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 in rural areas that are active SBDC clients to provide targeted business training, resources, and funding to Colorado tourism 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




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