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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.

If you have further questions about a specific funding opportunity listed, please contact that agency directly.

Grants with Specific Deadlines

Disney Friends for Change Grants offer young change-makers $500 to turn their creative ideas into projects taking place on or around Global Youth Service Day - April 17-19, 2015. Projects can include protecting the planet, providing food to hungry people, helping other kids learn, or promoting healthy behaviors. Youth ages 5-18 located in all 50 states and DC are eligible. Deadline is February 18.

The AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation's Connections for Cardiovascular HealthSM program aims to improve cardiovascular health in the United States. CCH provides annual grants of $150,000 to $180,000 for culturally appropriate approaches with measurable outcomes to address specific unmet needs of communities across the country, especially underserved communities. Deadline is February 26.

The Colorado Department of Agriculture's “Enrich Colorado Ag Grant Program” funds Colorado companies to conduct research and develop new uses and markets for food and agricultural products that are grown, raised or processed in Colorado. Projects eligible for funding include feasibility studies and technical projects, marketing and sales promotion projects, new product launches and promotions supporting the development of new sales channels. The maximum award per project is $15,000. A 50% match is required. Deadline is February 27.

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.

The Opal Apple Youth Make a Difference will award funding to youth-based initiatives serving their communities in the U.S. where youth, ages 6 – 25, take leadership roles in the initiative. Grants will be awarded in the range of $5,000 - $20,000. The initiatives chosen will address one or more issues of food security, nutrition, agriculture, and food politics and education. Deadline is February 28.

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.

KEEN is committed to inspiring responsible outdoor participation to help preserve the places we play. Through the KEEN Effect, $10,000 grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations that are dedicated to responsible outdoor participation. Applications must be submitted by March 1st to be considered for the Earth Day grantee cycle. Applications received after March 1st will be considered in a second cycle to be announced on September 26, 2015.

The Harris Foundation provides grants up to $6,000 in the areas of arts, environmental conservation, preventative health and educational programs. Letter of Inquiry due March 1st. Deadline is May 1.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded a $4.8 million grant to fund the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)’s community health-based initiative, Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation (SCALE). The initiative aims to help accelerate health improvement by equipping communities with the skills and resources needed to achieve significant results. SCALE will involve up to 30 communities – 20 “pacesetter communities” and 10 “mentor communities.” Pacesetter communities will receive $60,000 plus limited travel expenses to support the community health improvement effort. Mentor communities will receive a $5,000 stipend in recognition of their time mentoring pacesetter communities. An informational conference call for persons seeking to learn more about SCALE or who wish to receive guidance on applying will be held. Deadline is March 4.

GOCO is soliciting grant applications from municipalities, counties, and park and recreation special districts to assist local governments in acquiring, expanding, enhancing and improving parks, outdoor recreation and environmental education facilities. GOCO now requires that the public planning process be conducted prior to application submittal, those projects that cannot document a local need and demand will not be considered. Additionally, in order to preserve staff resources for GOCO and our Applicants, 75% of the proposed match for the project must be secured at the time of application.  Lastly, the Environmental Checklist has been updated. Maximum grant is $350,000. Deadline is March 4 .

GOCO mini-grants can be used for new park development, enhancement of existing facilities, environmental education facilities and park land aquisition. GOCO now requires that the public planning process be conducted prior to application submittal, those projects that cannot document a local need and demand will not be considered. Additionally, in order to preserve staff resources for GOCO and our Applicants, 75% of the proposed match for the project must be secured at the time of application.  Lastly, the Environmental Checklist has been updated. Maximum grant is $45,000. Deadline is March 4.

GOCO Planning Grants are available for projects that are strategic and forward thinking in nature and directly relate to GOCO’s Strategic Plan goals of incorporating trail access and connectivity, renovating and enhancing existing outdoor recreation facilities, identifying and planning for acquisition of local park lands, site specific planning for park development or improvement, and/or master planning for entities to include parks, outdoor recreation elements, and trails.  The most competitive projects are those that are distinctly needed and demanded by the community. Maximum grant is $75,000 Deadline is March 4.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has announced the availability of Environmental Education Local Grants. The purpose of the program is to support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed environmental decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment. The maximum allowed grant under the program is $91,000. Deadline is March 6.

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.

GOCO Open Space grants fund communities and organizations to protect unique open space and natural areas of statewide significance in Colorado. There is no maximum or minimum amount associated with our Open Space Grants. Contact GOCO about available funding and the appropriate request amount for your project. Deadline is March 10.

AASA, the School Superintendents Association, has funding to support alternative school breakfast serving methods, including breakfast in the classroom and grab’n’go. Districts that want to bring alternative school breakfast to some or all of their schools for the first time and districts that already serve alternative school breakfast but are not seeing results are invited to apply. Requested grant amounts can be between $5,000 and $350,000 depending on scope of project. Deadline is March 13.

2015 Kohl’s Cares Scholarships recognize youth between the ages of 6 and 18 who, through their voluntarism, have had a positive impact on their communities. Scholarships and prizes will be awarded at three levels: Store winners, each of whom will receive a $50 Kohl’s Gift Card; regional winners, each of whom will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship toward their post-secondary education; and national winners, each of whom will receive a $10,000 scholarship, and an award of $1,000 for the nonprofit organization of their choice. Deadline is March 13.
 
The Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program awards grants to organizations implementing programs to train beginning farmers and ranchers.  Eligible applicants are collaborative, state, tribal, local, or regionally-based network or partnership of public or private entities. Average grant is up to $100,000. The National Institute for Food and Agriculture  will host a webinar for interested applicants on Wednesday, February 11, 2015, from 12:00-2:00 p.m. MST. Deadline is March 13.

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 Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program includes community food projects and planning projects. The primary goals are to: Meet the food needs of low-income individuals through food distribution, community outreach to assist in participation in Federally assisted nutrition programs, or improving access to food as part of a comprehensive service; Increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for the food needs of the communities; and Promote comprehensive responses to local food access, farm, and nutrition issues. Community Food Project budgets should not exceed $125,000 in any single year or more than $400,000 over four years. Planning Project budgets should not exceed $35,000. Deadline is March 17.

The National Food Safety Training, Education, Extension, Outreach, and Technical Assistance Program will award grants that increase the understanding and adoption of established food safety standards, guidance, and protocols. Maximum grant is $200,000. Deadline is March 17.

The Qualistar Colorado Capital Fund provides grant to eligible non-profit early childhood programs that wish to make facility improvements tied to providing quality indoor and outdoor physical environments for children, families and staff. Funds can be used to address health, safety, and licensing issues through physical improvements. Health & Safety grants of up to $2,000 and Small, Medium and Large Project grants of up to $50,000 are available. Deadline is March 27.

The NFL Foundation Grassroots Program provides non-profit, neighborhood-based organizations with financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields. Grants of up to $200,000 for capital improvement projects are available. NFL Foundation Grassroots applicants are strongly encouraged to reach out to Donovan Etchison, Member Experience Manager of USA Football at 317-614-7747 or detchison@usafootball.com. Proposals are due March 30th.

Cooking Matters Colorado is offering grants to implement Cooking Matters at the Store tours. The amount of the grant is determined by the anticipated number of participants an agency can reach through the grocery store tours by December 15, 2015. Cooking Matters Colorado will grant $15 per participant. Agencies receiving grants must recruit participants and lead the tours. Cooking Matters Colorado will provide all associated printed materials and training to the grantee. Deadline is March 31.

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 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 April 1, July 1 and October 1.

World Hunger Leadership Challenge accepting student entries for Service Learning Projects. Entries are to be submitted by a team of students consisting of an eligible 6-12 grade classroom or students between the ages of 11 – 18 who are members of a local club or service organization. Each team must create and execute a service-learning project that attempts to solve a local, statewide, or national hunger-related issue; develop an action plan to achieve the goal; and demonstrate leadership. First-, second-, and third- place prizes of $25,000, $5,000, and $1,000, will be awarded up to a total of $275,000. Deadline is April 17.

The Carton 2 Garden contest is open to grades K-12 in all schools (public, private, or charter in the United States) and is a fun way to teach students about environmental stewardship, recycling, and repurposing materials, and how those concepts can have an impact on the lives of people, other creatures, and our environment. Twenty total awards will be offered. Four schools will receive national prize award packages of $2,500 each and sixteen schools from eight regions across the United States will receive $1,000 award packages. Deadline is April 22.

USDHHS’ Community Economic Development Healthy Food Financing Initiative seeks to fund projects that implement strategies to increase healthy food access, foster self-sufficiency for low-income families, and create sustained employment opportunities in low-income communities. The CED-HFFI program will provide technical and financial assistance for healthy food ventures designed to: (1) improve access to, and purchase and consumption of healthy, affordable foods; and (2) address the economic needs of low-income individuals and families through the creation of employment and business opportunities in low-income communities. Grants range from $100,000 to $800,000. Deadline is April 24.

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Office of Community Services (OCS) will award up to $17.7 million in Community Economic Development (CED) discretionary grant funds to Community Development Corporations (CDC) for well-planned, financially viable, and innovative projects to enhance job creation and business development for low-income individuals. CED-funded projects can be non-construction or construction projects. Maximum grant is $800,000. Deadline is April 24.

John G. Duncan Charitable Trust funds in the areas of arts, culture, and humanities, education, environment, health, human services, public/society benefit and religion. Average grant size is $5,000 to $10,000. Deadlines are April 30, July 31, and October 31.

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.

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 June 5 and Oct. 5, 2015.

The Colorado Health Foundation will continue to accept applications for the following four funding opportunities within the Healthy Living outcome areas: Empower Children and Families to Make Healthy Food Choices, Increase Affordability of Healthy Food and Beverages, Out-of-School Time Physical Activity, and Healthy School Meals through Scratch Cooking. Deadline is June 15.

The Champion Creatively Alive Children grant program aims to help Creative Leadership teams identify and deliver innovative programs that inspire educators to increase art-infused education. Grantees will receive $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000. Deadline is June 22.

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.

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.

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 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 USDA Community Facilities Loan and Grant Program provides loans, grants, and loan guarantees for essential community facilities in rural areas. Priority is given to healthcare, education, and public safety projects. Funds may be used to construct, enlarge, or improve facilities. Applicants can apply for one of three options: the Community Facilities Direct and Guaranteed Loan Program, the Community Facilities Grant Program, and the Rural Community Development Initiative. Applicants located in small communities with low populations and low incomes will receive a higher percentage of grants. Funding varies.

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 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.

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.

Annual Granting Opportunities

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.

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.

 

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.

 

USDA Rural Business Enterprise Grants may be used for targeted technical assistance, training and other activities to support the development of small, private business enterprises in rural areas. Generally grants range $10,000 up to $500,000 with smaller grants given priority.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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