The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) manages two marijuana grant programs, the Marijuana Impact Grant Program and the Marijuana Enforcement Grant Program.
The Marijuana Impact Grant awards to eligible local governments that do not allow the sale of retail marijuana within their jurisdiction, but are experiencing the impacts of retail marijuana from surrounding communities or any other illegal activity related to marijuana. The grant program has two key components:
- to identify documented impacts to eligible local governments and determine grant dollars needed to reimburse for those impacts; and
- to prioritize grant awards to applicants who intend to use the grant funds for one or more of the following purposes: to pay for additional law enforcement activities related to retail marijuana, including costs associated with increased arrests, increased traffic violations, and prevention of out-of-state diversions and trafficking of marijuana; to fund youth services, especially those that prevent the use of; to mitigate other impacts that the cultivation, testing, sale, consumption, or regulation of retail marijuana or any other illegal activity related to marijuana has on services provided by an eligible local government.
The Marijuana Enforcement Grant Program reimburses law enforcement agencies and district attorneys for actual expenses related to investigations and prosecutions of unlicensed marijuana cultivation or distribution operations. This program provides financial assistance through reimbursements to local law enforcement and district attorneys for actual expenses related to investigation and prosecution of unlicensed marijuana cultivation or distribution operations.
The grant program has four funding priorities: rural areas, large scale operations, organized crime operations, or operations that divert marijuana outside of Colorado.
More information and applications are available on the DOLA website. Applications are due Feb. 28, 2018.