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Grant and Shareback Program
The Open Spaces Department oversees funds generated by the Open Space sales and use tax for the development and enhancement of local parks, trails and open spaces. 
Grant Program

Since 2005, Arapahoe County has distributed more than $29 million in grants resulting in 176 new open space, parks and trails projects across the County. Applicants can choose from four grant categories in support of:

  • Land Acquisition
  • Site Renovation/Maintenance
  • Environmental/Cultural Education or Interpretation
  • Trail Construction/Renovation/Restoration
  • New Construction
  • Other allowable projects as approved by the County
To learn more about the Grants Program, please click here. For specific information on Grant Fund Distribution, click here.

Arapahoe County has the largest shareback program in the State of Colorado. Participating cities and towns receive 50 percent of the total tax collected, which is distributed by population.

As of June 1, 2016, more than $12.5 million dollars in Open Space Shareback Funds have been distributed thanks to Arapahoe County taxpayers. Shareback Funds are given to 12 cities and towns to support community open spaces, parks and trail systems for all citizens to enjoy.