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As grant writers, the Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park carry an important responsibility. Oftentimes the existence of grant funding will determine whether a potential project moves forward or is abandoned. With years of experience associated with protecting, preserving and promoting Castlewood Canyon State Park, the Friends organization is perfectly positioned to do the research and fact finding necessary to write competitive, solutions - oriented grant proposals, and to build and maintain relationships with potential funding sources.

Read about some of our successes below:    


Clean Trail Program grant
Trail Improvements 

Our sincere thanks to ExtremeTerrain's Clean Trail Project for grant money which Castlewood Canyon State Park will use to improve the steps in the Inner Canyon making them safer for our hikers.


In 2024, Extreme Terrain has pledged $250/year to Castlewood Canyon for trail improvements.

Awarded in 2022

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Wildcat Canyon Bridge 

Liberty Community Giving has shown continued support to Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park projects.  We have successfully raised funds to build Wildcat Canyon Bridge over Cherry Creek at the junction of the Lake Gulch and Inner Canyon trails.  We are thankful for Liberty Community Giving's early contribution to this effort that will allow hikers of all capabilities to complete this popular hiking loop through all four of Castlewood Canyon's ecosystems.  Bridge was completed 2024

Awarded in 2020

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Leave No Trace Program Expansion

Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park, together with Friends of Roxborough State Park, announce the award of a grant from Partners in the Outdoors for expansion of the Leave No Trace Program. The $5,000 grant will help to advance the partnership effort between Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park, Friends of Roxborough State Park, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, and the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics to expand Leave No Trace programming, education, and messaging throughout Colorado State Parks, Recreation Areas, and Wildlife Areas.

Awarded in 2019


Trail Improvements by TeamWorks

In 2019, Friends of Castlewood Canyon State Park received grant funding from both Colorado Parks Foundation and Liberty Community Giving that provided assistance in widening the Lake Gulch Trail. TeamWorks provides a paid educational work experience which aims to connect youth to nature and their community. Crew members work among a diverse group of both urban and rural youth, fostering the development of inclusive communication and leadership skills.

CPF $2,000 / LCG $2,273
Awarded in 2019

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Wonders Program Support

KCCR is dedicated to improving the world "one child and one community at a time."  The Wonders Program enables socioeconomically diverse schools to introduce students to the wonders of nature by getting them outside and away from technology. It is an excellent opportunity to enhance the students’ understanding of wildlife and how people’s actions affect wildlife and wildlife habitat.  This is accomplished through a high quality place-based environmental education experience.

$500 / Year
Awarded Annually  2015 - 2019


Visitor Center Interpretive Displays

Castlewood Canyon State Park Visitor Center is visited by many of its over 200,000 visitors each year.  Thanks to a grant from Liberty Community Giving, the park rangers are planning some new displays that will interpret many of the natural features - geology, wildlife, plants, and history -

that makes our park unique in Colorado.

Awarded in 2017

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Interpretive Signage

By 2016, many of the park's interpretive signs were sun faded and cracked after years of exposure to the elements.  Many were illegible.  Thanks to Colorado Parks Foundation (CPF) we were able to begin replacing the worn out signs and even add some new ones.  Next time you're at Castlewood Canyon State Park, look for the signs at the Homestead, Dam ruins, Native Garden, and East Canyon Preserve that include CPF's lovely Columbine logo.

Awarded in 2016

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Native Garden

In 2014 after the emergency well repair work in the Native Garden adjacent to the Visitor Center was completed, several park volunteers got together to redo the garden.  This grant allowed us to purchase 25 tons of pea gravel and several tons of cobblestones which was used to establish the basic hardscape underlying the garden.  Pea gravel makes a great natural water conserving mulch in our garden which is only watered by Mother Nature.  We also thank Quality Landscape Materials, Pioneer Sand & Gravel, and C&C Sand and Stone Co. for donating materials or providing the materials at a discount.

Awarded in 2016


Wonders Program Support

Every year, Castlewood Canyon State Park can host underserved school groups in our naturalist-led environment education programs by paying for bus transportation to the park, up to $300 per year per school.  A generous grant from Liberty Community Giving enabled eight schools to participate in this program.

Awarded in 2015

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Verizon encourages their employees' passion to serve others.  And they support their efforts - through their Matching Gifts Program and by making donations to the nonprofit organizations they choose  to volunteer.  Dale Campbell, our current President, has dedicated countless hours at the park since 1995.  Read his bio.  We thank Verizon for their Matching Gifts Program and Dale for his countless hours of dedication to the park.

Awarded in 2014

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Visitor Center Remodel

 You can see how these funds were spend when you enter the vestibule at the Visitor Center and see the lovely photograph of the falls that completely covers the wall immediately opposite the entrance doors.

Awarded in 2013


Education & Website Development

We thank NEEF for supporting two of our projects: and Wonders of Castlewood.  As our organization evolved, the Board realized we desperately needed a presence on the Internet as a resource for the park, Friends activities, and public outreach.  NEEF granted $5,000 enabling us to develop our first website and pay its operating expenses for the first couple years of its existence. 


Another generous $4,000 grant enabled us to kickstart the Wonders of Castlewood program that hosted approximately 1,500 students.

Awarded in 2013 & Prior

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