Advanced Industries Collaborative Infrastructure Grant

The Advanced Industries Collaborative Infrastructure Grant helps teams of Colorado-based advanced industries technology businesses and nonprofits develop new large-scale projects. Projects need to cover gaps in the advanced industries and identify a matching fund of 2-to-1 non-State funding to State funding.

The range of possible projects is broad. We will prioritize projects that:

  • have a significant influence on multiple advanced industries
  • focus on applied research and development, technology development, or production/manufacturing facilities
  • focus on supply chain gaps and capability growth
  • directly recruit or retain businesses or jobs in Colorado
  • can quickly spend funds and show results in 12 months
  • show how the project will be sustainable after the grant period
  • show how the project is different than existing programs or initiatives
  • already have the required funding match from non-State sources

The Global Business Development (GBD) division administers this grant in partnership with Colorado’s advanced industry trade associations and the Economic Development Commission.

Overview

Type: Grant

For: Advanced industries businesses and nonprofits

Amount: $50,000 to $500,000 per project

Application period: February to April

OEDIT division: Global Business Development

To be eligible, you need to:

  • work with several industry partners including a nonprofit organization
  • manufacture an advanced technology and influence one or more of Colorado’s advanced industries (see below)
  • be registered with the Colorado Secretary of State and in Good Standing
  • have headquarters in Colorado or have at least 50% of your employees based in Colorado
  • focus on your project’s new capital costs and identify a funding ratio of 2-to-1 non-State funding to State funding (For example, if you request a grant of $50,000, you need to identify $100,000 in cash from other sources.)
  • identify funding beyond this grant for your project’s current and future operational costs

This grant is not for:

  • existing programs
  • operational costs

Advanced industries technology

An advanced industries technology is defined by law as a technology or product that is innovative and disruptive to one of these seven advanced industries:

  • advanced manufacturing
  • aerospace
  • bioscience
  • electronics
  • energy and natural resources (including cleantech)
  • infrastructure engineering
  • technology and information

 Applications will open on February 1, 2021. Please sign up for the Advanced Industries email updates to stay updated on when this application will open.

Applications are open once a year from February to April. The next application period will be February 1, 2021 to April 1, 2021.

Apply online in the OEDIT application portal. Log in to your account or create a new account. To protect your personal information, we manually add new users to the portal, so it may take several days to activate your account.

Your application needs to include a:

  • detailed project description
  • timeline for the project
  • budget outlining all anticipated expenses
  • strategy for raising matching funds or proof that you already have matching funds

Application materials

Milestone

To help us understand your plan, write milestones with goals. Use our Milestone Template (XLS) and upload with the application.

Budget 

Include a detailed budget outlining all expenses for the project. Use our Budget Template (XLS) and upload with the application.

When listing expected personnel and equipment expenses, be as detailed as possible. Category labels such as ‘manufacturing equipment’ and ‘management personnel’ are too generic. 

Do not include equipment or salaries of personnel that the project team needs for operations outside of this project.

Matching funds

Your grant request needs to have a funding ratio of 2-to-1 non-State funding to State funding. For example, if you request a grant of $50,000, you need to find $100,000 in cash from other sources. 

Tell us in detail how you will get the matching funds. You do not need to have the matching funds in hand when you apply for the grant or when we approve your project for funding. However, you have six months from the date of your application approval to raise the funds.

It typically takes us 10 to 12 weeks to review applications. Global Business Development staff and industry stakeholders will review your application to:

  • ensure eligibility
  • consider your project’s fit in Colorado’s strategy for advanced industries
  • discuss concerns
  • make funding recommendations

People reviewing your application have a Master’s-level education or equivalent experience and are familiar with Colorado’s advanced industries.

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