The Downtown Development Authority is giving away money – but only if it’s going to be spent to improve the downtown landscape.

The authority has up to $150,000 in grant money – to be given away in amounts varying between $2,500 and $25,000 for projects that will enhance downtown. Last year, the DDA awarded 18 grants that ranged from $3,000 to $40,000 and included renovating a commercial space, alley improvement, seed money for an arts event and a church restoration.

Eligible projects can also include streetscape enhancement, façade improvements, creation of public spaces, outdoor art, improved security and increasing art in residential or retail areas.

Applications are available at Click the bubble in the upper right-hand corner.


  1. Thank you Amy for posting the information for the Colorado Springs Downtown Development Authority regarding the 2009 Challenge Grant Program. Our phones are starting to ring with people asking questions!

    Thanks again,

    Jacque Stanley
    Downtown Partnership

  2. What would enhance downtown? How about free parking within a couple of 100 feet of where I would want to go. Then I wouldn’t have to carry a bag of change in the car all of the time and worry about rushing back to feed the meter or move the car so overeager meter maids trying to increase the city’s revenue give me an outrageous ticket. I always feel like anyplace that wants me to pay to shop is not very welcoming. While they are busy enhancing downtown, they could get rid of all the bums and panhandlers that accost you when you walk the streets. Or, put a cop on every corner to reduce the night time crime sprees so I could feel comfortable taking my family down there at night.

    Oh, don’t bother. I can get all of that with better selections at all the wonderful malls and strip malls in this town and at better prices. At least they don’t have to pay for the aforementioned bums and panhandlers to ride around in the buses.

    My best recommendation for downtown is to deconsolidate and move out to where real residents are at. Cities are so passe.

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