 80203

Office: (303) 863-0602

Cell: (303) 717-5659 (the preferred number to reach me)