By Margaret Jackson / NewsBreak Denver
The Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute and Denver Works recently received grants totaling $682,152 as part of the Transforming Safety program through the Community Crime Prevention Initiative.
The initiative, managed by the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) through the Division of Local Government (DLG), reinvests parole reform dollars to support economic development and community loan, grant and educational programs.
“Colorado communities work hard to ensure their safety and success, and DOLA is proud to support their efforts,” DLG Director Chantal Unfug said.
Rocky Mountain MicroFinance will collaborate with the Second Chance Center to launch programs in Trinidad and Sterling that will support formerly incarcerated entrepreneurs through education, mentorship and access to capital.
Denver Works, doing business as CommunityWorks, will provide programming in Grand Junction, Canon City, Pueblo and Logan, Washington and Morgan counties. The grant funds will help CommunityWorks facilitate the re-entry of formerly incarcerated through the support of its business training program.
The grant awards help achieve Gov. Jared Polis’ Four Bold Goals for renewable energy, education, health and economic development while also meeting the needs of rural communities.
“It is more critical than ever to help the economic development of everyone in our communities,” Unfug said.
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