Bennet Welcomes $178 Million for Colorado Projects in FY23 Funding Bill

Bennet Secures Over $119 Million to Support 82 Colorado Projects Across Colorado

Washington, D.C.  Today, Colorado U.S. Senator Michael Bennet announced that he secured over $119 million for 82 Colorado projects in the Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) omnibus funding bill through the Congressionally Directed Spending (CDS) process. Overall, Colorado will welcome $178 million for Colorado projects this year. 

The Senate released the text of the omnibus earlier today and is expected to pass the bill later this week. The bill will then head to the U.S. House of Representatives. 

“From upgrading water infrastructure to increasing access to affordable housing to investing in minority-owned businesses, these projects will help meet the needs of Coloradans and continue our work of building an economy that works for everyone and every community,” said Bennet. “For the second year in a row, this process has empowered Coloradans to tell Congress directly about the challenges their communities face and how Washington can be a better partner. I’m pleased to help bring this funding to over eighty projects across our state.” 

In addition to 82 Congressionally Directed Spending projects in Colorado, Bennet also secured funding for major Colorado priorities, including:

  • $5 billion for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). 

  • $1.93 billion for the Bureau of Reclamation, including $186 million to fund Western drought programs under the WIIN Act. 

  • $941 million for the Natural Resource Conservation Service’s conservation operations. 

  • $900 million for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, including $8 million for the Rio Grande National Forest and $3.4 million for the Pike and San Isabel National Forest.

  • $748 million for the Colorado River Water Quality Improvement project. 

  • $515 million for the Payments in Lieu of Taxes (PILT) program to offset lost property tax revenue to counties with significant federal lands. 

  • $324 million for COPS Hiring grants to support the hiring of approximately 1800 officers nationwide.

  • $225 million to address PFAS contamination on military bases and in neighboring communities.

  • $160 million for NREL facilities and infrastructure, a $20 million increase from FY22. 

  • $20 million for University Consortium for Space Technology research. 

  • $14 million for a Fire Station Support Building at Fort Carson.

  • $10.1 million for the Arkansas Valley Conduit.

  • $505,000 for the Amache National Historic Site operations and 5 full staff. 

The 82 projects Bennet helped secure in the FY23 omnibus funding bill include:

PROJECT

RECIPIENT

LOCATION

AMOUNT 

REQUESTED BY 

Access to Justice Initiatives for Rural Colorado

Colorado Access to Justice Commission

Statewide

$627,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Affordable Housing Modular Factory

City of Boulder Department of Housing & Human Services

Boulder, CO

$506,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Archway Communities Park Hill Campus Rehabilitation

Archway Housing & Services

Denver, CO

$3,000,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

AuMHC Acute Care Center Construction

Aurora Community Mental Health Center

Aurora, CO

$2,000,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper, Crow

Beulah Water Works District for Raw Water Storage

Beulah Water  Works District

Beulah, CO

$380,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Black Economic Opportunity

AYA Foundation

Denver, CO

$145,000

Bennet

Building Apprenticeship Pathways in Education and Health Care

CareerWise

Statewide

$1,500,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado Truck Package

Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado

Statewide

$1,050,000

Bennet

Career Pathways Program for Essential Frontline Healthcare Workers in Colorado

Banner Health Foundation

Larimer, Logan, Morgan, and Weld Counties

$717,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Central Corridor Rail Replacement

Regional Transportation District (RTD)

Denver, CO

$4,000,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper, DeGette

Chaffee County North-End Public Safety Complex

Chaffee County Government

Buena Vista, CO

$1,000,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Child Advocacy Center for the Pikes Peak Region Co-Location Capital Campaign

Children's Advocacy Center for the Pikes Peak Region (DBA Safe Passage)

Colorado Springs, CO

$360,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Child and Youth Behavioral Health Workforce Pathway Initiative

Children’s Hospital Colorado

Aurora, CO

$668,313

Bennet, Hickenlooper, Crow

City of Aurora for a Waterline Replacement Program

City of Aurora

Aurora, CO

$2,800,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper,Crow

City of Delta for North Delta Waterline Replacement

City of Delta

Delta County

$380,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Clarion Inn Hotel

Colorado

  Coalition for the Homeless

Denver, CO

$4,000,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper, DeGette

Clean Energy for Facilities Project

City of Northglenn, CO

Northglenn, CO

$800,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Cleo Parker Campus Expansion

Cleo Parker Robinson Dance

Denver, CO

$1,000,000

Bennet

Clifton Community Campus Early Childhood Education Training Center

Mesa County

Clifton, CO

$2,500,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Colorado State Forest Service for Creating Resilient Forests in Colorado

Colorado State Forest Service

Statewide

$3,464,000

Bennet

Conejos Cooperative Project Reservoir

Bureau of Reclamation

Antonito, CO

$3,000,000

Bennet

Craig Energy Center Feasibility Study

Tri-State Generation and Transmission, Inc.

Craig, CO

$200,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper, Perlmutter

Creating a Housing and Services Hub for Youth and Young Adults Experiencing Homelessness: Renovation and Expansion of The Source

TGTHR

Boulder, CO

$2,000,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Denver and Arapahoe Disposal Site Renewable Natural Gas

City and County of Denver

Aurora, CO

$150,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Denver District Attorney’s Office Human Trafficking Unit Project

Denver Mayor's Office

Denver, CO 

$178,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

DPL Youth Empowerment Center

The City and County of Denver

Denver, CO

$750,000

Bennet, DeGette

Denver Sheriff Department Housing Navigation Program

Denver Mayor’s Office

Denver, CO

$750,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Denver Sheriff Department Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) Expansion Program

Denver Mayor's Office

Denver, CO 

$1,650,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Denver’s Community-Based Violence Intervention Program

Denver Mayor’s Office

Denver, CO

$799,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Dr. Felix Gilbert King's Crossing Affordable Housing

Restoration Christian Ministries

Aurora, CO

$3,000,000

Bennet

Eagle County Government Eagle Valley Trail

Eagle County Government

Wolcott, CO

$2,000,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper, Neguse

Economic Development for Black Communities

Black Business Initiative

Denver, CO

$800,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

El Paso County LED Retrofit Energy Efficiency Project

El Paso County

Colorado Springs, CO

$445,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Faro 3D crime and accident scene scanner

City of Thornton

Thornton, CO

$102,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Haxtun Health Main Street Clinic

Haxtun Hospital District

Haxtun, CO

$2,000,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

I-70 Remnant Parcels for Community Restoration

Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver, Inc

Denver, CO

$1,550,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Increased Access to Dental, Mammography/Radiology Services

Denver Health and Hospital Authority

Denver, CO

$2,200,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper, DeGette

Injury and Violence Prevention Center

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center

Aurora, CO

$460,584

Bennet, Hickenlooper, Crow

Inner City Health Center Expansion Phases 2 & 3

Inner City Health Center

Denver, CO

$2,820,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Inpatient Behavioral Health Facility in Rural Colorado Community

Vail Health 

Edwards, CO

$2,705,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Jefferson County Emergency Operations Center Relocation

Jefferson County Sheriff's Office

Golden, CO

$480,000

Bennet

Las Bodegas: Art + Research + Workforce Development

Latino Cultural Arts Center

Denver, CO

$2,500,000 

Bennet

Lower Willow Creek Micro-Hydro Electric Generation Project

City of Creede

Mineral County

$425,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Martin Luther King Jr. Library Improvements Project

City of Aurora

Aurora, CO

$2,500,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper, Crow

Mile High United Way United for Families Initiative

Mile High United Way

Denver, CO

$1,500,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Monte Vista Emergency Disaster Resources

City of Monte Vista

Monte Vista, CO

$828,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Mothership

Urban Peak

Denver, CO

$413,940

Bennet, Hickenlooper, DeGette

New Doors to Health

Marillac Health

Clifton, CO

$2,500,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Night Moves Youth Violence Program

City and County of Denver

Denver, CO

$350,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Nursing Workforce Education Degree Program

Fort Lewis College

Durango, CO

$1,300,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Peterson Space Force Base (PSFB) North Gate Access and Safety improvements

Colorado Department of Transportation

Colorado Springs, CO

$500,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Pinewood Springs Energy Resiliency Microgrid

Poudre Valley Rural Electric Association

Lyons, CO

$425,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Post COVID and Viral Respiratory Illnesses Center

National Jewish Health 

Denver, CO

$6,075,000

Bennet

Pueblo PD FARO 3D Scanner

City of Pueblo

Pueblo, CO 

$86,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Rapid DNA Instrument

City of Thornton

Thornton, CO

$171,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Replacement Critical Access Hospital

Lincoln Community Hospital

Hugo, CO

$3,000,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Rio Blanco County Law Enforcement Training Center

Rio Blanco County

Meeker, CO

$350,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Rural Public Health Certificate

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Center

Aurora, CO

$783,580

Bennet, Hickenlooper,  Crow

Servicios de La Raza

La Raza Services, Inc. dba Servicios de La Raza

Denver, CO

$2,000,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper, DeGette

Silverthorne Child Care Center

Summit County Government

Silverthorne, CO

$750,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper, Neguse

 

Solidified Natural Gas: Methane Emission Capture and Conversion

Colorado School of Mines

Golden, CO

$1,150,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Substance Abuse Treatment Facility

La Plata County

La Plata County

$1,825,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Substance Use Navigator (SUN) at the AID Diversion Center

Denver Mayor's Office

Denver, CO 

$187,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Sustainable Mobile Office

The Latino Chamber of Commerce of Boulder County

Boulder County

$250,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper, Neguse

The Colorado African Small Business Accelerator Program

African Chamber of Commerce Colorado, USA

Denver, CO

$1,260,000

Bennet

The Rifle Police Department In-Car and Body-Worn Camera Project

City of Rifle

Rifle, CO

$317,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

The Roots—A Community Hub for Newcomers in Colorado

Project Worthmore

Aurora, CO

$4,000,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper, Crow

The Village on San Juan

CASA of the 7th Judicial District

Montrose, CO

$2,500,000

Bennet

Town of De Beque for Wastewater Treatment Plan

Town of De Beque 

De Beque, CO

$1,246,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Town of Granby Highway 40 Trail Connection

Town of Granby

Granby, CO

$1,325,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper, Neguse

Town of La Jara for Wastewater Sewer Lagoon Rehab Project

Town of La Jara

La Jara, CO

$600,000

Bennet 

Town of Minturn for a Water Treatment Plant

Town of Minturn

Minturn, CO

$2,000,000

Bennet, Neguse

Town of Naturita for  Wastewater Treatment Plant Lagoon Upgrade and Collection System

Town of Naturita

Naturita, CO

$1,250,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Transfort Maintenance Facility Major Upgrades and Repairs

City of Fort Collins, Transfort in collaboration with CASTA

Fort Collins, CO

$1,500,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

U.S. Air Force Academy Cemetery Expansion

U.S. Air Force Academy

Colorado Springs, CO

$3,400,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Using Simulation in a Rural Community College Nursing Program

Morgan Community College

Fort Morgan, CO

$274,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Rodeo Drive Multi-Family Housing Development

Ute Mountain Ute Tribe

Cortez, CO

$2,500,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

Veterans Memorial Amphitheater

Adams County

Adams County, CO

$750,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper, Crow, Perlmutter

Wadsworth Boulevard Phase 2

City of Wheat Ridge

Wheat Ridge, CO

$4,000,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper, Perlmutter

Wapiti Commons- An Affordable Homeownership Development by Habitat for Humanity RFV

Habitat for  Humanity of the Roaring Fork Valley

Rifle, CO

$1,200,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

West End Housing & Blight Remediation Project

West End Economic Development Corporation

Montrose and San Miguel Counties

$900,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper

YWCA Pueblo Childcare Center Development

YWCA of Pueblo

Pueblo, CO

$1,500,000

Bennet, Hickenlooper