Starburst Awards

Starburst Awards recognize excellence in the use of Lottery funds for community and conservation projects. Winners are chosen based on a number of considerations including the creativity of the project, economic and social impact on the community, as well as the broader impact to our state.

Lottery proceeds are distributed statewide through grants via Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO), the Conservation Trust Fund, Colorado Parks & Wildlife, and Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST).

Submissions include programs and projects such as, but not limited to: parks, playgrounds, outdoor recreation centers, outdoor educations programs, land conservation, trail enhancement, open space acquisition, wildlife natural resource preservation, and public school improvements, and so much more!

Applications for the 2023 Starburst Awards are now open! Entries must be submitted by Friday, March 3rd, for consideration. If you have any questions, please contact Daniel by email at:

2023 Starburst Award Entry Form

Congratulations to the 2022 Starburst Award Winners

  • City of Loveland – Loveland Recreation Trail
  • Gunnison County – Sustainable Tourism & Outdoor Recreation Program
  • City of Greeley – East Greeley Initiative
  • Carbon Valley Parks and Recreation District  – Outdoor Fitness Project
  • Larimer County Dept. of Natural Resources – Sky View Campground
  • Aspen Valley Land Trust - Coffman Ranch
  • Cheyenne Mountain State Park - Meadows Campground Cabins
  • City of Lamar – North Gateway Park

Learn more about last year's winning projects and how Lottery dollars helped make it possible. 

Aspen Valley Land Trust
Coffman Ranch