Northwest Colorado Business Funding & Technical Assistance programs

Funding & Technical Assistance
Summit County Non-Profit Grants
Deadline: August 8
The Towns of Breckenridge, Dillon, Frisco, Silverthorne, and Summit County are currently accepting grant applications from non-profit organizations. Common application forms are avaialbe at the followoing locations:
Laura Jane Musser Fund Grant Programs
  • Rural Initiative – encourages collaborative and participatory efforts among residents in rural communities that will help to strengthen their towns and regions. The applicant community must have a population of 10,000 or fewer. Program planning grants up to $5,000 and program implementation grants up to $25,000 will be considered. Applications will be accepted online through the Fund’s website from September 3 – October 3, 2019.
  • Intercultural Harmony Initiative – supports projects that promote mutual understanding and cooperation between groups of community members of different cultural backgrounds. Project planning grants up to $5,000 or implementation grants up to $25,000 will be considered. Applications will be accepted online through the Fund’s website from September 16 – October 16, 2019.
  • Rural Arts Initiative – Assisting nonprofit arts organizations to develop, implement or sustain exceptional artistic opportunities for adults and children. Deadline: 3/11/2020.
  • Environmental Initiative – Building a community-based approach to solving environmental problems and encouraging environmental stewardship. 3/18/2020.
Colorado Creative Industries: Colorado Creates Grants
Deadline: 9/2/19 – more info here. The purpose of this program is to provide general operating support to help nonprofit cultural organizations and communities produce and present arts and cultural activities. Efforts will be made to distribute funding throughout the state, with a specific goal of increasing arts investment in rural communities. All funds provided will serve as operating support awards.  The mission of Colorado Creative Industries is to promote, support, and expand the creative industries in Colorado in order to drive the state’s economy, grow jobs, and enhance quality of life.
This USDA program provides funding to construct, enlarge, or improve essential community facilities in rural areas. USDA has more than $2 Billion still available for rural communities to build or modernize education, health care, municipal and public safety facilities this fiscal year.  Priority is given to health care, education and public safety projects. Typical projects are hospitals, health clinics, schools, fire houses, community centers, first responded vehicles and equipment and many other community-based initiatives.  We and our partners are working together to ensure that rural America continues to be a great place to live, work and raise a family. More info here.
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.