Colorado business funding & technical assistance

Funding & Technical Assistance
Mobility for All Funding Opportunity
The U.S. Department of Transportation.  The $3.5 million program seeks to improve mobility options and access to community services for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and people with low incomes. Funds will be awarded for innovative capital projects that seek to improve the coordination of non-emergency transportation services for the transportation disadvantaged. Deadline: January 6, 2020. More information here.
Technical Assistance to Support Building Digital Economies  
The Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) and Rural Innovation Strategies, Inc. seeks to help communities realize their vision of creating resilient, innovation-based jobs. CORI is announcing the start of a competitive application process for more rural communities to join the initiative to advance the creation of digital jobs and entrepreneurship strategies across America. Eligible communities are designated rural counties, as defined by the U.S. Census, or those that represent regional efforts that cover a majority rural area. Successful communities will ideally have a combination of the following attributes: existing high-speed broadband; significant portions of the community located in or near Opportunity Zones; partnership with a 4-year endowed residential college or university campus; committed local leadership; and a willing non-profit organization and/or local and regional government prepared to raise matching funds and lead the initiative. Deadline: November 18. More infohere.
WaterNow Alliance Project Accelerator
Deadline: Nov. 22, more info here. The Project Accelerator provides cities and utilities with up to 250 hours of free program and technical assistance for three to six months (valued at $25,000) to advance a sustainable water project. WaterNow Alliance is particularly interested in working with municipalities and utilities in Colorado to support projects that integrate water and land use planning. For a watersecure future in Colorado, water efficiency must be incorporated into community planning and development. These projects could include (but are not limited to): Incorporating water efficiency into your comprehensive planning process or zoning code; Adopting a water-efficient landscape ordinance or design guidelines; Implementing requirements or incentives for water-wise new development; Creating an irrigation audit or rebate program.
The National League of Cities 2020 Leadership in Community Resilience program
NLC is now accepting applications from cities and towns seeking funding for resilience-related projects. Each municipality selected for the 2020 cohort will receive $10,000 in financial support, advisory services, and a site visit from NLC staff, as well as an invitation to NLC’s annual resilience summit for the mayor and a staff member. Apply Deadline: Dec. 20.
Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals 
Department of Health and Human Services. The Grants for the Benefit of Homeless Individuals program supports the development or expansion of community infrastructure that integrates substance use disorder treatment, housing services, and other critical services for individuals (including youth) and families experiencing homelessness. The application deadline is December 16, 2019.
Caring for Colorado Foundation
Creating Equity in Health. Caring for Colorado stands together with rural, urban and frontier communities to create programs, policies and systems that support the goal that every child in Colorado has love, stability, support and opportunity. Two deadlines per year: First Friday in February; First Friday in August.  More info here. 
Brownfields, Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund, and Cleanup (ARC) Grants
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Deadline: December 3, 2019.  Grants offered by the Brownfields Program may be used to address sites contaminated by hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants (including hazardous substances co-mingled with petroleum) and petroleum. More info here. 
State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)
STEP is a financial assistance program for aspiring and current Colorado exporters entering into a new global market and is now accepting applications for companies looking to attend the JEC World trade show.  The JEC World trade show is the world’s largest event for the global composite industry held from March 3-5, 2020 in Paris, France. Awarded companies will receive a travel stipend of up to $3,500 and exhibit space in the Colorado Pavilion. Application and eligibility requirements are available at
The application is due November 21, 2019. For additional information, please contact Nicole Gunkle at

Defense Counsel First Appearance Grant Program
The Defense Counsel First Appearance Grant Program is now accepting applications for funding. This program launched with the purpose of reimbursing, in whole or in part, costs associated with the provision of defense counsel to defendants at their first appearance in municipal courts. All Colorado municipal courts are encouraged to apply. For information, please contact Shawn Marandi at 303-864-8479 or
Rural Health Network Funds to Improve Rural Health
The Rural Health Network Development Program seeks to improve access to and the quality of healthcare in rural areas through sustainable healthcare programs created as a result of network collaboration; prepare rural health networks for the transition to value-based payment and population health management; demonstrate improved health outcomes and community impact; promote the sustainability of rural health networks through the creation of diverse products and services.  Deadline: November 25, 2019. More information here. 
Program Funds Small or Rural Libraries
Institute of Museum and Library Services – more info here
The Accelerating Promising Practices for Small Libraries program supports projects that strengthen the ability of small or rural libraries and archives to serve their communities. Topics of interest include transforming school library practice, community memory, and digital inclusion. The application deadline is December 2, 2019.
National Park Service – Historic Properties and Collections Preserved
The Save America’s Treasures program helps preserve nationally significant historic properties and collections that convey the nation’s rich heritage to future generations of Americans. Grants are made in two categories: preservation projects for properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places or listed as a National Historic Landmark, and projects involving collections, including artifacts, museum collections, documents, sculptures, and other works of art. The application deadline is December 10, 2019. More info here.
New Toolkit Features Resources for Small and Medium-Sized Communities to Prepare for Natural Disasters
The U.S. EPA Urban Waters Federal Partnership has released a new toolkit: How to Prepare for Natural Disasters: A Pre-Disaster Toolkit for Small to Medium-Sized Communities. This resource was developed to help small- to medium-sized communities jump-start their natural disaster planning process. The toolkit is divided into two sections – one for local government officials, including Emergency Management Coordinators (EMCs), utility district managers, and local elected officials – and a section for community residents. Each section provides information about the tools and resources available through federal and state agencies and disaster relief organizations, as well as At-a-Glance preparedness checklists.