Grant Information

Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority (CATPA)



The Colorado Auto Theft Prevention Authority Board awards grants for multi agency auto theft prevention, enforcement, investigative and prosecution programs. Authorization for CATPA is through CRS 42-5-112. CATPA will have approximately $4 million each year and are contingent upon insurance assesment collections. Grant announcements are posted at this site.

The Colorado General Assembly gave  The Colorado Automobile Theft Prevention Authority the power to award grants for the purpose of reducing motor vehicle theft in Colorado. Grant resources come from a Colorado auto theft prevention cash fund established by the legislature.  Citizens of Colorado who are policy holders of motor vehicle insurance pay an assessment. The CATPA Board is committed to awarding grants that will reduce automobile theft in Colorado. The Colorado Department of Public Safety is responsible for management of the grant program.


There are no requirements for local match funding in this grant program.


Frequently Asked Questions for Grants

Grant Types and Purposes:


CATPA, under it's statutory authority to combat vehicle theft in the State of Colorado, will consider applications for grants for theft prevention, enforcement, prosecution, training, or offender rehabilitation. Grants are subject to availability of funds:


By statute, the Board shall select grants that represent multiple jurisdictions and serve a variety of geographical areas. Programs may include but are not limited to:


  • Multi-agency law enforcement and national insurance crime bureau task force programs using proactive investigative methods to reduce the incidents of motor vehicle theft and related crimes and to increase apprehension of motor vehicle thieves and persons who attempt to defraud insurance companies in order to:
    • Direct proactive investigative and enforcement efforts toward the reduction of motor vehicle thefts.
    • Increase recoveries of stolen motor vehicles, including farm and construction equipment
    • Increase the arrests of perpetrators.


  • Programs that engage in crime prevention efforts, activities, and public awareness campaigns that are intended to reduce the public's victimization by motor vehicle theft, fraud, and related crimes.


  • Programs that provide or develop specialized training for motor vehicle theft investigations personnel, including but not limited to law enforcement personnel, county title and registration clerks, division of revenue title clerks, and port-of-entry officials, in order to enhance knowledge, skills, procedures, and systems to detect, prevent, and combat motor vehicle theft and fraud and related crimes.


  • Programs to provide for the support and maintenance of one or more dedicated prosecutors who have the specific mission and expertise to provide legal guidance and prosecutorial continuity to complex criminal cases arising from the activities of a multi-agency law enforcement program; and


  • Programs to prevent future criminal behavior by first time offenders who have been charged, convicted, or adjudicated for motor vehicle theft.


Qualified Applicants:

A Colorado law enforcement agency, state agency, local units of government, independent school districts, nonprofits, or for profit organizations (that can DEMONSTRATE IT'S PROPOSED program and ADDRESSES some aspect of motor vehicle theft prevention).








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