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Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities
LiveWell Colorado is happy to post funding opportunities for our partners in obesity prevention. To post a funding opportunity, please contact us.

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Grants with Specific Deadlines

The Walmart Foundation’s State Giving Program provides grants to 501(c)(3) organizations, ranging from $25,000 to $250,000, in the area of hunger and nutrition; career opportunity; education; health care access; and human services. Deadline is July 17.

Innovating for the Underserved Business Plan Challenge seeks to identify innovative approaches to increasing health equity and impacting chronic health issues in underserved populations. Proposals can be submitted from both non-profit and for-profit teams or entities for leveraging health and communication information technology and data to address one of three key challenges in underserved or vulnerable populations: Access to Services, Childhood Obesity, and Connecting Data between Systems. A Q&A Webinar will take place on June 18. $75,000 total prize purse divided among three winners. Deadline is July 22.

USDA Rural Cooperative Development Grants aim to help rural cooperatives develop new markets for their products and services. These grants available to non-profit corporations and institutions of higher education. Maximum grant is $200,000. Deadline for electronic applications is July 27 and paper application postmark deadline is July 30.

Partners for Places is a matching grant program that improves communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability leaders and place-based foundations. National funders invest in local projects developed through these partnerships to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being for all residents. Grants range from $25,000 to $75,000. Deadline is July 27.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is inviting organizational applicants to serve as a national leadership program center for one or more of RWJF’s new leadership programs: (1) Diversity in Health Policy Research; (2) Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL); (3) Multi-Sector Leaders for Health; and (4) New Clinical Scholars. Up to four centers will be chosen for a three-month planning grant to co-develop and prepare the launch of the leadership programs. Applications should identify a proposed program director, who would be responsible for overseeing the program center. The maximum award is $750,000 per program. Deadline is July 29.

Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Boost Grab & Go Breakfast Innovation Pilot Grant program is open to middle or high schools that are currently serving grab and go breakfast before the bell and have low school breakfast participation rates. Participating schools will commit to piloting the program for 2 weeks by the beginning of the 15/16 school year and will receive up to $1,000 in grant funding at the end of the pilot period. The grant funds may be used to expand any school program that directly benefits your students. Deadline is July 31. 

The Community Access to Child Health Implementation Funds program supports pediatricians in the initial and/or pilot stage of implementing a community-based child health initiative. The program is designed to help increase children’s access to a medical home or specific health services not otherwise available. Distinct funds are available for pediatricians and residents to conduct community-based projects that address child poverty or promote early brain and child development. Grants of up to $10,000 are available. Deadline is July 31.

The John G. Duncan Charitable Trust funds grants in the areas of arts, culture, and humanities, education, environment, animals, health, human services, public/society benefit and religion. Average grant size is $1,000 to $5,000. Deadlines are July 31 and October 31.

Open Your Heart's Community Event Sponsorship Grants are focused on raising awareness of hunger and homeless issues through sponsorship of events, conferences, and community forums. Maximum grant is $5,000. Events between 5/1 and 10/31 should apply by February 1st. Events between 11/1 and 4/30 should apply by August 1.

The National Park Service's Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program is open to state or local agencies, tribes, nonprofit organizations, or citizen groups that are working to implement community-led natural resource conservation and outdoor recreation projects. Deadline is August 1.

The Anschutz Family Foundation funds grants in the areas of food/shelter/homeless, low income housing, self sufficiency - families & literacy, senior programs, youth development/children. Typical grants range from $5,000 - $10,000. Deadlines are August 1 and January 15.

Toshiba America Foundation accepts applications from teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students. Grades 6-12 grant requests for $5,000 or less are accepted on a rolling basis. $1,000 Grant Applications for grades K - 5 are due October 1. 6-12 Grant requests for $5,000 or more are accepted on August 1 and February 1 each year.

The ECA Foundation provides grant to maximize the development and potential of youth academically, physically and spiritually. The primary agent to accomplish this goal is educational opportunity. Grants are available to metro Denver organizations. Deadlines are August 1 and November 1.

Advancing Health Disparities Interventions Through Community-Based Participatory Research will award funding for research on approaches to addressing health disparities and community engagement strategies in addressing health disparities in socially disadvantaged populations. Research intervention topics include interventions to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors and address adversity and chronic stress. Grants of up to $350,000 per year are available. Application deadline is August 3. 

The William T. Grant Foundation's Understanding Inequality program awards grants of up to $600,000 in support of research  focused on ways to reduce disparities in  academic, behavioral, social, and economic outcomes for youth. Priority will be given to projects related to inequality on the basis of economic, racial/ethnic, and language backgrounds. Research that explores other areas of inequality  also will be considered, based on a compelling case for its impact. Deadline is August 4.

Partners for Places is a matching grant program that improves communities by building partnerships between local government sustainability leaders and place-based foundations. National funders invest in local projects developed through these partnerships to promote a healthy environment, a strong economy, and well-being for all residents. The grant program will provide partnership investments between $25,000 and $75,000 for one year projects, or $50,000 and $150,000 for two year projects, with a 1:1 match required by one or more local foundations. Deadline is August 10.

Summer of Creativity Grants aim to make communities greener, safer, smarter, healthier, cleaner, or fairer.  Young people who are creating lasting, positive change through volunteer and community service projects are encouraged to apply. Winners receive a $500 grant. Deadline is August 10.

GOCO Open Space Grants help fund the acquisition and protection of unique open space and natural areas. Land acquisition projects intended for low-impact, passive recreation with very limited facilities should be submitted through our Open Space Program. Project areas include buffers / inholdings, greenways / stream corridors, community separators, agricultural land, natural areas and non-game wildlife habitat, scenic viewsheds and urban open-space parcels. Funding varies. Deadline is August 12.

Healthy Eating Research is a national program that supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among groups at highest risk for obesity. "Round 9" grants will award up to $190,000 for a maximum funding period of 18 months and "New Connections" grants will be for 12- to 18-month grants and up to $100,000 each. Concept paper deadline is August 12.

USDA Rural Community Development Initiative Grants help non-profit housing and community development organizations support housing, community facilities, and community and economic development projects in rural areas. Grants range from $50,000 - $250,000. Deadline is August 13.

The Open Meadows Foundation seeks projects that promote gender/racial/economic justice. The projects must be led by and benefit women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities. Grants up to $2000 will be awarded to projects that reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization; promote building community power; and have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding. Deadlines are August 15 and February 15.

The GOCO Inspire Initiative is a five-year strategy aimed at inspiring Coloradans, particularly kids, to appreciate, enjoy and take care of our great outdoors. The program will start with planning grants including Level 1 grants for $100,000 for up to five communities that demonstrate a readiness to serve as one of the five pilot communities and Level 2 grants for $25,000 - $75,000 grants for up to 10 additional communities that demonstrate need, yet are not quite positioned to serve as one of the pilots. Deadline is August 26.

Share Our Strength’s Supper in the Classroom Pilot is available to elementary schools (serving 5th grade or below) for the purpose of testing a “supper in the classroom” model of providing afterschool meals. Meals must be offered to all students in the classroom setting, after the official end of the school day. Grants of up to $5,000 are available. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis but must be submitted no later than August 28. Additional “early applicant” funding is available for submissions received prior to July 1.

The Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation supports the positive development of children by funding early childhood and preschool programs, home visitation, professional development and education for service providers, parent and child interaction, parenting education, language development/early literacy, parent information and support, and behavior and social competence in classroom situations. The Foundation also supports systems building work around these issues. Priority is given to programs in rural Colorado. Grants range from $10,000 to $50,000. Deadline is September 1.

The Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation provides grants of up to $1,500 to support educators in developing and implementing holistic environmental curricula that empower and encourage students to become involved in solving environmental and social problems. Any organization is eligible to apply, including schools, non-profits, governmental agencies and others. Deadline for pre-prosals is September 13.

Local Foods, Local Places aims to boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, improve access to healthy local food and promote childhood wellness, and create walkable, healthy, economically vibrant neighborhoods. A team of experts will help community members develop action plans that use local foods to support healthy families and communities and to drive downtown and neighborhood revitalization. The assistance process features a community workshop that brings people together to develop shared goals and steps to achieve them. This is not a grant program. Deadline is September 15.

The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations' Funds for a Just Society funds non-Unitarian Universalist groups for community organizing campaigns aimed at creating systemic change in the economic, social, and political structures that affect the lives of those who have been excluded from resources, power, and the right to self-determination. The maximum grant award is $15,000. Deadline is September 15.

Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Innovation Lab is offering grants for At-Risk Afterschool Meals Programs. Under the umbrella model, the afterschool meals program is actively promoted to all students at the school. Schools must have an open-to-all enrichment activity (e.g., homeworking or tutoring program, open library study hall, etc.), but under this model meals must be offered regardless of whether students choose to participate in the open enrichment activity. Funding ranges from $1,500 to $2,000. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis but must be submitted no later than September 18. 

The National Endowment of the Arts’ Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work - placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000. Deadline is September 21.

Finish Line Youth Foundation focuses funding on organizations that provide opportunities for youth participation in youth athletic programs that are community-based and address active lifestyle and team building skills. Established camps with an emphasis on sports and active lifestyle, especially programs serving disadvantaged and special needs kids are also eligible for funding. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded. The foundation offers Founder's Grants to qualifying organizations that have an emergency need that would somehow be keeping the organization from providing current services. These grants range from $5,000 - $25,000. Legacy Grants are awarded to qualifying organizations in need of improvements and/or renovations to existing buildings, grounds, and property or for new facilities and/or grounds and range from $10,000 - $75,000. Deadline is September 30.

Wells Fargo supports organizations that keep communities strong, diverse, and vibrant. Contributions are primarily directed to arts and culture, education, economic development, health care, and human services. Funding requests are reviewed on a quarterly basis and upcoming deadline is October 1.

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund awards grants to organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and softball programs and facilities. Funds can be used for programs, fields, coaches training and uniforms, equipment and other selected program expenses. In addition to funds, educational support is provided to grant recipients and applicants, to help organizations become self-sufficient and effective. Grant deadline is October 1.

Foundation for Rural Service Grant Program provides grants for programs in rural communities served by National Telecommunications Cooperative Association members. Funds may be used for: Business Development, Community Development (including parks and recreation), Education, and Telecommunications. Funding ranges from $250 - $5,000. Deadline is October 1.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation awards grants to support soccer programs and field-building initiatives nationwide. Safe Places to Play grants are available in four categories: Synthetic Turf, Lighting (up to $50,000), Irrigation (up to $15,000), and Sport Court (up to $30,000). Program grants (up to $50,000) are awarded to grantees to purchase soccer equipment and/or cover operating expenses, and to attend the annual Urban Soccer Symposium. The 2015 Fall Grant Cycle LOI is due September 25 and the final application deadline is October 2.

Target is accepting applications from schools for grants in support of learning opportunities outside the classroom. Through its Field Trip Grants program, Target awards grants of up to $700 to K-12 schools nationwide to defray the cost of field trips. Deadline is September 30.

The Captain Planet Foundation provides grants support hands-on environmental projects designed to encourage innovative initiatives that inspire and empower children and youth. Captain Planet Foundation will accept small grant requests for amounts between $500 – $2,500. Deadlines are September 30 and January 31.

The GOCO School Play Yard Initiative supports schools and local governments in constructing age appropriate play yards where kids have an opportunity for unstructured play and outdoor learning. All play yards must be designed, in part, by the student population to ensure the components constructed are the most appealing and beneficial to the users they will serve. Schools awarded 2016 grants will also become partner schools in Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Schools and Outdoor Learning Environments program. Maximum implementation grant is $100,000. Deadline is October 12.

Wild Ones Seeds for Education grant program funds projects aimed at nurturing an appreciation for nature among high school students. Grants for up to $500 are available. Deadline is October 15.

THE Laura Jane Musser Fund Intercultural Harmony grants aim to promote mutual understanding and cooperation between groups and citizens of different cultural backgrounds within defined geographical areas through collaborative, cross-cultural exchange projects. Projects must be intercultural and demonstrate intercultural exchange, rather than focused on just one culture. Intercultural Harmony projects can be carried out in a number of areas, including the arts, community service and youth activities. Deadline is October 16.

The Western SARE Professional Development Program aims to help Cooperative Extension Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service and other agricultural professionals in the Western Region increase their understanding and proficiency in sustainable agriculture. Maximum grant is $75,000. Deadline is October 28.

Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to a primary or secondary school, or a nonprofit working in partnership with a primary or secondary school, to support a new or existing edible garden on school grounds. Deadline is October 31.

The Best Buy Foundation funds projects that provide youth with access to new technologies and help them become interested and fluent in digital learning while developing skills to help better prepare them for future education and career success. Organizations serving youth ages 13-18 are eligible to apply. Program must operate within 25 miles of a Best Buy store or other Best Buy center of operations. Preferred locations include the locations of our Best Buy Teen Tech Centers including Denver. Grants range from $100,000 to $200,000. Deadline is November 1.

Funding is available to K-12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60. Funds can be used to conduct in-school promotions focused on creating a healthier school and to implement Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Plays. Funds can also be used for professional development, nutrition education materials, and physical education equipment & materials. Gramts up to $4,000 are available. Deadline is November 4.  

The Laura Jane Musser Fund Rural Initative Program wants to encourage collaborative and participatory efforts among citizens in rural communities that will help to strengthen their towns and regions in a number of civic areas including, but not limited to, economic development, business preservation, arts and humanities, public space improvements, and education. Planning (up to $5,000) - These funds may support costs like: consultant or staff time, meeting costs, mailings, secretarial support, refreshments, local travel, childcare, etc. Implementation (Up to $25,000) - These funds are available to implement community based rural projects that originate in, have been planned by, and involve diverse people from the local community.  Capital campaigns will not be supported.  The projects should result in a tangible outcome within at least the first 18 months. Deadline is November 6. 

The Jared Polis Foundation through its partnership with the Community Computer Connection, has created a technology mini-grant program to enhance and expand the utility of computers or other existing classroom technology. Grants for up to $1,500 may be requested for hardware, such as digital or video cameras, interactive whiteboards, and interactive response systems, tablets, e-readers, chromebooks or to purchase software, technology curriculum, or pay technology conference registration fees. Deadline is November 9. 

The Western SARE Farmer/Rancher Research & Education grants aim to assist producers, working with a technical advisor, in developing a proposal to conduct both research and education on a sustainable agricultural topic and incorporate such items as: on-farm/ranch demonstrations; farmer-to-farmer educational outreach and other approaches to assist in producer adoption in an area of sustainable agriculture. Individual farmers or ranchers may apply for up to $15,000, and a group of three or more producers may apply for up to $25,000. Deadline is December 2.

The Western SARE Professional + Producer grants are one- to three-year grants where an agricultural professional – Cooperative Extension educator or Natural Resources Conservation Service professional – coordinates a research and education project on a sustainable agricultural topic and a farmer or rancher serves as the project advisor. Applicants can seek up to $50,000 and must have at least five producers involved. Deadline is December 2.

The Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series funds Research Conference grants to conduct health disparities-related meetings, workshops, and symposia. The purpose of the Academic-Community Partnership Conference Series is to bring together academic institutions and community organizations to identify opportunities for reducing health disparities through the use of Community-Based Participatory Research. Maximum grant is $30,000. Deadline is November 17, 2016.

Grants with Rolling deadlines

The LIDS Foundation supports organizations that promote active and healthy lifestyles as well as leadership and growth opportunities. Grants are available to support the direct costs of youth programming and full or partial scholarship funding for camps or youth athletic programs. Grants range from $1,000 – $5,000. 

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation is dedicated to improving the health of the public by advancing the education and training of health professionals. Priority areas for grants include interprofessional education and teamwork, new curriculum content, new models for clinical education, education for the care of underserved populations and career development of underrepresented minorities. President’s grants are 1-year or less in duration and are no more than $35,000. Board grants are 1-3 years in duration and funding varies. 

Cigna World of Difference Grants provide significant support for projects aimed at eliminating health disparities and supporting Health Equity. There is no maximum or minimum grant. However, a typical first-year, pilot-level award is $100,000.

The Wish You Well Literacy Foundation funds implementation and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Grants range from $200 to $10,000. Applications are reviewed quarterly. 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health is inviting applications for high-impact, action-oriented research. Applicants may submit proposals that would: provide evidence for the factors that RWJF believes may impact health; reframe or challenge existing ideas; integrate existing data and methods across disciplines and sectors; and/or identify actions that can improve health for marginalized populations. 

The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood provides grants for innovative, creative projects and programs that will significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education or quality of life of children from infancy through five years of age. The Foundation provides funding in the following areas: Early Childhood Welfare, Early Childhood Education and Play, Parenting Education. The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood has a two-step funding application process that includes both a letter of inquiry (LOI) and a full proposal. 

The mission of the Harry Chapin Foundation is to support organizations that have demonstrated their ability to dramatically improve the lives and livelihood of people by helping them to become self-sufficient. The foundation funds community education, arts-in-education and agricultural and environmental programs. Maximum grant is $10,000. 

USDA has announced the availability of funding for replacement equipment for those that already accept SNAP via farmers’ markets. Markets and farmers who may be in need of replacement equipment need to complete the newly updated Eligibility Assessment to determine if they qualify for free equipment, and to learn about next steps to obtain it. 

The Kresge Foundation Health program seeks to help communities overcome the economic and social disadvantages that contribute to poor health so that all Americans have the chance to enjoy productive, self-determined lives. Funding opportunities include Developing Healthy Places and Accelerating Community-Centered Approaches to Health.

The Lowe's Small Grants program is an outlet for organizations seeking smaller-scale assistance for non-educational focused projects. These grants range from $100 to $2,000. Please note that grant funds are distributed as Lowe’s gift cards.

Green Up Our Schools provides funding for proposed waste reduction and recycling plans in elementary schools. Each school receives $2,000 over the course of the 3-year program that can be used for buying recycling bins, reusable utensils and containers for the school cafeteria, recycling services provided by a commercial waste hauler, compensation for extra time spent on the program by the teacher in charge, etc.

King Soopers and City Market offer grants to local nonprofit organizations, schools and churches to make the communities we share better places to live and work. Support is available in the areas of hunger relief, women's health, children's health and wellbeing, K-12 education, advancing diversity, sustaining the environment, grassroots community programs and local disaster relief.

The Reiman Foundation focuses its giving in four main areas: health care, education, the arts, and children.

The CHS Foundation supports education and leadership development in rural America through funding of adult education and leadership programs and is open to innovative and collaborative approaches to address emerging issues and opportunities in rural communities. Awards funding for projects and programs related to rural youth leadership, rural cooperative education, community leadership development, and farm and agriculture safety.

Karma for Cara’s mission consists of three goals: supporting youth engagement and service, recognizing unsung heroes in service and reducing the suffering of cancer patients and their families. Kids 18 and under can apply for microgrants to complete service projects in their communities. Microgrants will range from $250 to $1,000 and be distributed as gift cards to home goods stores, office supply stores, grocery food chains and toy stores.

The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program is designed to promote rural economic development and job creation projects. Funding is provided through local utility organizations. Examples of eligible projects include business incubators, community development assistance to non-profits and public bodies (particularly job creation or enhancement), facilities and equipment for education and training for rural residents to facilitate economic development, and facilities and equipment for medical care to rural residents. Grants range from $300,000 to $2,000,000.

Udemy is an online learning marketplace where more than three million students have taken courses in everything from programming to yoga to photography. The company has announced that it will award grants of $2,500 to nonprofit organizations to support the creation of a course on the Udemy platform. Courses should provide social value, creating benefits (or reductions of cost) for society. Course ideas include but are not limited to teacher training, entrepreneur empowerment, and education for community members. Two grants will be awarded each month and applicants should apply by the first day of the month to be considered in that month’s funding round.

American Heart Association's Voices for Healthy Kids funding initiative is working to engage, organize and mobilize people to improve the health of their communities and reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. This initiative is pursuing policy-change strategies that research and practice suggest will have the greatest impact. Voices for Healthy Kids is allocating awards up to $90,000 per award for a period of up to one year with potential renewal. In addition to this base level of funding, grantees will be supported by a robust technical assistance initiative and also have priority access to supplemental additional potential
resources (including Rapid Response).

Advocacy Advance 2015 Rapid Response Grants help state and local advocacy organizations take advantage of unexpected opportunities to win, increase, or preserve public funding for biking and walking. These grants are for short-term campaigns that will increase or preserve investments in active transportation in communities where program choices are being made on how to spend federal, state, and local funding. Grants range from $1,000 to $3,000.

Gates Family Foundation capital grants are generally limited to comprehensive capital campaigns, which are typically for building purchase, construction, expansion, renovation, and/or land acquisition. Funding categories include arts and culture, education, well-being of children, youth & families, parks, conservation & recreation and community development & revitalization.

RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of Education, Community, and Health/Medicine. All applicants must complete an electronic Letter of Inquiry. The average Foundation grant is $25,000.

Pinnacle Food Service Breakfast Building Grant Program is designed to help recipient schools increase student breakfast participation by providing supplemental funding to support or enhance an existing program or jump-start a new program. Individual Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded on a rolling basis. Eligible schools/districts must have a reimbursable breakfast ADP of less than 40% for the school or building applying for the grant to increase your breakfast program participation.

Singing for Change, created by Jimmy Buffett in 1995, offers competitive grants to address the root causes of social or environmental problems.by empower individuals to effect positive change in their communities. Most likely to be considered are organizations that keep their overhead low, include community members in planning, and collaborate with other groups to find innovative ways of solving common problems. Grants range in size from $1,000 to $10,000.

The Farrell Family Foundation provides grants for education with an emphasis on technology, health & human welfare, and the arts.

Microloans: Flexible Credit for Small Farms. Smaller farms, including those producing specialty crops and operating community supported agriculture programs, often face limited financing options. To better serve the unique financial operating needs of beginning, niche and small farmers, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) now offers microloans up to $35,000. Microloan funds may be used to purchase items such as livestock and feed, farm equipment, fuel, farm chemicals, insurance and other operating costs, including family living expenses, minor improvements or repairs to buildings, farm-related debt refinancing (excluding real estate).

Colorado Enterprise Fund is a nonprofit lending source specializing in loans up to $250,000 to support small business. CEF funds many small businesses that are not able to receive traditional bank financing. CEF also provides guidance, training, and resources to help small and emerging businesses succeed.

A.V. Hunter Trust, Inc. provides grants to non-profit organizations offering community and human services to assist disabled, indigent, seniors and youth. Requests for general operating funds are prefered. Typical grants range from $5,000 to $30,000.

The Safeway Foundation focuses on giving locally in the areas of health and human services, hunger relief, education and helping people living with disabilities. Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis. Typical grants range from $2,500 to $10,000.

The Finish Line Youth Foundation supports youth programs that are effective and inclusive, funding opportunities for participation in youth programs that place an importance on youth development and an active lifestyle. Grants generally range from $1,000 to $5,000, although the Foundation may occasionally make significant, larger grants to maximize funding impact in its interest areas. Applications will be accepted on a quarterly basis.

The Cornell Douglas Foundation provides small grants to organizations which promote the vision of the foundation: advocating for environmental health and justice, encouraging stewardship of the environment, and furthering respect for sustainability of resources. Average grant amount is $10,000. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

The Edmund T. And Eleanor Quick Foundation generally prefers to make grants to smaller organizations where such grant making activity will have an impact.  Past grants have included historic preservation, education, elder care and services, religious organizations, music education, public recreation facilities, and animal care. Funding amounts vary.

The Kettering Family Foundation  will consider activities in the following categories: Arts, Culture and Humanities; Education; Environment; Health/Medical; Human Services and Public/Society Benefit.

The Kinder Morgan Foundation provides support for programs that benefit youth in grades K-12. Focus areas include academic programs, including tutoring, arts education programs and environmental education programs that work with local schools and meet curriculum standards. Grants are between $1,000 and $5,000. Deadlines are the 10th of every other month beginning in January.

The Leighty Foundation funds grants primarily in the areas of Earth Protection, Education, Volunteer Engagement and the Promotion of Philanthropy. Grants are usually made for one year or one project. Grants proceed from a formal proposal and range from $3,000 - $10,000. A written evaluation of the project is required from each grantee.

The Greenlee Family Foundation focuses on funding areas related to promote individual self sufficiency with an emphasis on direct service programs. Typical grants range in size of $1,000-10,000. Deadline is rolling.

Walgreens provides grants to organizations that focus on access, outreach, and education geared toward health in their communities, with priority given to programs that address the health needs of community residents. Deadline is rolling.

The Colorado Department of Education's Qualified Zone Academy Bonds program is a way for school districts to obtain interest free financing for renovation, repair projects, and other needs. CDE does not provide the funding, but provides authorization to a school district to obtain the interest free financing if the school district qualifies.

The Hearst Foundations support well-established nonprofit organizations that address significant issues within their major areas of interests – culture, education, health and social service – and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies.

Seeded with a $7.1 million investment from the Colorado Health Foundation, the Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund (CO4F) will enable food retailers to provide fresh, healthy food in underserved Colorado communities. A public-private partnership fund, CO4F will make financing available for grocers that offer affordable and nutritious foods in areas where such goods are scarce.

The Daniels Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations to support aging, amateur sports, early childhood education, K-12 education reform, and youth development. Grant amount vary and deadline is rolling.

MetLife Foundation supports projects to empower people to lead healthy, productive lives and strengthen communities. The Foundation makes grants in health, education, civic affairs and culture. The Healthy Habits program seeks to promote healthy habits and physical fitness for illness prevention, especially among children. Grant amounts vary and deadline is rolling.

Aetna Foundation Grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded for programs that target communities where healthy food can be difficult to buy, and where social and environmental factors may limit people's ability to be physically active.

The Mott Foundation's Pathways Out of Poverty program supports initiatives that promote learning beyond the classroom especially for traditionally underserved children and youth -- as a strategy for improving public education. Grants should provide optimum opportunities for academic support and enrichment for young people to learn and develop both in school, summer, and after school. Central to this effort are partnerships between school and community-based organizations and other local institutions. Letters of Inquiry accepted at anytime. Award amounts vary.

US Tennis Association funds tennis court line painting (up to $4,000), basic facility improvements (up to $4,000), resurfacing, and new facility construction or facility expansion (up to $50,000). Rolling deadline.

The Pollination Project makes $1,000 grants to individual change-makers with an idea and a plan to make their community a better place. Eligible issue areas include environment, justice, community health and wellness, and arts and culture. Rolling deadline.

Odell Brewing Company’s Charity of the Month program funds non-profit organizations serving environmental, educational or humanitarian causes. The Tasting Room donations are used to fund this initiative and monthly donations average $1200.

The World We Want Foundation provides grants of up to $5,000 to organizations that represent youth making positive social change in their communities. Youth between the ages of 13 and 25 who want to make a difference through a range of social action activities, including community service projects, service-learning projects, and social ventures are eligible to apply. Qualified applications must have a project team of one or more youths, a partner organization that supports and sponsors the team, and a project mentor to guide and advise the team. Rolling deadline.

The Ray C. Anderson Foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry from nonprofit environmental organizations for initiatives that support environmental, economic, and social sustainability in the United States. Through its Gray Notes Grants program, the foundation awards grants of between $2,000 and $25,000 for environmental conservation, preservation, education, and restoration initiatives; urban agriculture programs; clean water and clean air projects; environmental and economic think tanks; and grassroots initiatives that inform and inspire people to collaborate and take positive action to protect the planet. Deadline: Open (Letters of Inquiry)

Rural Transit Assistance Programs provide a source of funding to assist in the design and implementation of training and technical assistance projects and other support services tailored to meet the specific needs of transit operators in non-urbanized areas. Rolling deadline.

Community Programs, part of the US Dept. of Agriculture's Rural Development program helps to develop essential community facilities for public use in rural areas with less than 20,000 residents. Financial tools available include the Community Facilities Direct and Guaranteed Loan Program, the Community Facilities Grant Program, and the Rural Community Development Initiative.

KaBOOM! offers a variety of grants to fund playgrounds.  Let’s Play Community Construction grants provides $15,000 toward the purchase of playground equipment that will be built using the KaBOOM! community-build model.  Imagination Playground in a Box is a semi-mobile kit of parts suitable for a variety of outdoor and indoor sites.  KaBOOM! is able to offer grant opportunities to KaBOOM! Alumni Network members to enhance their current play spaces including outdoor fitness stations, outdoor shade structures, and imagination playgrounds.  Let’s Play Completion grants provide $500 to qualifying Do-It-Yourself communities to be used toward the improvement of an existing playground built using the KaBOOM! community build model.  Joint Use Grants are solely for the creation or expansion of joint use agreements to create new access to existing playgrounds. The $15,000 Joint Use Grants can be used to support the opening of at least four playgrounds and the $30,000 Joint Use Grants the opening of at least eight playgrounds. 

Express Scripts funds organizations that advance medical- and health-related causes, particularly for the uninsured and underinsured; we fund educational activities that support school readiness, improve literacy, develop math competency and provide science enrichment to help prepare students for higher education and success in life. Community engagement is an important value at Express Scripts.


The Dorthea Haus Ross Foundation supports programs that enable entrepreneurs to build sustainable economic communities for their children and families. Grant range is typically between $25,000 to $50,000. 

Good Sports provides equipment, apparel, and footwear to programs in need.

Albertson’s charitable giving focuses on hunger relief, health and nutrition, and environmental stewardship.

The Fuel Up Breakfast Grants program helps improve student access to high-quality, nutritious foods at school. This grant provides funds to help schools improve or expand their breakfast programs with an emphasis on alternative breakfast options that are sustainable.

Home Depot Foundation’s Community Impact Grant Program provides grants up to $5,000 for programs that use the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community.

The Tony Hawk Foundation provides grants to encourage and facilitate the design, development, construction, and operation of high-quality public skate parks serving at-risk youth in low-income areas.

HealthierUS Schools Challenge: Recognizes nutrition and physical activity efforts in schools.  Funding Amount: $2,000 for Gold Award of Distinction, $1,500 for Gold, $1,000 for Silver and $500 for Bronze.

The Colorado Rockies Charity Fund supports organizations promoting health and wellness in low income communities in the Denver Metro area.

Costco Wholesale Corporate Contributions Program provides grants and product donations to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions that address the areas of children's issues, education, and health and human services. Requests should be submitted to the Warehouse Manager at the nearest Costco. Grant or donation requests which impact a broader region should go through the appropriate regional office. Requests may be submitted throughout the year.

Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is open to any K-12 school district participating in the National School Lunch Program. To qualify for the Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools grant, you must offer the salad bar as part of the reimbursable meals served in your district. The Food Services Department should apply for a salad bar package grant.


 

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