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Competitive Grants and Awards
Funding Status for FY2020-2021 State Competitive Grants
With the significant loss in revenue due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Colorado legislature had to make a number of budget cuts to state competitive grant programs to ensure a balanced budget.
Click here for a table that provides an overview of changes made to state-funded grant programs for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. Please feel free to reach out to the applicable grant program manager with any questions.
The 2021 legislative session will start in January. At that time, the discussions for the 2021-22 fiscal year will begin, and the department will have a better idea of the potential for this grant program to be funded for the next fiscal year. Grant program managers will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.
Welcome to the Colorado Department of Education's Competitive Grants and Awards website. The Competitive Grants and Awards Team is dedicated to enhancing school improvement through federal and state grant opportunities. We offer support to students, teachers, and administrators in the application and funding process.
Grants and Awards Forecast
Grants and Awards Forecast (PDF) - updated October 13, 2020
The Competitive Grants and Awards Forecast is updated regularly to reflect current and upcoming funding and award opportunities available through various offices across the Colorado Department of Education. Current opportunities, links to specific program information, Requests for Applications, and recorded webinars are available. The forecast also highlights due dates, available funding, and eligibility criteria, as well as contact information for each program.
Education Service Providers
- Education Service Providers
- Exploration Route PowerPoint for Providers (April 2019)
- Exploration Route Webinar Recording for Providers
- Submit Information for Inclusion on the Education Providers Website
- Advisory Lists of Professional Development & Instructional Programming
Become a Regular Reviewer for CDE's Competitive Grants and Awards
Competitive Grants and Awards is currently recruiting reviewers to serve in an ongoing reviewer pool. The office is looking for subject matter experts to help the team ensure that qualified reviewers will be selected and assigned to review teams for upcoming competitive funding and award opportunities.
To become part of this reviewer pool, please fill out this short survey. If you apply, the office will contact you periodically to review applications applicable to your expertise. Your time commitment as a reviewer throughout the year is entirely up to you.
Grant Writing Training
Do you want to learn best strategies for planning and writing a competitive grant proposal as well as learning more about CDE’s funding opportunities? Attend a CDE Regional Grant Writing Training!
In this free one-day training, attendees will learn about CDE's competitive grant processes as well as helpful tips for writing fundable proposals. Attendees will also complete hands-on exercises to put grant writing skills to use. All representatives from schools and districts are welcome to attend. Certificates of completion are available for those who attend the entire training. All trainings are held from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
Registration for these trainings is limited to 25 participants. Additional information and resources will be sent via email several days prior to each event.
Feedback from previous events:
“Training was extremely detailed and presented in a manner that was very helpful. Presenters were very knowledgeable and extremely helpful.”
“Showing all the facets of CDE grant writing, where to locate, what to look for, how to address including terminology, examples of grant writing, and brain storming sessions.”
“Applicable information; opportunities to "review" components of a grant. Information on how to find upcoming CDE grants. Trainers were knowledgeable, helpful, and well prepared for the training.”
“Presenters knowledgeable, approachable, welcoming, likeable; good graphics; small group”
“Lots of useful tips on writing. Overall the presenters were clear, concise, and helpful. The presenters had significant expertise in the area that they were presenting about.”
Grant Writing Virtual Training
This 50-minute virtual training covers some highlights of the all-day in-person regional trainings, including the competitive funding process, tips for planning and writing a competitive application, and resources for funding opportunities.
If you encounter issues finding the information you need and/or questions about the Competitive Grants and Awards webpages, please contact the Competitive Grants and Awards team. Be sure to copy the URL of the page on which the issue is present into your e-mail.