Funding Opportunities

Affordable Housing

DOLA. State. Project-based funding. The aim of this Transformational Homelessness Response Grant Program NOFA is to create a future where homelessness is rare and brief when it occurs, and no one gets left behind. The NOFA achieves this aim by advancing and implementing proven solutions and program models that reduce homelessness in a holistic and sustainable way by targeting many of the key underlying factors necessary for people to thrive. Deadline Letters of Intent due January 15, 2024. Deadline Application June 15, October 15, February 15, 2024.

HUD. Federal (IRA). Provides modest awards designed to add proven and highly impactful climate resilience and carbon reduction measures to the construction scopes of in-progress recapitalization transactions. Deadline March 28, 2024.

HUD. Federal (IRA). Provides funding to Owners aiming to quickly meet ambitious carbon reduction and resilience goals without requiring extensive collaboration with HUD. Deadline April 30, 2024.

HUD. Federal (IRA). Provides funding to initiate recapitalization investments designed from inception around deep retrofits, focused on innovative energy efficiency and greening measures, renewable energy generation, use of structural building materials with lower embodied carbon, and climate resilience investments. Deadline May 30, 2024.

OEDIT. State. Project-based funding. The grant is designed to help support the expansion of affordable housing with funding for manufacturers and housing factories. They also have a loan program specifically for factories.

HUD. Federal. HUD opened the portal for local governments to request technical assistance for its Thriving Communities technical assistance program. This funding will help local governments ensure housing needs are considered as part of their larger infrastructure investment plans, with a focus on disadvantaged communities.

A Technical Assistance Guide. Providing supportive housing in rural areas presents a significant challenge – one that is being exacerbated by economic distress caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Rural communities struggle to find adequate, affordable rental units as well as access to the services their most vulnerable tenants need. Both U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offer programs that can address the challenge.

Agriculture

USDA. Federal. Project-based funding. Provides grants to help eligible processors expand their processing capacity, which create new, better and more processing options for meat and poultry producers. Deadline November 22.

USDA. Federal (IRA). Project-based funding. The HBIIP program aims to increase adoption of higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel by sharing the costs of building and retrofitting biofuel-related infrastructure. Funds are provided to assist transportation fueling and fuel distribution facilities in converting their equipment to be compatible with higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel. This includes upgrading fuel dispensers, storage tank systems, and other necessary infrastructure to ensure environmentally safe fuel availability. Deadline The application windows for enrollment will take place quarterly for five quarters, starting July 1, 2023, through September 30, 2024.

Broadband

USDA. Federal. Project-based funding. This program provides financing for the construction, maintenance, improvement and expansion of telephone service and broadband in rural areas.

NTIA. Federal Funding. BroadbandUSA’s Federal Funding site connects you to funding opportunities that support broadband planning, digital inclusion, and deployment projects. The site allows you to filter programs by Agency/Department, Eligible Recipients, and/or Program Purpose by using the filter options on the left.

Federal Communications Commission. The Affordable Connectivity Program is an FCC benefit program that helps ensure that households can afford the broadband they need for work, school, healthcare and more. The benefit provides a discount of up to $30 per month toward internet service for eligible households and up to $75 per month for households on qualifying Tribal lands. Eligible households can also receive a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer, or tablet from participating providers if they contribute more than $10 and less than $50 toward the purchase price.

Business/Economic Development

OEDIT. State. The Rural Opportunity Office provides support and funding to regional, county, and local economic development agencies in the State of Colorado for the purpose of supporting Colorado’s rural economies. Funding up to $40,000 will be provided to support a project identified in an authorized, regional comprehensive economic development strategy (CEDS). Additional expenses toward the project will be the responsibility of the regional team. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until December 31.

EDA. Federal. Project-based funding. The Public Works program provides resources to meet the construction and/or infrastructure design needs of communities to enable them to become more economically competitive. Supported activities under EDA’s EAA program include construction and non-construction such as construction or upgrading of public infrastructure, sectoral partnerships for workforce training, design and engineering, technical assistance, economic recovery strategies, and capitalization or re-capitalization of Revolving Loan Funds.

OEDIT. State. Technical assistance funding. Provides technical assistance and small grants to Colorado small businesses to help businesses legally establish themselves. The program includes 3 required training paths for businesses to complete and receive a certification. Once completed, businesses may be eligible to apply for small grants of up to $1,200.

OEDIT. State. Loan funding. Provides loan capital to mission-based lenders to provide loans to Colorado entrepreneurs and small business owners needing capital to start, restart, or restructure a business, and those who are not able to obtain a loan from traditional lenders.

USDA. Federal. Project-based funding. This program provides funding to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural communities with extreme unemployment and severe economic depression. An essential community facility is one that provides an essential service to the local community, is needed for the orderly development of the community, serves a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial or business undertakings.

OEDIT. State. Business funding. Funds provide up to $5,000 in marketing funds to help rural areas attract out-of-state companies to create new jobs in their communities.

OEDIT. Business incentives. Project-based funding. Funds for locating or expanding in the state, signing a lease, hiring employees related to this project, making material expenditures for this project

Community Development

OEDIT. State. Provides grants, as well as training and consultation support, to groups of geographically proximate and culturally similar businesses that are facing displacement pressures and that hold cultural, social, or historical significance in Colorado. Specifically, this program will provide 1. Grants of $10,000 to $50,000 per business in a selected community; 2.Training and consultation support tailored to each business’ unique needs. This program is intended to help Colorado communities preserve the businesses that make them unique and are important to their residents. Deadline January 19, 2024.

Project-based funding. The program will fund projects to build, rebuild, or refresh community spaces that help foster local connections in small towns (with populations less than 50,000), including town squares, historic buildings, outdoor parks, ball fields, or libraries. Elected leaders, town managers or employees, or nonprofit leaders are eligible to submit project details. Deadline: Awards will be made quarterly. Applications will be open on a quarterly basis and the portal will close on the last day of each quarter and reopen for the new quarter on the first of the month.

USDA. Federal. Project-based funding. This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities in rural areas. An essential community facility is defined as a facility that provides an essential service to the local community for the orderly development of the community in a primarily rural area, and does not include private, commercial, or business undertakings. Detailed list of essential community facilities included in link.

Economic Development Administration. Federal. Project-based. Grants for areas in a Presidentially declared disaster region may be eligible for highly flexible grants to use building up a strong and modern workforce. EDA’s role in disaster recovery is to facilitate the timely and effective delivery of federal economic development assistance to support long-term community economic recovery planning and project implementation, redevelopment and resiliency.

DOLA. State. Federal match based funding. The General Assembly passed Senate Bill 22-215 (creating Colorado Revised Statute 24-75-232), the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act Cash Fund, which allocates approximately $80 million in state General Funds for local match support for state agencies and local governments for the non-federal match requirements included in the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA.) Of this total, $60 million was appropriated for the entire bill for the fiscal year 2022-2023 year.

Federal. Technical assistance funding. The program will help local governments ensure housing needs are considered as part of their larger infrastructure investment plans, while also supporting equitable development in disadvantaged communities. Investments to revitalize communities, ensure equitable access to resources, create economic opportunities for residents and businesses, and improve housing availability, affordability, and quality.

Created by DOLA. This tool can help local communities in Colorado track potential upcoming funding opportunities. Very user friendly, easy to break down by funding category, program, award type, agency, etc.

Education

W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Foundation. General operating and project-based funding. The foundation supports in three primary areas: Thriving Children: We support a healthy start and quality learning experiences for all children. Working Families: We invest in efforts to help families obtain stable, high-quality jobs. Equitable Communities: We want all communities to be vibrant, engaged and equitable

Emergency Management & Security

FEMA. Federal. General operating support. The Community Disaster Loan Program provides funding for local governments to operate their essential community services after substantial revenue loss caused by a disaster.

Energy & Environment

US Forest Service. Federal. Project-based funding. Program stimulates, expands, and supports U.S. wood products markets and wood energy markets to support the long-term management of National Forest System and other forest lands. Focus areas include mass timber, renewable wood energy, and technological development that supports hazardous fuel reduction and sustainable forest management. Deadline December 15.

US Forest Service. Federal. Project-based funding. Program provides funding for grants to install thermally led community wood energy systems or to build innovative wood product manufacturing facilities. The Forest Service expects renewable wood energy systems installed under this program to use the most stringent control technologies. The program places extra emphasis on assisting sawmills in economically challenged areas to retool or add advanced technology. Deadline December 15.

FM Global. Foundation. Project-based funding. FM Global supports organizations in the United States working to combat fire. Fire departments and brigades, as well as national, state, regional, local, and community organizations can apply for funding to support a wide array of fire prevention, preparedness, and control efforts, including pre-incident planning, fire prevention education and training, and arson prevention or fire investigation. Applicants must be a governmental unit or a nonprofit organization. Deadline December 31.

USDA. Federal (IIJA). Project-based. Guaranteed loans and grant financing to help agricultural producers and rural small businesses invest in renewable energy systems and make energy-efficiency improvements. 2023 Deadlines December 31. 2024 Deadlines March 31, June 30, September 30.

Yamaha. Foundation. Project-based funding for nonprofits. To support efforts in the United States that promote safe and responsible use of off-highway vehicles, educate the public on proper recreational land use and wildlife conservation practices, and protect appropriate and sustainable access to public lands. Support is provided to nonprofit and tax-exempt groups, including clubs and associations, public riding areas, outdoor enthusiast associations, land conservation organizations, and communities with an interest in protecting, improving, expanding, and maintaining access for safe, responsible, and sustainable use by motorized off-road vehicles. Deadlines December 15.

Colorado Energy Office. State. Planning grant funding. The Community Access Enterprise (CAE), in partnership with the Colorado Energy Office (CEO), will provide funding to local, county, and Tribal governments and their regional partners to develop EV readiness plans that will allow communities to establish a shared vision for EV readiness, identify key partnerships and actionable strategies needed to achieve the vision, and prepare for and encourage community adoption of electric vehicles. Deadline December 15.

EPA. Federal (IIJA). Project-based funding. The grant program will advance the goals of EPA’s Environmental Product Declarations Assistance Program as follows: Increase the robustness of greenhouse gas emissions data associated with the production, use, and disposal of construction materials and products; Assist businesses in disclosing and verifying these data via robust EPDs, as well as states, Indian tribes and non-profit organizations that assist these businesses; and Spur market demand for construction materials and products that have lower embodied greenhouse gas emissions. Deadline January 8, 2024.

FEMA. Federal (IIJA). Project-based funding. The grant program is a crucial federal initiative that allocates funds to states, U.S. territories, federally recognized Tribal governments, and local governments for hazard mitigation activities. FEMA will extend financial assistance to eligible BRIC applicants for a range of activities, including capability and capacity-building initiatives to enhance workforce expertise, hazard mitigation projects that bolster public safety and resilience against a variety of natural hazards, and management costs, which help offset administrative expenses associated with mitigation measures and projects. Deadline February 29, 2024.

FEMA. Federal (IIJA). Project-based funding. The grant program makes federal funds available to states, U.S. territories, federally recognized Tribal governments, and local governments to reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings and structures insured under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and within NFIP-participating communities. It does so with a recognition of the growing flood hazards associated with climate change, and of the need for flood hazard risk mitigation activities that promote climate adaptation, equity, and resilience with respect to flooding. Deadline February 29, 2024.

EPA. Federal (IIJA). Project-based implementation grants. Competitive grants to eligible applicants to implement GHG reduction programs, policies, projects, and measures. Deadline April 1, 2024.

Transportation/Infrastructure

Cooperative Agreements with Technical Assistance Providers for the Fiscal Year 2023. Department of Transportation. Federal (IIJA). Project-based funding. This funding will continue investments in a national technical assistance program and provides new opportunities for state-, Tribal-, local-, and regional-level community support through the Thriving Communities Regional Pilot Program that will drive innovation, advance equity outcomes, and build a national pipeline of community-driven infrastructure projects. The Program will offer deep-dive technical assistance through cooperative agreements with eligible entities. Deadline December 15.

Federal Highway Administration. Federal (IIJA). Project-based funding. TTPSF’s goal is to reduce deaths or serious injuries in transportation-related crashes in Tribal areas. The FHWA will prioritize projects that incorporate safety into existing infrastructure. Strategic safety planning, data collection and analysis, and the implementation of safety projects are objectives that contribute to achievement of the TTPSF goal. Deadline January 15, 2024.

DOT. Federal (IIJA). Project-based funding. As part of its mission to facilitate the reduction in (and eventual elimination of) crashes on our nation’s roadways, the Department of Transportation (DOT) seeks to accelerate the adoption and deployment of interoperable connectivity nationwide. Eligible entities will deploy, operate, document, and showcase integrated, advanced roadway deployments featuring applications enabled by interoperable connectivity. Deadline January 17, 2024.

CDOT. State. Project-based funding. CDOT seeks to award grants to fund projects that improve safety for pedestrians, bicycle riders, transit users, seniors and people living with disabilities along urban arterials or main street corridors, connecting multimodal access to encourage downtown economic vitality. Applications may be submitted at any time to cdotmainstreets@state.co.us. Applications will be reviewed every month. Deadline for review will be the last Wednesday of the month, with a small winter break in November and December.

DOT. Helps communities navigate the best ways to apply for grants, and plan for and deliver transformative infrastructure projects and services. Provides an overview of grant programs under the Resources for Grant Seekers tab.

Created by the CO Economic Recovery Office. This tool can help local communities in Colorado track potential upcoming funding opportunities.

Water

CDPHE. State. Planning funding. The LCRR has a number of new requirements for regulated public water systems. One of these requirements is that public water systems must develop a system-wide service line inventory by October 16, 2024. Systems that have lead, galvanized requiring replacement, or unknown service lines in their inventory must also complete a lead service line replacement plan by October 16, 2024. Applicants may apply for any combination of the following four (4) activities: Service line inventory; Lead or galvanized service line confirmation activities; Lead Service Line Replacement Planning (Please note that this grant will support construction planning only, and will not reimburse for physical replacement of lead service lines or galvanized requiring replacement service lines under the LCRR or the Lead and Copper Rule Improvements (LCRI); Optional: Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping and analysis services. Deadlines December 1; February 1, 2024; April 1, 2024.

Colorado Water Conservation Board. State. Statewide initiatives. This grant category includes a total of $75,000 for education and outreach-related initiatives that are focused either statewide or multi-basin. These efforts include but are not limited to advancing a single statewide effort, developing new initiatives of statewide importance, funding statewide awareness surveys, and developing education campaigns that can support public awareness efforts on water issues across the state. Deadline December 1.

(scroll to the bottom left-hand corner of the page the link is the funding FAQ). Colorado Water Conservation Board. State funding to advance the goals of the Colorado Water Plan. Funding in Water Storage and Supply; Water Sharing Agreements; Conservation and Land Use Planning; Engagement and Innovation; Agricultural Projects; and Watershed Health and Recreation Projects. Deadline December 1.

BOR. Federal (IIJA). Project-based funding. Projects eligible for funding include installation of flow measurement or automation in a specific part of a water delivery system, lining of a section of a canal to address seepage, or other similar projects that are limited in scope. Deadline January 16, 2024.

BOR. Federal (IIJA). Project-based funding. Provides funding for projects that result in quantifiable water savings, implement renewable energy components, and support broader sustainability benefits. These projects conserve and use water more efficiently; increase the production of renewable energy; mitigate conflict risk in areas at a high risk of future water conflict; and accomplish other benefits that contribute to sustainability in the Western United States. Deadline February 22, 2024.

Federal (IIJA). Project-based planning and design grants. Through Planning and Project Design Grants, Reclamation provides funding for collaborative planning and design projects to support water management improvements. This includes funding for: (1) Water Strategy Grants to conduct planning activities to improve water supplies (e.g., water supplies to disadvantaged communities that do not have reliable access to water, water marketing, water conservation, drought resilience, and ecological resilience); (2) Project Design Grants to conduct project-specific design for projects to improve water management; and (3) comprehensive Drought Contingency Plans. Deadline April 2, 2024.

Bureau of Reclamation. Federal (IIJA). Project-based funding. Applicants must meet specific criteria based on their group type. New Watershed Group applicants must lead the development of a new watershed group, demonstrate impact on water quality/quantity, and advocate for sustainable water use. See NOFO for more information. Deadline September 3, 2024.

Colorado Water Conservation Board. State. Local Capacity Grants and CWCB Technical Assistance Grants. As part of the American Rescue Plan Act, a total of $5 million in federal funding has been allocated for technical assistance grants that will enable eligible entities to work with the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) contractors or to hire contractors to expand their capacity and expertise, in pursuit of federal funding opportunities that directly support the Colorado Water Plan objectives. The allowable uses of this grant funding are broad in scope, to allow for the wide range of federal opportunities available.

USDA. Federal. Emergency-based funding. This program helps eligible communities prepare, or recover from, an emergency that threatens the availability of safe, reliable drinking water. Water transmission line grants up to $150,000 to construct waterline extensions, repair breaks or leaks in existing water distribution lines, and address related maintenance necessary to replenish the water supply. Water source grants up to $1,000,000 for the construction of new wells, reservoirs, transmission lines, treatment plants, and/or other sources of water (water source up to and including the treatment plant).

Colorado Water Conservation Board. State. Project-based funding. The Program will focus on the development of Wildfire Ready Watershed action plans and implementation of projects designed to mitigate post-wildfire impacts. Applications will be accepted for capacity building, planning, engineering, and implementation to address the susceptibility of values at risk to post-wildfire hazards.

USDA. Federal. Project-based funding. This program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and stormwater drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas. Funds may be used to finance the acquisition, construction, or improvement of drinking water sourcing, treatment, storage, and distribution; sewer collection, transmission, treatment, and disposal; solid waste collection, disposal, and closure; stormwater collection, transmission, and disposal.

DNR. This database is intended to serve as a tool for people and organizations across Colorado to navigate all available funding opportunities for water projects in a single place.