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Sharing Success Matching Grants

 

Sharing Success Economic Development Matching Grants

 

 

San Miguel Power Association Inc., in conjunction with its national cooperative partner, CoBank, seeks funding opportunities that stimulate and enhance our local economies.  In order to financially support projects, programs and organizations that are actively working to improve the financial stability of local businesses, expand entrepreneurial opportunities and bring revenue to our towns and counties, SMPA awards matching grants to selected applicants.

Member organizations and businesses may apply for up to $10,000 in $1,000 increments in dollar-for-dollar matching funds depending on the costs of their initiatives.  Initiatives may vary in size and scope but should aim to benefit the entire business community of a region, not just individual businesses.

The following definition of economic development will be used by SMPA Board of directors for evaluation of all proposals:

Economic development is the development of economic wealth of regions or communities for the well-being of their inhabitants.  From a policy perspective, economic development can be defined as efforts that seek to improve the economic well-being and quality of life for a community by creating and/or retaining jobs and supporting or growing incomes and the tax base.

Qualifying projects should:

  • Stimulate job creation in our area
  • Promote economic growth
  • Create/improve local commerce
  • Maintain/strengthen existing businesses
  • Enhance regional prosperity
  • Offer sustainable progress; set the stage for economic development in the long run
  • Build collaboration
  • Show of our communities attributes
  • Demonstrate ability to leverage funds

Previous grant winners have included:

  • Ouray County Rodeo Assc. - San Juan Skijoring
  • Town of Silverton - Columbine Park
  • EcoAction Partners - Green Business Certification
  • West End Economic Development - Community Kitchen
  • Telluride Foundation - Business Technical Assistance Initiative
  • ...and others

Deadline for applications will be October 16, 2017 please mail or drop off your applications to a San Miguel Power Office in either in Nucla or Ridgway or mail to San Miguel Power C/O Paul Hora, PO Box 1150, Ridgway, CO 81432.

Email phora@smpa.com with questions or for an application.

 

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