Manitou, Fountain receive grants for online services

Three local governments are among 24 in Colorado that have received grants to improve online services.

The City of Manitou Springs received $2,000 for a list-serve to keep the public informed. The Fountain Sanitation District received $2,000 for a server to assist with online mapping, and the town of Castle Rock received $6,400 for the development of an open-data initiative.

The statewide Internet portal authority, or SIPA, grants total nearly $100,000.

Created in 2004 by the Colorado General Assembly, SIPA is self-funded, and its mission is to improve services for residents through online solutions. The technology is used to make it easier, for instance, to apply for jobs, register for recreation classes, or receive medical consultations.