Eagle Valley gets $75K grant from Great Outdoors Colorado
DENVER — The Eagle Valley, through Walking Mountains Science Center, is among 14 communities that received $75,000 grants as part of Great Outdoors Colorado’s Inspire Initiative program.
Great Outdoors Colorado named six pilot communities and 14 second-tier grantees for the new $25 million program to get kids off the couch and outdoors. The pilots, selected from more than 30 applications, received up to $100,000 in planning grants to further refine their projects and develop specific plans and programs. They will return in a year to seek between $1 million to $5 million in grants to implement their plans to create or expand nearby parks and nature, improve access to existing outdoor parks or trails and bolster youth programs.
“The overwhelming response reflects the chorus of concern we heard across the state about today’s youth and a growing disconnect with the outdoors and nature,” said Lise Aangeenbrug, GOCO executive director. “We are funding and empowering local communities to design models that work in their neighborhoods. We know from numerous studies that time outside can lead to reduced stress, increased academic performance and improved mental and physical health. Every child deserves the chance to connect with the outdoors and nature.”
The pilot communities are: the city of Lamar, Denver’s Westwood neighborhood, Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, Lafayette, Lake County and the San Luis Valley.
The second tier grantees, listed in alphabetical order, are: Boulder County, Denver’s Cole neighborhood, Eagle Valley, Garfield County, Grand Junction, Greater Delta County, Greeley, Sheridan, Jefferson County, Larimer County, Montezuma County, Pikes Peak Region, Pueblo and Westminster. These grants will support Gov. John Hickenlooper’s Colorado the Beautiful initiative by identifying and filling critical gaps in connectivity for trails and outdoor spaces, creating improved access for every Coloradan to get outside.
Great Outdoors Colorado Funding
Great Outdoors Colorado invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. GOCO’s independent board awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts, and makes investments through Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Please visit http://www.goco.org for more information.