Grant Opportunities

Business Grant Programs

Applicants for DDA grants must have an address within the DDA boundaries. Check the DDA area map JPG if you are uncertain. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Exterior Improvement

The intended use for this grant is to stop, halt or prevent the deterioration of buildings and structures within the DDA boundaries, while providing a pleasant experience for downtown residents, businesses and visitors

  • Exterior Improvement Grant Form

The DDA will match 50% of project costs up to $2,500 per grant.

Energy Efficiency/Renewable Energy

The DDA seeks to promote energy efficiency and renewable energy technology in the downtown community. The desired outcome of this grant is to educate the community about energy consumption, while helping participants save money on energy efficiency and renewable energy installation and technology.

  • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Grant Form

The DDA will match 50% of project costs up to $2,500 per grant.


The DDA understands that having a functional website is crucial for business visibility and attracting potential visitors to downtown Golden. On the download below you will find eligibility requirements, guidelines, application and funding process, and the application form.

  • Website Grant Form

The DDA will match 50% percent of the project costs up to $1,000 per grant.

City of Golden LED Business Grant Program

A one-time $300 grant is available to City of Golden businesses that retrofit existing non-LED lighting fixtures to the LED technology. Often, the ROI of a complete lighting retrofit is less than one year. Interested businesses in the City of Golden area should download the City of Golden LED Business Grant Application for full details.

Xcel Energy’s Business LED Instant Rebate

Xcel Energy customers can receive instant rebates on ENERGY STAR®-qualified, screw-in LED bulbs and LED retrofit fixture screw-in downlights that are purchased from participating distributors. Visit distributor finder to find a participating distributor located near you. Learn more by visiting Xcel Lighting Efficiency.

Learn more by visiting Xcel Lighting Efficiency.

Community Grants

Thriving Community Support Grant

The Thriving Community Support Grant is a new program, funded by City of Golden Lodging Tax collections, that replaces the individual, targeted community grants previously available (excepting Special Event Grants–please use the Special Events Grant application detailed below for event support funding).

Learn more about the new Thriving Community Support Program.

The Thriving Community Support Grant seeks to financially support:

  • Efforts to focus on improving quality of life for the residents of Golden.
  • Programs and projects from Golden non-profits to address physical or health, educational or livability needs of Golden residents.
  • Cultural programs and activities.
  • Community events to support community values.
  • Other innovative programs and projects will be considered.

The City expects to award funding to selected eligible programs and projects demonstrating strong support for Council goals and the ability to achieve substantial implementation during 2023. Additional opportunities to submit funding proposals will occur yearly as part of the City’s annual budgeting process. The total funding for this annual cycle is $500,000.

Applications for the 2023 round of applications are due no later than 5 p.m., Tuesday, December 13, 2022.  Late submissions will NOT be accepted.

Special Events/Attractions Grant

This category includes programs, and specials events that bring people into Golden and provide enjoyment and/or education for Golden residents. This grant includes the arts, cultural events, and community events.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

The City has allocated $20,000 for this grant category in 2022, with a maximum grant award amount of $5,000.

  • Special Event/Attractions Grant Application (NOTE: The Special Event Grant Application page is under construction, please check back early 2023 for grant opportunities)

Guidelines for DDA and City Grant Opportunities

  • Applicants must clearly state if a potential conflict of interest may occur. The policies for mitigating a conflict of interest include the following:
    1. Grant funds cannot be used on any other projects other than for the purposed state in the grant application.
    2. Funding cannot be used to financially benefit a business interest of your relative(s).
    3. Funding cannot be used to provide personal financial benefit.
  • Grants are not for past work, projects, and/or purchases
  • Payment is on a reimbursement basis, unless otherwise authorized. The grantee must remit proof of payment in order to receive funding.
  • Funding cannot be used on alcoholic beverages.
  • Every attempt should be made to utilize contractors or businesses within Golden.
  • All submittals become public once received by the City of Golden
  • All recipient organizations must operate in an open and transparent manner with financial statements available for reasonable inspection.
  • The City will only provide financial assistance to programs and organizations that have a very strong nexus to Golden. Casual or infrequent use by Golden citizens is not enough connection in and of itself.
  • The City does not intend to become a regular, anticipated funding partner with any organization. We hope that our limited funding will enable worthwhile organizations to establish permanent funding sources; rise to new levels of service; meet an urgent need or take advantage of a unique opportunity. Likewise if we can help build a small or large improvement that will last for many years and contribute to life in Golden we are interested in making one-time or occasional contributions. Except as provided in the Citizen Assistance category, grants should not be requested for on-going program costs.
  • The City reserves the right to reject any and all applications and to waive minor irregularities in grant application.
  • Grants are awarded with the expectation that the recipient provides goods and services to all persons without regard to race, creed, color, ethnicity, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, physical or mental ability, veteran status, military obligations, and marital status.
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 Did You Know?
Golden was originally chosen as the territorial capital of Colorado in 1862.

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