Tax Credit Connection, Inc.

Our Values

Small Grants Program

Help multiply the pace of good land conservation. Without any cost to you, you can help thousands of people learn about land conservation and its benefits. It is essential that our communities are properly educated about our land and how important it is to conserve. Tax Credit Connection Inc.’s Small Grants Program helps to fund these educational projects.

Tax Credit Connection, Inc. is dedicated to sharing at least ten percent of its proceeds with the land conservation community through various means, including our Small Grants Program. The Small Grants Program is designed to assist land trusts and local governments with costs associated with educating landowners and professionals regarding the benefits of conservation easements.

Program Overview

Tax Credit Connection’s Small Grants Program is designed to award grants in the amount of $300-500 per grant for activities that help to educate landowners and other interested individuals about the value of conservation easements. Both land trusts operating in Colorado and local Colorado governments open space programs are eligible for Tax Credit Connection’s Small Grants Program.

Since 2006, Tax Credit Connection has awarded 95 small grants totaling more than $45,000. Past recipients of small grants from Tax Credit Connection used funds to print informative brochures and newsletters, conduct conservation easement workshops, and host conservation-related events. Since its inception, the Small Grants Program has helped fund 18 conservation workshops around the state of Colorado, printing of educational materials for 32 different organizations, and the purchase of equipment to help land trusts make presentations on the benefits of conservation easements.

Application Process

We will announce periodically when we will be accepting applications with a deadline as to when they will be due. We hope to be able to award grants sometime in 2016.

Small Grants Award Recipients

Congratulations to our latest award recipients!  We look forward to seeing the results to their latest projects.

Crested Butte Land Trust
Eagle Valley Land Trust
Land Trust of the Upper Arkansas
Mountain Area Land Trust
Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust

San Isabel Land Protection Trust

Other Commitments to Conservation

Tax Credit Connection supports our local trade association, Colorado Coalition of Land Trusts in several different ways. We have always sponsored CCLT’s annual conference, Conservation Excellence and their annual fundraiser, Brews, Boots and Bucks. The dollars Tax Credit Connection contributes to CCLT allows the organization to educate the state legislature on issues important to the land conservation community such as protecting the conservation easement tax credit we all appreciate and helping to make the Division of Real Estate process run more smoothly.

Ariel Steele of Tax Credit Connection also donates hundreds of hours to the CCLT Policy Committee. “I enjoy being involved with the myriad policy issues CCLT tracks and influences. It’s a rich opportunity to reach out to my colleagues in the conservation community and learn about what is working well and ways to change what could be better,” remarks Ariel.