The Colorado Parks and Wildlife State Trails Grant Program Selection Process
The Colorado State Trails Committee is responsible for the review process for the trail grant applications and makes recommendations to the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Board and GOCO Board regarding funding for grants. This process may change every year when grant categories and policies are updated. Please see application packet for the current year for specific deadlines and the grant process timeline.
Trail grant applications are posted on Colorado Parks and Wildlife website by links on the Trails Program home page. This grant program is publicized through newsletters, this website and email information networks. The deadline for application submission may change each year. The deadline for the 2012 - 2013 Recreational Trail Grant application cycle is Monday, November 5th by 5:00 p.m. Technical assistance for grant preparation is provided to applicants through grant writing workshops around the state. If you wish to be notified of a grant writing workshop near your area, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. The maximum number of participants is limited to 25.
Grant applications are accepted as submitted and rated on their own merit. Trails Subcommittees review the applications. These subcommittees are comprised of one State Trails Committee Member, Parks and Wildlife Trails staff, GOCO staff, and five to seven volunteer reviewers. These volunteers span the spectrum of trail recreation and include enthusiasts, conservation groups and park professionals with local governments and federal land management agencies.
Each member of a subcommittee reviews all grant applications in their category. Reviewers don’t rate grants that they support, submit or are for projects located in their area of Colorado. Each reviewer scores an application based on the merits of the project using established criteria. Reviewers also write specific comments about a project to provide constructive feedback to an applicant. Then each subcommittee recommends grants to be funded, based on the project and score, to the State Trails Committee.
Public comment on the projects is widely solicited and a public meeting of the State Trails Committee is held to review these grant applications and to provide a scheduled opportunity for public comment.
Also, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) reviews any potential resource impacts of each project. All concerns are passed on to project sponsors and land managers. A summarized list of concerns is given to State Trails' staff. All land managers must provide documentation that required environmental reviews are complete.
A list of funding priorities is developed for each grant category. The State Trails Committee approves the lists of priorities submitted by Colorado Parks and Wildlife State Trails staff and the subcommittees. Next, the recommendations for funding go before the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission who must approve the grants before funding may be distributed to the grantees. Also, the Great Outdoors Colorado Board must approved any trail grants that are funded with GOCO monies.
Once this selection process is completed, the State Trails Committee reviews the application, and policies and procedures for the next year’s grant program. In this way, the grant selection proves continually responds to public needs, the changing, funding environment and new opportunities for trail and greenway planning.