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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

The Community Economic Development Healthy Food Financing Initiative provides grant funds to Community Development Corporations for community-based efforts to improve the economic and physical health of people in areas designated as food deserts. 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 are desired. This program will provide technical and financial assistance. Grants of up to $800,000 are available. Deadline is July 21.

Community Economic Development Projects fund to Community Development Corporations for well-planned, financially viable, and innovative projects to enhance job creation and business development for low-income individuals. CED projects are expected to actively recruit low-income individuals to fill the positions created by CED-funded development activities, and to assist those individuals to successfully hold those jobs and ensure that the businesses and jobs created remain viable for at least one year after the end of the grant period. Grants of up to $800,000 are available. Deadline is July 21.

Partnership to Improve Community Health grant is a new 3-year initiative to improve health and reduce the burden of chronic diseases. Applicants must have an existing multi-sectoral community coalition serving their community. Funds will be used to support the implementation of population-based strategies that expand the reach and health impact of the policy, systems, and environmental improvements. Applicants will identify and implement PSE strategies across multiple sectors that reach large numbers of people and have moderate to large effects on health outcomes or chronic disease risk factors. Additionally, special efforts should be taken to ensure focus on priority populations. Funding will support implementation of evidenced- and practice-based strategies that address previously-identified community gaps and needs within a defined jurisdiction in order to reduce the prevalence of chronic disease and related risk factors. Grants range from $100,000 to $4,000,000. LOI due June 5, application deadline is July 22.

Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) is a 3-year initiative to help create healthier communities by strengthening existing capacity to implement locally tailored evidence- and practice-based, policy, systems, and environmental improvements in priority populations experiencing disparities in chronic diseases and associated risk factors; supporting implementation, evaluation and dissemination of population-based strategies; and supporting effective implementation of existing population-wide policy, systems, and environmental improvements, ultimately leading to reducing or eliminating health disparities in racial and ethnic communities. Basic Implementation grants range from $300,000 - $500,000 and Comprehensive Implementation grants range from $600,000 - $1,000,000. LOI due June 5, Deadline July 22.
 

The National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grant supports the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, public engagement with diverse and excellent art, lifelong learning in the arts, and the strengthening of communities through the arts. Matching grants generally range from $10,000 to $100,000. Deadlines is July 24.

The Boettcher Foundation funds capital grants to Colorado nonprofits.Social Services Prequalification Form Deadline is July 25 and funds basic needs, self-sufficiency, and protective services. Education Prequalification Form Deadline is November 14 and funds early childhood and higher education/post-secondary.

Youth Service America is offering Summer of Service Awards to recognize young people who are creating positive change through volunteering and service. Winners receive a $1,000 award to assist them in continuing their good work. Young change-makers, ages 5-18, are eligible to apply. Deadline is July 31.

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

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. 6-12 Grant requests for $5,000 or less are accepted on a rolling basis. 6-12 Grant requests for $5,000 or more are accepted on August 1 and February 1 each year. $1,000 Grant Applications for grades K - 5 are due October 1.

Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund supports programs that work in the areas of affordable housing and shelter; education and youth development; environmental stewardship; and human services. Grants are only available for Denver and Henderson, Colorado. Minimum grant amount is $1,000. Deadline is August 1.

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 William T. Grant Foundation is accepting letters of inquiry for inequality research studies. Grants of up to $600,000 will be awarded to projects that inform programs, policies, and practices designed to reduce inequality in youth outcomes. Research grants typically range from $100,000 to $600,000 and cover two to three years of support. Deadline is August 5.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation will issue a Hunger: Basic human services request for proposals (RFP) on July 21 and will accept applications through August 8. Applications can address hunger relief (Local food banks, soup kitchens, school- and after-school-based child feeding and nutrition programs, etc.) and food access (food deserts, green/fresh food and produce availability, etc.).

The National League of Cities (NLC) has released an RFP to build the capacity of municipalities to raise awareness of and increase participation in the federal Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs through the Cities Combating Hunger through Afterschool and Summer Meals Initiative.  NLC will select cities based on their commitment to launching or expanding local efforts to provide afterschool and summer meals utilizing the federal programs resulting in year-round feeding opportunities for children. Grants of up to $50,000 are available.  Deadline is August 15th. 

The Afterschool Alliance and the Dollar General Literacy Foundation are seeking nominations for afterschool programs that have excelled in providing literacy support to middle school students to win a Dollar General Afterschool Literacy Award worth up to $10,000. Strong literacy skills can lead to success in school and career, as well as positively impact one's overall wellbeing. Afterschool programs with demonstrated success improving the literacy skills - including reading, writing and comprehension - of middle school program participants are eligible. Deadline is August 15.

Colorado Garden Show awards Annual and Major Grants. Both grants require a letter of inquiry that is due on August 30. Areas of interest include horticultural-related research, education, therapy and community improvements. The maximum amount for annual grants is $15,000 and the maximum amount for major grants is $100,000.

The $20,000 Clarence Burch Award recognizes individuals or organizations who lead by example in promoting and accomplishing outstanding stewardship of private and/or public lands that are consistent with the mission of the Quivira Coalition: to build resilience by fostering ecological, economic and social health on western landscapes through education, collaboration, and progressive public and private land stewardship. The 13th Clarence Burch Award will be presented at a dinner ceremony Friday evening, November 14, 2014, at the conclusion of the 2014 Quivira Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Deadline is September 1.

General Service Foundation aims to build the capacity of key base-building organizations committed to justice and equity in Colorado and to facilitate collaboration among grantees and other sectors to create a powerful, permanent infrastructure capable of affecting state-wide policy change over the long term. Organizations that fit GSF guidelines work on multiple issues prioritized both by what is most important to the communities they organize and by what issues will build the greatest political power for their community. Discretionary grants of up to $15,000 are available. Letter of Inquiry deadline is September 1.

The Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation supports the positive development of children. Proposals that directly support the healthy development of very young children: early childhood and preschool programs, home visitation, professional development and education for service providers, parent and child interaction, parenting education, language development/early literacy, and behavior and social competence in classroom situations will be considered. Deadline is September 2.

The mission of the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) is to improve lives, strengthen communities, and foster civic engagement through service and volunteering. RSVP is one of the largest volunteer networks in the nation for people 55 and over. RSVP focuses on: disaster services, economic opportunity, education, environmental stewardship, healthy futures (includes access to care, aging in place, and childhood obesity), and veterans and military families. Funding amounts varies. Although it is not required, CNCS strongly encourages applicants to submit a Notice of Intent to Apply by August 8. Application deadline is September 9.

The WellPoint Foundation Healthy Generations grant promotes healthy behaviors, health-risk prevention, and healthy environments. Focus areas include cardiac mortality; cancer prevention and smoking cessation; maternal and newborn health; diabetes prevention and management; and childhood and elderly obesity. Deadline is September 12.

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. Quarterly deadlines June 15, September 15, and December 15. Program Development grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded to enhance or extend an existing program.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's 2015 Culture of Health Prize is awarded annually to honor outstanding community efforts and partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives. Winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their accomplishments celebrated and shared broadly with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the country. Deadline is September 17.

The Captain Planet Foundation offers grants of up $2,500 to support high-quality educational programs that enable children and youth to understand and appreciate the world through hands-on learning projects that improve the environment in their schools and communities. Preferential consideration is given to requests who have secured at least 50% matching or in-kind funding for their projects. Deadline is September 30.

MarketLink is a website, recently launched by USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service, which helps farmers’ markets and direct-marketing farmers become authorized to accept SNAP benefits. USDA is offering up to $4 million in equipment grants through September 30, 2014. MarketLink is the result of a partnership between USDA and the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition.

The Colorado Health Foundation's Empower children and families to make healthy food choices grant opportunity aims to empower children and families to make healthy food choices by increasing individual knowledge and skills regarding the purchase and preparation of healthy foods; increasing consumer demand for healthy food and beverages; and empowering individuals and families to easily make healthy food choices and decrease consumption of unhealthy food. TCHF is specifically interested in proposals that address skills-based nutrition/cooking classes and activities that empower individuals to choose, purchase and prepare healthy food. Funding varies. Deadlines are October 15, 2014 and February 15 and June 15, 2015.

Fuel Up to Play 60 has $4,000 grants available to qualifying K-12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60 to kick start healthy changes. To qualify for the competitive, nationwide funding program, your school must participate in the National School Lunch Program and have a registered Program Advisor. To get started, you will choose one Healthy Eating Play and one Physical Activity Play from the 2014-2015 Playbook. The School Wellness Investigation will help you determine the Plays that work best for your school. Deadlines are June 4 and November 5.

Braitmayer Foundation Grants fund a broad range of K-12 education programs, with particular interest in curricular reform initiatives and professional development opportunities for teachers. A special focus is on encouraging people of high ability and diverse background to enter and remain in K-12 teaching. All K-12 schools in the United States, as well as independent NGOs with an education focus, are eligible. Grants for up to $10, 000 and $35,000 are available. The deadlines are June 1st and November 15th annually.

The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation supports organizations and projects that help stop bullying, help those hurt by bullying and/or help increase equality and diversity in sports. To be considered for a grant from the Foundation in the U.S., you must be designated a 501c3 public charity. Grants of up to $10,000 are available. Deadlines is November 30.


Grants with Rolling deadlines

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.

Rapid Response Grants enable state and local bicycle and pedestrian advocacy organizations to win, increase, and preserve public funding in their communities for biking and walking. Eligible projects 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 is $1,000 to $3,000.

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.

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.

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 Responsible Sports Community Grants are available to support youth sports programs. Grants are $2,500.

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.

Ben & Jerry's Foundation: Progressive social change by addressing the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems.  Funding Amount: Up to $15,000.

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

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 Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant Program supports K-12 schools.

 

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.

The Captain Planet Foundation provides grants support hands-on environmental projects designed to encourage innovative initiatives that inspire and empower children and youth. The foundation accepts small grant requests.

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 Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) awards grants to develop the capacity and ability of nonprofit organizations, low-income rural communities, or federally recognized tribes to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development in rural areas. Funding ranges from $50,000 - $300,000.

 

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, local, or neighborhood food and agriculture needs for (A) infrastructure improvement and development; (B) planning for long-term solutions; or (C) the creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers.

The Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes will award 2 grand prizes that include $30,000 in prizes for the school wellness program and a new playground from Playworld Systems. Three runner-up prizes include $5,000 in prizes for the school wellness program.

The Denver Active 20-30 Children’s Foundation is dedicated to contributing to the betterment and welfare of the children in Colorado. Deadline: Accepts applications from May 1st through June 30th each year.

The Clorox Power A Bright Future school grant program provides resources to school programs that give kids the opportunity to grow and transform. Funding Amount: $25,000 and $50,000.

Bank of the West’s Charitable Investments Program: Improving quality of life, particularly for low- and moderate-income individuals and communities. Funds also sponsors events that enhance the vitality of neighborhoods, celebrate the community's success and support local charities.

American Association Of University Women Community Action Grants: One-year grants fund innovative programs or non-degree research projects that promote education and equity for women and girls. Two-year grants provide start-up funds for longer-term programs that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls' sense of efficacy through leadership or advocacy opportunities. Topic areas are unrestricted, but should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equity for women and girls.

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation Improving Community Education Grants: Advancing systemic changes that improve educational policies and practices, particularly for children and families living in low-income communities. Funding Amount: $15,000 to $250,000.

Bikes Belong Foundation Research grants: Examines the economic impact of additional or improved bicycling facilities or bike-related events.  Funding Amount: $5,000 to $10,000.

Colorado Parks & Recreation Association: Tree planting and community gardens.  Funding Amount: Up to $500.

The Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation supports the health and wellness of children and families, the care and welfare of animals and the promotion of literacy and education for all.  Funding amount: Up to $5,000.

ING Run For Something Better: establish a school-based running program or expand an existing one.  Funding Amount: Up to $2,500.

Farmers Market Promotion Program: Grants for farmers markets, community supported agriculture, road-side stands and other direct marketing operations to assist in expanding and promoting market opportunities for local farmers and ranchers.  Funding Amount: Up to $10,000.

The Harry Chapin Self-Reliance Awards honors US-based grassroots organizations working to transform their communities through healthy food access and social and economic justice. Funding Amount: $10,000.

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. Funding Amount: Up to $25,000.

Tree Planting and Community Gardens Grants are available through the Colorado Parks & Recreation Association Foundation. Both grant programs provide 50/50 matching funds for community tree planting or community garden projects that may not qualify for other assistance.

Value Added Producer Grant Program provides funds to producers to help them develop farm-related businesses that add value to basic agricultural products through branding, processing, product differentiati

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