Real Mountain Living, Work, and Play

Funding and Grant Opportunities

Colorado’s USDA-Rural Development is currently accepting applications for the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) for Fiscal Year 2017.  The Technical Assistance grant average in Colorado is around $25,000.  Deadline: 1/27/17.  Fact sheet for the RBDG program attached here. A complete application packet can be emailed to you upon request. Contact: P.J. Howe, Business Program Specialist: 970 824-3476 x 111;

GOCO invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. GOCO awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts.  Upcoming Deadlines:

  • Local Government Park and Outdoor Recreation & Mini Grants – 11/17/16
  • Habitat Restoration Grants – 9/23/16
  • Youth Corps Grants – 9/22/16
  • Trail Planning Grants – 913/16
  • General Planning Grants – 11/17/16
  • School Yard Initiative Grants – 1/10/17

The goal of the funding opportunity is to help activate existing infrastructure in public places that contributes to a community’s overall health through residential usage and positive experiences. Foundation grant funds will support costs associated with project/program planning and/or implementation for up to one year. Open Deadlines: All deadlines between Oct. 15, 2016 and Oct. 15, 2018

Colorado Creative Industries Arts in Society Collaborative Grants

Arts in Society grant program is a partnership between Colorado Creative Industries (CCI) and Arts in Society.  Grants are designed to  build capacity for social practice projects that implement artistic excellence to engage social issues. Program seeks projects that best illustrate artistic excellence, broaden the understanding of the role arts play in society, demonstrate cross-sector work, exhibit cultural relevancy, foster community engagement, and present opportunities for shared learning. Year 1 Letters of Intent are due September 26, 2016. Finalists will be contacted in November and invited to submit full proposals by January 16, 2017. 

As part of the WorkWell Collaborative, the Healthy Business Accelerator Grant Program aims to reimburse qualified businesses up to $1,000 for sustainable capital improvements to the workplace.  The business must be currently engaged with Health Links either through the Kick-Start program, or be a certified healthy business, to be eligible. To apply, businesses must complete a short application outlining their proposed purchases and improvement plan.  Submit an application HERE to the WorkWell Collaborative by October 7th, 2016.  Awardees will be notified by Friday, October 24th.

The Kick-Start Program is offered by Health Links Colorado, whose mission is to simplify how worksite health and safety get done. By doing so, we are helping build healthy, vibrant businesses and a stronger local economy.  For small businesses that are just getting started, Health Links provides support through our Kick-Start program, which awards seed funding and provides free expert advising to qualified business for successfully building worksite wellness and safety programs. 

Colorado Tourism Office – Marketing Matching Grant program 

The Colorado Tourism Office (CTO) is now accepting applications for its Marketing Matching Grant Program, which has increased its grants awards by $100,000. The annual competitive grant program offers financial assistance to Colorado’s tourism industry for enhancing marketing efforts to visitors. Deadline: 4 p.m. on Oct.14, 2016.  

Funds projects in rural communities for economic development, business preservation, arts/humanities, public space improvements, and education. Eligibility: Government or nonprofit entities in communities with fewer than 10,000 people. Deadline: November 2, 2016. 

Local Technical Assistance Grants – Economic Development Administration

Helps fill the knowledge and information gaps that may prevent leaders in the public and nonprofit sectors in distressed areas from making optimal decisions on local economic development issues.

Career Enhancement Grants – Colorado Creative Industries

Support Colorado creative entrepreneurs and artists to help stimulate their commercial creative business. The goal is that awardees will achieve tangible business benefits such as increased revenue, new audiences or improved management practices.  Deadline: 11/2/16.

Innovative Industries Internship Grants

Internship program designed to encourage employers to provide paid on-the-job training to students interested in pursuing careers in Colorado’s innovative industries. Matching grants offered to businesses for providing paid internships.  Offered by the Colorado Dept. of Labor and Employment. Next funding cycle: Applications will be accepted January 1, 2017 – February 15, 2017.

Daniels Fund
Various Community Improvement Grants. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.


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