Building Stronger Communities
The Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments (UAACOG) is proud to offer Mini-Grants to local governments within the UAACOG region (Region 13: Lake, Fremont, Custer, and Chaffee Counties). These grants are funded by the UAACOG in cooperation with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) Mineral Impact Assistance Program. The UAACOG is soliciting proposals for Community/Economic Development Projects. A total of $100,000 is available to fund 2024 projects for counties and municipalities within the four-county region. Projects funded in 2023 include the following: Examples of Previously Funded Projects Local Government Funded Project Brookside Community Pavilion Project Buena Vista Landscape Project and Community Center Furnace Coal Creek Dangerous Property Reclamation Project Custer... Read The Rest
Senior Assistance
Any person 60 years of age or older, residing in the Colorado counties of Lake, Chaffee, Custer, or Fremont, is eligible to apply for services funded by the Older Americans Act (OAA) and Older Coloradoans State funds. Priority will be given to those of greatest social and economic need. Mission StatementThe Area Agency on Aging will assist seniors, age 60+, throughout the region in maintaining health, dignity, independence, and quality of life through education, advocacy, coordination, and delivery of services and programs. Vision Statement  United together to achieve a better future for our communities & the people we serve. Services Offered... Read The Rest
Business Financing & Tax Credits
Upper Arkansas Area Development Corporation is a local nonprofit organization created by the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments to provide financing assistance to new and expanding for-profit businesses in Chaffee, Lake, Custer, Park, Fremont, and Teller counties in Colorado. Businesses / entrepreneurs in these counties can see us about the following services: Gap Loans Fill the “gap” remaining after primary lender determines it cannot lend all necessary financing Flexible collateral Loan amount from $20,000-$125,000 Flexible loan term Interest rate 2% above prime, based on risk Owner cash injection 10% of total project (restaurant projects require 20%) One full-time job created per $20k loaned Direct Loans Borrower has been denied... Read The Rest
Special Supplemental Nutrition Program
Colorado WIC is here to empower and nourish mothers, infants, and young children up to 5 years old. In order to qualify for the WIC Program, a participant's combined household gross income cannot exceed the WIC Income Eligibility Guidelines (IEG). Rest assured, we value your privacy; your visa status or citizenship details are neither asked nor stored. Regardless of whether you're expecting, already a parent, a grandparent, or a foster parent, if you qualify, you'll receive customized assistance for your family's unique needs. WIC is not just about food. It's a holistic approach to family wellness. WIC benefits include: Wholesome... Read The Rest
Fremont County Head Start is a free, federally funded, center-based preschool for primarily low-income children and their family. Children ages 3 - 5 years of age qualify for this program based on income, age, and need. Children attend Monday - Thursday throughout the “school year”. Transportation, breakfast, and lunch are provided along with a full array of activities to prepare children for school entrance. Children with special needs or an Individual Education Plan are welcome, and additional needed services will be provided for these children in collaboration with the local school district. We are a fully inclusive program. Head Start is a... Read The Rest
Affordable Housing Options
Securing a comfortable, safe, and affordable home is foundational to the well-being and prosperity of every individual and family. Understanding the myriad challenges many face in achieving this, UAACOG has established a comprehensive suite of housing programs tailored to meet diverse needs. Whether you're seeking to renovate your current home, find rental assistance, or take the first step towards homeownership, our programs are designed to guide and support you at every stage of your housing journey. Home Repair This program provides affordable loans for low-income homeowners living in Chaffee, Custer, Fremont, Lake, Park, and Teller Counties.  The loans are provided to repair owner-occupied... Read The Rest
Transit Programs
UAACOG serves as the financial administrator for the Formula Grants for Rural Areas 5311 Transportation funding program. This initiative offers capital, planning, and operational support to states, aiding public transportation in regions with fewer than 50,000 residents. In such areas, public transit frequently becomes essential for many inhabitants to get to their desired locations. Additionally, the program allocates funds for both state-level and nationwide training, as well as expertise via the Rural Transportation Assistance Program. We administer the grant to a local transit provider: Fremont County Transit of Fremont County. Providers currently offer demand-response service in their counties and surrounding areas. Fremont County... Read The Rest
Central Front Range Transportation Planning Region
The Central Front Range Transportation Planning Region (TPR) represents Teller, Fremont, Custer, Park, and rural El Paso Counties. It is the TPR's responsibility to ensure that our area's transportation needs and priorities are recognized, made easily accessible, and communicated to the public and key transportation decision makers. The Regional Transportation Plan accomplishes this. It recognizes current needs and priorities while formulating solutions to keep pace with regional growth and changing conditions. A regional Transportation Plan that reflects the overall priorities and needs for our area is vital at a time of limited funding for transportation. The plan is intended to be a living,... Read The Rest
Community Service Block Grant
The Community Service Block Grant, or CSBG, is federal funding that is provided to states and local agencies to address poverty at the community level. The Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments provides CSBG funding to four Counties: Fremont, Custer, Chaffee, and Lake. UAACOG provides services directly to Fremont, Chaffee, and Lake Counties and subcontracts CSBG funds to Custer County. This funding is available to the community who meet the Federal Poverty Guidelines. The purpose of this funding is to support individuals and families in financial stability and to recover from an emergency. Our scope of services includes rent, mortgage, utilities (this... Read The Rest
Temporary Emergency Food Assistance
The Emergency Food Assistance Program provides food to eligible households in Fremont County monthly. While the available food changes from month to month, it generally consists of canned goods and other shelf stable items. This program is federally funded U.S. Department of Agriculture program that provides USDA foods to low-income households. This program is offered in partnership with Care and Share and the Colorado Department of Human Services. Distribution times are from 9:00 am to 11:00 am on the below listed dates. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.... Read The Rest
Path to Grant Funding
Welcome to the Regional Grants Navigator Page for the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments (UAACOG), serving local governments throughout Region 13. Our commitment is to facilitate access to pivotal funding opportunities and aiding in the progress and prosperity of our communities. Introducing the Regional Grant Navigator (RGN) Initiative As part of a statewide initiative to enhance local access to federal funding, UAACOG is proud to present our Regional Grant Navigator service. This initiative supports local governments in harnessing funds from the landmark Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), a federal act investing an unprecedented $550 billion in new infrastructure investments across the nation... Read The Rest

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