Revitalizing Main Streets

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About the Program

The Revitalizing Main Streets Program began as a part of Colorado’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan, with a $30 million allocation from the state legislature in March 2021. In June 2021, Senate Bill 260 provided $85 million in additional funding for the program over the next 10 years. This program is intended to help communities across the state implement transportation-related projects that improve safety and yield long-term benefits to community main streets. When defining a main street, CDOT is aiming to support areas in or adjacent to community-focused, downtowns where people work, dine and shop. These routes help form a specific region’s identity and act as the major economic hub in many towns and cities across Colorado. 

Grant Applications

The Revitalizing Main Streets Program provides two separate grant opportunities to support local communities as they find innovative ways to reuse public spaces and help businesses reopen safely, while improving multimodal safety and accessibility along urban arterials. Read below for specific information about each grant opportunity: 

Grant Opportunity 2

Small Multimodal & Economic Resiliency Projects | Open as of February 18, 2022

As of February 18, 2022, this grant opportunity now has additional funding available to support small multimodal transportation projects across the state of Colorado. Eligible applicants are encouraged to submit projects of up to $150,000 that will support downtown vitality and the built environment, encourage economic development, support community access to public streets and multimodal transportation, and that imagine innovative uses of public spaces.

There is no set deadline for these grant applications as funds will be awarded on a rolling basis. Applications may be submitted at any time to [email protected]. Projects submitted before the last Wednesday of every month will be reviewed together, with grant awards made the following week.

Small Multimodal & Economic Resiliency Grant Application Form

Small Multimodal & Economic Resiliency Grant Rules, Eligibility, and Selection Process 

Revitalizing Main Streets Program FAQs

The goals of this grant opportunity include:

  • Encouraging active transportation and healthy lifestyles through improvements to the vitality of downtowns, mixed-use centers, and community gathering spaces
  • Support economic development and increase opportunities for businesses to thrive
  • Imagine innovative uses of public spaces
  • Support community access to the right of way that safely accommodates all modes of travel
  • Provide safe access to opportunity and mobility for residents of all ages, incomes and abilities, including vulnerable users

Larger Safety Infrastructure Grants | Closed as of Feb. 4, 2022

On June 7, 2022, The Polis Administration and the Colorado Department of Transportation’s Revitalizing Main Streets Program announced the second round of grant awardees for the Larger Safety Infrastructure grant opportunity, with grants awarded to 31 transportation projects across the state. You can read the full news release with the list of selected projects by clicking this link

Award Criteria:
Applicants may be awarded up to $2 million to improve user safety along urban arterials or main street corridors, especially for vulnerable users such as pedestrians, bikers, motorcyclists, transit users, elderly adults, and people with disabilities. This grant is a statewide version of the Safer Main Streets grant offered in CDOT Regions 1 and 4 within the DRCOG Metropolitan Planning Organization boundary in fall 2020.

Applicable roadways must be non-freeway corridors that accommodate multiple modes of transportation. This opportunity is open to state highway facilities and local roads. This grant includes the following safety and economic recovery goals:

  • Reduce fatal and serious injury crashes on the transportation system, particularly among bicyclists and pedestrians
  • Support a transportation system that safely accommodates all modes of travel
  • Improve transit access and bike and pedestrian safety and mobility
  • Support the development of connected urban/employment centers and multimodal corridors
  • Provide safe access to opportunity and mobility for residents of all ages, incomes and abilities, including vulnerable users
  • Help communities adjust to the “new normal” travel patterns caused by COVID-19
  • Deliver practical, simple projects that help stimulate the economy and provide immediate business and employment opportunities in the construction industry

Round 1 Selected Projects- August of 2021
Following an exhaustive review process, the Colorado Department of Transportation selected sixteen transportation projects across the state worth approximately $22 million as the awardees from the Revitalizing Main Streets Program Larger Safety Infrastructure Grant opportunity. The awardee announcement was made in August of 2021. 

When this grant opportunity was announced in March of 2021, applicants had until May 14, 2021 to submit applications. A total of 72 applications were received and reviewed in-depth by CDOT. Click here to see the list of the 16 selected projects and click here to read the full news release.

Applicant Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must be eligible to be direct recipients of federal transportation funds. These include local governments, CDOT and other governmental agencies. Nonprofits and transportation management associations/organizations are not directly eligible applicants for projects, however they may partner with a governmental agency. Note: Private, for-profit companies (e.g. contractors, suppliers or consultants) are not eligible.

Revitalizing Main Streets Grant Awardees To Date

Please view the map below and learn more about the Revitalizing Main Streets grant awardees throughout the state by clicking on the dots on the map below.

For a full list of RMS smaller grant awardees to date:

Map Key:

  • Revitalizing Main Streets Larger Safety Infrastructure Grants (announced Summer 2021) will be in green
  • Revitalizing Main Streets Smaller Multimodal and Economic Resiliency Grants are in blue