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Grants with Specific Deadlines
The General Service Foundation's Colorado grant program aims to build the capacity of key base-building organizations committed to justice and equity and to facilitate collaboration among grantees and other sectors (including media, research, leadership, policy, and issue advocacy groups) to create a powerful, permanent infrastructure capable of affecting state-wide policy change over the long term. Grants range from $10,000 to $25,000. Deadline is September 1.
The Temple Hoyne Buell Foundation supports the positive development of children by funding early childhood and preschool programs, home visitation, professional development and education for service providers, parent and child interaction, parenting education, language development/early literacy, parent information and support, and behavior and social competence in classroom situations. The Foundation also supports systems building work around these issues. Priority is given to programs in rural Colorado. Grants range from $10,000 to $50,000. Deadline is September 1.
The Wolcott Family Foundation focuses its funding in the areas of social change and environmental stewardship, with emphasis on supporting grassroots organizations for which a small grant can make a real contribution. Grant amounts will generally range from $1,000 - $5,000. Deadline is September 4.
Dr Pepper Snapple & KaBOOM! have teamed up to offer $15,000 grants to be used toward the purchase of playground equipment. Grantees will lead their community through a self-guided planning process, using the $15,000 grant towards the total cost of playground equipment and assembling the playground using the KaBOOM! community-build model. Municipalities, schools, and child-serving nonprofit organizations without a playground or with existing equipment that is unsafe for children are eligible for this opportunity. Deadline is September 9.
The Melinda Gray Ardia Environmental Foundation provides grants of up to $1,500 to support educators in developing and implementing holistic environmental curricula that empower and encourage students to become involved in solving environmental and social problems. Any organization is eligible to apply, including schools, non-profits, governmental agencies and others. Deadline for pre-prosals is September 13.
Local Foods, Local Places aims to boost economic opportunities for local farmers and businesses, improve access to healthy local food and promote childhood wellness, and create walkable, healthy, economically vibrant neighborhoods. A team of experts will help community members develop action plans that use local foods to support healthy families and communities and to drive downtown and neighborhood revitalization. The assistance process features a community workshop that brings people together to develop shared goals and steps to achieve them. This is not a grant program. Deadline is September 15.
The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations' Funds for a Just Society funds non-Unitarian Universalist groups for community organizing campaigns aimed at creating systemic change in the economic, social, and political structures that affect the lives of those who have been excluded from resources, power, and the right to self-determination. The maximum grant award is $15,000. Deadline is September 15.
Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry Innovation Lab is offering grants for At-Risk Afterschool Meals Programs. Under the umbrella model, the afterschool meals program is actively promoted to all students at the school. Schools must have an open-to-all enrichment activity (e.g., homeworking or tutoring program, open library study hall, etc.), but under this model meals must be offered regardless of whether students choose to participate in the open enrichment activity. Funding ranges from $1,500 to $2,000. Applications are being accepted on a rolling basis but must be submitted no later than September 18.
The National Endowment of the Arts’ Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places with the arts at their core. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work - placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. Matching grants range from $25,000 to $200,000. Deadline is September 21.
GOCO and the Colorado Youth Corps Association are seeking applications for open space organizations, local governments, and land trusts to hire youth conservation corps crews. In addition to public parks and open spaces, youth corps projects can occur on private lands protected by a conservation easement. Applicants will not receive direct grant funding to pay youth corps. Deadline is September 24.
Project Learning Tree offers grants for service-learning projects that improve schools or restore natural habitats. Grants will be awarded up to a maximum of $1,000. Deadline is September 30.
The CPR in School Training Kit, developed by the American Heart Association is portable, durable, designed to train 10 to 20 high school students at once in the lifesaving skills of CPR and AED. Each all-in-one kit contains 10 manikins and materials for school teachers or administrators to train hundreds of students, as well as online resources to make implementation easy. Deadline is September 30.
Target is accepting applications from schools for grants in support of learning opportunities outside the classroom. Through its Field Trip Grants program, Target awards grants of up to $700 to K-12 schools nationwide to defray the cost of field trips. Deadline is September 30.
The Captain Planet Foundation provides grants support hands-on environmental projects designed to encourage innovative initiatives that inspire and empower children and youth. Captain Planet Foundation will accept small grant requests for amounts between $500 – $2,500. Deadlines are September 30 and January 31.
Finish Line Youth Foundation focuses funding on organizations that provide opportunities for youth participation in youth athletic programs that are community-based and address active lifestyle and team building skills. Established camps with an emphasis on sports and active lifestyle, especially programs serving disadvantaged and special needs kids are also eligible for funding. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded. The foundation offers Founder's Grants to qualifying organizations that have an emergency need that would somehow be keeping the organization from providing current services. These grants range from $5,000 - $25,000. Legacy Grants are awarded to qualifying organizations in need of improvements and/or renovations to existing buildings, grounds, and property or for new facilities and/or grounds and range from $10,000 - $75,000. Deadline is September 30.
The Kids Run the Nation Fund assists running clubs, events, and schools that are interested in implementing or currently have a youth running program. Grants range from $500-$1,000. Application deadline is October 1.
The Gates Family Foundation initiates funding activity in four concentrated funding areas: P?12 Education and Natural Resources, with a secondary emphasis on Rural Communities and Smarter, Greener, Healthier Urbanism. Capital grants are generally limited to comprehensive capital campaigns, which are typically for building purchase, construction, expansion, renovation, and/or land acquisition. Applicants should have commitments for approximately 30% of the funds needed to complete the project before submitting a capital grant application to the Foundation. Deadline is October 1.
Wells Fargo supports organizations that keep communities strong, diverse, and vibrant. Contributions are primarily directed to arts and culture, education, economic development, health care, and human services. Funding requests are reviewed on a quarterly basis and upcoming deadline is October 1.
The Baseball Tomorrow Fund awards grants to organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and softball programs and facilities. Funds can be used for programs, fields, coaches training and uniforms, equipment and other selected program expenses. In addition to funds, educational support is provided to grant recipients and applicants, to help organizations become self-sufficient and effective. Grant deadline is October 1.
Foundation for Rural Service Grant Program provides grants for programs in rural communities served by National Telecommunications Cooperative Association members. Funds may be used for: Business Development, Community Development (including parks and recreation), Education, and Telecommunications. Funding ranges from $250 - $5,000. Deadline is October 1.
The Jamba Juice “It’s All About the Fruits and Veggies” garden grant program provides $500 grants to purchase gardening equipment, curriculum, soil amendments, seeds, and plants to help create engaging nutrition and gardening experiences. Recipients will be selected based on plans to promote nutrition education, ideas for incorporating fruit and vegetable activities into the curriculum, and the ability to sustain the program over multiple years. Applying schools and youth programs must be located within a 50 mile radius of a Jamba Juice store. Deadline to apply is October 2.
The Nathan B. and Florence R. Burt Foundation provides grants to organizations dealing with and affecting the needs of children and senior citizens, primarily in, but not limited to, the Denver metropolitan area. Grants ordinarily average $2,500 or less. Deadline is October 2.
The U.S. Soccer Foundation awards grants to support soccer programs and field-building initiatives nationwide. Safe Places to Play grants are available in four categories: Synthetic Turf, Lighting (up to $50,000), Irrigation (up to $15,000), and Sport Court (up to $30,000). Program grants (up to $50,000) are awarded to grantees to purchase soccer equipment and/or cover operating expenses, and to attend the annual Urban Soccer Symposium. The 2015 Fall Grant Cycle LOI is due September 25 and the final application deadline is October 2.
The GOCO School Play Yard Initiative supports schools and local governments in constructing age appropriate play yards where kids have an opportunity for unstructured play and outdoor learning. All play yards must be designed, in part, by the student population to ensure the components constructed are the most appealing and beneficial to the users they will serve. Schools awarded 2016 grants will also become partner schools in Colorado Parks and Wildlife's Schools and Outdoor Learning Environments program. Maximum implementation grant is $100,000. Deadline is October 12.
The 2016 Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards program provides matching grants of up to $25,000 to nonprofits or municipalities partnering with a nonprofit to present the Levitt AMP [Your City] Music Series, which involves a minimum of ten free outdoor concerts presented over ten consecutive weeks between April 1, 2016, and November 20, 2016. Competitive proposals will provide a public space that is easily accessible to a range of socioeconomic groups, has a programming philosophy that is inclusive and family-friendly, and has a track record of presenting quality community events. Deadline is October 15.
The Colorado Health Foundation has three grant opportunities in the Healthy Living outcome area and one obesity prevention opportunity in the Health Care outcome area. Grant opportunities include Healthy Living Advocacy: Leadership Development, Out-of-School Time Physical Activity, Physical Activity Infrastructure, and Connecting Communities and Care. Application deadline is Oct. 15.
The Ben & Jerry's Foundation supports organizations working to bring about progressive social change by addressing the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems. One-year grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to nonprofit grassroots community-organizing groups in the United States to further social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just-food systems. Grants can be used to support both program and operations costs. Deadline is October 15.
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.
Lowe's Toolbox for Education grant program has a preference for funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) as well as landscaping/clean up type projects. Projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit will be favored. Grants range from $2,000 - $5,000. Deadline is October 16.
Heart of the Community is dedicated to revitalizing and activating public spaces in the hearts of cities through provision of direct grants and technical assistance to local community partners to bring new life to public spaces. Cash grants range between $50,000 and $100,000 plus an equivalent amount of in-kind support in the form of technical assistance from Project for Public Spaces staff to help the partners realize their project and build local capacity for Placemaking. Deadline is October 16.
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.
LAUNCH Together supports Colorado communities in expanding evidence-based prevention and promotion strategies and building coordinated systems to support the wellness of children, prenatal through age 8, and their families with a focus on behavioral health and social and emotional development. Grants awarded will support communities in conducting a comprehensive planning process, including an environmental scan of systems and programs that serve families and children prenatal through age 8 as well as development of a strategic plan to guide the work. Maximum grant amount is $55,000. Phase I Community Planning Grant application deadline is October 19.
The Center for Sharing Public Health Services' Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Implementation and Impact Measurement Program will fund up to seven teams engaged in public health cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) implementation efforts. Successfully funded teams implementing CJS arrangements will each receive up to $75,000 to measure (with baseline and follow-up data collection points) the impact of their arrangements. Funded teams will also receive technical assistance related to both project implementation and impact measurement. Deadline is October 20.
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 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. Deadline is October 31.
Created in partnership with FoodCorps, the Whole Kids Foundation School Garden Grant program provides a $2,000 monetary grant to a primary or secondary school, or a nonprofit working in partnership with a primary or secondary school, to support a new or existing edible garden on school grounds. Deadline is October 31.
The 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. Deadline is November 1.
The Best Buy Foundation funds projects that provide youth with access to new technologies and help them become interested and fluent in digital learning while developing skills to help better prepare them for future education and career success. Organizations serving youth ages 13-18 are eligible to apply. Program must operate within 25 miles of a Best Buy store or other Best Buy center of operations. Preferred locations include the locations of our Best Buy Teen Tech Centers including Denver. Grants range from $100,000 to $200,000. Deadline is November 1.
Funding is available to K-12 schools enrolled in Fuel Up to Play 60. Funds can be used to conduct in-school promotions focused on creating a healthier school and to implement Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Plays. Funds can also be used for professional development, nutrition education materials, and physical education equipment & materials. Gramts up to $4,000 are available. Deadline is November 4.
GOCO Planning Grants are designed to help eligible entities develop strategic master plans for outdoor parks and recreation projects, trails or site-specific plans. Maximum grant is $75,000. Applicants must provide at least 25% of the total project cost in matching funds, at least 10% of which must be a cash match. Due to the high level of competition for these grants, 75% of the proposed match for the project must be secured at the time of application. Deadline is November 5.
GOCO's 2016 Local Park and Outdoor Recreation Grants are designed to assist communities and their partners in large scale, capital outdoor recreation projects such as new park developments, environmental education classrooms, nature and traditional playgrounds, athletic fields, skate parks, and whitewater parks. Grant requests of up to $350,000 will be considered. Deadline is November 5.
GOCO Mini Grants fund smaller outdoor recreation or environmental education projects and have a maximum limit of $45,000; the total project cost cannot exceed $60,000. Applicants must provide at least 25 percent of the total project cost in matching funds, at least 10 percent of which must be a cash match. The remaining 15 percent can be in-kind contributions. Deadline is November 5.
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 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health Prize recognizes and celebrates communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to make change -- change that will enable all in our diverse society to lead healthier lives now and for generations to come. Winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly to inspire locally-driven change across the nation. Deadline is November 12.
The 100 Resilient Cities Challenge seeks to find 100 cities that are ready to build resilience to the social, economic, and physical challenges that cities face in an increasingly urbanized world. If your city applies for the 100 Resilient Cities Challenge, it could be one of 100 cities eligible to receive funding to hire a Chief Resilience Officer, assistance in developing a resilience strategy, access to a platform of innovative private and public sector tools to help design and implement that strategy, and membership in the 100 Resilient Cities Network. Deadline to apply is November 24.
The Western SARE Farmer/Rancher Research & Education grants aim to assist producers, working with a technical advisor, in developing a proposal to conduct both research and education on a sustainable agricultural topic and incorporate such items as: on-farm/ranch demonstrations; farmer-to-farmer educational outreach and other approaches to assist in producer adoption in an area of sustainable agriculture. Individual farmers or ranchers may apply for up to $15,000, and a group of three or more producers may apply for up to $25,000. Deadline is December 2.
The Western SARE Professional + Producer grants are one- to three-year grants where an agricultural professional – Cooperative Extension educator or Natural Resources Conservation Service professional – coordinates a research and education project on a sustainable agricultural topic and a farmer or rancher serves as the project advisor. Applicants can seek up to $50,000 and must have at least five producers involved. Deadline is December 2.
The Walmart Community Grant Program funds projects in the following areas: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Women's Economic Empowerment and Career Opportunity. Grants range from $500 to $2,500. Deadline is December 31.
Toshiba America Foundation accepts applications from teachers who are passionate about making science and mathematics more engaging for their students. Grades 6-12 grant requests for $5,000 or less are accepted on a rolling basis. $1,000 Grant Applications for grades K - 5 are due October 1. 6-12 Grant requests for $5,000 or more are accepted on February 1, 2016.
The Open Meadows Foundation seeks projects that promote gender/racial/economic justice. The projects must be led by and benefit women and girls, particularly those from vulnerable communities. Grants up to $2000 will be awarded to projects that reflect the diversity of the community served by the project in both its leadership and organization; promote building community power; and have limited financial access or have encountered obstacles in their search for funding. Deadline is February 15.
Grants with Rolling deadlines
The Kinder Morgan Foundation provides support for programs that benefit youth in K-12 that focus on academic programs, including tutoring; arts education programs; and environmental education programs that work with local schools and meet curriculum standards. Grants range from $1,000 - $5,000. Deadlines are the 10th of every other month.
The Western Colorado Community Grants Fund is designed to respond to unmet needs as they arise in our communities, help local nonprofit organizations leverage matching grants and fund new projects that benefit the entire community. Grants are available for special projects and/or general operating support. Grants range from $250 - $1,500.
Action for Healthy Kids has additional breakfast funding available for 2015-2016. Eligible schools may apply for grants to pilot or expand universal, alternative breakfast programs. Grant size is $2,500 per school with the opportunity to fund multiple schools within the district. Previously funded universal breakfast grantees are eligible to receive $1,000 sustainability grants. Schools must have a current breakfast ADP of 70% or less and a free/reduced price meal eligibility of 50% or higher. Grants will be awarded to qualified schools on a first come, first served basis based on availability. For more information and to apply, contact AFHK State Coordinator Stephanie Ekoniak at email@example.com or 415-577-3217.
The LIDS Foundation supports organizations that promote active and healthy lifestyles as well as leadership and growth opportunities. Grants are available to support the direct costs of youth programming and full or partial scholarship funding for camps or youth athletic programs. Grants range from $1,000 – $5,000.
The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation is dedicated to improving the health of the public by advancing the education and training of health professionals. Priority areas for grants include interprofessional education and teamwork, new curriculum content, new models for clinical education, education for the care of underserved populations and career development of underrepresented minorities. President’s grants are 1-year or less in duration and are no more than $35,000. Board grants are 1-3 years in duration and funding varies.
Cigna World of Difference Grants provide significant support for projects aimed at eliminating health disparities and supporting Health Equity. There is no maximum or minimum grant. However, a typical first-year, pilot-level award is $100,000.
The Wish You Well Literacy Foundation funds implementation and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs. Grants range from $200 to $10,000. Applications are reviewed quarterly.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health is inviting applications for high-impact, action-oriented research. Applicants may submit proposals that would: provide evidence for the factors that RWJF believes may impact health; reframe or challenge existing ideas; integrate existing data and methods across disciplines and sectors; and/or identify actions that can improve health for marginalized populations.
The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood provides grants for innovative, creative projects and programs that will significantly enhance the development, health, safety, education or quality of life of children from infancy through five years of age. The Foundation provides funding in the following areas: Early Childhood Welfare, Early Childhood Education and Play, Parenting Education. The Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood has a two-step funding application process that includes both a letter of inquiry (LOI) and a full proposal.
The mission of the Harry Chapin Foundation is to support organizations that have demonstrated their ability to dramatically improve the lives and livelihood of people by helping them to become self-sufficient. The foundation funds community education, arts-in-education and agricultural and environmental programs. Maximum grant is $10,000.
USDA has announced the availability of funding for replacement equipment for those that already accept SNAP via farmers’ markets. Markets and farmers who may be in need of replacement equipment need to complete the newly updated Eligibility Assessment to determine if they qualify for free equipment, and to learn about next steps to obtain it.
The Kresge Foundation Health program seeks to help communities overcome the economic and social disadvantages that contribute to poor health so that all Americans have the chance to enjoy productive, self-determined lives. Funding opportunities include Developing Healthy Places and Accelerating Community-Centered Approaches to Health.
The Lowe's Small Grants program is an outlet for organizations seeking smaller-scale assistance for non-educational focused projects. These grants range from $100 to $2,000. Please note that grant funds are distributed as Lowe’s gift cards.
Green Up Our Schools provides funding for proposed waste reduction and recycling plans in elementary schools. Each school receives $2,000 over the course of the 3-year program that can be used for buying recycling bins, reusable utensils and containers for the school cafeteria, recycling services provided by a commercial waste hauler, compensation for extra time spent on the program by the teacher in charge, etc.
King Soopers and City Market offer grants to local nonprofit organizations, schools and churches to make the communities we share better places to live and work. Support is available in the areas of hunger relief, women's health, children's health and wellbeing, K-12 education, advancing diversity, sustaining the environment, grassroots community programs and local disaster relief.
The Reiman Foundation focuses its giving in four main areas: health care, education, the arts, and children.
The CHS Foundation supports education and leadership development in rural America through funding of adult education and leadership programs and is open to innovative and collaborative approaches to address emerging issues and opportunities in rural communities. Awards funding for projects and programs related to rural youth leadership, rural cooperative education, community leadership development, and farm and agriculture safety.
Karma for Cara’s mission consists of three goals: supporting youth engagement and service, recognizing unsung heroes in service and reducing the suffering of cancer patients and their families. Kids 18 and under can apply for microgrants to complete service projects in their communities. Microgrants will range from $250 to $1,000 and be distributed as gift cards to home goods stores, office supply stores, grocery food chains and toy stores.
The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program is designed to promote rural economic development and job creation projects. Funding is provided through local utility organizations. Examples of eligible projects include business incubators, community development assistance to non-profits and public bodies (particularly job creation or enhancement), facilities and equipment for education and training for rural residents to facilitate economic development, and facilities and equipment for medical care to rural residents. Grants range from $300,000 to $2,000,000.
Udemy is an online learning marketplace where more than three million students have taken courses in everything from programming to yoga to photography. The company has announced that it will award grants of $2,500 to nonprofit organizations to support the creation of a course on the Udemy platform. Courses should provide social value, creating benefits (or reductions of cost) for society. Course ideas include but are not limited to teacher training, entrepreneur empowerment, and education for community members. Two grants will be awarded each month and applicants should apply by the first day of the month to be considered in that month’s funding round.
American Heart Association's Voices for Healthy Kids funding initiative is working to engage, organize and mobilize people to improve the health of their communities and reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. This initiative is pursuing policy-change strategies that research and practice suggest will have the greatest impact. Voices for Healthy Kids is allocating awards up to $90,000 per award for a period of up to one year with potential renewal. In addition to this base level of funding, grantees will be supported by a robust technical assistance initiative and also have priority access to supplemental additional potential
resources (including Rapid Response).
Advocacy Advance 2015 Rapid Response Grants help state and local advocacy organizations take advantage of unexpected opportunities to win, increase, or preserve public funding for biking and walking. These grants are for short-term campaigns that will increase or preserve investments in active transportation in communities where program choices are being made on how to spend federal, state, and local funding. Grants range from $1,000 to $3,000.
Gates Family Foundation capital grants are generally limited to comprehensive capital campaigns, which are typically for building purchase, construction, expansion, renovation, and/or land acquisition. Funding categories include arts and culture, education, well-being of children, youth & families, parks, conservation & recreation and community development & revitalization.
RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of Education, Community, and Health/Medicine. All applicants must complete an electronic Letter of Inquiry. The average Foundation grant is $25,000.
Pinnacle Food Service Breakfast Building Grant Program is designed to help recipient schools increase student breakfast participation by providing supplemental funding to support or enhance an existing program or jump-start a new program. Individual Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded on a rolling basis. Eligible schools/districts must have a reimbursable breakfast ADP of less than 40% for the school or building applying for the grant to increase your breakfast program participation.
Singing for Change, created by Jimmy Buffett in 1995, offers competitive grants to address the root causes of social or environmental problems.by empower individuals to effect positive change in their communities. Most likely to be considered are organizations that keep their overhead low, include community members in planning, and collaborate with other groups to find innovative ways of solving common problems. Grants range in size from $1,000 to $10,000.
The Farrell Family Foundation provides grants for education with an emphasis on technology, health & human welfare, and the arts.
Microloans: Flexible Credit for Small Farms. Smaller farms, including those producing specialty crops and operating community supported agriculture programs, often face limited financing options. To better serve the unique financial operating needs of beginning, niche and small farmers, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) now offers microloans up to $35,000. Microloan funds may be used to purchase items such as livestock and feed, farm equipment, fuel, farm chemicals, insurance and other operating costs, including family living expenses, minor improvements or repairs to buildings, farm-related debt refinancing (excluding real estate).
Colorado Enterprise Fund is a nonprofit lending source specializing in loans up to $250,000 to support small business. CEF funds many small businesses that are not able to receive traditional bank financing. CEF also provides guidance, training, and resources to help small and emerging businesses succeed.
A.V. Hunter Trust, Inc. provides grants to non-profit organizations offering community and human services to assist disabled, indigent, seniors and youth. Requests for general operating funds are prefered. Typical grants range from $5,000 to $30,000.
The Safeway Foundation focuses on giving locally in the areas of health and human services, hunger relief, education and helping people living with disabilities. Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis. Typical grants range from $2,500 to $10,000.
The Finish Line Youth Foundation supports youth programs that are effective and inclusive, funding opportunities for participation in youth programs that place an importance on youth development and an active lifestyle. Grants generally range from $1,000 to $5,000, although the Foundation may occasionally make significant, larger grants to maximize funding impact in its interest areas. Applications will be accepted on a quarterly basis.
The Cornell Douglas Foundation provides small grants to organizations which promote the vision of the foundation: advocating for environmental health and justice, encouraging stewardship of the environment, and furthering respect for sustainability of resources. Average grant amount is $10,000. Applications are accepted throughout the year.
The Edmund T. And Eleanor Quick Foundation generally prefers to make grants to smaller organizations where such grant making activity will have an impact. Past grants have included historic preservation, education, elder care and services, religious organizations, music education, public recreation facilities, and animal care. Funding amounts vary.
The Kettering Family Foundation will consider activities in the following categories: Arts, Culture and Humanities; Education; Environment; Health/Medical; Human Services and Public/Society Benefit.
The Kinder Morgan Foundation provides support for programs that benefit youth in grades K-12. Focus areas include academic programs, including tutoring, arts education programs and environmental education programs that work with local schools and meet curriculum standards. Grants are between $1,000 and $5,000. Deadlines are the 10th of every other month beginning in January.
The Leighty Foundation funds grants primarily in the areas of Earth Protection, Education, Volunteer Engagement and the Promotion of Philanthropy. Grants are usually made for one year or one project. Grants proceed from a formal proposal and range from $3,000 - $10,000. A written evaluation of the project is required from each grantee.
The Greenlee Family Foundation focuses on funding areas related to promote individual self sufficiency with an emphasis on direct service programs. Typical grants range in size of $1,000-10,000. Deadline is rolling.
Walgreens provides grants to organizations that focus on access, outreach, and education geared toward health in their communities, with priority given to programs that address the health needs of community residents. Deadline is rolling.
The Colorado Department of Education's Qualified Zone Academy Bonds program is a way for school districts to obtain interest free financing for renovation, repair projects, and other needs. CDE does not provide the funding, but provides authorization to a school district to obtain the interest free financing if the school district qualifies.
The Hearst Foundations support well-established nonprofit organizations that address significant issues within their major areas of interests – culture, education, health and social service – and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies.
Seeded with a $7.1 million investment from the Colorado Health Foundation, the Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund (CO4F) will enable food retailers to provide fresh, healthy food in underserved Colorado communities. A public-private partnership fund, CO4F will make financing available for grocers that offer affordable and nutritious foods in areas where such goods are scarce.
The Daniels Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations to support aging, amateur sports, early childhood education, K-12 education reform, and youth development. Grant amount vary and deadline is rolling.
MetLife Foundation supports projects to empower people to lead healthy, productive lives and strengthen communities. The Foundation makes grants in health, education, civic affairs and culture. The Healthy Habits program seeks to promote healthy habits and physical fitness for illness prevention, especially among children. Grant amounts vary and deadline is rolling.
Aetna Foundation Grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded for programs that target communities where healthy food can be difficult to buy, and where social and environmental factors may limit people's ability to be physically active.
The Mott Foundation's Pathways Out of Poverty program supports initiatives that promote learning beyond the classroom especially for traditionally underserved children and youth -- as a strategy for improving public education. Grants should provide optimum opportunities for academic support and enrichment for young people to learn and develop both in school, summer, and after school. Central to this effort are partnerships between school and community-based organizations and other local institutions. Letters of Inquiry accepted at anytime. Award amounts vary.
US Tennis Association funds tennis court line painting (up to $4,000), basic facility improvements (up to $4,000), resurfacing, and new facility construction or facility expansion (up to $50,000). Rolling deadline.
The Pollination Project makes $1,000 grants to individual change-makers with an idea and a plan to make their community a better place. Eligible issue areas include environment, justice, community health and wellness, and arts and culture. Rolling deadline.
Odell Brewing Company’s Charity of the Month program funds non-profit organizations serving environmental, educational or humanitarian causes. The Tasting Room donations are used to fund this initiative and monthly donations average $1200.
The World We Want Foundation provides grants of up to $5,000 to organizations that represent youth making positive social change in their communities. Youth between the ages of 13 and 25 who want to make a difference through a range of social action activities, including community service projects, service-learning projects, and social ventures are eligible to apply. Qualified applications must have a project team of one or more youths, a partner organization that supports and sponsors the team, and a project mentor to guide and advise the team. Rolling deadline.
The Ray C. Anderson Foundation is accepting Letters of Inquiry from nonprofit environmental organizations for initiatives that support environmental, economic, and social sustainability in the United States. Through its Gray Notes Grants program, the foundation awards grants of between $2,000 and $25,000 for environmental conservation, preservation, education, and restoration initiatives; urban agriculture programs; clean water and clean air projects; environmental and economic think tanks; and grassroots initiatives that inform and inspire people to collaborate and take positive action to protect the planet. Deadline: Open (Letters of Inquiry)
Rural Transit Assistance Programs provide a source of funding to assist in the design and implementation of training and technical assistance projects and other support services tailored to meet the specific needs of transit operators in non-urbanized areas. Rolling deadline.
Community Programs, part of the US Dept. of Agriculture's Rural Development program helps to develop essential community facilities for public use in rural areas with less than 20,000 residents. Financial tools available include the Community Facilities Direct and Guaranteed Loan Program, the Community Facilities Grant Program, and the Rural Community Development Initiative.
KaBOOM! offers a variety of grants to fund playgrounds. Let’s Play Community Construction grants provides $15,000 toward the purchase of playground equipment that will be built using the KaBOOM! community-build model. Imagination Playground in a Box is a semi-mobile kit of parts suitable for a variety of outdoor and indoor sites. KaBOOM! is able to offer grant opportunities to KaBOOM! Alumni Network members to enhance their current play spaces including outdoor fitness stations, outdoor shade structures, and imagination playgrounds. Let’s Play Completion grants provide $500 to qualifying Do-It-Yourself communities to be used toward the improvement of an existing playground built using the KaBOOM! community build model. Joint Use Grants are solely for the creation or expansion of joint use agreements to create new access to existing playgrounds. The $15,000 Joint Use Grants can be used to support the opening of at least four playgrounds and the $30,000 Joint Use Grants the opening of at least eight playgrounds.
Express Scripts funds organizations that advance medical- and health-related causes, particularly for the uninsured and underinsured; we fund educational activities that support school readiness, improve literacy, develop math competency and provide science enrichment to help prepare students for higher education and success in life. Community engagement is an important value at Express Scripts.
The Dorthea Haus Ross Foundation supports programs that enable entrepreneurs to build sustainable economic communities for their children and families. Grant range is typically between $25,000 to $50,000.
Good Sports provides equipment, apparel, and footwear to programs in need.
Albertson’s charitable giving focuses on hunger relief, health and nutrition, and environmental stewardship.
The Fuel Up Breakfast Grants program helps improve student access to high-quality, nutritious foods at school. This grant provides funds to help schools improve or expand their breakfast programs with an emphasis on alternative breakfast options that are sustainable.
Home Depot Foundation’s Community Impact Grant Program provides grants up to $5,000 for programs that use the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community.
The Tony Hawk Foundation provides grants to encourage and facilitate the design, development, construction, and operation of high-quality public skate parks serving at-risk youth in low-income areas.
HealthierUS Schools Challenge: Recognizes nutrition and physical activity efforts in schools. Funding Amount: $2,000 for Gold Award of Distinction, $1,500 for Gold, $1,000 for Silver and $500 for Bronze.
The Colorado Rockies Charity Fund supports organizations promoting health and wellness in low income communities in the Denver Metro area.
Costco Wholesale Corporate Contributions Program provides grants and product donations to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions that address the areas of children's issues, education, and health and human services. Requests should be submitted to the Warehouse Manager at the nearest Costco. Grant or donation requests which impact a broader region should go through the appropriate regional office. Requests may be submitted throughout the year.
Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is open to any K-12 school district participating in the National School Lunch Program. To qualify for the Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools grant, you must offer the salad bar as part of the reimbursable meals served in your district. The Food Services Department should apply for a salad bar package grant.