Municipalities work with the same financial challenge that faces most businesses and households in their communities: stretching dollars to accomplish as much as possible.  
To this end, the City of Montrose has a successful grants program that has garnered received numerous state and federal grants over the years. These awards have helped to effectively recapture tax dollars that have left the community and re-invest those funds in Montrose.
Among the city's most successful grant projects are those that strengthen relationships with local government agencies, non-profit organizations, and businesses by working collaboratively. This approach has garnered grant funds that have gone toward a broad range of community programs and projects. 

Grant Selection Criteria

In pursuing grants, the city looks for opportunities that: 
  • Leverage local tax dollars and resources to incentivize economic growth, strengthen city infrastructure, and improve delivery of services
  • Provide social, cultural, and recreational opportunities for the community
  • Are conducive to partnering with other community organizations, which increases the likelihood of success, helps prevent competing grant applications from within the community, and ensures that grant-funded projects provide benefits to a broader segment of the population
  • Impose minimal administrative and regulatory overhead costs
  • Align with existing project and community priorities
  • Allow local non-profit organizations to receive grants with the city acting as a pass-through agency
Organizations interested in seeking a grant partnership with the City of Montrose should review the city's grant management policy and submit the the "Grant Partnership Request Form." Questions may be directed to Grant Coordinator Kendall Cramer at (970) 497-8531 or at
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Success Stories

Since 2012 the city and its partners have received a total of $9.2 million for uses that range from major infrastructure projects to enhanced public safety services. Following are a few examples of grants that the city and its community partners have received since 2016.

2018 Grants

Woodgate Trails Senior Apartments  - Funder: DOLA   Grant Award: $500,000    Total Project Cost: $13,000,000 
Project: DOLA is providing $500,000 in federal Community Development Block Grant funds to support the acquisition of property for the development of Woodgate Trails Senior Apartments, a 50-unit housing development for individuals aged 55 and over. The project, to be constructed and managed by Four Corners Development LLC, will help meet the growing demand for affordable housing for seniors in the community. 

School Yard Initiative — Columbine Middle School - Funder: GOCO   Grant Award: $110,000    Total Project Cost: $161,043
Project: Montrose County School District will receive funds to construct a nature-based play yard and outdoor learning center at Columbine Middle School with features designed by students. The addition of grant funds will add an exciting new element to the new school facility while helping to maintain the overall construction budget. 

2017 Grants

Colorado Youth Corps Association - Funder: GOCO   Grant Award: $18,000     Total Project Cost: $24,223
Project: Western Colorado Conservation Youth Corps members will remove invasive Russian olive and tamarisk at Cerise, Riverbottom, and Taviwach parks. 

Connecting People to their Parks and Recreation — Connect Trail  - Funder: GOCO   Grant Award: $2,000,000    Total Project Cost: $4,470,449
Project: This project will construct 2.25 miles of concrete trail that will connect city residents to their parks and recreational facilities. The Montrose Community Recreation Center will serve as the southern trailhead. The trail will run along Dry Cedar Creek, beneath the Highway 550 underpass, and head westward to the existing river trail. On the north end, the trail will begin at the West Main Street Trailhead, run beneath the Highway 90 underpass, and head north to the Montrose Urban Renewal Authority development.  

Brownfields Assessment GrantFunder: U.S. EPA   Grant Award: $300,000    Total Project Cost: $315,500
Project: Grant funds will be used to complete environmental assessments on underutilized properties in Montrose where the reuse of the property may be complicated by the presence, or potential presence, of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. These funds complement another Brownfields grant received in 2015.

2016 Grants

Sharing Ministries Food Bank - Funder: DOLA   Grant Award: $600,000    Total Project Cost: $1,616,792
Project: This project involved the construction of a 9,000-square-foot building, including parking, landscaping and access, as a food bank for Sharing Ministries, Inc., a non-profit organization whose long-standing vision is to alleviate hunger in the communities of southwest Colorado. The   organization provides nourishing food to needy individuals and families, promotes public awareness of hunger issues and nutrition, and assists in self-sufficiency.

The PIC Place - Funder: DOLA    Grant Award: $600,000    Total Project Cost: $2,174,956
Project: Funding was used to rehabilitate a vacant 9,400-square-foot commercial property to facilitate the relocation and expansion of the Community Dental Clinic in Montrose and creation of The PIC Place.  This efficient healthcare facility includes 15 individual treatment areas for primary care and dental services, offices for delivering behavioral health services, small group and community education rooms, and open, shared provider work spaces allowing effective team care. Services are provided to persons of low income and the medically underserved.  

Midwestern Colorado Mental Health Center - Funder: DOLA   Grant Award: $600,000    Total Project Cost: $1,300,000
Project: This grant helped the Midwestern Colorado Mental Health Center expand its outpatient clinic, remodel its reception and waiting room areas, and add parking spaces at its headquarters in Montrose.