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Emergency Services Grant Program
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Emergency Services Grant Program

Apply for $500k in Grants by April 19!

The spring grant pool is open to search and rescue groups and any agency or organization that seeks to make public trails and recreational areas in Boulder County safer to access and use for all community members. Applications that promote collaboration, equity, and inclusion are strongly encouraged.

See instructions below on how to apply by the deadline of Thursday, April 19, 2024, at 2 p.m.

2024 Spring Grant Program

Purpose: To help fill gaps in funding for the following emergency services needs in Boulder County:

  • Capital, including facilities and equipment, and operational costs of Search and Rescue Organizations that can assist the County in responding to emergencies;
  • Trail and Trailhead Safety Initiatives to increase emergency response and public safety on public trails and open space/recreational areas in Boulder County;
  • Innovative pilot program proposals to enhance emergency response and public safety on public trails and open space/recreational areas in Boulder County.


To apply for the 2024 Search And Rescue & Trail and Trailhead Safety Grant Program, follow these instructions:

  1. Review the Grant Eligibility & Criteria to determine if your agency or organization qualifies for a grant in this funding cycle.
  2. Review the Application Guidelines for a list of application questions and other details.
  3. Follow the Grant Platform Instructions for step-by-step instructions on how to complete a proposal.
  4. Apply online at: (Deadline: April 19 at 2 p.m.).

Note: The online application platform will close promptly at 2 p.m. MT on 04/19/2024.

News & Updates

  • Boulder County Awards $1.6 Million in First Round of Grants Read Details

  • Second Round of Grants Launched March 13, 2024

Emergency Services Grant Program Advisory Committee

The Emergency Services Grant Program Advisory Committee (ESGPAC) provides recommendations to Boulder County regarding the grant program portion of the Emergency Services Sales and Use Tax. The committee reviews two grant cycles each year. One round of funding is dedicated to fire districts that serve the mountain and rural areas of unincorporated Boulder County. A second round of funding is offered to search and rescue organizations that provide services in Boulder County.

2024 Meeting Calendar (Virtual)

Meetings will be held on the following Tuesday nights from 6 – 8 p.m. Members of the public are invited to view all advisory board meetings.

To join by Zoom video: Link to ESGPAC Meeting (Same link for every meeting.)

To join by phone only:

Past Meeting Dates & Notes


The first round* of funding for the Boulder County Emergency Services Grant Program was offered to fire districts that serve the mountain and rural areas of unincorporated Boulder County.

The first round of grants addressed:

a.) Supplemental funding for the needs of fire departments in mountainous and rural areas;
b.) Small and large equipment or small capital projects or needs; and
c.) Operational costs of search and rescue organizations.

Meeting Dates:

* A second round of funding for other emergency and public safety services (including search & rescue) will be awarded in early 2024.

Contact Us

Staff Liaison

Barb Halpin (email) or telephone 720-564-2830

The Emergency Services Sales & Use Tax was approved by voters as County Issue 1B in 2022. Revenues from the tax were first collected in calendar year 2023 to help provide financial assistance to underfunded or under-resourced organizations providing emergency services—such as firefighting or search and rescue—in the rural and mountain areas of Boulder County.

Grants will be awarded on an annual basis to help enhance emergency services and trail & trailhead safety services in unincorporated Boulder County.

Committee Members

Nine members appointed to the Emergency Services Grant Program Advisory Committee by the Board of County Commissioners

2024 Board
Lynette Anderson
Kate Beezley
Juliette Hans
Ben Hogan
Doug Hurst
Maria Kuntz
Doris Rigoni
Rick Sheingold
Dennis Whalen

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