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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)


    The Colorado Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) funds highway safety programs. Applications must be able to identify a highway safety issue supported by data, establish baseline and evaluation measures and detail how the project will impact one or more of the core performance measures. Nearly half of the application scoring criteria will be based on problem identification and the ability to impact core performance measures.
    The proposed projects must impact at least one of the following core performance measures:
    • Reduce the number of traffic fatalities
    • Reduce the number of serious injuries in traffic crashes
    • Reduce the fatalities per Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT)
    • Reduce the number of unrestrained passenger vehicle occupant fatalities, all seat positions
    • Reduce the number of fatalities in crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a BAC of .08 and above
    • Reduce the number of speeding-related fatalities
    • Reduce the number of motorcyclist fatalities
    • Reduce the number of unhelmeted motorcyclist fatalities
    • Reduce the number of drivers age 20 or younger involved in fatal crashes
    • Reduce the number of pedestrian fatalities
    • Reduce the number of bicyclist fatalities
    • Reduce the number of distraction-affected fatal crashes
    NOTE: In order to increase the likelihood that grantees will be able to make progress on these core performance measures, CDOT extended the grant cycle from a one-year to a three-year funding cycle. The next call for solicitations is anticipated April 2021.

    History of Funding

    None is available.

    Additional Information

    CDOT funds grants on a œcost reimbursement basis only. CDOT will not make payments in advance or in anticipation of goods or services.  Claims for reimbursement will be submitted to the OTS on a monthly basis if there are any costs incurred.


    Elizabeth Fulk

    Elizabeth Fulk
    4201 E. Arkansas Avenue
    Denver, CO 80222
    (303) 757-9011

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are Colorado state agencies; Federally recognized tribal governments; Cities, counties and their sub-agencies; For Profit entities; and Non-profit entities with existing IRS 501 (c) (3) status.

    Deadline Details

    Applications were to be submitted by April 16, 2018. CDOT extended the grant cycle from a one-year to a three-year funding cycle starting in 2015. A new program solicitation is anticipated in 2021. 

    Award Details

    Up to $15,000,000 was available in FY2018-2021. Individual awards typically range from $50,000 to $75,000 per year. Cash or in-kind match equal to 25% of the total project cost was required. Grant periods will extend 36-months, starting October 1, 2018.

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