Colorado Housing and Finance Authority Scholarship Application

Collaboration between the Colorado Housing and Finance Authority (CHFA) and the Colorado SBDC allows businesses to apply for a scholarship to attend a LEADING EDGE training course. The goal of this collaboration is to reach small to medium Colorado for-profit and commercial entrepreneurs and businesses  that are active SBDC clients to provide targeted business training, resources, and funding to Colorado businesses. Scholarship recipients will be reimbursed for 100% of their LEADING EDGE tuition fee.

The CHFA team works together throughout Colorado to increase the availability of affordable, decent, and accessible housing for lower income Coloradans; and strengthen the state’s economy by providing financial assistance to businesses. For more info on CHFA, visit

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be an entrepreneur or current business owner Colorado. 

Application Process:

Scholarship applicant will be notified of their application’s status within five business days of applying via email. Recipients of the scholarship will enroll in a LEADING EDGE program and pay the full tuition fee to the SBDC center. Upon meeting LEADING EDGE graduation requirements,* the recipient will receive a certificate of graduation from the center and receive a check from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade reimbursing 100% of the original tuition fees paid upon graduating. Scholarship recipients who do not meet the graduation requirements of the LEADING EDGE program will not be reimbursed for their fees.

*Graduation requirements include having no more than two unexcused absences from the training series, completing at least 5 hours of one-on-one consulting throughout the program and turning in a completed business plan by the end of the course.

CHFA Leading Edge Scholarship Application