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Local Government

The Local Government Financial Assistance section manages a number of grant and loan programs within the Department of Local Affairs specifically designed to address public facility and service needs. Through coordination and outreach with the department's field offices, grant and loan resources are distributed on both a formula and discretionary basis depending upon applicable state statutory provisions, federal requirements and/or program guidelines. The section oversees application, contract and payment distribution processes, develops partnerships with federal funding agency providers and conducts training sessions for local government grantees in project administration activities.

DOLA working with communities needing financial assistance.
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The “Small Cities” CDBG program is a federal program that provides grants for housing, public facilities and business-assistance projects that primarily benefit low- or moderate-income persons or eliminate slums or blight. 

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This program provides formula-based block grants to alleviate poverty in communities. Grantees receiving funds under CSBG are required to provide services and activities that address:

  • employment
  • education
  • self-sufficiency
  • housing
  • nutrition
  • emergency services
  • income mangement
  • health
  • linkages 
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The department distributes CTF monies from net lottery proceeds to more than 400 eligible local governments: counties, cities, towns and special districts that provide park and recreation services in their service plans. Funding can be used for interests in land and water; for park or recreation purposes; for all types of open space, including but not limited to flood plains, green belts, agricultural lands or scenic areas; or for scientific, historic, scenic, recreational, aesthetic or similar purpose. 

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The Colorado Department of Local Affairs distributes revenue derived from energy and mineral extraction statewide. These revenues come from State Severance Tax receipts and Federal Mineral Lease non-bonus payments.

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The EIAF program provides grants and loans for planning, construction and maintenance of public facilities, and the provision of public services. Eligible recipients are political subdivisions socially or economically impacted by the development, processing or energy conversion of minerals and mineral fuels.

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The Local Government Limited Gaming Impact program provides grants to finance planning, construction and maintenance of public facilities and for the provision of public services related to the impact of gaming. Grants may only be provided to local governments in gaming counties and counties that are geographically contiguous to the two gaming counties and tribal lands. 

 
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The state Search and Rescue fund reimburses county sheriffs for eligible costs associated with local search and rescue efforts. It also is a source of grant financing for search and rescue equipment and training. Policy guidance for administration of the fund is provided by the state search and rescue advisory committee.

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The responsibility for the administration of the Volunteer Firefighter Pension State Contribution and the statewide volunteer firefighter accidental death and disability insurance policy (CRS 31-30-1101, et seq.) was transferred to the Department of Local Affairs from the Fire and Police Pension Association (FPPA) in 2004.

 

The department has established procedures to administer these two programs and has appointed members to the Volunteer Firefighter Advisory Committee (Advisory Committee). DOLA consults with the Advisory Committee to administer the pension program.

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DOLA assists communities in addressing the range of problems they often face, from overburdened water or wastewater treatment plants to inadequate budgeting and accounting practices. Management assistance. Sound management practices prevent and solve problems, free up cash needed for improvements, and help secure funding. DOLA can help local governments strengthen budgeting and financial management.

 

Financial assistance: There are a number of potential sources of funds available to local governments to make needed improvements to water and wastewater systems:

  • State Revolving Loan funds, which provide below-market loans and small qualifying grants to qualifying entities to upgrade water and sewage treatment systems.
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development grants and low-interest loans to rural communities.
  • Community Development Block Grants for low- to moderate-income populations.
  • Impact Assistance program grants and low-interest loans to areas affected by energy and mineral development.
  • Colorado Water Conservation Board loans for raw water supply, storage and transmission.
  • Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority loans for water storage, treatment,
    distribution systems and wells, as well as wastewater projects.

 

Emergency grants and loans: DOLA can provide and coordinate technical and financial assistance to communities faced with health hazards that arise from sudden, unplanned circumstances, such as floods or freezing.

 

For more information, contact Barry Cress at 303-864-7736, or barry.cress@state.co.us.