Grant Writing

SCEDD is Here to Help

The Southern Colorado Economic Development District is constantly monitoring different grant opportunities that come available. This page is updated as our planners hear about grant funding opportunities. Below is our grant resource portal. If there is a grant opportunity that you think your organization may be eligible for please contact us. We strive to be your conduit to these grant funding opportunities and to provide technical assistance on applying. Please remember, grants are extremely competitive, we strive to put your organization in the best possible position for every grant opportunity but there are no guarantees. Please contact your regional planner for more details or for assistance.

****Please note these grants are external to our organization. This page is intended as a resource for our regional partners and we encourage you to contact each organization for more information. You will be directed away from our page if you click on a grant link.****

U.S. Economic Development Administration

U.S. Economic Development Administration Grants – The EDA is SCEDD’s primary funder and offers a variety of different grants that focus on providing economic recovery relief. Several different grant programs are offered through the EDA. SCEDD assists as a liaison to the EDA for these grant opportunities.

Recently, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, signed into law by President Donald J. Trump, provides the Economic Development Administration (EDA) with $1.5 billion for economic development assistance programs to help communities prevent, prepare for, and respond to coronavirus.

EDA CARES Act Recovery Assistance, which is being administered under the authority of the bureau’s flexible Economic Adjustment Assistance (EAA) (PDF) program, provides a wide-range of financial assistance to communities and regions as they respond to and recover from the impacts of the pandemic.

On May 7, 2020, Secretary Wilbur Ross made EDA’s CARES Act Recovery Assistance funding available with the announcement that EDA had published an Addendum to its FY 2020 Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance Notice of Funding Opportunity. EDA intends to deploy its CARES Act funding as quickly, effectively, and efficiently as possible, and in a manner that meets communities’ needs.

Colorado Water Board

Colorado Water Board Grants – There are a variety of water-related grants for planning and infrastructure projects. With potential drought conditions pushing into 2021 SCEDD is monitoring these grant opportunities for our Counties.

Colorado Arts Relief

Colorado Arts Relief Fund – Grants for Individuals and Businesses/Organizations who work in music, dance, visual arts, theater, motion picture, or television industry.  Businesses fully operational prior to March 15, 2020, Individuals must be Colorado residents who were at least 18 years of age on March 15, 2020.

Small Business Relief

Small Business Relief Program (SBR) – The program is open to counties, councils of government, economic development districts, and municipalities (if a county is unable or unwilling to administer the program) that are under State mandated severe capacity restrictions beginning on or before December 10, 2020 and are still under those restrictions on December 31, 2020.  The entity must be in good faith compliance with all restrictions as determined by CDPHE.

Connecting Colorado Students

Connecting Colorado Students Grant Program – funds available to education providers to increase access to broadband services for students, educators, and other staff who lack reliable internet access for online learning.

The Value-Added Producer Grant

The Value-Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and marketing of new products.  The goals of this program are to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income.

Maximum Grant Amount: Planning Grants $75,000; Working Capital Grants $250,000

Matching Fund Requirements:  50 percent of total project costs

Great Outdoors Colorado

Great Outdoors Colorado – GOCO offers competitive grant programs for outdoor recreation and land conservation projects in the state of Colorado. SCEDD can provide grant writing assistance to our member communities are a variety of grant opportunities.

Resilient Communities Grants to fund one-time, immediate needs or opportunities that have emerged in direct response to the COVID-19 pandemic, all within the context of GOCO’s mission and five program values: resource conservation, outdoor stewardship, community vitality, equitable access, and youth connections.

Conservation Service Corps Grants to employ conservation service corps crews on projects like building trails, post-fire restoration, and eradicating invasive species.

RESTORE Colorado Grants to improve and restore Colorado’s rivers, wetlands, grasslands, forests, and other critical habitat.

Generation Wild to invest in local coalitions running culturally relevant programs that provide youth and families with quality outdoor experiences and leadership and career opportunities, advancing equitable access to the outdoors