The CFP Steering Committee is excited to announce that the Gates Family Foundation, Great Outdoors Colorado, and the Trinchera Blanca Foundation have generously agreed to support the launch of the Regional Collaboration Incentive Fund!
The Fund will foster partnerships and collaborations among Colorado land trusts that improve the rate, relevance, resilience, and rigor of land and water conservation across the state. The Fund is the direct outgrowth of Gates- and GOCO-supported conversations with land trusts over the last two years, in which land trusts identified a variety of innovative collaborative projects they would like to pursue if funding and coordination assistance were available. Collaboration among land trusts can be difficult because of financial and capacity constraints, and the Fund intends to support land trusts seeking to address those barriers.
In the next few weeks, the CFP Steering Committee will develop and send a Request for Proposals to land trusts that explains in more detail how they can apply for funding for eligible collaboration projects. Proposals will be evaluated by Gates and GOCO later this year, with applicants notified in January 2019. Successful applicants will have until August of 2020 to complete their projects and submit case studies on the project outcomes.
The CFP Steering Committee sincerely thanks the Gates Family Foundation, GOCO, and the Trinchera Blanca Foundation for their generous support of this exciting project!