Colorado House Bill 17-1326 was signed into law on June 6, 2017, forming the Community Crime Prevention Initiative (CCPI) also known as Transforming Safety. On June 17,2021 Colorado House Bill 21-1215 was signed into law expanding the program to Grand Junction and Trinidad. This initiative reinvests parole reform dollars in north Aurora, southeast Colorado Springs, Grand Junction and Trinidad for a pilot program to support economic development and community services through community loan and grant programs.
The initiative funds programs, projects, and/or direct services aimed at reducing crime in the target pilot neighborhoods through:
- Small Business Loans: made available through non-depository Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) that serve the target communities.
- Grants: to local governments, nonprofits or schools, made available through community foundations and/or a third-party administrator that serve the target neighborhoods.
- North Aurora - $1.5M
- Southeast Colorado Springs - $1.5M
- Grand Junction - $682,152.80
- Trinidad - $341,076.40
- Statewide Grants: to eligible entities to establish business and entrepreneurship training programs for justice-system-involved persons Statewide.
DOLA will issue grants based on eligibility to these entities only
In the 2021 legislative session, all programs within the initiatives were extended until repeal, September 1, 2027.
Current Funding Opportunities:
1. Small Business Loan Program (Grand Junction & Trinidad only)
NOFA open 8/31/2021 - 9/30/2021
One or more eligible non-depository Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) will be chosen to create and manage small business loan programs in the target communities of Grand Junction and Trinidad, including unincorporated areas outside of the city limits. All elements in this NOFA are as described in HB21-1215.
Who is eligible:
Eligible entities include non-depository Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) as determined by the U.S. Department of Treasury. The CDFI must be registered in the State of Colorado with a history of small business lending in the target communities. The Division may select one CDFI to serve both target communities or may select more than one CDFI for each target community.
A maximum of $500,000 per community is available, but not guaranteed.
2. Statewide Business Training Program
NOFA open 9/1/2021 - 10/15/2021
One or more eligible entities will be chosen to create and manage a statewide grant program to establish business and entrepreneurship training programs for justice-system-involved persons. All elements in this NOFA are as described in HB21-1215.
Who is eligible:
Eligible entities include nonprofit organizations registered and in good standing with the United States Internal Revenue Service and the Colorado Secretary of State's Office.
For more information visit Transforming Safety Colorado’s Website on the link below
Requesting Access to CCPI
Instructions for how to apply to CCPI
Financial Assistance Manager
For information about this legislation, or to receive notices about community meetings, contact:
Executive Director, Colorado Criminal Justice Reform Coalition