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2018 Challenge Now Open!

The 2018 Innovate Fort Collins Challenge is now open! Grants ranging from $3,000 to $75,000 are available for pilot projects capable of achieving greenhouse gas reductions through a variety of approaches. Those tactics can include, but are not limited to, innovative applications of new or existing technologies; behavior change; new business models; or new public-private partnerships.

Applicants must submit a letter of intent no later than May 18. Then, by invitation only, organizations will submit a full application. Finalists must present their proposal at a public pitch night on August 30.

Complete the letter of intent


Application Resources

If your organization is selected to move forward after you have submitted a letter of intent, you will be invited to submit a full application.

Full application

Application instructions

Application checklist


Key Dates

  • April 18, 2018: Application website opens
  • May 18: Letter of Intent due by 5 p.m. Letter of intent.
  • July 9: Full application due by noon (by invitation only) Full application.
  • July 27: Finalists notified
  • August 30: Public Pitch Night
  • Mid-September: Awardees announced

2017 Grant Recipients

The City of Fort Collins awarded five Innovate Fort Collins Challenge grants worth about $265,000 in 2017 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:

  • Spring Back Colorado ($75,000) for scaling its Fort Collins business where it provides redemptive employment opportunities through recycling of bed mattresses and box springs.
  • Front Range Community College ($65,212) for a learning project that uses a solar photovoltaic panel and electric vehicle charging station at the Harmony Library.
  • Colorado State University ($44,550) for development and implementation of an online transportation and safety education module for incoming freshmen.
  • Insecticycle LLC ($40,000) for a pilot-scale facility to demonstrate a cradle-to-cradle food waste diversion process using black solider fly larvae.
  • Poudre School District ($40,000) for testing food composting technology in middle schools.

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.

Watch the Public Pitch Night (08/03/17)


Innovation Summit Held February 12

The City of Fort Collins held an Innovation Summit Monday February 12, 2018, to brainstorm challenges and opportunities associated with achieving the community’s Climate Action Plan Goals. Areas of focus were energy, transportation, waste reduction and behavior change.  The workshop was facilitated by Dr. Roger Firestien of the International Center for Studies in Creativity at SUNY Buffalo.