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Conservation Service Corps

Grants to Colorado Municipalities, Counties, Local Governments,
and Special Districts to Hire Crews for Outdoor Projects

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Foundation / Corporation

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Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and Colorado Youth Corps Association

Deadline Date:

09/17/20 4:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Colorado municipalities, counties, local governments, special districts, and nonprofit land preservation organizations to hire crews for outdoor projects that provide public benefit. Funding is intended to increase employment opportunities for youth and young adults throughout the State.

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and the Colorado Youth Corps Association (CYCA) are pleased to announce the release of the 2021 Conservation Service Corps grant cycle with funding for outdoor recreation, stewardship, and restoration projects completed by conservation service corps members. The goal of these funds is to employ youth and young adults (ages 14-25) throughout the state on critical outdoor recreation and natural resource stewardship projects using the network of conservation service corps accredited by CYCA.

What Conservation Service Corps Are:

  • Youth, young adult and veteran workforce development programs
  • Programs focused on developing youth and young adults through service
  • Programs focused on providing veterans experience for post-service conservation careers
  • Programs focused on environmental education and ethic of stewardship

Project/Property Eligibility: 

  • Applicants must apply for a minimum of two weeks of conservation service corps work. One week of work consists of a minimum of 320 hours of labor (8 people for 40 hours each, for example) inclusive of one-way travel and 4-5 hours per week of on-site education activities for the crew.
  • The project’s primary objective must consist of enhancing/restoring open space, wildlife habitat, or other ecosystem or enhancing/restoring trails or other passive recreational infrastructure including signs, fences, tent pads, etc.
  • The project must occur on land owned or controlled by a: municipality, county, or other political subdivision of the state; land trust or other private party when the land is permanently protected by a conservation easement or other permanent use restriction; or federal agency.
  • The project’s primary objective must consist of enhancing/restoring open space, wildlife habitat, or other ecosystem (e.g. noxious weed removal, fire mitigation, fire recovery, flood recovery, riparian restoration) or constructing/enhancing/restoring trails or other passive recreational infrastructure including signs, fences, tent pads, etc. 
  • Projects must provide a public benefit and comply with any conservation easement, other use restriction, or government policies or procedures concerning management of the property’s resources. 
  • Applicant must demonstrate capacity to host a conservation service corps crew, and coordinate closely with the corps in advance of submitting a proposal, to ensure the project is appropriate.

For project examples, see p.3 of the RFP in Supporting Documents below.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 190976

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants must apply for a minimum of two weeks of conservation service corps work. One week of work consists of a minimum of 320 hours of labor (8 people for 40 hours each, for example) inclusive of one-way travel and 4-5 hours per week of on-site education activities for the crew.

Term of Contract:

Successful applicants shall have one year from the award date to complete the proposed project and submit final documentation.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

This program is open to the following entities eligible to receive GOCO open space and/or local government funds:
a) Colorado municipality or county
b) Political subdivision of the State of Colorado that includes in its mission the identification, acquisition, or management of open space and natural areas
c) Title 32 special district eligible to receive distributions from the Conservation Trust Fund
d) 501(c)(3) non-profit land conservation organization that includes in its mission the identification, acquisition, or management of open space and natural areas, e.g., land trusts

Eligible entities can sponsor projects on behalf of school districts, unincorporated cities and towns, community groups, and other ineligible entities.

Ineligible entities include:
- School districts
- Community groups and volunteers
- Businesses
- Private landowners
- Foundations
- Non-profits that are not land conservation organizations

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- July 31, 2020: RFP available at www.cyca.org
- September 17, 2020: Applicants must submit applications to CYCA no later than 4:00 pm. CYCA strongly encourages early submissions to avoid missing the application deadline.
- December 10, 2020: Grants awarded

CYCA strongly encourages submission via email but please contact CYCA if you wish to submit via an alternative means, e.g. fax, standard mail, FedEx, in-person, etc.

Please discuss any potential project expenses with GOCO to determine the eligibility of those expenses prior to applying.

Applications require a minimum of 10% match, 100% of which can be in-kind and may be from the applicant, the conservation service corps, or other contributing project partners. If the applicant is unable to meet this match requirement, due to COVID-19 or other factors, please reach out to CYCA to discuss a match waiver justification.

Who We Fund: https://goco.org/grants/about/who-we-fund

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit application documents to Nancy Weil, nweil@cyca.org.

Please direct questions about applicant or project eligibility to either of the following:

Madison Brannigan, Program Officer
303.226.4526
mbrannigan@goco.org

Chris Yuan-Farrell, GOCO Senior Program Officer
303.226.4511
cyuanfarrell@goco.org

For all other inquiries, please contact:
Scott Segerstrom, Executive Director
303.863.0604
ssegerstrom@cyca.org

Great Outdoors Colorado
1900 Grant St, Ste 725
Denver, CO 80203

303.226.4500
info@goco.org

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