Application Process

Application Deadline and Approval

CDA will involve the Colorado Agricultural Value-Added Development Board in its application approval process. 

Applications will be accepted by the CDA until February 28, 2014 no later than 3:30 p.m.; applications will be considered on a schedule subject to regular meeting dates established by the Colorado Agricultural Value-Added Development Board. In general, applicants may expect CDA’s review process to be completed within 30-60 days following the submission of applications. Each application will be considered by CDA on its own merits and will be evaluated in the context of CDA’s available resources. 

CDA may contact applicants for purposes of clarifying information contained in the application or to address questions about the proposed project. Applications are to be complete and include sufficient information to allow CDA to evaluate the application but yet be as succinct as possible. 

  • Criteria utilized by CDA to evaluate applications may include:

  • Completeness, eligibility and presentation of the application;

  • Project merit and potential for success, including return on investment;

  • Applicable experience and qualifications of the project principals;

  • Ability to address how measurable outcomes will be generated;

  • Projected economic benefit to Colorado’s agricultural community; and

  • Experience and contribution.

CDA considers the levels and sources of matching funds to be a key criterion for evaluating applications. A matching contribution of cash and/or in-kind resources equal to at least 50 percent of the total project budget is required. CDA endeavors to make the best use of available resources and will give preference to applications that demonstrate applicant commitment to the project in terms of cash contribution and will allow CDA to leverage its resources to the maximum extent possible.

CDA reserves the right to reject any or all applications, as well as increase or decrease the amount of requested funding based on its findings and on its level of available funds. Should the application review process produce a funding level less than the amount requested, CDA’s staff will confer with the applicant to determine whether the amount recommended would significantly impact the project's overall feasibility. Prior funding of a project by CDA will not be considered for funding of an apparently similar project. Each applicant will be notified of CDA’s decision with respect to their application(s). 

All applications submitted to CDA are subject to the Colorado Open Records Act.

Guidelines

Complete guidelines

Applications are to be complete and include sufficient information to allow us to evaluate the application but yet be as succinct as possible. We may contact applicants for purposes of clarifying information contained in the application or to address questions about the proposed project. When applying, please consider the following:

No partial applications will be considered.

Application packages should not exceed 20 pages and shall include:  the application form and any attachments, letters of intent and endorsements, summary of the project manager's qualifications for managing this project, any photographs and/or marketing/promotional materials if applicable.

Applicants should follow the provided application format:

  • Proposals need to be typed, single spaced, one inch margins and in 12 point format.

  • Each page should be numbered, with applicant’s name at the top of each page.

Applicants must submit separate applications for distinctly different projects.

A matching contribution of cash and/or in-kind resources equal to at least 50 percent of the total project budget is required. We will consider the levels and sources of matching funds to be a key criterion for evaluating applications.

Keep in mind that we endeavor to make the best use of available resources and will give preference to applications that demonstrate applicant commitment to the project in terms of cash contribution and will allow CDA to leverage its resources to the maximum extent possible.

Instructions

To apply, submit:

  1. An electronic grant application in Word document format must be emailed no later than 3:30 p.m. February 28, 2014. Applications must be received by the grant deadline. Applications that do not adhere to this deadline will not be accepted.

  2. A signed printed copy of the application must also be mailed to the Colorado Department of Agriculture at the address below and be postmarked no later than February 28, 2014.

Completed applications are to be submitted to:

Colorado Department of Agriculture
Attn: Colorado Enrich Ag Grant Program
700 Kipling Street, Suite 4000
Lakewood, CO 80215

markets@state.co.us

We reserve the right to reject any or all applications, as well as increase or decrease the amount of requested funding based on our findings and on the level of available funds. Should the application review process produce a funding level less than the amount requested, our staff will confer with the applicant to determine whether the amount recommended would significantly impact the project's overall feasibility. Prior funding of a project should not be considered precedent for funding of an apparently similar project. Each applicant will be notified of our decision with respect to their application(s).

All applications submitted are subject to the Colorado Open Records Act.