Who We Are
The Regional Grants Navigator (RGN) role was established to develop a thorough understanding of the grant funding opportunities in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJ or “Bipartisan Infrastructure Law”), as well as the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) and to assist municipalities, counties, and special districts within the 6 County NWCCOG region in connecting to funding opportunities from these acts. The State of Colorado through the Governor’s office and OEDIT has allocated funds through SB22-15 to fund the RGN position and a cohort of parallel positions at each of the regions represented by Councils of Government across the state. Funding for the position is allocated annually by the legislature to OEDIT and may continue for up to 5 years.
Over 200 programs within the IIJA Act alone may be relevant to public entities in Colorado. Grant funded opportunities span a variety of specialties from Transit, Carbon Reduction, Road & Bridge projects, Wildfire Management, Environmental – abandoned mine reclamation, Natural Resources – ecosystem restoration, Waste Management- solid waste infrastructure, to Water and Wastewater to name a few. These are funded through various federal or state agencies. Many local governments are unfamiliar with the federal grant process as well as many of the categories which are created in the Acts and will request assistance in understanding whether their specific local or regional projects or programs match the terms of the many competitive grants, each of which will have specific requirements listed in Notices Of Funding Opportunity (NOFO).
The RGN position will be the Region 12, NWCCOG point person for information sharing about these grant opportunities for local governments across the region.