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. The Home Improvement Program (Housing Rehab) This program provides affordable loans for low-income homeowners living in Fremont, Chaffee, Lake, Custer, Park, or Teller counties (0% interest and... 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 two transit providers: Wet Mountain Valley Rotary Community Services of Custer County and Golden Shuttle/Fremont County Transit of Fremont County. Providers currently... Read The Rest
Community Service Block Grant
FREMONT COUNTY Program Pause Please be advised - Fremont County is not accepting applications at this time 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 and Chaffee Counties and subcontracts CSBG funds to Custer and Lake Counties. This funding is available to the community who meet the income guideline requirement of 200% the federal poverty level. The purpose of this funding... 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.... Read The Rest

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