Funding and Technical Assistance

Rural Business Development
USDA Rural Business Development Grants are a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training, and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses that have fewer than 50 employees in rural areas and less than $1 million in gross revenues. Programmatic activities are separated into enterprise or opportunity type grant activities. These grants average around $25,000 in Colorado and a revolving loan fund request is $50,000. The application deadline is Jan. 26, 2018. Visit the USDA website fore more information.

The Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) is accepting applications for its micro-grant program. This program is designed for state and local governments, special districts, K-12, and public universities in Colorado to put more resident-facing information and services online. Grant applications are due on Jan. 19, 2018. Learn more on the SIPA website

Improve Aging
The NextFifty Initiative invites eligible entities to submit an application for grant funding by Dec. 15. Through its grant making, NextFifty Initiative seeks to identify and partner with organizations that are working to improve the lives of the current aging population and craft an exciting future for aging. For more information and to apply, click here.

The Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment provides grants to identify existing waste diversion activities in a defined study area, suggest ways to coordinate those activities to maximize economic efficiencies, and establish goals that will guide future efforts to minimize the amount of waste sent to area landfills. Councils of government, municipal or county governments, regional community groups whose mission it is to promote environmental sustainability or economic development, and colleges or universities are eligible to apply. Visit the CDPHE website for more information and to access the grant application templates. The deadline to apply is Dec. 13 by 3 p.m.

Community Facilities
The U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development offers affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas through its Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program. Examples of essential community facilities include health care facilities; town halls, courthouses, airport hangars, or street improvements; child care centers, community centers, fairgrounds, or transitional housing; fire departments, police stations, prisons, police vehicles, fire trucks, public works vehicles, or equipment; museums, libraries, or private schools; telemedicine or distance learning equipment; community gardens, food pantries, community kitchens, food banks, food hubs, or greenhouses. Applications accepted year round. More information is available here