Revitalizing Main Streets

About the Program

Revitalizing Main Streets logoAs a part of Colorado’s COVID-19 Recovery Plan, the Revitalizing Main Streets Program was made possible through a $30 million allocation from the state legislature in March 2021. 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. 

As Colorado recovers from COVID-19 and returns to a new normal, this 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.

Grant Applications

In March 2021, CDOT re-launched the Revitalizing Main Streets Grant Program with two separate applications. The Opportunity 1 grant closed on May 14, 2021 with awards announced in August of 2021. The Opportunity 2 grant is still open and will be awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis. To learn more about the Opportunity 2 grants, you can view the recording of the Pre-Application Workshop and the presentation slides, which are also available in the Additional Resources section. More information is included below. Questions should be sent to [email protected].

Grant Opportunity 1

Larger Safety Infrastructure Grants
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 sixteen selected projects and click here to read the full news release.

We had many strong applications for limited funding. However, thanks to SB-260, there is now ongoing financial support for RMS, and we anticipate releasing the NOFO for additional funds later in summer 2021.

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 region’s transportation system
  • Support a transportation system that safely accommodates all modes of travel (i.e. driving, taking the bus or any transit system, walking, and biking)
  • Improve transit access and multimodal 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
  • Play an important and immediate role in job creation/retention and small business investment.

Grant Opportunity 2

Small Multimodal & Economic Resiliency Projects
Applicants may be awarded up to $150,000 per project to support infrastructure projects that provide improved spaces for mobility, community activities and economic development in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant is an updated continuation of the previous Can Do Revitalizing Main Streets grant. Please note, the CDOT Can Do webpage, email and application have been replaced with this new Revitalizing Main Streets program.

This grant includes the following multimodal mobility and economic recovery goals:

  • Encouraging active, multimodal transportation, including better access and safety for pedestrians, cyclists and scooters.
  • Promoting public health and safety by encouraging social distancing and/or providing publicly available personal protective equipment (PPE) and sanitation stations
  • Improving equity and public space access for low-income and disadvantaged users
  • Expanding economic opportunity and development in a regionally-equitable way

Applications can be submitted immediately, but we still encourage first-time applicants to send questions to [email protected]. Applications will be reviewed weekly until funds are exhausted.

For Grant Opportunity 2, applicants can submit multiple applications and may be awarded up to $250,000 in this category. Revitalizing Main Streets applications awarded prior to March 19 will also be included in this maximum amount. Projects awarded under the Safer Main Streets program do not count toward the maximum award.

biker admiring new bike lane in Durango

Opportunity 2: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Opportunity 2: Rules and Selection

Opportunity 2: Application

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 click here. For the list of the larger grant awardees announced in August, 2021 click here.

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