Posted inCOVID, News, Politics and Government

Colorado prepares to give $35 million boost to small nonprofits helping diverse, rural communities

Small nonprofits could receive pandemic-assistance grants of up to $100,000 through a bill proposed in the Colorado House. House Bill 1356, known as the Small Community-based Nonprofit Grant Program, is scheduled to get its first hearing Wednesday in the House Transportation and Local Government Committee. The bipartisan measure would give $35 million of federal funding […]

Posted inBusiness, Economy, News

What’s Working: Colorado is offering up to $50,000 to tap into an old-timey resource — apprenticeships

As the challenge continues for employers to fill job openings — and workers try to get a job offer — there’s been a big push by the state of Colorado to tap into an old-timey resource: apprenticeships. But first, in local economic news, Colorado’s February unemployment rate came in at 4%, which is slightly lower […]

Posted inSun Investigation

Jared Polis is taking big money from private donors to fund key positions in Colorado governor’s office

To deliver on his campaign promises and policy priorities, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis is relying on wealthy donors and major advocacy organizations to pay the bill. The Democratic governor is accepting more than $1 million from donors, nonprofits and foundations to pay salaries and costs associated with six top policy positions, according to a review […]

Posted inEducation, News

More poverty, fewer federal dollars: Suburban Denver schools face hard choices about who gets cut off

By Yesenia Robles and Sam Park, Chalkbeat Colorado As poverty grows along Denver’s borders, some suburban schools are finding they have fewer resources to serve a changing crop of students. School districts are seeing areas of concentrated poverty with more schools needing extra resources to address the challenges students face. At the same time, districts […]

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Colorado early childhood efforts could get a major boost from federal grant

A multimillion federal grant, combined with an $11 million state match, could pump nearly $50 million into Colorado early childhood efforts over the next three years. Federal officials will announce grant awards by the end of December. One thing the birth-to-5 grants won’t do is create large numbers of new preschool and child care slots. […]