Microgrids for Community Resilience Program

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Update on the MCR Program Development 

House Bill 22-1013 requires the Division of Local Government to “develop a grant application process and, on or before January 1, 2023, post information about the process, including any application form developed and deadlines set, on the Department’s website.” The following MCR Overview and the linked materials serve to meet this requirement. 

The Updated MCR Draft Guidelines include all current details on the grant application process, eligibility, and selection criteria.

DOLA and CEO will hold drop-in virtual office hours on January 17th, 2023 from 12:45-1:45 PM on Zoom.  Feel free to join for further discussion on incorporation of public comments into guidelines or other outstanding questions.

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Grant Overview

The Microgrids for Community Resilience (MCR) grant program (as created by HB22-1013) is designed to build community resilience regarding electric grid disruptions through the development of microgrids. The MCR grants will be awarded to cooperative electric associations and municipally owned utilities to establish microgrid resources for rural communities. 

What is a Microgrid?

A microgrid is defined as a group of interconnected electric loads and distributed energy resources with clearly defined electrical boundaries that can function as a single, controllable entity with respect to the electric grid. Therefore, a microgrid can be connected to or disconnected from the electric grid to enable it to operate either in “grid-connected mode” or in “island mode.”

Program Contact

    Julia Masters
    Microgrids for Community Resilience Program Manager
    Email: julia.masters@state.co.us
    Phone: 303-349-1616 

    Marguerite Harden
    Local Resiliency Manager
    Email: marguerite.harden@state.co.us 
    Phone: 303-540-5426

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    Applications Details (Not Open)

    The following sections provide an abbreviated summary of the MCR Draft Guidelines (V2 as of 12.29.22). Final MCR Guidelines will be posted in 2023 pending U.S. DOE Formula Funding.

    Cooperative electric associations and municipally-owned utilities are eligible to apply.

    Proposed microgrid projects/plans resources must: 

    • Serve one or more eligible rural communities located within the applicant’s service territory. Rural communities are defined as a county with a population of less than 50,000 or a municipality/unincorporated area with a population of less than 25,000. The population criteria applies to the community/communities that the microgrid serves and is located in. You may refer to the Populations of Colorado Counties, Municipalities, and Unincorporated Areas for clarity on the definition of rural.
    • Center around strengthening resilience to community-based anchor institutions and/or essential infrastructure. Community anchor institutions are schools; libraries; hospitals or other health-care facilities; law enforcement, emergency medical service providers, or other public safety agencies; government offices; community organizations that support marginalized communities; or other critical community service facilities. 

    Year 1 funding applications for planning grants will open on February 1, 2023 and close on March 31, 2023.  Grants will be available on the DOLA Grants Portal.  

    The following reflects only HB22-1013 funding that is appropriated for Year 1 (awards made in CY 2023).  Any unused funding will roll over into Year 2.

    • Planning Grants: $399,000 is appropriated for this cycle.

    Applications should not exceed the following maximum awards:

    • Planning grants: $36,000 (25% match requirement)

    Year 1 funding applications for implementation/construction grants are expected to open in Spring 2023 and remain open for three months.  Grants will be available on the DOLA Grants Portal.  


    The following reflects only HB22-1013 funding that is appropriated for Year 1 (awards made in CY 2023).  Any unused funding will roll over into Year 2.

    • Implementation/Construction Grants Total: $1,295,261

    Applications should not exceed the following maximum awards:

    • Implementation/Construction grants: $1,005,000 (33% match requirement)

    Implementation/construction award process timelines are dependent on proposed 40101(d) Formula Funding funding.  DOLA/CEO will keep interested applicants updated as DOE clarifies their timeline for delivering funds.

    DOLA and CEO held a virtual public hearing to gather comments on proposed uses of the 40101(d) funding (which includes our proposal to utilize HB22-1013 MCR funding as match) on November 17, 2022 from 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM. See the Notice of Public Hearing for full details. 

    DOLA and CEO received public comments from November 17 - December 12.