Innovation Fund Program


The Innovation Fund is designed to connect residents to government by putting more information and services online. 

We are happy to inform you that the SIPA/NIC Colorado Innovation Fund Application is opening on June 1, 2022 for the fourth and final round of the program. The SIPA/NIC Colorado Innovation fund was created in 2019 to reinvest in state agencies by providing funding or in-kind services to support innovative projects for state agencies. Last year, the Innovation Fund received seven applications requesting $652K in funding. Through this program, we have funded 20 projects valued at $1.6M in total investment.

Projects should align with SIPA's overall mission to put more information and services online and to help Colorado residents interact with Colorado governments. Requests for additional office space or staff augmentation do not align with SIPA's mission. Ideally, projects will support State Agencies and align with the Governor's Strategic Priorities.

If any submitter has a question about whether their project meets the criteria for the Innovation Fund, they can contact Will Carter at, who will be happy to discuss their project.


You are an eligible applicant if...

You are a Colorado:

♦ State Agency

2022 Timeline

June 1, 2022 - Application period opens

August 31, 2022 - Application period closes


Previously Awarded Projects

Previously awarded projects are listed in the table below, providing examples of ideas and fund requests.

Project Agency Description Award Amount Award Year
Farm Fresh Program Support Colorado Department of Agriculture Expand access to the Farm Fresh publication with additional translations and interactive versions. $15,000 2021
Law Enforcement Records Management System Colorado Department of Law Procure a modern records system to control documents and create efficiencies and workflows for DOL's law enforcement units. $250,000 2021
Online Referral and Application Form Colorado Department of Labor and Employment Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Provide an online referral and application form so Coloradans with disabilities can easily apply for DVR Services virtually. $47,000 2021
Salesforce Application Colorado Department of Human Services Aging and Adult Services Migrating to a new data system to streamline data entry and make work easier for providers and volunteers that provide critical services. $95,000 2021
State-Owned Facilities Map Tool Colorado Department of Personnel and Administration Provide a user-friendly map based tool for parties interested in the beneficial use of unused or underutilized state land. $10,800 2021
Study for Underserved and Underrepresented Populations Colorado Department of Revenue Conduct a gap analysis for underserved and underrepresented Coloradoans as it pertains to DMV services $160,000 2021
Demography Dashboards and Storymaps Colorado Department of Local Affairs Increase its data storage and software licenses to expand its online data visualizations and tools. $7,000 2020
Local Government Information System Modernization Colorado Department of Local Affairs Construct user interfaces for DOLA's Local Government Information System and E-Filing Portal (LGIS). $45,000 2020
Online Dispute Resolution Colorado Judicial Branch Implement an online dispute resolution platform to reduce court users’ barriers to courts to be able resolve civil disputes online. $20,000 2020
Student Transfers Colorado Department of Higher Education Provide students information about transfer opportunities, primarily focused on transfer from the community college system to universities. $68,000 2020
User Interface/User Experience Study for Department of Motor Vehicle Platforms Colorado Department of Revenue A study of DMV customer platforms to improve customer utilization of online and remote services. $150,000 2020
Water Quality Control Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Develop a program to store and share important water quality information and significant water impairment data. $30,000 2020
Chatbot Pilot Governor’s Office of Information Technology A chatbot pilot for bridging all agency websites with comprehensive search and FAQs. $25,000 2019
Go Code Colorado and Data Accessibility Governor's Office of Information Technology and Secretary of State's Office Improve the breadth and accessibility of Colorado's open data to make more data sets available and expand access to existing data. $50,000 2019
Governor's Dashboard Governor's Office Enhance the Governor's Dashboard with new data visualizations and monthly data updates. $75,000 2019
Inventory Management System Colorado Department of Corrections Colorado Corrections Industries Develop and implement an inventory management system to allow the Canteen to more accurately track inventory and orders. $50,000 2019
Legal Help Center Website  Colorado Judicial Branch Develop an interactive website that will provide plain language legal information and serve as a hub to connect Colorado citizens to legal resources. $100,000 2019
Revenue Online Updates Colorado Department of Revenue Enhance the Revenue Online system to be more intuitive and technologically current. $50,000 2019
Web Portal Standardization Governor’s Office of Information Technology Create a common look and feel to the State of Colorado web presence. $100,000 2019