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Participate in CTF

To qualify as an "eligible entity" of the Conservation Trust Fund, please read the following excerpt from the statute:


C.R.S. 29-21-101. Conservation trust funds.
"Eligible entity" means a county, municipality, or special district which has created a conservation trust fund pursuant to this section and which has certified to the department of local affairs that it has created such fund.


"Special district" means a special district organized under article 1 of title 32, C.R.S., which provides park or recreation facilities or programs pursuant to the district's service plan, which facilities or programs are open to public use.


In order to meet the statutory requirements, the department requires:

  1. Resolution (Sample)
  2. Affidavit (Sample)
  3. W-9 Form
  4. Automatic Deposit Form (or EFT)
  5. Certification form to receive funds (contact program staff for details)
  6. Current Accurate Map - (Map Standards)
  7. For special districts only: Court Order creating the district
  8. For special districts only: Service Plan showing that the district provides park or recreation facilities or programs open to public use

In many cases, if the district has been formed for a period of time, this office may already have items 6-8 on file.


If, upon review by this office, a district meets all statutory criteria as required by C.R.S. 29-21-101 and returns all required forms by December 31, of any given year, they will be eligible to receive their first CTF distribution by March 1 in the second year following submission.


  • Necessary forms submitted to DOLA between January 1 and December 31, 2015;
  • Population estimates are developed for all CTF participants January 1-December 31, 2016; then
  • Final population estimates are used for the four quarterly distribitons in 2017.


Population figures:

  • 2013 population figures will be used for the 4 quarterly distributions in 2015.
  • 2014 population figures will be used for the 4 quarterly distributions in 2016.
  • 2015 population figures will be used for the 4 quarterly distributions in 2017.