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Hickenlooper Secures Over $100 Million For Colorado Communities in Annual Funding Bills

Mar 10, 2022

64 projects requested by Hickenlooper are funded in the FY22 appropriations bills

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John Hickenlooper today announced that he successfully included $100.4 million in funding for 64 projects across Colorado in the fiscal year 2022 federal appropriations omnibus bill, which Congress is finalizing in the coming days. Hickenlooper requested funding for the Colorado projects through the congressionally directed spending (CDS) process. The bills passed the House last night and are expected to pass the Senate in the coming days.

“Colorado’s local communities drove these federal investments. These funds will accelerate much-needed projects across the state,” said Hickenlooper.

The 64 projects for which Hickenlooper secured funding would address priorities across the state, including investments in affordable housing, clean energy, and health care. Examples include:

  • $3 million to convert a 71 unit hotel into affordable housing in Durango
  • $2 million to convert the Stay Inn into housing for individuals experiencing homelessness in Denver
  • $2.5 million for a Southern Ute Tribe methane capture project
  • $1 million for a soil carbon sequestration project at Colorado State University in Fort Collins
  • $2 million for the Boys and Girls Club mental health initiative
  • $2 million for a Colorado Coalition for the Homeless health care facility in Denver
  • $1.1 million to create a mechanical engineering program at the Adams State University Campus in Alamosa
  • $1 million for the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to grow the pipeline underrepresented students seeking admission to STEM and health professional programs

To qualify, CDS requests must be submitted by local governments or non-profits. Senators may then request inclusion of these projects in one of the twelve annual funding bills. The Senate is expected to send the final 2022 federal appropriations bills to President Biden in the coming days.

A full list of projects for which Hickenloper secured funding is available below. Projects in italics were requested jointly with Senator Michael Bennet; projects with an asterisk were requested jointly with a member of the House.

LocationName of ProjectRequesterFunded Amount
AlamosaAdams State University/Colorado State Mechanical Engineering PartnershipAdams State University$1,100,000
*AuroraSafe Outdoor SpacesCity of Aurora$1,350,000
*AuroraVillage Exchange Center Community Center Renovation ProjectVillage Exchange Center$1,700,000
*AuroraChildren’s Hospital Colorado Black Health InitiativeChildren’s Hospital of Colorado$500,000
*AuroraHealth Careers Pipeline for Underrepresented Minority StudentsUniversity of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus$1,000,000
BoulderCrisis Intervention Response InitiativeCity of Boulder$255,000
BoulderJILA Laboratory EquipmentUniversity of Colorado, Boulder$950,000
*BoulderRural Outreach Partnership ProgramUniversity of Colorado, Boulder$275,000
*Castle RockGenerational Opportunities to Achieve Long-term Success (GOALS) ProgramDouglas County Commissioner$1,000,000
Colorado SpringsNew Cadet Prep School DormitoryUnited States Air Force Academy$24,726,000
Commerce CityAdams County Food Bank Building PurchaseAdams County Food Bank$525,000
Commerce CityFamily Trauma Recovery Program ExpansionReaching HOPE$321,000
Commerce CityNew Dental Clinic & Services for Children of Low-Income FamiliesKids in Need of Dentistry (KIND)$100,000
*Commerce CityNew Health Clinic for Children of Low-Income FamiliesKids First Health Care$800,000
CraigCity of Craig Water & Wastewater Emergency GeneratorsCity of Craig$1,080,000
DenverAdams & Denver Counties, South Platte River, CO.Denver Mayor’s Office$400,000
DenverDenver Community Foot Patrol Crime Prevention InitiativeCity of Durango & Archuleta County$122,000
DenverCity of Denver Youth Crisis Response Team InitiativeCity and County of Denver$384,000
DenverDenver Police Department Outreach Case CoordinatorDenver Police Department$244,000
DenverCommunity Awareness Program ImprovementCounterterrorism Education Learning Lab (CELL)$987,000
DenverMontbello FreshLo community hubMontbello Organizing Committee (MOC)$1,455,000
*DenverAffordable Housing Creation at Stay Inn SiteCity and County of Denver$2,000,000
*DenverUrban Peak Shelter Reconstruction ProjectUrban Peak$3,000,000
DenverBoys & Girls Clubs (BGC) Mental Health InitiativeBoys & Girls Clubs in Colorado, Inc.$2,000,000
*DenverTepeyac Elyria-Swansea ClinicLa Clinica Tepeyac, Inc.$2,000,000
DenverCareerWise Curricula Design AcceleratorCareerWise Colorado$776,000
*DenverBridging the GapMile High United Way$100,000
*DenverIncreased Access, Equity, and Diversity in Health CareersNational Institute for Medical Assistant Advancement$450,000
*DenverStout Street Recuperative Care ExpansionColorado Coalition for the Homeless$2,000,000
*DenverInnovating for Colorado’s Workforce Recovery and FutureJewish Family Service of Colorado$500,000
*DenverThe Center for Addiction Medicine AcademyDenver Health & Hospital Authority/CAM$1,200,000
DurangoFort Lewis College Regional Agriculture and Food SecurityFort Lewis College$159,999
DurangoDurango Affordable Housing DevelopmentCity of Durango$3,000,000
DurangoColorado Statewide Transit Improvement Project – Durango Bus Acquisition, Charging Infrastructure and Technical ServicesCity of Durango & Archuleta County$522,000
DurangoRegional Inpatient/Residential Treatment SolutionsRegion 9 Economic Development District$150,000
EagleColorado Statewide Transit Improvement Project – Eagle County Bus Facilities and Charging InfrastructureEagle County Regional Transportation Authority$1,201,000
EdwardsEdwards Integrated Health CenterMountain Family Health Centers$1,500,000
Fort CollinsSoil Carbon Sequestration Research ProjectColorado State University$1,000,000
Glenwood SpringsGlenwood Springs South Bridge projectCity of Glenwood Springs$1,000,000
Glenwood SpringsEl Busesito Preschool Program BusesValley Settlement$285,000
Grand JunctionGrand Junction Affordable Housing DevelopmentGrand Junction Housing Authority$1,400,000
Grand JunctionColorado Statewide Transit Improvement Project – Grand Valley Bus AcquisitionMesa County/Grand Valley Transit$1,223,000
GunnisonColorado Statewide Transit Improvement Project – Gunnison Valley Bus AcquisitionGunnison Valley Rural Transportation Authority$1,460,000
HotchkissTown of Hotchkiss for Water Treatment Plant UpgradeTown of Hotchkiss$91,000
*Idaho SpringsClear Creek County Collaborative Health CenterClear Creek County$1,000,000
IgnacioEnhanced Outcrop Methane CaptureSouthern Ute Indian Tribe$2,500,000
La VetaTown of La Veta for Water Treatment PlantTown of La Veta$600,000
LafayetteYMCA of Northern Colorado Childcare Programming and Site ConsolidationYMCA of Northern Colorado$1,000,000
LakewoodEasterseals Colorado Center for Inclusive Employment and ProgramsEasterseals Colorado$980,000
LeadvilleCommunity Justice CenterLake County Board of County Commissioners$3,575,000
MinturnTown of Minturn for Water Tank Replacement ProjectTown of Minturn$1,000,000
MontroseMontrose County Courthouse RenovationMontrose County$7,725,000
PalisadeWestern Slope Community Clinic & Urgent Care FacilityTown of Palisade$1,000,000
PuebloParkview Medical Center Comprehensive Care InitiativeParkview Medical Center$500,000
RangelyCogency Power Solar ProjectTown of Rangely$5,000,000
RedstoneCoal Mine Methane SolutionsCommunity Office for Resource Efficiency$1,200,000
RicoTown of Rico for Central Sewer System ProjectTown of Rico$2,500,000
*Summit CountySearch and Rescue Training and Vehicle Storage FacilitySummit County Government$500,000
ThorntonCity of Thornton De-Escalation Training SimulatorCity of Thornton$125,000
TowaocWhite Mesa Law Enforcement Service ExpansionUte Mountain Ute Tribe$784,000
TowaocUte Mountain Ute Housing Improvement ProjectUte Mountain Ute Tribe$2,000,000
TrinidadLas Animas County Perry Stokes Airport (TAD) Pavement UpgradesLas Animas County$450,000
VailColorado Statewide Transit Improvement Project – Vail Bus Acquisition and Charging InfrastructureTown of Vail Vail Transit$1,650,000
WellingtonPeer Support First Responder Mental Health CareWellington Fire Protection District$18,000


Senate rules require Senators to publicly list all requests received and certify they do not have financial interests in any of the requests they submit for inclusion in the funding bills. For more information on CDS requests, CLICK HERE.

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