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Underfunded Courthouse Facility Commission Grant

Grants to Colorado Eligible Counties for Projects
to Improve Courthouse Buildings

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Colorado Judicial Branch, Underfunded Courthouse Facility Commission

Deadline Date:

10/25/21 5:00 PM

Description:

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Grants to Colorado eligible counties for projects to improve courthouse buildings. Applications must be reviewed and approved prior to submission. Funding is intended for planning, construction, remodeling, and urgent needs. The program is designed to supplement county budgets to meet the expanding needs of the legal system, including expanding caseloads, the allocation of new judges to the district, or the aging of existing courtroom facilities.

Eligible counties include: Alamosa, Archuleta, Baca, Bent, Cheyenne, Conejos, Costilla, Crowley, Custer, Delta, Dolores, Fremont, Gilpin, Hinsdale, Huerfano, Jackson, Kiowa, Kit Carson, Lake, Las Animas, Lincoln, Logan, Mesa, Mineral, Moffat, Montezuma, Montrose, Morgan, Otero, Ouray, Phillips, Prowers, Pueblo, Rio Blanco, Rio Grande, Saguache, San Juan, Sedgwick, Washington, and Yuma.

The responsibility for providing adequate courtrooms and other court facilities lies with the individual county governments. However, courthouses across Colorado are impacted by expanding caseloads, the allocation of new judges to the district, or the aging of existing courtroom facilities. These circumstances cause operational and safety impacts to the performance of judicial activities. In some areas, the necessary maintenance and improvements to the courthouse have been delayed or are hindered by the financial limitations of the county. The Judicial Branch worked with the General Assembly to create the Commission to assist these counties and ensure that the courthouses meet current safety standards. 

Funds shall only be used for:

  1. Commissioning master planning services.
  2. Matching funds or leveraging grant funding opportunities for construction or remodeling projects.
  3. Addressing emergency needs due to the imminent closure of a court facility.  

Applications requesting funds for emergency needs associated with the imminent closure of a courthouse facility will be given immediate priority and consideration for approval, depending on the availability of grant funds at the time of application. 

Project Type:

  • Master Planning: Projects involve entering into contracts for professional design services or engineering consulting to determine construction or remodeling options, feasibility, or cost estimates for the proposed courthouse project. Master planning does not include creation of or drafting of construction documents.
  • Matching Funds: Projects involve seeking funds to provide for required matching funds for, or leveraging alternative grant program awarded funds. Matching funds shall be awarded to provide funds required by the awarding entity.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 153990

Estimated Size of Grant:

There is no minimum amount for either regular or imminent closure grant applications or awards.

Term of Contract:

The Commission may recommend multiple grants be awarded during any grant cycle.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Counties that meet at least two of the four criteria below are eligible to apply.

1. Counties in which the total population is below the state median, as determined by the most recent data published by the Department of Local Affairs
2. Counties in which the per capita income is below the state median, as determined by the most recent data published by the Department of Local Affairs
3. Counties in which property tax revenues are below the state median, as determined by the most recent data published by the Department of Local Affairs
4. Counties in which the total county population living below the federal poverty line is greater than the state median, as determined by the most recent census published by the United States Bureau of the Census

Those counties meeting all four criteria above will be given highest priority for needs-based grants.

For a list of eligible counties, please see: https://www.courts.state.co.us/userfiles/file/Administration/Financial_Services/UFF/2022%20UFF%20Rules.pdf#page=12

Funds shall not be used:
1. For the purchase of furniture, fixtures, or equipment.
2. As the sole source of funding for new construction.
3. As the sole source of funding for remodeling, unless the need for funding is associated with the imminent closure of a court facility.

Grants from the Fund may not supplant any county funding for a county that has the means to support its court facility.

Grant funds shall not be used to reimburse expenses associated with the project that were incurred or contracted for prior to executing the Statement of Grant Award.

No indirect costs associated with the grant or the project shall be allowed from grant funds.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by 5pm October 25th 2021.

All applications must first be reviewed and approved by the Chief Judge of the Judicial District and the Board of County Commissioners prior to submission.

The Commission is scheduled to meet on November 22, 2021 to review applications. Applicants will be afforded time to present their application to the Commission that morning. Presentations need not be made in person. The Commission will reach out to schedule presentations after the application period has ended.

The frequency of Reimbursement Requests shall be at the discretion of the county but shall not be submitted more than once per month.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit applications via email to: UFF@judicial.state.co.us

Direct any questions to:

Elizabeth Romanowski
Office of the State Court Administrator
1300 Broadway, Suite 1200
Denver, Colorado 80203
720-625-5000

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