July 31, 2012
Reeves - Desk





In May of this year, Governor Hickenlooper announced the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Fund grant program is back.


With this great news, it gives me pleasure to announce that DOLA anticipates awarding Tier 1 grants in February 2013 and Tier 2 grants in April 2013.


Based on forecasts, we anticipate we will have three grant cycles per year with about $20M available each cycle and application deadlines of December 3, April 1 and August 1.


The downloadable grant application will be available from DOLA's  website starting Wednesday, August 1.


We're so excited this funding is now available to communities impacted by energy and mineral development. I know how critical this program is for local governments.


Below is information about the program, including contacts, as well as the schedule for upcoming grant cycles.




Reeves Brown

Executive Director


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Reeves Brown
Executive Director
 Evaluation Criteria for Grant Applications
  • Energy/Mineral Relationship
  • Demonstrated Community Need
  • Local Commitment 
  • Readiness to Go
  • Measurable Outcomes

Funding and Tier Size

Funding availability per cycle
  • $20M


  • Tier 1 - grants up to $200,000 (roughly 10 percent of available grant dollars will be available for projects at this level) 
  • Tier 2 - grants $201,000 - $1,000,000 (roughly 90 percent of available grant dollars will be available for projects at this level)  
  • No Tier 3 grants available at this time



Upcoming Grant Cycles 


Year 2012

August 1 

  • Application becomes available for download from DOLA's website
  • Administrative grants available - maximum award of $25K with dollar-for-dollar match required (for planning, preliminary engineering and architectural design). Application process requires a detailed letter to DOLA Regional Manager (see contact information below). 


December 3

  • Tier 1 and Tier 2 applications due
  • Administrative grant applications may be submitted any time after August 1. 


Year 2013

February: Tier 1 decisions

March: Impact hearings for Tier 2 applications

April: Funding decisions

April - May: Execute contracts


Contact information

For more information about the Energy Impact program please contact your DOLA Regional Manager or go to our


DOLA Regional Managers 

Clay Brown
Regional Manager - Central Region (Arapahoe, Clear Creek, Denver, Douglas, El Paso, Elbert, Jefferson, Teller counties)



Greg Etl
Regional Manager - Northeastern Region (Cheyenne, Kit Carson, Lincoln, Logan, Morgan, Phillips, Sedgwick, Washington, Yuma counties)


Don Sandoval
Regional Manager - North Central Region (Adams, Boulder, Broomfield, Gilpin, Larimer, Weld counties)  



Greg Winkler
Regional Manager - Northern Mountain Region (Eagle, Grand, Jackson, Park, Pitkin, Routt, Summit counties) 



Elyse Ackerman-Casselberry
Regional Manager - Northwestern Region (Delta, Garfield, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Mesa, Moffat, Rio Blanco counties)


Ken Charles
Regional Manager - Southwestern Region (Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, Montrose, Ouray, San Juan, San Miguel)



Christy Culp

Regional Manager - South Central Region (Alamosa, Chaffee, Conejos, Costilla, Custer, Fremont, Lake, Mineral, Rio Grande, Saguache counties) 



Lee Merkel
Regional Manager - Southeastern Region (Baca, Bent, Crowley, Huerfano, Kiowa, Las Animas, Otero, Prowers, Pueblo counties)



DOLA Regional Assistants 

Robert Thompson
Regional Assistant

Provides assistance for the following regions:

  • Central
  • Northeastern; and
  • North Central 


Joe Carter

Regional Assistant

Provides assistance for the following regions:

  • Northern Mountains; and
  • Portion of Northwestern, including: Moffat, Rio Blanco, and Garfield counties



Leslie Hentze
Regional Assistant

Provides assistance for the following regions:

  • Southwestern; and
  • Portion of Northwestern, including: Mesa, Delta, Gunnison, and Hinsdale counties



Bill Gray
Regional Assistant

Provides assistance to the following regions:

  • South Central; and
  • Southeastern



In This Issue
Evaluation Criteria, Funding & Tier Size, Grant Cyles
Contact Information
About the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Fund
Governor's Announcement
 About the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Fund 

The purpose of the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program is to assist political subdivisions that are socially and/or economically impacted by the development, processing, or energy conversion of minerals and mineral fuels. Funds come from the state severance tax on energy and mineral production and from a portion of the state's share of royalties paid to the federal government for mining and drilling of minerals and mineral fuels on federally-owned land. The program was created by the legislature in 1977.

""The Energy Impact program is a vital financial resource to help address the impacts of energy and mineral production on local communities across Colorado."

To view Gov. Hickenlooper's announcement about the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Fund program, click here.
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