Central Colorado Recreation Partnership Receives Out of doors Regional Partnership Grant – by Ark Valley Voice Employees


On Tuesday, August 2, Gov. Jared Polis, Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) and Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) announced the recipients of the second round of Outdoor Regional Partnerships grants, including a $95,000 grant to Central Colorado Recreation Partnership for Chaffee, Gunnison and Lake Counties.

These grants are designed to help advance the state’s outdoor recreation and economy by providing organizations committed to preserving and protecting Colorado’s premier nature, iconic wildlife, and critical water resources a so-called “transformative.” provide support.

Infrastructure improvements include hiking trails and campgrounds, as well as 50 projects in Colorado. Unsplash photo by Tegan Mierle/

“These grants are for our fun, our safety and our economic growth. I’m proud to build on our efforts to prepare for and respond to the threat of wildfires quickly,” Polis said. “These funds will help preserve, protect and enhance our iconic nature and expand opportunities for outdoor recreation – a key economic driver for our state.”

The grants are the result of a landmark executive order establishing the Outdoor Regional Partnerships Initiative. This effort will provide a long-term, equitable, and sustainable vision for the future of Colorado’s outdoors and outdoor recreation in the face of climate change. The grants are expected to provide better local collaboration and leadership in creating and implementing the governor’s statewide vision for Colorado’s premier outdoor wildlife.

This second round of funding brings the total number of Colorado Outdoor Regional Partnerships to ten. CPW launched this initiative in 2020 with financial support from GOCO to build collaborative partnerships nationwide. CPW and GOCO will provide the third round of grant funding for regional outdoor partnerships in fall 2022.

“CPW views these partnerships as critical to engaging local voices in advancing Colorado conservation solutions for people and wildlife,” said Heather Dugan, acting director of CPW. “Through this initiative, CPW is funding coalitions that bring together outdoor recreation and conservation organizations with local, federal, tribal and state land managers. By working together, we can more efficiently and effectively address some of the state’s most pressing challenges.”

“Colorado is full of passionate people who work tirelessly to protect and expand access to our great outdoors. It’s a big part of what makes our state so special,” said GOCO CEO Jackie Miller. “GOCO is proud to support this initiative and provide resources for continued collaboration between these organizations so we can build a collective and community-focused vision for the state we all cherish.”

Scholarship recipients include:

Central Colorado Recreation Partnership ($95,000) – Located in Chaffee, Gunnison, and Lake counties.
Central Colorado Recreation Partnership convenes the Chaffee County Envision Recreation in Balance Partnership, the Gunnison County Sustainable Tourism and Recreation Committee (STOR) and an evolving Lake County partnership spanning 4,600 square miles and spanning the mountainous landscape of Central Colorado .

Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance ($150,000) – Located in El Paso, Teller, and Fremont counties.
The Pikes Peak Outdoor Recreation Alliance received its second Outdoor Regional Partnership grant for full plan development in this round of funding.

Northwest Colorado Outdoor Coalition ($100,000) – Located in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.
The Northwest Colorado Outdoor Coalition is filling a critical geographic gap by bringing together land managers, local governments and outdoor stakeholders in Moffat and Rio Blanco counties.

Outside the 285 partnership ($149,500) – Located in Clear Creek, Douglas, Jefferson and Park Counties
Outside 285 Partnership is taking a new approach to collaborating on a vision for recreation and conservation along the US 285 corridor, including the upper South Platte River watershed.

Roundtable on protection and recreation on two rivers ($30,000) – Located in Mesa, Delta, and Montrose counties.
The Two Rivers Conservation and Recreation Roundtable brings together outdoor recreation and conservation leaders, local governments and land managers from across the Grand Valley. Existing coalitions in Mesa County will work together toward a shared vision while also working with Delta and Montrose Counties to define regional boundaries.

NoCo PLACES 2050 ($150,000) – Located in Larimer, Boulder, Gilpin, Clear Creek and Jefferson counties. NoCo PLACES 2050 also received its second regional outdoor partnership grant in this round of funding for full plan development, after receiving a capacity building grant in 2021.

For more information, visit the Regional Partnerships Initiative page on the CPW website.