Colorado funding & technical assistance resources

Funding & Technical Assistance
HOPE VI: Affordable Housing on Main St. USA Grant Program
The HOPE VI Main Street Program provides grants to small communities to assist in the renovation of historic or traditional central business districts, or “Main Street” areas, by replacing unused, obsolete commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units. Deadline: July 30. More info here.
Partners for Places Matching Grant Program
Funders Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities: Partners for Places matching grant program creates opportunities for cities and counties to improve communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability offices and place-based foundations to support national funders to invest in local projects to promote a strong economy. Application Deadline: July 30, 2019. More info here.
Community Mobility Design Challenge 2019 Planning Grants
The National Center for Mobility Management’s (NCMM) Community Mobility Design Challenge 2019 Planning Grants, with funding from the Federal Transit Administration, will support communities seeking innovative ways to address the particular mobility challenges experienced by low-income community members for whom a lack of transportation is an obstacle to the pursuit of economic, health, and social well-being. Planning grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to six communities. The deadline to apply for this grant is August 1, 2019. More information is available here.
Rural Responses to the Opioid Epidemic Grant Opportunity
This grant program leverages the combined resources of the U.S. Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the State Justice Institute (SJI), and other partners. The goal of this funding opportunity is to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with opioid overdoses among individuals who come into contact with law enforcement or are involved in the criminal justice system in high-risk rural communities and regions.  Up to eight rural communities or regions will be selected for an award of up to $750,000 each for a 24-month time period. Grant funds may be used to support activities including: strategic planning; strengthening epidemiologic surveillance and public health data infrastructure; increasing the use of evidence-based/culturally appropriate prescribing interventions; developing and implementing community-level opioid overdose prevention activities; and expanding peer recovery and support services. More information on this grant program can be found here. The deadline to apply is 5:00 pm ET on July 26, 2019.
USDA Rural Development Value Added Producer Grant
Program’s FY 2019 Funding Opportunity is coming soon!  NOFA will be coming out sometime near the end of July and will have over $30,000,000 in grant funds available nationwide.  The VAPG is designed to help with planning or working capital grant funds at a 50/50 applicant match for agricultural producers as they look to market and sell their value added products from the raw commodities they currently produce.  It is never too early to start working on a VAPG application.  Contact: P.J. Howe|Business Program Specialist | Rural Development 970- 3151 | |
Bonding Program for Workers Recovering from Opioid Abuse
U.S. Dept. of Labor. funds available to increase the usage of fidelity bonds, through the Federal Bonding Program (FBP), to secure employment opportunities for workers recovering from the misuse of opioids. The Department is committed to helping those recovering from opioid use find family-sustaining jobs, informing employers about opportunities to provide second chances, and advancing strategies to address barriers to employment that may exist.  More info here. 

Endangered Places Nominations
Colorado Preservation, Inc.’s program works with communities throughout the state to preserve endangered historic places. Nominations can be submitted by individuals or organizations and should clearly indicate the nature of the threat to the building or historic resource, such as abandonment or neglect, development pressures, weatherization and natural damage, or other factors. Nominations close August 16th. Nominate Today!
Grants Promote Contemporary Visual Arts
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Funding for the advancement of the visual arts. The Foundation fosters innovative artistic expression and the creative process through its support of cultural organizations that, in turn, support artists and their work. Grants are provided for curatorial programs at museums, artists’ organizations, and other cultural institutions to originate innovative and scholarly presentations of contemporary visual arts. Projects may include exhibitions, catalogues, artists’ residencies, and other relevant activities. The next postmark deadline for proposals is September 1, 2019. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the grant guidelines.
Small Business Administration – Disaster Loan Assistance
More info here. Small nonfarm businesses in 31 Colorado counties and neighboring counties in New Mexico are now eligible to apply for low-interest federal disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration.  These loans offset economic losses because of reduced revenues caused by drought in counties that began Nov. 1, 2018.  Primary Colorado counties: Chaffee, Crowley, Custer, El Paso, Elbert, Fremont, Huerfano, Lake, Las Animas, Lincoln, Otero, Park and Pueblo; Neighboring Colorado counties: Alamosa, Arapahoe, Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Clear Creek, Costilla, Douglas, Eagle, Gunnison, Jefferson, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Pitkin, Saguache, Summit, Teller and Washington.
Groundwork USA Community Improvement
The mission of the Groundwork USA network is to bring about the sustained regeneration, improvement, and management of the physical environment by developing community-based partnerships that empower people, businesses, and organizations to promote environmental, economic, and social well-being. Letters of Interest must be received by July 31, 2019.  The selected community will be eligible for up to $200,000 in funding and technical assistance from the National Park Service, US Environmental Protection Agency, and Groundwork USA to plan, establish, and build the capacity of a Groundwork Trust organization in their community. For more info. visit

Our Town is the National Endowment for the Arts’ creative placemaking grants program. These grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into local strategies for strengthening communities. These projects require a partnership between a nonprofit organization and a local government entity, with one of the partners being a cultural organization. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000, with a minimum cost share/match equal to the grant amount.  Deadline: August 8.
ATV Safety and Trail Access Funding
The T.R.A.I.L.S. Grant Program, an initiative of Polaris Industries, provides support to national, state, and local organizations in the United States to ensure the future of ATV riding. Deadline: September 1. More info here
The U.S. Department of Transportation Funds for Mobility Innovation 
Federal Transit Administration (FTA) has announced that $15 million in research funds is available to transit providers, state agencies, and federally recognized tribes through the Integrated Mobility Innovation Demonstration program. Applications are due August 6, 2019. For more information, view the funding announcement posted here.
The HOPE VI Main Street Program provides grants to small communities to assist in the renovation of historic or traditional central business districts, or “Main Street” areas, by replacing unused, obsolete commercial space in buildings with affordable housing units. Deadline: July 30.