Grants for Community-Led Mitigation Projects 

Larimer County has a long history of disasters. In fact, Larimer County has had more federally declared disasters than any other county in Colorado. Hazard Mitigation is key to reducing and even avoiding damages during a disaster. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimates that on average, for every $1 spent on hazard mitigation, $6 in savings are realized. However, the Larimer County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) recognizes that the cost of hazard mitigation is a barrier to this important cost saving work. To remove this barrier to community members in Larimer County, OEM has created the Community Mitigation Grant Program. This program is a pilot program for 2022 and has $50,000 allocated to fund mitigation work in Larimer County.

2022 Grant Cycle 

2022 GRANT CYCLE CLOSED. Eligible applicants include individuals and non-profits, and they may apply for a specific project request up to $10,000. Applicants will need to demonstrate community support and community engagement with the proposed project. Preference will be given to projects with multiple stakeholders.

Important Dates

  • Applications are due by 11:59 PM on Sunday, April 3rd and awards will be announced mid-April. 
  • All documentation (including receipts) must be submitted by November 30th, 2022. 

Funding Limitations

The following will NOT be accepted as eligible requests for funding: 

  • Salaries 
  • Staff capacity 
  • Project planning expenses 
  • Road maintenance and repair
  1. Individuals, Non-profits, Road Associations, Housing Associations, and other similar type groups may apply. Small grassroots community groups will take priority. 
  2. Projects must be located in Larimer County and must mitigate the risk from one or more hazard(s).
  3. All landowners participating in the project must agree in writing to the project. 
  4. Projects must demonstrate community buy-in and benefit, please see the Grant Criteria tab for greater detail.
Grant funding will be awarded via a competitive process. Proposals will be scored by Larimer County OEM using a points-based system. Points are given based on the following key factors: 
  1. The project’s overall contribution to the long-term resilience, defined as "a deliberate effort to cope with surprise or adversity," of the community as a whole (i.e. the reduction of the impact of natural hazards to the community as a result of the project). (5 points)
  2. The level of community involvement, buy-in, and participation, both for the project and long-term capacity building. (5 points)
  3. The level of partnership engagement and development during the planning of the project. (5 points)
  4. The results of a basic cost-benefit analysis completed by the Larimer County Office of Emergency Management for the proposed project. (5 points)
Total of 20 points.
 
If the proposal is rejected due to a low score, Larimer County OEM may reach out with suggestions on how the project might be improved for future consideration.
 
  1. Grants will be awarded on a reimbursement basis, however, if the applicant cannot complete the project due to lack of available funding capacity, Larimer OEM can negotiate with the applicant to provide funds up front. This will be determined on a case by case basis.
  2. If selected to receive the grant, a Contract and Declaration between Larimer County and the grant recipient is required prior to receive the award. The contract will include the amount of the grant award, specific items funded, the timeline for project completion, monitoring and reporting requirements, and other conditions. 
  3. Prior to the project beginning a community meeting with all stakeholders involved must occur. OEM must be made aware of the meeting and who is attending prior to the meeting occurring. OEM may attend if able. 
  4. If a funded project changes from the initial application and budget, a written change request is required before any dollars are spent. 
  5. The award recipient must keep track of all project expenditures and submit receipts for all items purchased with small grant funds. 
  6. Pictures of the work occurring must be taken and submitted by the award recipient. 
  7. Site visits may be requested prior, during, or after the project’s completion. 
  8. A final report on the project’s process and outcomes including receipts must be submitted by November 30th, 2022.
 
  • Crystal Mountain, Post-Fire Mitigation Project - $10,000
  • Estes Valley Watershed Coalition Mary's Lake Wildfire Mitigation Project - $8,000
  • Glacier View Meadows R&R HOA, Slash Pile Chipping - $8,000
  • Glen Haven Association, Chipping Program - $1,362
  • Horsetooth Lake Estates HOA, Wildfire Mitigation Project - $8,000
  • Lazy D Corporation, River Debris Clean Up Project - $6,000
  • Red Feather Highlands Maintenance Association, Wildfire Mitigation Project - $5,638
  • The Retreat Landowners Association, Chipping Program - $3,000

Application

Applications are closed for 2022. Please check back in early 2023. 

If you have questions, please contact
Stephen Decatur: decatusa@co.larimer.co.us