Micro-Grant Frequently Asked Questions

What is an EGE? 

An Eligible Governmental Entity (EGE), to SIPA, is a state agency, local government, special district, K-12 public education, or public university or college in Colorado (enabling legislation C.R.S. § 24-37.7-101 et seq.).


What criteria are used for awarding a grant to an EGE?

SIPA is responsible for evaluating grant applications in accordance with the grant minimum requirements/criteria found on the main micro-grant web page five business days prior to taking applications.  


**What is an EGE Agreement? Do I need one to apply for the SIPA Micro-Grant? If so, how do I obtain one?**


What is it? An Eligible Governmental Entity Agreement (EGE Agreement Form) with SIPA is for the purpose of defining circumstances and responsibilities for e-Government services.  All agreements, project requests, and work orders are at the discretion of the governmental entity. The EGE agreement is to ensure your organization is legally recognized as a state or local government, special district, public K-12, university or college institution in Colorado and lays the foundation for future projects with the Portal at the discretion of your entity. 


Do I need one? It is required to have an executed EGE on file before a micro-grant application is accepted.


Where is it or do I have one? A new form is right here, or for additional information visit our EGE Page. If you would like to see if you already have an EGE on file, send an email to sipa@cosipa.gov.  


What if my EGE is unsure whether it can receive the funds?

For grant requests to be awarded for services and/or equipment, the EGE must be able to accept the grant funds from SIPA if awarded.  If not, or if the applicant has any doubt regarding accepting a grant, please provide a plan outlined and approved by the necessary parties, including the names, email addresses, and phone numbers of those necessary parties. This plan will only be accepted as part of the application process.


What if my EGE has been awarded funds in the past?

Past SIPA grant applicants/awardees are encouraged to re-apply.  Additionally, applicants must answer whether the EGE has applied for and been awarded a SIPA grant in the past. In order to receive grant funds for the current grant cycle, EGE's must have expended or encumbered previously awarded funds.


Will SIPA award less or more than the outlined range?

Smaller and larger grants will be considered. The ranges provided are in our suggested guideline.


What is my EGE required to do in return for a grant award?

Grant awardees are required to submit an update on the project though an online form, provided by SIPA, sometime later in the year.


What is the difference between the single point of contact for the application and the single point of contact for the project requested?

An applicant must provide contact information for both, if the single point of contact for the project requested is different from the person completing the application.  If so, contact information must be provided for both, including email addresses, phone numbers, and mailing addresses. 


Can my EGE submit more than one application for a grant award from SIPA?

Yes, EGE's may submit more than one application. The projects must be distinctly different from each other and separated by using one application per project request. If an entity submits more than one request per form, all requests will be disqualified.


How can my EGE learn more about e-Government services offered through SIPA?

Call or email anytime. Also, SIPA's User Conference is designed for EGE's to learn about SIPA's portfolio of technology services through vendor presentations and training sessions (not sales pitches!).  The User Conference is also the place to network and share ideas with other EGE's. SIPA is present at various conferences throughout the year, please Connect with Us for more information.