The City of Fort Collins has awarded five Innovate Fort Collins Challenge grants worth about $265,000 to help the community reduce its carbon footprint by 2020 and beyond. Based on the scores from the August 3 public pitch night and overall judging, the winners of the competition:
A total of $264,762 was awarded in this first round of the challenge with a second round scheduled in 2018. This first round also leveraged $60,000 of re-appropriated money from the Advanced Waste Stream Optimization Offer, which allowed additional waste diversion and recycling projects to be funded.
On August 3 2017, finalists in the Innovate Fort Collins Challenge presented their pitches for funding to the public in the Lincoln Center’s Magnolia Theatre. The event, attended by about 150 people, featured six finalists who pitched their ideas for achieving key Fort Collins carbon reduction goals.
The finalists included a broad range of businesses and organizations proposing solutions to challenges related to waste materials, transportation and energy. The finalists:
The City of Fort Collins is pleased to offer the Innovate Fort Collins Challenge, a competition that seeks proposals for innovative projects to help achieve the community’s ambitious Climate Action Plan goals. Participating businesses and organizations can explore new ideas or technology, leverage a financial award, and have an opportunity to showcase their project to a broader audience.
The Fort Collins community submitted 58 applications worth $5.5 million for the City’s first Innovate Fort Collins Challenge, which will fund projects capable of achieving carbon reductions in energy, transportation and waste materials.
April 28 was the deadline for submitting letters of intent for the Challenge, which will provide up to $250,000 to innovative projects that help the community reach its Climate Action goals.
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Successful applicants will be eligible to receive financial awards ranging from $5,000 to $250,000 based on approved project plans and budget.