Saguache Included in GOCO Grant Recipients
On December 8, Great Outdoors Colorado announced they will distribute $13.5 million to six Colorado communities through its pioneering Inspire Initiative grant program. The grant program is focused on getting kids into the outdoors, using trails, recreation centers and education programs to foster the deep appreciation for wild-land recreation that permeates so much — but not all — of Colorado.
The San Luis Valley and a Saguache program are part of that award. The youth-led San Luis Valley Inspire coalition gets $1 million for the Antonito Outdoor Education Center, new trails along Willow Creek Corridor and support for the Saguache Backyard to Backcountry Program. The Rio Grande Headwaters Trust gets $376,500 from GOCO’s open-space program to permanently conserve the 460-acre La Garita Creek Ranch near Del Norte. Colorado Parks and Wildlife gets $25,000 from GOCO’s habitat restoration program for the Rio Grande State Wildlife Area. GOCO has invested $42 million in the San Luis Valley, conserving more than 90,000 acres and supporting projects like an ice rink in Alamosa and parks in Monte Vista and Center.
Read the FULL REPORT, including other grants distributed in the state.