Payments from the SAR fund are made on a tiered basis. If funding remains after all eligible mission expenses are paid, the department accepts requests from sheriffs for training and equipment payments at the end of each year. Application forms are available below or by e-mailing or calling Glory Ortega at 303-864-7733. SAR teams should coordinate their requests through the local county sheriff's office.
Applications are due by April 1st of every year. The SAR Advisory Council makes funding recommendations to the DOLA Executive Director who makes final awards. Awards are based on a variety of factors, but are weighted to mission volume and local commitment to funding SAR. Awards range in size from $500-$15,000. Items historically funded include communications equipment, ATV's, snowmobiles, watercraft, rescue equipment and specialized training.