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Funding Opportunities

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

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Grants with Specific Deadlines

The 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.

National Arts Strategies is seeking applications for the 2015 Creative Community Fellowship program for innovators committed to using arts and culture to design solutions for community problems. All fellows enter the program with an idea for a cultural project that responds to a problem they want to solve in their communities. All tuition, including lodging and meals is completely underwritten. Fellows are only responsible for their transportation. Deadline is April 26.

Newman's Own, Fisher House Foundation, and Military Times are providing grants to implement creative military quality of life improvement plans that help service members, Veterans and families maintain a healthy lifestyle. Grants up to $50,000 are available. Deadline is April 29.

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize will be awarded to U.S.-based individuals or teams addressing our country’s most pressing needs through social sector innovation. The Prize will provide up to three years of support at $50,000 per year, as well as a $25,000 “bank” of funds available for technical assistance or targeted project expenses. The Prize seeks to support inter-disciplinary innovation in the fields of cultural heritage, human rights, the built environment, and the natural environment.  The Prize is particularly designed for high-risk, early stage ideas being piloted or prototyped by dynamic visionaries. Deadline is April 30.

Every Day Capacity Building Grants provide Friends Groups with grant funds of up to $5,000 to help build their capacity to serve public lands. Deadlines are April 30 and October 30.

The USDA Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) provides grants for energy auditing and renewable energy projects to rural small businesses and agricultural producers. (Note: one of the biggest costs for grocery stores is energy.) Maximum grant amount is $100,000. Deadline is April 30.

The USDA Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program is a grant opportunity for schools to provide children with fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day, at no cost to the children. The goal of the program is to promote the consumption of fruits and vegetables among school-aged children, educate students about the benefits of fruits and vegetables, and expose them to new varieties. Elementary schools with a free & reduced price enrollment at or above 50% are elgible. The amount awarded per selected site will be based on total school enrollment at a rate of approximately $50-$75 per student. Deadline is April 30.

The Presbyterian Mission Agency is inviting LOIs for projects that address the root and systemic causes of hunger. Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded for projects that address direct food relief, development assistance, public policy advocacy, lifestyle integrity, and education and interpretation. LOI deadline is April 30. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full applications. 

The National Storytelling Network is accepting applications for the 2015 Brimstone Award for Applied Storytelling. Grants of $5,000 will be awarded in support of model storytelling projects. Areas of interest include health care, environmental education/activism, community development, law, multicultural awareness, organizational development, leadership, intergenerational initiatives, empowerment of the disabled, substance abuse prevention, and educational curriculum at all levels. Deadline is April 30.

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.

The 2015 Let’s Play Video Contest is accepting 1-2 minute videos and applications for $20,000 playground construction grants. Videos should be fun, inspiring, and demonstrate why play matters for kids and the everyday ways that play is a priority in your school or community.  An internal panel of judges will determine the top 10 finalists based on video content, quality, creativity, and demonstrated need. The finalists will move to a public vote to determine the five winners. Deadline is May 1. 

The ECA Foundation funds education, literacy, college access, and outreach to at-risk youth. Organizations in Metro Denver are eligible to receive funding. Deadlines are May 1, August 1 and November 1. 

Action for Healthy Kids is accepting School Breakfast grant applications for the 2015-2016 school year! Grants for up to $2,500 are available. Eligible schools may apply to pilot or expand their School Breakfast Programs. Deadline is May 1.

The Specialty Crops Block Grant Program funds programs that enhance the competitiveness of specialty crop producers in areas such as marketing, promotion, education, research, trade and nutrition. Producer groups, organizations, and associations, as well as state and local organizations, academia and other specialty crops stakeholders are eligible to apply either as single entities or in combined efforts. Deadline is May 1. 

The StateFarm Youth Advisory Board is funding service-learning projects between $25,000 and $100,000 that address the root cause of the following issue areas:  Access to Higher Education/Closing the Achievement Gap, Economic Empowerment and Financial Literacy, Community Safety and Justice, Health & Wellness, Environmental Responsibility, and Arts and Culture. Deadline is May 1.

The National Association of School Nurses is offering a $5,000 research grant to study the school nurse impact on health disparities, students with chronic health conditions, student safety; innovative models of school nursing practice; cost-benefit analysis of school nursing; or impact of school nurse activities related to social determinants of health on student health and education outcomes. Deadline is May 1.

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

The William T. Grant Foundation's Understanding Inequality program awards grants of up to $600,000 in support of research  focused on ways to reduce disparities in  academic, behavioral, social, and economic outcomes for youth. Priority will be given to projects related to inequality on the basis of economic, racial/ethnic, and language backgrounds. Research that explores other areas of inequality  also will be considered, based on a compelling case for its impact. Deadlines are May 5 and August 4.

Aetna Foundation's GoLocal: Cultivating Healthy Communities grant seeks to fund the creation and expansion of community gardens, urban farms and farmers markets in underserved, low-income and minority communities. Non-profit organizations are eligible to apply. Maximum grants are $50,000 over 2 years. Deadline is May 6.

The Colorado Department of Education School Health Professional Grant program aims to enhance the presence of school health professionals in secondary schools to facilitate better prevention education, screening for early identification, and referral care coordination for secondary school students with substance abuse and other behavioral health needs. Deadline is May 7.

Youth Service America and State Farm are looking for administrators who want to create a culture of meaningful learning through service in their school. 20 K-12 public schools will be recognized as Good Neighbor Innovation Schools and will receive a $5,000 grant to support their efforts to authentically engage students during the 2015-2016 academic year by using YSA's school programs - including Semester of Service, Classrooms with a Cause, and Global Youth Service Day. Deadline is May 8.

The Western SARE Graduate Student Grants aim to provide readily adaptable technologies and information suitable to the adoption of sustainable farming and ranching systems. Grants of up to $25,000 for up to two years are available. Deadline is May 13.

Robert Wood Johnson Sports Award is a new annual prize designed to honor individuals, organizations, and teams that are making communities healthier through sport. Honorees are dedicated to creating a Culture of Health through impactful philanthropic initiatives. Awards will be presented in three categories: professional sports team, individual athlete or professional coach's foundation, and an organization. Each category winner will receive a $5,000 cash prize. Deadline is May 13.

The Farmers Market Promotion Program to fund farmer-to-consumer direct marketing projects such as farmers markets, community-supported agriculture programs, roadside stands, and agritourism and the promotion of local and regional food business enterprises that do not provide products directly to consumers, but rather serve as intermediaries to process, distribute, aggregate, and/or store locally or regionally produced food products. Funding ranges from $15,000 to $100,000. Deadline is May 14.

The Local Food Promotion Program support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets. Planning grants range from $5,000 to $25,000 and Implementation grants range from $25,000 to $100,000. Deadline is May 14.

The Denver Foundation's Colorado Health Access Fund (Fund) aims to support programs/ activities that generally increase access to health care and strive to improve health outcomes for populations in Colorado with high health care needs. Grants range from $25,000 - $250,000. Deadline is May 15. 

The Agricultural Conservation Easement Program  provides financial and technical assistance to help conserve agricultural lands and wetlands. NRCS helps Indian tribes, state and local governments and non-governmental organizations protect working agricultural lands and limit non-agricultural uses of the land. Under the Agricultural Land component, NRCS may contribute up to 50 percent of the fair market value of the agricultural land easement. Deadline is May 15.

The RIDGE Center for Targeted Studies is accepting applications for innovative social sciences-based research that explores the food and nutrition assistance challenges of rural people and places. The program is interested in a widearray of topics and issues. Proposals that focus on Native Americans, Hispanics, African Americans, and other racial/ethnic populations, as well as children and low-wealth individuals/households, are strongly encouraged. Maximum grant is $35,000. Deadline date for submissions is May 15, 2015.

US Department of Agriculture Farm to School program is accepting applications for programs designed to increase the availability of local foods in schools. Grant funds can be used to help new farm to school programs get started or expand existing efforts. Support Service grants, Implementation grants, Planning grants and Training grants are available. Letters of intent for training grants are due April 30. Funding ranges from $15,000 to $100,000. Deadline is May 20.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation awards grants to support soccer programs and field-building initiatives nationwide. Safe Places to Play grants are available in four categories: Synthetic Turf, Lighting (up to $50,000), Irrigation (up to $15,000), and Sport Court (up to $30,000). Program grants (up to $50,000) are awarded to grantees to purchase soccer equipment and/or cover operating expenses, and to attend the annual Urban Soccer Symposium. 2015 Summer Grant Cycle LOI is due May 29 and the final application deadline is June 5. The 2015 Fall Grant Cycle LOI is due September 25 and the final application deadline is October 2.

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. Deadline is May 29.

APT Charities is accepting applications for a nonprofit program which seeks to use data-driven solutions to forward its mission. The grant is for funding outstanding organizations in their pursuit of using data and information to make better decisions and increase their impact. Grants range from $10,000 to $15,000. Deadline is May 31.

Kids in the Game GO! grants provide $1,000-$5,000 to support more minutes of physical activity before, during, and after school through funds and gear for new classroom and playground programs. Eligible schools include those that are enrolled or willing to enroll in Let's Move! Active Schools; schools with little to no organized physical activity; and public or charter schools only. Applications are due on June 1.

The Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education is requesting proposals for projects that develop or improve upon an environmental literacy program. Priority will be given to projects that feature a strong evaluation component. Grants of up to $5,000 are available. Applicant organizations and projects must occur in Routt, Moffat, Jackson, Grand, Eagle, Summit, Pitkin, Garfield, Rio Blanco, and Mesa counties. Deadline is June 1.  

Western SARE Research & Education grants involve scientists, producers, and others using interdisciplinary approaches to address issues related to sustaining agriculture. Funding generally does not exceed $250,000 over 3 years. Pre-proposal deadline is June 3 and full proposal is due December 2.

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

The Saucony Run For Good Foundation is committed to informing the public about the cause and prevention of childhood obesity and provides funding to optimize the impact and success of community organizations that promote running and healthy-lifestyle programs for youth. Nonprofit organizations that demonstrate the program positively impacts the lives of participants through their increased participation in running are eligible to apply. Grants for up to $10,000 are available. Deadlines are June 13 & December 13.

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 National Dairy Council and the National Football League, through Fuel Up to Play 60, have funding available to help K-12 schools jumpstart and sustain healthy nutrition and physical activity improvements. Funds can be used to conduct in-school promotions focused on creating a healthier school and to implement Healthy Eating and Physical Activity strategies. Funds can also be used for professional development, nutrition education materials, and physical education equipment & materials. Grants for up to $4,000 are available. Deadline is June 16.

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 Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment Comprehensive Cancer Program is accepting applications from local governments, schools and community-based organizations to fund the following project areas: capacity building on land uses to increase access for physical activity, conducting environmental audits, conducting Health Impact Assessments, and exploring diverse funding mechanisms to fund HEAL infrastructure and programs; collecting or mapping data related to the built environment to support active living; developing a shade plan or conducting design work to introduce shade facilities to parks, ball fields; and implement Safe Routes to School events. For more information contact Cate Townley. Grants of up to $5,000 are available. Deadline to complete project is June 30, 2015. 

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 June and September.

The LibertyGives Foundation supports charities that address the needs of underprivileged and at-risk youth in Colorado, with a focus on proactive and preventative services. Deadline is June 30.

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 July 1 and October 1.

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

The 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.

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

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

Grants with Rolling deadlines

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

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

The Kresge Foundation Healthy Environments program funds three priority areas: healthy homes, transportation and built environments, and healthy food. Accelerating community-centered approaches in health Innovative Population Health Programs and Policies area seeks to advance work that contributes to improving health at the community level, including the use of new financial models to achieve cost-effective solutions.

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

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

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

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

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

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