DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Colorado Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) has awarded more than $113,000 in micro-grant funding to 22 local governments across the state of Colorado. Each year, SIPA provides grant opportunities to help Colorado governments implement new technologies and digital government services. A large portion of the grant funding is made possible by SIPA’s self-funded contract with Colorado Interactive (CI). Governments across Colorado using SIPA/CI services save or avoid approximately $6 million in costs each year.
This year, SIPA received 58 applications from state agencies, counties, municipalities, institutions of higher education, and special districts. The micro-grant funds are intended for governments to make more citizen-facing information and services available online.
"SIPA is proud to give back to Colorado governments and communities. These grants represent SIPA's commitment to our partners, citizens, and the state of Colorado," said Jack Arrowsmith, SIPA’s Executive Director.
The grant award ceremony will be held at the Ralph L. Carr Judicial Center in Denver following SIPA’s 7th Annual User Conference on April 18, 2017.
The 2016 SIPA micro-grant recipients include: 4th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, History Colorado, City of Arvada, City of Englewood, City of La Junta, City of Louisville, City of Montrose, Denver Public Library, Morgan County, Governor’s Office of Information Technology, Red Feather Lakes Library District, San Miguel Authority for Regional Transit, Sedgwick County Assessor’s Office, Timberline Fire Protection District, Town of Bennett, Town of De Beque, Town of Estes Park, Town of Moffat, Town of Silt, Town of Westcliffe, and the University of Colorado Boulder. Since the inception of the grant program in 2010, SIPA has awarded more than 145 grants totaling over $713,000.
Established in 2004 by the Colorado General Assembly, the Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) is a self-funded government organization created to be Colorado's single most comprehensive delivery channel for electronic government (eGovernment) services. SIPA strives to accelerate the adoption of efficient, effective electronic government services by placing more government information and services online to benefit the citizens of Colorado. In addition to free websites, payment processing setup and event registration software, SIPA provides technology solutions including: Google Apps, security assessments, video streaming/archiving, online learning portal, eSignature, CRM, CMS and more. For more information about SIPA, please visit www.colorado.gov/sipa.
About Colorado Interactive
Colorado Interactive is the team behind the official website of the state of Colorado (http://www.colorado.gov) and is overseen by the Statewide Internet Portal Authority. The portal operates through a public-private partnership between the state and Colorado Interactive to help Colorado government entities web-enable their services. Colorado Interactive builds, operates, maintains, and markets Colorado.gov and is part of digital government firm NIC's (NASDAQ: EGOV) family of companies.
NIC (NASDAQ: EGOV), which is celebrating 25 years as a company in 2017, has seen the transition of digital services from green-screen computers to mobile apps and artificial intelligence. Founded in 1992, NIC is the nation's premier provider of innovative government solutions and secure payment processing, which help make government more accessible and convenient for everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies has a library of more than 12,000 digital government solutions for more than 4,500 federal, state and local agencies in the United States. Among those solutions is the ground-breaking personal digital government assistant, Gov2Go, aimed at providing constituents easy, personal interactions with government. Additional information is available at www.egov.com.