02/03/20 4:30 PM Receipt
Grants to Colorado tax agencies and districts in eligible communities, and government agencies and nonprofit organizations under their sponsorship, for the creation and maintenance of open areas accessible to the public. First-time applicants are required to contact staff prior to submitting an application.
The Adams County Open Space Grant Program offers Passive, Active, and Mini Grants. Mini Grants are geared towards smaller scale projects.
Active Use: Lands for park purposes and other recreational uses such as sports fields, golf courses and recreation centers. Park purposes shall be defined as the construction, equipping, acquisition and maintenance of park and recreational improvements and facilities for the use and benefit of the public.
Passive Use: Passive uses shall include, but not be limited to the purchase, construction and maintenance of: horse, bike or running trails; natural areas with limited development for fishing, hiking, walking or biking; wildlife preserves; lakes for fishing with accessible walks, docks, picnic areas and restrooms; conservation easements on agricultural land; environmental education programs; lands and waterways as community buffers; river and stream corridor land; unimproved flood plains; wetlands; preservation of cemeteries; and picnic facilities.
Projects that compete well in the Adams County Open Space Sales Tax grant program:
- Land acquisition (passive preferred over active)
- Conservation Easement acquisition
- Development of an open space for public access (trails, picnic facilities, fishing access, etc.)
- New park development (playgrounds, ball fields, ball courts, skate parks, picnic facilities, splash pads, landscaping, irrigation, etc.)
- Trail construction including pedestrian bridges and underpasses
- Park renovation
- Environmental education programs, scholarships, and materials
- Planning projects related to Parks, Trails, or Open Space
- Projects with a well‐defined, specific scope
- Wildlife habitat restoration
Projects that have been less favored but are eligible to compete for funding in the Adams County Open Space Sales Tax grant program include:
- Maintenance projects
- Operations projects/requests
- Indoor recreation centers and enhancements
- Broad, loosely defined projects
- Golf Courses
(For a complete list of eligible projects, see Policies and Procedures (pp.5-8) listed in Supporting Documents below.)
Facilities, including but not limited to parks, sports fields, golf courses, and recreation centers, or land must be accessible to the public, inclusive of those with disabilities, except for land acquisitions and conservation easements for agricultural preservation and habitat preservation.
GrantWatch ID#: 184989
A project is determined to be a Mini‐Grant if the total amount of the grant request does not exceed $5,000. Total funding provided for mini‐grants is limited to $50,000 per year.
All projects must be completed within two years of the grant award date.
Acquisition of property and design work previously completed and related to a specific project are eligible expenses, as long as the work is completed within three years of the application date.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
USA: Colorado: Arvada, Aurora, Bennett, Brighton, Commerce City, Federal Heights, Northglenn, Thornton, and Westminster; and Adams County
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