Defense Counsel First Appearance Grant Program

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Program Purpose

The Defense Counsel First Appearance Grant Program launched with the purpose of reimbursing in whole or in part, costs associated with the provision of defense counsel to defendants at their first appearance in municipal courts as required under §13-10-114.5 C.R.S..

Effective July 1, 2018 under §13-10-114.5 C.R.S.:

  • At the time of first appearance on a municipal charge, if the defendant is in custody and the charged offense includes a possible sentence of incarceration, the court shall appoint counsel to represent the defendant for purposes of the initial appearance unless, after a full advisement pursuant to C.M.C.R. 210 and §16-7-207 C.R.S., the defendant makes a knowing, intelligent, and voluntary waiver of his/her right to counsel.
  • If the defendant remains in custody, the appointment of counsel continues until the defendant is released from custody. If the defendant is released from custody, he/she may apply for court-appointed counsel, and the court shall appoint counsel if the court determines that the defendant is indigent and the charged offense includes a possible sentence of incarceration.


Program Eligibility

  • Colorado Municipal Courts

Program Timelines

A Payment Request and/or Status Report is due 30 days after each quarter of the calendar year. 

Quarter Year Due Date Pay Request Status Report
4th (Oct-Dec) 2021 January 30, 2022 Yes Yes
1st (Jan-Mar) 2022 April 30, 2022 Yes Yes
2nd (Apr-Jun) 2022 July 30, 2022 Yes Yes
3rd (Jul-Sep) 2022 October 30, 2022 Yes Yes
4th (Oct-Dec) 2022 January 30, 2023 Yes Yes
1st (Jan-Mar) 2023 April 30, 2023 Yes Yes
2nd (Apr-Jun) 2023 July 30, 2023 Yes Yes
3rd (Jul-Sep) 2023 October 30, 2023 Yes Yes
4th (Oct-Dec) 2023 January 30, 2024 Yes Yes


Program Reimbursement and Applications

To manage your grant, or apply for funds, please select Apply and Manage below. For assistance, please contact the Program Manager. 

Apply and Manage Grant


Please use the DCFA Program Request for Reimbursement Form to complete requests within the Grants portal.


DCFA Office Hours

DLG is offering open office hours to provide 1:1 technical assistance. See schedule below. 

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays 11am - 12pm 
Google Meet joining info: 
Video call link:
Or dial: (US) +1 575-414-0142‬ PIN: ‪447 832 400‬#
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Funding Decisions


Program Contact

Mitchell Craddock
Program Manager
(303) 815-7078