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Grant Opportunities

Eligible Applicants 
Eligible entities for grant funding include all incorporated municipalities within the County, special districts that provide recreational services or amenities and recreation districts. 

2017 Opportunities
We are pleased to announce the 2017 Arapahoe County Open Space (ACOS) Grant Program Allocations. Open Spaces will offer two (2) grant cycles in 2017 – awarding up to $3.5 M.  Details below:

Spring Cycle: The Spring cycle applications will be available online November 1, 2016. This cycle will consist of three (3) competitive grant categories. A maximum of $2.5M is available for the Spring cycle. The categories for the 2017 Spring cycle are:

  • Six (6) or more Standard Grant Awards: $50,100 to $300,000, 25% total project cost minimum cash match
  • Four (4) Small Grant Awards: $100 to $50,000, 10% total project cost minimum cash match
  • Five (5) Planning Grant Awards: $100 to $100,000, 10% total project cost minimum cash match

Project Type: Applications should support Arapahoe County’s funding priorities for outdoor recreation: land acquisition, park or open space improvements, trail construction or site renovation.
   

Total maximum number of applications per entity is three (3) per cycle. Any combination of applications will be allowed, not to exceed more than two (2) standard grant applications per cycle. Applicants will be limited to one proposal per site per cycle.

Fall Special Cycle: The Fall cycle will offer a $1M Active Recreation grant round that focuses on playgrounds and ballfields.

  • Large Active Recreation Grant Awards: $101,000 to $450,000, 25% total project cost minimum cash match
  • Small Active Recreation Grant Awards: $1,000 to $100,000, 10% total project cost minimum cash match

  • Both project categories (Large and Small) will compete in the same pool for the $1M allocated to this active recreation initiative.

    The total maximum number of applications per entity is one (1) per cycle. Please contact me if you have any questions about project eligibility. Fall grant cycle eligibility details (including project types) will be posted shortly.

    Additional details for 2017 grant cycles will be released (and posted on our website) on or before November 1, 2016

    Grant Workshops
    Workshop #1 – November 2, 2016 @ 9-10:30 a.m.          
    Workshop #2 - November 3, 2016 @ 2-3:30 p.m.

    Location: 6934 S Lima Street, Suite B, Centennial, CO 80112
    (CSU Extension Conference Rooms –Entrance is directly next to the Open Space office entrance)


    QUESTIONS
    Lindsey Miller, Grants Program Administrator
     
    720-874-6724