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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

generationOn is challenging 13-18 year olds to Make Your Mark on Hunger. $500 service project grants to support youth-led hunger relief activities are available. The three project areas include education and advocacy; health and environment; and direct service work. Deadline is December 15.

Through the National Endowment for the Arts' Our Town program, grants are available for creative placemaking projects that contribute towards the livability of communities and help transform them into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Our Town prioritizes partnerships between arts organizations and government, private, and nonprofit organizations to achieve livability goals for communities. Our Town offers support for projects in two areas:• Arts Engagement, Cultural Planning, and Design Projects that represent the distinct character and quality of their communities• Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking. Grants of up to $100,000 are available and require a 1 to 1 cash and in-kind match. Deadline is December 15.

The Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive (FINI) program will fund projects that test community based strategies that could contribute to our understanding of how best to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by SNAP participants through incentives at the point of purchase. Projects must have the support of a state SNAP agency; increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by providing incentives at the point of purchase; operate through authorized SNAP retailers; and conduct evaluation. Project categories include pilot projects (awards not to exceed $100,000 over one year); multi-year, community-based projects (awards not to exceed $500,000 over no more than four years); and multi-year, FINI large-scale projects (awards of $500,000 or more over no more than four years). Deadline is December 15.

Bringing Theory to Practice Project aims to strengthen the relationship of engaged learning, civic development, and psychosocial well-being of college and university students.Seminar grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded for projects that bring together diverse members of the campus community to discuss the civic mission of the institution and how the full expression of this mission can be achieved. The next deadline is December 15. Program Development grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to enhance or extend an existing program.

The Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries helps school libraries encourage and foster a love of reading, support student learning, and make books and reading materials available to students who otherwise wouldn’t have access to them. Grants of up to $7,000 are available to help libraries expand, update, and diversify their book collections at schools where 85 percent or more of the students qualify for free or reduced lunches. Deadline is December 16.

The EPA will award up to $15,000 for each of 42 college student teams to pursue projects that deliver sustainable, alternative approaches to address environmental challenges. P3 – People, Prosperity, and the Planet—Program is a unique college competition for designing solutions for a sustainable future. The competition has two phases. For the first phase of the competition, teams are awarded a $15,000 grant to develop their idea. They bring the design in April to the National Sustainable Design Expo in Washington DC to compete for the P3 Award and a grant of $90,000 to take their design to real world application. Deadline is December 16.

The American Planning Association has released a funding opportunity to improve the capacity of planning and public health professionals to advance community-based strategies providing for equitable access to healthcare and nutritious foods, opportunities for physical activity, and less exposure to and consumption of tobacco. In addition, health equity and improving opportunities for living a healthy life are central to the goals of this project. Awards are expected to average between $100,000 and $150,000 depending on the number awarded. A Letter of Intent is required and is due on December 2nd. Deadline for the full proposal  is December 22.

Community Farm Development Initiative is funding up to three proposals in Colorado for a maximum of $5000 each. The proposals need to focus on education and/or research involving: Biodynamic Farming (highest priority); Organic Farming (second priority); or Sustainable Agriculture (third priority). All funds received from CFDI for the project must be matched in cash or in-kind services. All applications should be e-mailed to by December 31, 2014.

Katie's Krops offers grants to youth between the ages of 9 and 16 to start vegetable gardens with the harvest donated to feed people in need. The winners will be awarded a gift card to a garden center in their area (up to $500), support from Katie’s Krops, and a digital camera to document the garden and the harvest. Deadline is December 31.

Walmart Community Grant Program has four core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Women's Economic Empowerment or Career Opportunity. Community Grants range from the minimum grant of $250 to the maximum grant of $2,500. Deadline is December 31.

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 deadlines are January 1, April 1, July 1 and October 1.

CenturyLink supports Colorado teachers and schools in their endeavors to increase student success through the use of technology. An individual classroom teacher or a team of classroom teachers may seek grants for the purpose of improving student achievement through the integration of technology into their classroom curriculum. Maximum grant is $5,000. A list of eligible school districts is available online. Deadline is January 2.

The Research Council is calling for original research proposals designed to focus on issues that provide evidence based outcomes to promote or document the value, influence, or effect of social justice and diversity in health, physical education, physical activity, dance, and/or sport. The Principal Investigator has to be a member of SHAPE America. A maximum of $2,500 per award will be granted for proposals of exceptional quality demonstrating student driven contributions to the fields of HPERD. Pre-proposals due January 5 and full proposals due on April 6.

Healthy Eating Research is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 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. The Healthy Eating Research Special Solicitation call for proposals focuses on childhood obesity prevention efforts in two settings: Healthy Food Retail and Early Care and Education. Awards of up to 12 months and up to $75,000 each will be funded through this special solicitation. The deadline for receipt of concept papers is January 7.

Sow It Forward grant funds can be used to start or expand food garden projects. A full grant has a value $500 and normally consists of a cash grant of $300-400 with the remaining $100-$200 taking the form of seeds and gift certificates for garden supplies and KGI's online garden planner. The partial grant normally has a value of $325 and consists of a $300 cash grant and $25 one-year subscription to KGI'sonline garden planner. Deadline is January 9.

School CPR and Automated External Defibrillator Training grants are available to local education providers to provide instruction to high school students (grades nine through twelve) and high school staff in CPR and the use of AEDs. Approximately $111,000 remains available for 2014-2015. Please note: grant awards will be distributed in the order in which CDE receives applications until the funding has been depleted. Deadline is January 14.

YSA (Youth Service America) and Sodexo Foundation are looking for 100 of the best ideas from young people about how they can help end childhood hunger in their communities. $400 grants are available for youth leaders ages 5-25 across the U.S. to turn their ideas into action and make an impact on the issue of childhood hunger during Global Youth Service Day - April 17-19, 2015 - and beyond. Deadline is January 15.

Colorado Action for Healthy Kids is accepting applications for Parent Advocates for the 2014-15 school year. Selected parents and their school health teams will receive leadership training, coaching and up to $1000 in grant funding to develop and implement approved school wellness projects. Parents may apply that are from schools with at least 40% eligibility for free-reduced school meals. The application deadline is January 15, 2015. Bilingual and monolingual Spanish speaking parents are encouraged to apply.

The Brett Family Foundation welcomes requests for general operating support, specific program support, technical assistance, capital campaigns, and endowment development. Social Justice grants are available to statewide organizations in Colorado working to address the root causes of social, economic, gender and racial inequities through strategies that empower affected communities to engage in the democratic process and advance progressive policy solutions. Media Grantmaking is available to nonprofit organizations promoting public interest journalism, news literacy, and engaging communities in civic life. Boulder County nonprofits that provide direct services and support to traditionally marginalized and at-risk youth ages 12-18 are also eligible for funding. Grants typically range from $2,500 to $10,000. LOI due January 15, 2015.

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 January 15 and August 1.

The BUILD Health Challenge supports community collaborations within cities with populations greater than 150,000. Applicants must demonstrate active collaboration between at least one non-profit community-based organization, local hospital or health system and local health department,  and can apply for up to $75,000 one-year planning grants or up to $250,000 two-year implementation grants. The BUILD Health Challenge will not only support innovative collaborative efforts but also presents a significant opportunity to better understand the role of hospital-community-public health partnerships in advancing healthy and equitable communities. Deadline for brief initial round 1 applications is January 16.

The Healthy School Champions Scorecard recognizes and rewards schools that are healthy. The Score Card identifies those schools that are implementing healthy school strategies, and ensuring the connection between health and learning is present and thriving. Deadline is January 16.

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 January 31 and September 30.

Aetna Student Health Award provides a $5,000 award that will support the creation of novel wellness solutions and programs that address issues specifically related to the retention and overall well-being of college students. Deadline is January 31.

The PeyBack Foundation supports programs that provide leadership and growth opportunities for at-risk children in the Denver metro area. Preference is given to programs that provide a direct benefit to disadvantaged youth through activities conducted outside the typical school day (i.e., afterschool and summer programming). Applications that  showcase a collaborative effort with one or more partner organizations will be given priority.Grants are limited to a maximum of $15,000. Deadline is February 1, 2015.

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities is inviting applications for the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. The twelve award-winning programs will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President’s Committee’s Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony at the White House. After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs that concentrate on underserved chidlren and youth are encouraged to consider submitting an application. Deadline is February 2.

Home and Family Based Approaches for the Prevention or Management of Overweight or Obesity in Early Childhood invites grant applications from institutions/organizations that propose randomized clinical trials testing novel home- or family-based interventions for the prevention or management of overweight in infancy and early childhood.  Tested interventions can use behavioral (including dietary and physical activity), environmental, or other relevant approaches focused on infants and young children (to age 6 years) and emphasize the role of home environment and the influence of family/extended family members and parents within the child’s home environment. The combined budget for direct costs for the two year project period may not exceed $275,000. Deadlines are Feb. 5, June 5, Oct. 5, 2015.

The HUD Choice Neighborhoods Implementation Program supports locally driven solutions for transforming neighborhoods struggling to address poor quality housing, inadequate schools, poor health, high crime, and lack of capital. Eligible applicants are public housing authorities, local governments, for-profit and non-profit entities and tribal entities. Maximum grant is $30 million. Deadline is February 9.

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grants fund improvements at public schools. Projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations and safety improvements. Grant requests can range from $2,000 to $100,000. A large majority of grants will be given in the $2,000 to $5,000 range. Most larger projects fall between $10,000 and $25,000. Deadline is February 13.

The BEST Grant is a competitive grant focused on helping public schools with a multitude of capital construction needs. Projects are considered in the following order: Projects addressing health and safety issues; projects to relieve overcrowding; projects addressing technology; and other capital needs projects. The application for the FY2015-16 cycle opens Monday, Jan. 5. Application deadline is 4 p.m. on February 27.

The Smart from the Start Awards are designed to encourage preschool teachers to create practical, long-term improvements in nutrition and physical activity at their preschool. A total of $500,000 in grants, training and awards will be granted to eligible schools to implement a health initiative. The winning preschool will be awarded $20,000 and ten runners-up will each receive $2,500. Early childhood education centers and schools with a Pre-K program are eligible to apply. Deadline is February 27.

Gannett Foundation Community Action Grants support local organizations with funding priority given to programs that focus on education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation, and cultural enrichment. The average grant amount is in the $1,000 to $5,000 range. Gannett Foundation funds grants in Denver metro and Fort Collins. Deadlines are February 28th or August 29th.

Sodexo Launch Grant Video Competition is open to colleges, universities, and high schools interested in starting a Campus Kitchen. A Campus Kitchen has a mission to recycle food, provide meals, educate and engage with the community, and provide leadership opportunities for university students. Applicants must submit a video that demonstrates how your Campus Kitchen will address hunger and food insecurity in your community. $5,000 grants are available. Deadline is February 28, 2015.

The National Gardening Association will select 25 Mantis award applicants to receive Mantis tillers/cultivators. Any non-profit garden program may apply. Deadline is March 6.

Braitmayer Foundation Grants fund innovative practices in K-12 education throughout the United States. Of particular interest are
curricular and school reform initiatives and preparation of and professional development opportunities for teachers, particularly those which encourage people of high ability and diverse background to enter and remain in K-12 teaching. Maximum grant award is $35,000. Deadline is March 15.

The U.S. Bank Foundation provides cash contributions to nonprofit organizations in the areas of education, economic opportunity, and artistic and cultural enrichment. Deadlines are last business day of March, June, and September.

The Lawrence Foundation provides grants to support environmental, human services and other causes. Programmatic and operating grants are funded. Deadlines are April 30 and November 1.

Voya Unsung Heroes honors 100 educators to receive $2,000 to help fund their innovative class projects. Three of those are chosen to receive the top awards of an additional $5,000, $10,000 and $25,000. Deadline is April 30, 2015.

Lowe’s Community Partners grant program helps build better communities by providing monetary assistance to nonprofit organizations and municipalities looking for support of high-need projects such as: building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades as well as safety improvements. Grants range from $5,000 to $100,000, with most projects falling between $10,000 and $25,000. The Lowe’s Heroes employee volunteer program is another opportunity for support, which Lowe’s can provide to some grant recipients to help supplement the labor of projects. The spring application cycle will run March 30 – May 29, 2015.

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.

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.

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 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 2014 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 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.

USDA Rural Development has grant funding available to assist rural daycares and preschool programs. Childcare Initiative Grants are available for essential community facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population. These funds can be used for such items as playground equipment, addressing accessibility issues, furniture, equipment, and upgrades. Matching funds are required. The maximum grant amount is $50,000.  Please contact your USDA representative to see if our program might be a good fit for your project.

Denver State Office: Robin Pulkkinen  - 720-544-2929
Cortez Office: Duane Dale  - 970-565-8416, ext. 126
Delta Office: David Carter - 970-874-5735, ext. 124
Las Animas Office: Lennece Saracino - 719-456-0120, ext.118
Wray Office: Julie Scruby - 970-332-3107, ext. 127

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 Ethyl Grant Program provides matching grants up to $2,500 for projects that improve rural schools and communities. The two focus areas for this program are Education and Community Development. Preferred projects include those that can be completed with the Ethyl Grant and matched funding rather than larger projects that require multiple sources of funding.

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 Denver chapter of the Awesome Foundation gives away $1000 a month, no strings attached, to organizations and projects that are doing something awesome that will improve and positively impact our community. They love ideas that will benefit as many people as possible.

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 Kresge Foundation Healthy Environments program funds three priority areas: healthy homes, transportation and built environments, and healthy food.

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.

Fuel Up to Play 60 is an in-school nutrition and physical activity program designed to engage and inspire youth to make healthy changes for themselves and for their schools. Led by students, the program is a great way to get students involved, excited and wanting more. Ten $500 stipends are available for interested parents through Colorado Action for Healthy Kids and the Western Dairy Association.  Contact Stephanie Ekoniak for details.

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. Deadline is rolling.

$500 Do Something Seed Grant every week to help young people under the age of 25. These grants can be used towards project ideas and programs that are just getting started, or to jump-start your program and realize your ideas for the first time. These grants can also be used towards projects that are already developed and sustainable, towards the next steps of your project and organization to help you as you look to expand your project and grow your impact.

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 Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that serve vulnerable children and offer direct aid to children in need. Grants range from $1,000 - $15,000. Letters of inquiry accepted throughout the year.

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.

Carrots Seed Fund offers Grants for Organic Food Source Development to provide underserved communities with the resources to develop and sustain an organic food source and access to healthy nutrition. Varying donations are allocated to help with seeds, plants, equipment, irrigation support and technical know-how. Applications reviewed 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.

The Captain Planet Foundation grant program provides grants to schools, as well as community-based environmental and educational organizations for activities that promote and support high-quality educational programs that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate our world through learning experiences that engage them in active, hands-on projects to improve the environment in their schools and communities. Grants are limited to $2,500 and preferential consideration is given to applicants who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their program.

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund is a joint initiative between Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association designed to promote and enhance the growth of youth participation in baseball and softball. Grants are intended to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs.

The Rose Community Foundation provides grants to the following counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson. Funding focuses on five key program areas: Aging, Child and Family Development, Education, Health and Jewish Life.

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The American Academy of Dermatology Shade Structure Grant Program awards grants to public schools and non-profit organizations for installing permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun, such as playgrounds, pools or recreation spaces. In addition to the grant, the AAD also provides a permanent sign for display near the shade structure.


Annie’s offers Grants for Gardens donations to schools and other educational programs that help build school gardens. $500 and $1,500 grants are available. Funds can be used to buy gardening tools, seeds or other needed supplies. Deadline is December 2.

Youth Garden grants include a $500 gift certificate to Gardening with Kids online store, curriculum, seeds and plants. Deadline is December 5.

The Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarships recognize and reward students who have made a significant impact in the fight against hunger. The scholarship recipients each receive $5,000 for their education as well as a matching grant in their name for the hunger-related charity of their choice. Deadline is December 5.


The Value-Added Producer Grant Program helps agricultural producers create new products, expand marketing opportunities, support further processing of existing products or goods, or to develop specialty and niche products.


The PeyBack Foundation is a nonprofit organization that makes grants to programs providing leadership and growth opportunities
for at-risk children in the Denver metro area. Programs designed to enrich the lives of disadvantaged youth through activities conducted outside the typical school day (i.e., afterschool and summer programming) are particularly favored.


Through the Champions for Healthy Kids program, the General Mills Foundation awards grants to organizations working to improve nutrition and physical fitness behaviors for youth (ages 2-18). Schools, after school programs, daycares, community-based orgs & govt agencies are eligible to apply.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation awards grants for field-building initiatives in underserved areas nationwide. Grants can be used for synthetic turf, lighting, irrigation, and sport courts.

The NEA Foundation provides grants to improve the academic achievement of students. The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.

The American Honda Foundation supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment.

Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) is sponsored by the CDE Division of Public School Capital Construction Assistance and provides funds for projects addressing health and safety issues; projects to relieve overcrowding; projects addressing technology; and all other capital needs projects. The focus of all grants this year will be smaller, cash grant type projects (i.e. roofs, boilers, HVAC, fire alarms/sprinklers, abatement, ADA, etc.).

Youth Service America and Sodexo Foundation offers Sodexo Foundation Youth Grants for youth to lead projects focused on ending childhood hunger in their communities.

Boettcher Foundation provides funds to assist, encourage, and promote the residents of Colorado through capital improvement projects. The foundation focuses on arts, culture, education, and healthcare. Education oriented grant applications focused on early childhood and higher education.


The Healthy Sprouts Garden Grant provides youth and school garden programs with funding and support to start or sustain established gardens. Applying programs should have a focus on environmental education, and health and nutrition studies. 47 schools or youth programs will receive award packages and funding valued over $500. Three exceptional garden programs will receive the grand prize, a $1,500 award package and funding.


The Colorado Parks and Wildlife State Trails Program promotes understanding and stewardship of Colorado’s outdoors by providing opportunities for the public use and support of Colorado’s diverse system of trails. Planning and/or support trail proposals must be used for trail layout, design, engineering, feasibility studies, inventory, use studies, analysis of existing and proposed trails, master plans, or to prepare plans to build a volunteer organization or increase capacity, and trail training. Grants of up to $45,000 will be awarded.


The Colorado Parks and Wildlife State Trails Program Large Construction grants can be used for new trail or trailhead construction; maintenance, re-route or reconstruction of existing trails; enhancements or upgrades to existing trailheads; and land acquisition or easments. The maximum grant request for Large Construction grants is typically $200,000, however the State Recreational Trails Committee may elect to fund one or two grants in this grant cycle of up to $350,000.


The Colorado Parks and Wildlife State Trails Program Small Construction or Maintenance grants can be used for new trail or trailhead construction; maintenance, re-route or reconstruction of existing trails; and enhancements or upgrades to existing trailheads. The maximum request is $45,000.


The Wal-Mart Foundation has four areas of focus: Education, Workforce Development / Economic Opportunity, Health and Wellness, and Environmental Sustainability. In the Health and Wellness sectors, eligible applications aim to improve access to health care, reduce health care disparities and promote nutrition. The minimum amount for State Giving Program grants is $25,000. There is no maximum amount for State Giving Program grants.


The USDA Community Food Projects grant program is designed to (1): (A) meet the food needs of low-income people; (B) increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food needs; and (C) promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm, and nutrition issues; and/or (2) meet specific state,

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