Training Opportunities & Events

Solar Workshop for Businesses
February 18 | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. | FREE Register Here.
Offered by the High Country Conservation Center. The workshop will answers questions such as what does it take to power your building with solar energy, what are the benefits, and what are the options if you don’t own your building.

How to Prepare for a Small Business Loan
February 24 at 2 pm or March 24 at 10 a.m. | FREE Register here for Feb.24 and here for March 24
Offered by the Small Business Development Center and Colorado Lending Source. If you are considering a loan for your business now or in the future, join this webinar to understand the ten most important aspects to help you prepare. The goal is for every participant to have a better understanding and be more prepared for taking on business debt.

Colorado Preservation, Inc. Saving Places Virtual Conference
February 10-12 | Register Here
Join us for three days of substantive content that begins each day with a keynote speaker and breaks you off into four blocks of session content, with three choices of sessions per block and one interactive networking breakout option. That is over 36 sessions, workshops and breakouts that can be joined live or accessed later.

Federal Resources for Creative Community Development Webinar
February 9 | 2 p.m. | Register Here
National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations, and Metris Arts Consulting.  This seminar is designed to help you access federal funds and harness the power of arts and culture for community development. It will feature the new Creative Placemaking Public Resources Guide and will discuss practical tips on accessing federal grant programs. 

CML Legislative Workshop
February 11 | Virtual | Register Here
This popular and timely workshop is being held virtually this year. It is your opportunity to discuss the key municipal issues before the General Assembly, CML's legislative program, and what you can do to influence the legislative process.

Town Hall: What Licensees Need to Know: Delivery
February 11 | 10:30 am - Noon |Register Here
The Colorado Department of Revenue's Marijuana Enforcement Division is holding a Town Hall from 10:30 a.m. – noon. Please see the Town Hall invitation at for all important information, including the registration link for both Town Halls. You must register ahead of the Town Hall to receive the Zoom link. This session is open to the public and all are welcome.

Funding & Technical Assistance

Advanced Industries Accelerator Program
The Advanced Industries Accelerator Program was created in 2013 to promote growth and sustainability in Colorado’s advanced industries by helping drive innovation, accelerating commercialization, encouraging public-private partnerships, increasing access to early stage capital and creating a strong ecosystem that increases the state's global competitiveness. OEDIT is hosting a webinar on February 10, 2021 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm to learn about the open grant opportunities. The opportunities that will be discussed are: Proof of Concept Grant; Early-Stage Capital and Retention Grant; Collaborative Infrastructure Grant.

Substance Use Disorder Funding Opportunities
Various federal agencies currently have application periods that are open for a variety of funding opportunities related to mitigating and addressing substance use disorders:

  • The Building Communities of Recovery Program mobilizes resources within and outside of the recovery community to increase long-term recovery support from substance abuse and addiction. These grants are intended to support the development, enhancement, expansion, and delivery of recovery support services as well as education about recovery. Deadline: February 15, 2021

  • The Juvenile Drug Court Treatment Program provides resources to state and local governments to create and enhance juvenile drug treatment court programs for youth in the justice system with substance abuse problems, specifically related to opioid abuse. Deadline: February 19, 2021

  • The Rural Health Care Program funds eligible healthcare providers in rural areas for telecommunications and broadband services. Deadline: April 1, 2021

  • The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program – Psychostimulant Support advances RCORP’s overall goal by strengthening and expanding prevention, treatment, and recovery services for rural individuals who misuse psychostimulants. Deadline: April 21, 2021

Nutrition for Low-Income Households
Deadline: March 16. Department of Agriculture. The Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program seeks to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by low-income consumers participating in SNAP by providing incentives at the point of purchase. This program brings together stakeholders from various parts of the food and healthcare systems to foster understanding of how they might improve the health and nutrition status of households. Training and technical assistance are also available. 

Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program
More info here. Are you a theatrical producer, talent representative, venue promoter or do you operate a live venue, live performing arts organization, movie house or cultural institution and have been impacted by COVID-19? Eligible organizations with a reduction in revenue due to the COVID-19 pandemic will have the opportunity to receive up to a $10 million grant under the program. Offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Fire Safety Research and Fire Prevention Grants
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security. The Fire Prevention and Safety Grant program supports fire prevention programs and firefighter health and safety research and development.


Toolkit for Rural Communities to Build Their Outdoor Recreation Economies
The Outdoor Recreation Roundtable is helping rural communities build their outdoor recreation economies through a newly developed resource, the ORR Rural Economic Development Toolkit. Outdoor recreation is a powerful economic force nationally, generating $788 billion in economic output. The toolkit was developed with input from over 60 ORR stakeholders, includes links to resources and videos, and outlines real steps and actions rural communities can take, whether they already have a burgeoning outdoor recreation economy or they’re just getting started. 

Targeted EIDL Advance FAQs
Looking for more information about the Targeted EIDL Advance? Earlier this week, the SBA added a new frequently asked questions which includes information about the application process, eligibility and program criteria. Learn more here.

Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade COVID-19 Resources for Businesses and Nonprofits
Comprehensive information on the following: links to each of these topics HERE.

Northwest Colorado Council of Governments
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