Resources bulletin from Northwest Colorado Council of Governments

Funding & Technical Assistance
Funding for Opioid Crisis in Rural America – USDA Rural Development
USDARD is givng funding priority in two key grant programs to address opioid misuse in rural communities. USDA is reserving $5 million in the Community Facilities Grant Program and is giving priority to Distance Learning and Telemedicine Grant (DLT) Program applications proposing innovative projects to address the opioid epidemic in rural communities. Deadline: June 4th. To submit an application in Colorado, visit and find the office that serves your county. For more information visit
Colorado Health Foundation Grand Programs
Next deadline: June 5
The foundation provides funding in the following areas:  Funding opportunities that focus on specific needs aligned with a particular priority within the organization’s focus areas (maintaining healthy bodies, nurturing healthy minds, strengthening community health, and championing health equity); Responsive grants program is for best ideas that could help the foundation achieve impact within its focus areas, but do not fit with one of its funding opportunities. The program is intended to respond to an urgent community need; addressing emerging opportunities; testing innovative approaches; or implementing proven programs; Rapid response funding, which supports short-term advocacy initiatives (there is no deadline for rapid response grants). Applications will be available mid-May, and must be submitted by June 15. For more information, contact the Colorado Health Foundation at or visit
Colorado AmeriCorps Planning Grant – Request for Applications
Deadline: May 25th, 2018
Serve Colorado is announcing the release of the Colorado AmeriCorps Planning Grant Request for Applications (RFA). Click here to access funding timeline, related application instructions, and additional resources needed by applicants.
OEDIT Blueprint 2.0
More information here. Rural Colorado communities will once again be invited to participate in a range of catalytic economic development initiatives this year through the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) Blueprint 2.0 program. Blueprint 2.0, leverages state partnerships and specialized resources to address the economic development goals of rural areas of Colorado.
The following eight initiatives will be offered in 2018:
  • Brand Building for Communities
  • Colorado Rural Academy for Tourism: CRAFT Studio 201
  • Grow Your Outdoor Recreation Industry
  • Coworking 101
  • Certified Small Business Community
  • Film and Major Production Initiative
  • Creativity Lab of Colorado
  • Launch a Sector Partnership
Learn more and apply online at Deadline: June 1, 2018 and winning communities will be announced in early July. Questions about the program or application process should be directed to Danielle Lendriet at 303-929-1042 or or Meridith Marshall at 303-892-3850 or
Colorado Creative Industries Annual Summit
May 10-11 in Greeley
Learn about beneficial partnerships, Space to Create at work in rural Colorado, community building, and more. Register
The Colorado Outdoor Industry Leadership Summit (COILSx) in the Mountains
Friday, May 11 from 1:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Beaver Run Resort, Breckenridge
More information visit
The Colorado Outdoor Industry Leadership Summit (COILSx) for the Colorado Rockies region will feature keynote talks by Congressman Polis and Luis Benitez, along with panel discussions, working groups and a happy hour. The COILSx mountain regional meeting is presented by the Mountain Outdoor Recreation Alliance, a group of passionate outdoor recreation leaders in the Colorado Rockies, with the support of ELEVATE coworking spaces, Steamboat Springs Economic Development, Arapahoe Basin, Colorado Parks & Wildlife and Colorado’s Office of Outdoor Recreation.

Colorado Municipal League Spring Outreach Meeting and Elected Officials Training
May 15 in Frisco
Each spring, CML staff and executive board members hit the road to visit our municipal members. Our free Spring Outreach Meetings taking place in May as an opportunity for you to meet CML staff, learn about the municipal implications of the legislative session, and network with colleagues from neighboring communities. “Essentials for Elected Officials” training from 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m; Spring outreach meeting from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. More information and register here.
Webinar: Neighborhood Revitalization, One Block at a Time
The Better Block Approach to Neighborhood Revitalization
Wed, May 30, 2018 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM MDT – register here
Offered by Community Builders. Revitalizing a neighborhood can seem like a daunting task for towns. Engaging the community can be expensive and time consuming, political buy-in from elected officials and decision makers can be difficult to build, and momentum can be hard to maintain over a lengthy implementation process. Team Better Block has spent the past eight years refining a new approach to transforming neighborhoods from the ground up, one block at a time.
Inland Oil Spill Training
May 21-25th in Lakewood, CO at the U.S. FWS Regional Office at:  134 Union Blvd #400, Lakewood, CO 80228.
Offered by the National Conservation Training Center/ US Fish and Wildlife Service. More information and register here.  This training is FREE.
Project Management for Non-Project Managers
Starts June 8
Being offered this June through a collaboration with Vail Valley Partnership (VVP) and High Country Human Resource Association (HCHRA). Itis a series of four classes that will held on Friday afternoons starting June 8th at the Vail Valley Partnership location in Edwards Riverwalk. Participants will also be eligible (but not required) to sit for the Project+ certification exam at the PearsonVue testing center.   One of the most exciting things about project management is the projected job growth and need for project managers over the next ten years. More information here.
Broadband Mountain Connect
June 11-14 in Vail
The 2018 theme is “Moving Beyond Risk to Compete in the New Economy.” More than 500 attendees from local and state government, telecommunication companies, internet providers, and more are expected to attend. Learn more and submit session ideas online at
9th Annual Women’s Small Business Conference
Friday, July 13, 2018
Join the Colorado Small Business Development Center Network and
 breakthrough to excellence with a day of educational seminars, one-on-one consulting, valuable networking opportunities, and exciting speakers! This year, the keynote speaker will be Keri Gohman, President of Xero Americas, who will share her inspirational journey.

HERE: Sky Ute Casino, Ignacio, CO ((Only 20 minutes outside Durango)
WHO: People looking to start or grow their business
Use promo code EARLYBIRD for $10 off
CML Annual Conference June 19-22 in Vail, CO
More information here. CML will award up to 10 scholarships to municipal officials wanting to attend the 96th CML Annual Conference this June. The scholarship includes one free conference registration, three nights of basic lodging, lunch tickets, and a small mileage reimbursement stipend. To apply, complete the application at and submit it with a letter of interest explaining what you hope to gain from the event.  Applications are due Friday, Feb. 9. Contact CML Membership Services Manager Lisa White at, 303-831-6411, or 866-578-0936 for more information.
Economic Development Council of Colorado – Drive|Lead|Succeed Conference
October 24 – 26, 2018 at the Ridgeline Hotel in Estes Park, CO
EDCC’s Annual Drive | Lead | Succeed Conferences aim to provide the knowledge, tools, and connections that are vital to foster a growing Colorado economy.
Gather the industry’s top influencers and thought leaders together to share knowledge and answer questions that no one else can; Offer new and vital tools and solutions to pressing economic issues facing Colorado’s professional economic development community; Facilitate quality collaboration and opportunity to exchange fresh, new ideas among Colorado’s leading Economic Development professionals, business and non-profit leaders, government officials and more. This growing three-day conference, is the premier statewide event, that gathers over 200 statewide economic development stakeholders and explores the latest developments, trends, and the future of Colorado’s economic climate.
Access to Capital
Would a Loan help your Business? Contact the Northwest Loan Fund
The Northwest Loan Fund (NLF) can guide you to the right combination of funding. Contact Anita Cameron, Director of Business Lending, if you: want to expand, acquire, or start a business; are looking for favorable rates; just have questions. We are particularly interested new or growing businesses. Generally loan amounts are between $5,000 and $500,000. Rates and fees are very favorable. Contact Anita Cameron, 970-455-1059 for more information.