GRAND JUNCTION, Colorado (KKCO) – Colorado Parks and Wildlife is now accepting applications to fill board seats to lead the Outdoor Equity Grant Program created by Bill HB21-12318.
The program is designed to improve access and provide disadvantaged youth and their families with more opportunities to experience the outskirts of Colorado. The cost of outdoor activities can prove to be a challenge for lower-income households. Many activities require long-distance travel, special outdoor equipment, and in some cases instructors for the activity.
The board itself will oversee the scholarship program and award scholarships to approve eligible youth and their families by reducing barriers to Colorado nature, as well as providing a means for the formal or informal conservation of Colorado outdoors and environmental and Colorado based educational opportunities are offered.
“It does not surprise anyone who lives in Colorado that the outdoors is a vital part of our lives for many reasons, but there are some in our communities who do not have the opportunity to experience the adventure and relaxation aspects of Colorado’s great outdoors “Said CPW director Dan Prenzlow. “We’re excited to be working with Coloradans to expand access and opportunity for underserved youth and their families to experience Colorado’s open spaces, state parks and outdoor spaces.”
The Board of Directors of the Outdoor Equity Grant Program will consist of nine directors who have a term of four years with a limit of two terms. The CPW says while they work on establishing the committee, terms of office for racial justice, environmental justice and conservation will initially be capped at two years, after which those terms will transition to a four-year term to allow for staggered terms.
Further information is available at cpw.state.co.us/Outdoor-Equity-Fund.aspx
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