June 1, 2021

Training Opportunities & Events
Panel Discussion on the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA): Recovery and Resiliency Planning for Your Community
Wednesday, June 2 | 10:00 a.m.| Register here
Please join the NWCCOG in a moderated discussion with several panelists who have been navigating the rules and can share their own experience, provide connections to resources, and answer some of your questions surrounding the ARPA. Moderated by Jeff Andrews, Regional Business Recovery Coordinator for NWCCOG
Embedding Climate Equity in Your Community
June 2 | 12 pm – 1 pm | More info here
This webinar will discuss how Colorado communities are disproportionately impacted by the effects of climate change and how local governments are responding equitably. We’ll provide an overview of CDPHE’s Climate Equity Framework to assist local governments in applying climate equity principles in their community.
Colorado Counties Inc. Summer Conference
June 7-9 at the Grand Hyatt in Vail | More info here. CCI will offer both an in person or virtual option for attending this event.
Understanding Employee Ownership
June 10 | 9 a.m. – 10 a.m. | Downtown Colorado, Inc. | Register here. Whether you’re a business owner preparing to retire and wondering what the options are for your business to carry on, or you are searching for a way to do business that better aligns with your values, Employee Ownership can help you move your business forward. Join RMEOC on June 10th to learn what Employee Ownership is and how you can navigate the transition to become employee-owned.
Basic Economic Development Course – Economic Development Council of Colorado
June 14 – 18 | Basic Economic Development Course | Will feature live, interactive discussions with instructors and peers. The BEDC course provides a substantial introduction to the theory and fundamentals of comprehensive economic development.
Colorado City & County Management Association Conference
June 23-25 in Glenwood Springs | More info here.
Colorado Municipal League Special Conference
Sept. 22-24 at the Westin in Westminster, CO | More info here.
Drive, Lead, Succeed Conference
Oct. 20-22 in Steamboat Springs, CO | Economic Development Council of Colorado | More info here.
Our Annual Drive | Lead | Succeed Conferences aim to provide the knowledge, tools, and connections that are vital to foster a growing Colorado economy.
Funding & Technical Assistance
Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Fund
Deadline: September 3. DOLA. More info here. The purpose of the EIAF Program is to assist political subdivisions that are socially and/or economically impacted by the development, processing, or energy conversion of minerals and mineral fuels. Funds come from the state severance tax on energy and mineral production and from a portion of the state’s share of royalties paid to the federal government for mining and drilling of minerals and mineral fuels on federally-owned land.
Volunteer Firefighter Pension Program
Deadline: Oct. 31. More info here. This program is designed to help local governments provide a retirement benefit to attract volunteers. All volunteer firefighting entities, which provide a volunteer firefighter pension, are eligible to receive a state match.
Protect Our Neighbors Grants
Deadline: Sept. 18 & Oct. 2. More info here. Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
Local public health agencies can apply for a Planning Grant of up to $50,000. These funds can be used to engage consultants, community partners, and finance community engagement efforts such as listening and planning sessions with communities impacted by and at increased risk of COVID-19.
If counties have already engaged with impacted communities, completed needs assessments and planning activities and identified infrastructure needs they may apply for Infrastructure Strengthening Grant. These grants will require local matching funds and can be spent on investments such as technology, community resource coordination, communication activities to increase compliance with the public health orders, funding for community-based partners and cultural brokers, and enhanced prevention and containment efforts. 
Charge Ahead Colorado Grants
Deadline: June 11 | More info here. The Regional Air Quality Council (RAQC) and Colorado Energy Office (CEO) have opened the Charge Ahead Colorado application for electric vehicle charging station funding. Workplaces, multifamily buildings, and tourist destinations are strongly encouraged to apply.  
Revitalizing Main Streets Grant Program
More Info HERE.
  • Larger Safety Infrastructure Grants – To improve user safety along urban arterials or “main street” corridors, especially for vulnerable users such as pedestrians, bikers, motorcyclists, transit users, elderly adults, and people with disabilities. Safety is worth 30% of the evaluation criteria. More details can be found HERE.
  • Small Multimodal & Economic Resiliency Projects: To support infrastructure projects that provide improved spaces for mobility, community activities, and economic development in the wake of the COVID-19 emergency. CDOT held two Pre-Application Workshops in April. All potential applicants are encouraged to watch the recording HERE which covers details about both grant opportunities.
Colorado Health Foundation Funding Opportunities
Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Grant Program
Deadline: July 12 | More info here. Projects for RAISE funding will be evaluated based on merit criteria that include safety, environmental sustainability, quality of life, economic competitiveness, state of good repair, innovation, and partnership.
Colorado Challenge Accelerator Program
More info here. Downtown Colorado, Inc. DCI is proud to announce the application process is open to participate in the 2022 Colorado Challenge Accelerator Program! Does your community have challenges you’d like to turn into opportunities? We can help! We’ve assisted with a variety of issues from placemaking to housing to district formation! Apply early to plan for all of the possibilities of this year-long technical assistance program.
Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Planning
Deadline: June 21 | More info here. The funds will support comprehensive planning efforts that increase transit access, help connect communities, improve access to public transportation and affordable housing, and support call to combat climate change, advance environmental justice, and promote equitable delivery of benefits to underserved communities.
The Morgan Stanley Alliance for Children’s Mental Health Innovation Awards
Deadline: July 2 | More info here. This initiative aims to identify and fund mental healthcare solutions for children and young adults across the United States. This program specifically addresses the lack of both private and public investment in children’s mental health and of effective ways to connect innovative ideas with capital. The resulting systemic funding gap has only increased with the deepening crisis in children’s mental health due to COVID-19 and ongoing social injustice issues.
USDA Technical Assistance Grants to Improve Rural Transportation Systems
Deadline: June 30 | More info here. Eligible applicants are organizations seeking to provide rural communities with training and technical assistance to improve transportation services and facilities.
Applicants are encouraged to consider projects that provide measurable results in helping rural communities build robust and sustainable economies through strategic investments in infrastructure, partnerships, and innovation.
Union Pacific Foundation: Community Ties Giving Program
Through the Community Ties Giving Program, the Foundation provides Local Grants to nonprofit organizations that address the following categories: Safety, Workforce Development, and Community Spaces. Organizations interested in receiving a grant must complete an online survey to determine eligibility from June 1 through July 31, 2021.
Colorado Creates Grant
Deadline June 7. More info here. Colorado Creates grants are general operating support for nonprofit arts organizations to provide arts programs and activities to their communities.