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

The DDA has allocated $30,000 for this grant program in 2018. 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.

The DDA has allocated $7,500 for this grant program in 2018. The DDA will match 50% of project costs up to $2,500 per grant.

Website

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.

The DDA has allocated $5,000 for this grant program in 2018. 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 Grant Programs

The City of Golden and the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) community grant programs are intended to help the community thrive. Please read more about the various programs below.

Citizen Assistance

This category is intended to fill gaps in the social services support network for Golden residents of need. Grants will be awarded to established non-profit organizations who can demonstrate that they provide a needed service to the residents of Golden. Organizations outside of the City of Golden can apply, but if those organizations are awarded a grant those groups must invest the grant money towards the betterment of residents within Golden.

Applications are due no later than Friday, June 22, 2018 by 4 p.m.

The City allocated $65,000 for this grant category in 2018, with a maximum grant award amount of $20,000

Neighborhood Beautification/Discretionary

These are small grants, which are $2,500 or less and are to be used for neighborhood clean up days, or neighborhood beautification efforts.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

The City has allocated $15,000 for this grant category in 2018, with a maximum grant award amount of $2,500

Schools

Funding in this category is limited to non-charter Jefferson County public schools within the City of Golden. Affiliated parent groups and the Golden Schools Foundation are eligible to apply. Grants are intended for one time projects, and not ongoing programs.

Applications are due no later than Friday, September 28, 2018 by 4 p.m.

The City has allocated $50,000 for this grant category in 2018, with a maximum grant award amount of $10,000

Arts and Culture

The DDA values funding for arts and cultural organizations that promote and offer innovative programming that enhances the community’s character and culture.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

The DDA has allocated $15,000 for this grant category in 2018.

Special Events and Workshops (Within the DDA Boundaries)

Priority will be given to special events that demonstrate a unique value and experience to the downtown community, while considering the needs and concerns of downtown businesses and residents. Check the DDA area map JPG if you are uncertain.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

The DDA has allocated $15,000 for this grant program in 2018.

Special Events/Attractions (Outside of the DDA Boundaries)

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.

If your special event and/or attraction is outside of the DDA boundaries complete this application.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

The City has allocated $20,000 for this grant category in 2018, with a maximum grant award amount of $5,000

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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