Buy Local Campaign

Small Business Saturday is November 28! As the holiday season approaches, the Office of Economic Development and International Trade is working to help encourage consumers to support small businesses and Colorado's economy by shopping local. OEDIT’s goal is to uplift current Buy Local campaigns that are already in place by promoting them through OEDIT's social media channels and websites, including through the Colorado Tourism Office and the Colorado Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Additionally, we are developing a Buy Local microsite that consumers can access to find out what initiatives are happening in their region. In order to collect this information, we are asking local communities and stakeholders to participate in this short survey Let’s work together to support our small businesses!

Funding & Technical Assistance

Winter Outdoor Grant Program
Two rounds of funding; 1st deadline: Nov. 13; 2nd deadline: Dec. 11. The Winter Outdoor Grant Program is a partnership between the Colorado Restaurant Association (CRA), the Colorado Restaurant Foundation, and Xcel Energy. Grants can be used for tents, heaters and/or heating equipment or expenses related to heating; furniture, lighting, snow removal, cold-weather gear for staff or patrons, 0ther expenses directly related to your outdoor dining program.

CDOT's Can Do Colorado Community Challenge
The Can Do Community Challenge, an extension of the Can Do Colorado campaign that is spotlighting innovative businesses finding ways to keep going through the COVID-19 response, is asking local communities and their resident businesses to find new opportunities to restart commerce in ways that are safe and sustainable. There are 2 grant programs being offered: Revitalizing Main Streets and CanDo Community Telework Program.

Scholarships to Further Outdoor Careers
Deadline: March 31, 2021. Offered through Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC), the Grossman Scholarship Program awards $5,000 to Colorado residents who have demonstrated a commitment to caring for our environment’s natural resources and intend to further this commitment through a post-secondary program related to the environment, natural resources, climate or the outdoor industry. Learn more at

The World Justice Challenge 2021: Advancing the Rule of Law in a Time of Crisis
Deadline: December 11. This opportunity is a global competition to identify good practices and high-impact projects and policies that protect and advance areas of the rule of law most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Awards will go to projects that show demonstrable results and promising prospects for future progress. All individuals, organizations, and entities are eligible to enter the competition, including civil society, nonprofits, social entrepreneurs, national and multilateral government agencies, local government bodies, businesses/private sector enterprises, and law firms from any country in the world. More information here.

Colorado Resource for Emergency and Trauma Education – Grants for EMT Training
The Colorado Resource for Emergency and Trauma Education (CREATE), administered by the Colorado Rural Health Center, provides support to assist nonprofit organizations and public agencies in improving and expanding the emergency medical and trauma system in Colorado. This grant program is intended to provide funding to urban and rural EMT agencies for education and training of emergency medical and trauma service providers. Visit the CREATE website to learn more about the program and to submit an online application.

Challenge Tackles Racial Inequity
Registration deadline: Jan. 28, 2021; applications due Feb. 25, 2021. Racial Equity 2030, administered by Lever for Change and sponsored by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, is a $90 million global challenge to drive an equitable future for children, families, and communities across the world. Solutions may tackle the social, economic, political, or institutional inequities we see today. Applications must embrace and reflect the values of racial equity and justice, and proposed solutions should be led by an experienced team that includes communities closest to the issue as part of leadership in the project. Visit the challenge's website to take the Organizational Readiness Tool.

Grants Promote Fire Prevention and Control
Deadline: Dec. 31, 2020. The FM Global Fire Prevention Grant Program supports a wide array of fire prevention, preparedness, and control efforts throughout the U.S. Funded projects include pre-incident planning, fire and arson prevention and investigation, and fire prevention education and training programs. Fire departments as well as regional, local, and community organizations are eligible to apply. 

Effects of Wildland Fire Smoke Exposure Grants
Deadline: Dec. 15, 2020. Environmental Protection Agency. The Interventions and Communication Strategies to Reduce Health Risks of Wildland Fire Smoke Exposures program supports research that will address behavioral, technical, and practical aspects of interventions and communication strategies to reduce exposures or health risks of wildland fire smoke. 

Colorado COVID-19 Relief Fund
Deadline: December 3, 2020. Seventh round of giving will open on November 12. Through this Fund, eligible community-based organizations across Colorado may receive a general operating grant of up to $25,000. We will also be accepting applications for collaborative proposals, something we started in the last round. Collaborative efforts must align with criteria for the Impact priority area. Funding criteria for collaborative efforts must include three or more organizations to encourage community and regional coordination. Eligibility requirements and more information can be found here.

EDA SPRINT Challenge
Deadline: December 3, 2020. More information here. Scaling Pandemic Resilience through Innovation and Technology (SPRINT) Challenge. EDA is seeking applications from eligible organizations working to rapidly address the economic, health, and safety risks caused by the coronavirus pandemic through entrepreneurship and innovation. This $25 million national competition is designed to support the development, creation, or expansion of programs that accelerate technology-based economic development in pursuit of vibrant, innovative economies and economic growth, and respond to the challenges caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

FEMA: Two Hazard Mitigation Grant Programs
Flood Mitigation Assistance Grant - These grants are used for projects that reduce or eliminate the risk of repetitive flood damage to buildings that are insured by the National Flood Insurance Program
Building Resilient Communities and Infrastructure Grant - BRIC will offer $500 million in grants to help support states, tribes, territories and communities throughout the nation as they design and begin new infrastructure projects – projects that will reduce future disaster recovery costs and help save lives. Both grant applications will be open from Sept. 30 - Jan. 21, 2021.

Training Opportunities & Events

Monthly Call for Those Working in the Events Industry
Do you work in the events industry? How has Covid affected you and your business? Curious about the future of events? Join the Northwest SBDC for monthly calls where event professionals and businesses in Colorado can discuss their experiences and share tools, resources, and strategies. Upcoming calls: Nov. 12, Dec. 10, Jan. 14. More information and sign up here.

26th Annual Steamboat Springs Chamber Economic Summit: Economic Balance: Bridging the Past, Present and Future
November 20 | 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. | Register here
The Economic Summit will deliver practical, thoght-provoking and timely content. The event will focus on maintaining bridges to the past, our unique rich western history and culture, while understanding our present economic realities, and what our economy and community could face in the future.

Reach People Online with Google
Nov. 13. Offered by the Northwest SBDC. Register here. For business owners, this can be a challenging time. In this 1-hour webinar, learn what changes you must make to your Google Business Profile and general website in order to serve the needs of your customers, as well as your business, during uncertain times.

America Recycles: Virtual Innovation Fair
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), in celebration of America Recycles Week, invites everyone to register for free, virtual events hosted by EPA that focus on advancing the future of recycling from Nov. 16 - 17, 2020. More information and register here.

Write a Grant in a Day (Virtually)
November 18 & 19 | Register here. Do you want to feel more confident in the grant proposals you submit? Join JVA trainer and grantwriter extraordinaire Lisa Cirincione online from 9 a.m. to noon November 18th and 19th as she leads our next Write a Grant in a Day (Virtually) training. She'll help you hone your storytelling and writing skills so you create clear narratives that get to the heart of your work, as well as the heart of the application questions.

Hot Issues in Health Conference
December 11 | Virtual and FREE | Click here for more information and to watch for registration details
In the wake of a monumental election and against the backdrop of a global pandemic, we’ll gather online for a reimagined but equally relevant version of our popular Hot Issues in Health conference. Mark your calendars for Friday, December 11. We may not be able to gather in person, but that doesn’t mean we can’t bring you the context, insight, and health policy analysis you’ve come to expect from Hot Issues and CHI.


Small Business Resources from Energize Colorado
Energize Colorado is a nonprofit focused on providing relief to local small businesses and supporting them in recovering from the economic impact of COVID-19. Here are some resources provided by Energize Colorado: Stress Management & Mental Health Support; Reopening Templates & PPE Marketplace. 

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