The Colorado Rural Resiliency and Recovery Roadmaps program provides technical assistance and grants for regional teams of rural communities to drive economic relief, recovery, diversification and long-term resilience. This program is funded by a $2.3 million U.S. Economic Development Administration grant.
The Department of Local Affairs’ Colorado Resiliency Office in partnership with OEDIT’s Rural Opportunity Office will select 16 rural communities to participate in this program. The rural roadmaps will look at all of the economic and community development opportunities available to each community.
The program consists of three phases:
- curriculum to connect the regional team and assess the current situation of the communities
- roadmap planning and strategizing
- implementation including matchmaking funding
Awarded communities will receive:
- paid one-on-one consulting
- connection to an ecosystem of partners
- a customized economic development plan for your community
- technical assistance
- implementation funding (dependent on project)
Applicants will be selected based on their rural status, COVID-19 impacts, connected economies and economic vulnerability factors. Eligible organizations include:
- rural communities
- councils of government
- team of at least three jurisdictions with a connected economy
How to apply
Applications are open now and will close on May 13 at 12:00 pm. You need to apply through DOLA’s Colorado Resiliency Office website.