What funding is available?
The minimum funding amount available for a project is $5,000 with a maximum of $15,000. Local governments must match their request with a 25 percent* cash match of the dollar amount requested.
*A city or town can propose a different match allocation if the municipality is financially strained and cannot provide a 25% cash match. Please include your proposed allocation amounts (i.e. reduced cash match, donations, in-kind, volunteers, etc.) in the application. Boulder County will review exception requests on a case-by-case basis. Each municipality must document how they track such contributions through quarterly reporting. Please use a volunteer hourly rate of $21.79/hour.
The county reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to waive minor irregularities in submittal requirements, to request modifications of the proposal, to accept or reject any or all proposals received, to grant full or partial funding of any request, and/or to cancel all or part of this solicitation at any time prior to awarding funds.
Funds are awarded on a competitive basis, no requests will be considered outside the standardized application and review process. Each applicant understands that there is no appeals process for proposals that are not accepted for funding.
Delays in start of project: Applying governments are required to start expenditure of any awarded monies on the project, as described in the application, within twelve months from the date of receipt of the monies by the receiving government. If an entity that has been granted funding is not able, for any reason, to accept and begin expenditure of its allocation within twelve months of the date of the award notification, the government must contact the Boulder County Commissioners’ Office (BOCC) with an explanation of the reason for the delay of funds expenditure.
BOCC Approval: The County Commissioners shall have sole discretion to approve or disapprove any delayed expenditure of Environmental Sustainability Grant funds. If disapproved, the allocation may be recovered by the Commissioners and/or re-allocated for the current or subsequent years, at the Board’s sole discretion.
Reporting expectations under grants awarded: Local governments awarded a grant will be expected to provide quarterly reports with a financial summary and programmatic summary, including quantitative and qualitative metrics for success in environmental impacts. A local government representative is also asked to attend two in-person meetings a year with all the matching grant awardees and quarterly one-on-one phone check-ins with the grant program manager.