Location Neutral Employment Community Marketing Grant

The Location Neutral Employment (LONE) Community Marketing Grant provides up to $5,000 in marketing funds to help rural areas attract out-of-state companies to create new jobs in their communities. The purpose of this grant is not to attract businesses from one area of Colorado to another area of Colorado.

Companies that create net new jobs in rural areas and on Southern Ute Indian or Ute Mountain Ute Reservation lands can earn performance-based tax credits and cash incentives including the Job Growth Incentive Tax Credit and Strategic Fund Job Growth Incentive.


Type: Grant

For: Communities, municipalities, counties, and economic development offices

Amount: Up to $5,000 per community

Application deadline: Rolling

OEDIT division: Business Funding and Incentives

If your county has ever been eligible for the Rural Jump-Start Program, you may apply for the Location Neutral Employment Community Marketing Grant.

These counties are currently rural jump-start zones: Archuleta, Clear Creek, Delta, Dolores, Fremont, Garfield, Huerfano, Las Animas, Lincoln, Logan, Mesa, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Otero, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, Routt, San Juan

You may use these grants funds for travel and marketing expenses.

For regional applications, you need to designate a lead county. The lead county will submit these materials with its application:

Application process

Apply through the Department of Local Affairs application portal. The application process is:

  1. Login to your current account or create a new account.
  2. At the Grants Portal main page, select Applications, and then select Apply for New Funding Opportunities.
  3. Select REDI, select the black down arrow, scroll down to the bottom, and select the blue Apply button next to the LONE Rural Economic Development Initiative.
  4. Fill out the application, include your attachments, and submit.

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