GOCO Funds Can Revitalize Your School Yard!
Agenda • How is GOCO funded • GOCO funding opportunities for schools • Program funding parameters • Eligibility criteria • 2014 School Play Yard Initiative • Important dates • Helpful tips
How is GOCO funded? • Entirely by the Colorado Lottery • Zero tax dollars
GOCO Funding Opportunities For Schools • Local Park and Outdoor Recreation (LPOR) Program • Mini Grant Program • School Play Yard Initiative • All GOCO grants are: • Provided on a reimbursement basis • Matching grants, requiring funds from the applicant/partner • Competitive Cedaredge Elementary
Eligibility Criteria • 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
2014 School Play Yard Initiative Burlington Middle SchoolBefore and After
School Play Yard Project Requirements • 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
Eligible Project Components Natural/ Wildzoneplayscapes
Eligible Project Components Age Specific playgrounds, climbing structures, and safety surfacing
Eligible Project Components Outdoor Classrooms, Shade Structures and Pavilions
Eligible Project Components Educational gardens, and interpretive signs
Eligible Project Components Informal rec fields, painting for games such as four square, walking paths
Eligible Project Components • Other amenities including: • Basketball hoops • Drinking fountains • Benches • Picnic Tables
Ineligible Project Costs • 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
Highlights from 2013 School Play Yard Initiative • 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!
Important Dates • Application deadline • January 17th, 2014 • Award date • April 2014 (exact date TBD)
Helpful Tips • Contact GOCO staff with questions • Submit applications for a pre-review • Remember the process is very competitive.
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