April 15, 2022

Congressman Neguse Announces Over $12 Million for Rural Communities Across Colorado

Additional funds will go to 742 eligible counties nationwide via the Secure Rural Schools Program as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law

Lafayette, CO — Today, Congressman Joe Neguse announced rural communities in Colorado will receive a $12,607,415 investment to support their public schools, roads, and other municipal services through the Secure Rural Schools Program. Congressman Neguse helped secure the funds through the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed by President Biden in November 2021, and has been a champion for the Secure Rural Schools Program (SRS), which is most often utilized to support rural schools, emergency response, and road maintenance. It also reimburses counties for emergency services in national forests and is instrumental in the development of community wildfire protection plans. Neguse successfully secured reauthorization of the program through his legislation (which was signed into law in February 2019), as well as this year through his Secure Rural Schools Reauthorization Act of 2021 (which became law in November 2021).  

“I’m proud to see this critical funding come to Colorado’s rural communities. As a longtime advocate for the Secure Rural Schools Program, I can say with confidence that the funds provided through the landmark Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will be instrumental for communities across our state — from Grand County to Summit County and beyond,” said Congressman Neguse. “Coloradans rely on this program to equip their students and fund road maintenance and emergency response operations. This allotment will make a key difference for our mountain communities.”

Neguse has long championed the expansion of the SRS program in Congress. The program provides supplemental federal funding to counties across the United States that are home to large areas of tax-exempt National Forests and Federal Lands. 

Additionally, Neguse played a key role in the swift passage and enactment of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, a historic piece of legislation that invests in the economy, rebuilds crumbling roads and bridges and ensures American communities can compete in the 21st Century. Thanks to the advocacy and leadership of Congressman Neguse, the bill also includes key priorities for the west – funds for wildfire prevention, a pay raise for federal wildland firefighters and investments in collaborative forest programs, such as the Joint Chiefs Landscape Restoration Partnership.

Colorado is already set to receive the following in federal funding from the historic law: