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Grants to Colorado Qualifying Counties for Projects to Improve Courthouse Buildings

Underfunded Courthouse Facility Commission Grant


Agency
State

GrantWatch ID#
153990

Funding Source
Colorado Judicial Branch, Underfunded Courthouse Facility Commission
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Geographic Focus
USA: Colorado

Important Dates
Conference Date: 09/27/23
Deadline: 09/29/23 5:00 PM Mountain Standard Time Save

Grant Description
Grants to Colorado qualifying 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 augment county budgets to meet the expanding needs of the legal system, including expanding caseloads, allocation of new judges, aging of existing facilities, and unexpected events, such as natural disasters, accidents, or the discovery of previously unknown threats to health and safety.

Eligible counties include: Alamosa, Archuleta, Baca, Bent, Chaffee, 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.

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

Grant funds shall only be used for improvements or enhancements to Judicial-related facilities in the courthouse. 



Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Counties must meet at least two of the following four criteria to be eligible to apply for and receive grants:

1. Counties in which the total population is below the state median
2. Counties in which the per capita income is below the state median
3. Counties in which the property tax revenues are below the state median
4. Counties in which the county population below the federal poverty line is above the state median

Counties that meet all four criteria are deemed to be the highest priority counties.

For a list of eligible counties, see: https://www.courts.state.co.us/userfiles/file/Administration/Financial_Services/UFF/2023-24%20UFF%20Grant%20Rules%208_8_2023.pdf#page=12

Additional Geographic Information:

Map of Eligible and High Priority Counties: https://www.courts.state.co.us/userfiles/file/Administration/Financial_Services/UFF/2023-24%20UFF%20Eligibility%20Map.pdf

Ineligible
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 facility projects.

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.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Optional virtual information sessions

Questions about the grant and application process
September 6, 2023, at 10:00 am
- join https://judicial.webex.com/judicial/j.php?MTID=mfac9cf994e25f31a6296d2847b4636f0

AmpliFund application demonstration and questions:
Wednesday, September 13, 2023, at 1:00 pm
- join https://judicial.webex.com/judicial/j.php?MTID=mb4a7667f49b4313b8b585a99d7dacbf7
Friday, September 15, 2023, at 10:00 am
- join https://judicial.webex.com/judicial/j.php?MTID=m27fa2a5a8771cf75d720680817d272ad
Wednesday, September 27, 2023, at 10:00 am
- join using this link: https://judicial.webex.com/judicial/j.php?MTID=mf239f8eb6b70cf70e5d230f4862bf74d

Pre-Application Information
Timeline:
- Submission Open Date: 8/25/2023
- Question Submission Open Date 8/25/2023 8:00 AM
- Applications due: September 29, 2023, 5:00 PM Mountain Standard Time
- Question Submission Close Date 9/29/2023 5:00 PM
- In-person presentations: 11/16/23 at the Ralph Carr Judicial Center

The Office of the State Court Administrator will provide an email notification to the Counties awarded.

Send questions to the email address in Contact Information below.

In-person presentations by applicants will be on the morning of November 16, 2023, at the Ralph Carr Judicial Center in Denver.

Applications associated with the imminent closure of a courthouse facility may be submitted at any time during the year. The Commission will expedite the review of the applications.

Only one application is allowed.

All sections of the application must be completed and contain all required approvals of the Chief Judge or his or her designee and the Board of County Commissioners prior to submission.

This is a reimbursement grant for actual approved expenses incurred by the County during the grant period.

Term of Contract
Award Start Date 1/1/2024
Award End Date 12/31/2024

The Recipient may request an extension of the Award End Date by submitting an Underfunded Courthouse Facilities Grant Extension/Amendment Request Form outlining good cause for the extension.

Contact Information
Application: https://www.gotomygrants.com/Public/Opportunities/Details/7f163585-ecad-48e7-9411-e6453140b250

Direct any questions to:
Audrey Boller
Office of the State Court Administrator
1300 Broadway, Suite 1200
Denver, Colorado 80203
720-625-5841
uff@judicial.state.co.us

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