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Sharing Success Economic Development Grants

Applications Due November 29th

Sharing Success Economic Development 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 grants to selected applicants.

Member organizations and businesses may apply for up to $20,000 (rounded to the nearest $500) 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

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Congratulations to the 2020 Sharing Success Economic Development Grant Winners:

  • Ouray Nordic Council - $3,300 - Increasing Nordic Ski Trail Capacity
  • Telluride Mountain Club - $3,900 - Regional Trails Projects
  • Montrose West Recreation - $3,900 - Pioneers Redefined - West End Trails Master Plan, Phase 2
  • Ridgway Bike Park - $3,900 - Bike Park and Paved Pump Track
  • West End Economic Development Corp. - $7,500 - Community Business Development Support
  • Town of Rico - $7,500 - Rio Grand Southern Dolores Placer Connection Trail Planning Grant Application


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