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GOCO Funds Can Revitalize Your School Yard!. How is GOCO funded GOCO funding opportunities for schools Program funding parameters Eligibility criteria.

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1 GOCO Funds Can Revitalize Your School Yard!

2 How is GOCO funded GOCO funding opportunities for schools Program funding parameters Eligibility criteria 2014 School Play Yard Initiative Important dates Helpful tips

3 Entirely by the Colorado Lottery Zero tax dollars

4 Local Park and Outdoor Recreation (LPOR) Program Mini Grant Program School Play Yard Initiative Cedaredge Elementary All GOCO grants are: Provided on a reimbursement basis Matching grants, requiring funds from the applicant/partner Competitive

5 Requirement (Match requirements based on total project cost) School Play Yard LPORMini Maximum grant$100,000$350,000$45,000 Maximum total project costNone $60,000 Minimum overall match to be provided by applicant/partners (cash and/or inkind) 25%30%25% Minimum % of overall match that must be cash10% Maximum % of total project cost that can be funded by GOCO 75%70%75%

6 Entities eligible to apply for Local Government funds: Cities, towns, counties, and special park & rec districts that receive Conservation Trust Fund dollars (CTF) Schools must partner with an eligible entity to construct projects on school grounds. Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) Local Government serves as GOCO applicant/grantee School serves as partner

7 Burlington Middle School Before and After

8 Projects must be constructed on/adjacent to school grounds Projects must be designed by students Projects must include play elements AND outdoor learning components Funds can be used to build new school play yards Funds can be used to enhance existing facilities All school yards must be open to public when school is not in session

9 Natural/ Wildzone playscapes

10 Age Specific playgrounds, climbing structures, and safety surfacing

11 Outdoor Classrooms, Shade Structures and Pavilions

12 Educational gardens, and interpretive signs

13 Informal rec fields, painting for games such as four square, walking paths

14 Other amenities including: Basketball hoops Drinking fountains Benches Picnic Tables

15 Athletic courts Staff time (applicant or partner) Operations, maintenance or administrative Programmatic funding Non-fixed assets (i.e., lawn mowers, shovels, etc.) Outdoor Performing Art Centers/Amphitheater Work completed prior to grant award

16 22 applications received requesting $2.1 million $1.5 million awarded to 16 projects More than 6,000 students participated in the design process and will benefit from new and improved school play yards!

17 Application deadline January 17 th, 2014 Award date April 2014 (exact date TBD)

18 Contact GOCO staff with questions Submit applications for a pre-review Remember the process is very competitive.

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