Broadband Planning and Implementation

The provision of high-speed broadband services can play a critical role in enhancing local government operations and community development efforts. Local governments can play a role assisting public institutions and private businesses, as well as local citizens, to gain access to reliable broadband service at affordable costs.


Such locally initiated actions can be undertaken under local authority to enhance economic development, improve distance learning opportunities, promote inter-jurisdictional communication, and improve health care delivery and to meet citizens’ requests for better access to the breadth of services available over broadband.

DOLA and the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Fund program work collaboratively with the Colorado Broadband Office to fund eligible middle mile open access projects. For a comprehensive list of State of Colorado funding opportunities available for broadband projects, please visit the Colorado Broadband Office Funding Opportunities web page.

Who Should Apply

Energy/Impact Assistance Fund grants are directed by statute to communities that are economically or socially impacted by the development of energy and mineral resources. Grants are also awarded based on financial need, among other review criteria. Therefore, the majority of grant funding is directed to smaller and more rural communities where sufficient broadband service is lacking.

Energy Impact Grants for broadband are made available to support two general areas for middle mile open access projects – planning and provision of infrastructure.


The Application Process

Applications for any of the current Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Fund (EIAF) funding opportunities may be submitted as part of the regularly planned EIAF cycles.

The EIAF Cycle 24-07 application opened on March 1, 2024 and closes on April 1, 2024.

In order to be accepted into an EIAF grant cycle, applicants must contact their Regional Manager prior to submitting any application and must be "ready to go"; furthermore, if there are any questions in preparing the application, applicants should contact their Department of Local Affairs Regional Manager.

Energy/Mineral Impact Assistance Fund Grant Program Guidelines

Energy/Mineral Impact Assistance Fund Grant Application - PDF or Microsoft Word

Energy/Mineral Impact Assistance Fund Grant Budget - Financials Template

MHN Land Use Strategies & Best Practices Form

2024 Energy/Mineral Impact Assistance Fund Grant County Impact Scores

Apply and Manage Grant

The Application Cycle

The Department of Local Affairs is pleased to announce the following schedule for applications in the Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance Program through  April 1, 2024.

Cycle 24-07: $30,000,000 available

    Tier I (up to $200,000) and Tier II ($200,001 to $1,000,000) applications accepted

  • Application period opens: March 1, 2024
  • Application period closes: 5:00 p.m. April 1, 2024
  • Final awards: July 2024

The amounts available in the cycle identified above depend on the revenues generated by severance and federal mineral lease collections.

EIAF Initiatives: In addition, the EIAF program will have additional funding available in Cycle 24-07 for the following initiatives:

  • Climate Resilience Challenge: $10,000,000 available.
  • Main Street Live: $15,496,816 available.
  • More Housing Now and Land Use Initiative: $20,000,000 available.


Contact Information

Initial Interest

Direct inquiries regarding initial program interest to your Regional Manager. Use the other program contacts once the initial process with your Regional Manager is complete.


Program Contact

Greg Etl


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