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

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

Grants with Specific Deadlines

The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) is soliciting requests for funding of eligible projects for the 2016-2021 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP). Some important changes to be aware of include:
- $ 21 million is the targeted funding level for bicycle / pedestrian projects in Phase 1, with more likely available in Phase 2.
- $98 million is the targeted funding level for roadway capacity, operational, and reconstruction projects in Phase 1.
New points available to applicants in these types of roadway projects include:
- 8 points for a physically protected facility for bicycle travel.
- 2 points for bike or ped facility directly touching a school or 1 point within 1/8 mile.
- 2 points for bike /ped facility directly touching a light rail, commuter rail, BRT stations (all currently open or before 2025), or existing bus stops serving 3 or more routes.
- 1 point for bicycle detection at signalized locations (loops, video, microwave).
- 1 point for installing bicycle counters at newly constructed facilities.
Applicants must attend one of the two mandatory TIP submittal training workshops. Deadline is September 19.

The 2014 Healthy Communities/Healthy America grant from the AMA Foundation will award $10,000 grants to eight free clinics to implement the CDC's Diabetes Prevention Program over the course of two years. Deadline is September 22, 2014.

The US Soccer Foundation's Safe Places to Play grant funds synthetic turf, lighting, irrigation, and sport courts. Applicants must submit a Letter of Interest by September 24 and full applications are due October 1. Additional deadlines are February 1 and June 1. As part of the LOI submission, applicants must obtain and submit an official budget/quote from the appropriate U.S. Soccer Foundation Corporate Partner relating to your project.

Tom’s of Maine's 50 States for Good competition recognizes organizations and projects committed to meaningful change and work that addresses pressing local needs. In past years, the program has funded community playgrounds, sustainable nature trails, shelter and food for the homeless, and animal care. To nominate a project, a brief essay that describes the organization’s work and the scope of the proposed project must be submitted. Funding available is $10,000. Deadline is September 30.

Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! grants advance environmental literacy and promotes stewardship through excellence in environmental education, professional development, and curriculum resources that use trees and forests as "windows on the world." Grants are available in three award levels: 1) traditional GreenWorks! grants up to a maximum of $1,000, 2) GreenWorks! grants up to $1000 for schools involved in the US Forest Service ClimateChangeLIVE Program, and 3) GreenWorks! grants up to $2,000 for registered PLT GreenSchools. Sample projects include school/community native plant garden, a forest improvement project, a streamside restoration plan, a recycling program, or energy conservation project. Deadline is September 30.

The Amendment 35 Grants Program at the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has released the following Requests For Applications (RFA's): The Cancer Cardiovascular Disease and Pulmonary Disease Competitive Grants Program, The Health Disparities Grant Program, and The Tobacco Education, Prevention and Cessation Grant Program. Funding amounts include up to 20 awards for $75,000 - $250,000. Additional grants for $250,000 - $2 million and Innovative Adaptive Awards for $75,000 - $1 million will be granted. Deadline is September 30.

Finish Line Youth Foundation focuses funding on organizations that provide opportunities for youth participation in youth athletic programs, established camps with an emphasis on sports and active lifestyle, especially programs serving disadvantaged and special needs kids. The foundation may provide financial support for the direct costs of youth programming for requests in their areas of interest and full or partial scholarship funding for camps or youth athletic programs. Grants range from $1,000 - $5,000. Legacy Grants will be awarded to qualifying organizations in need of improvements and/or renovations to existing buildings, grounds, and property or for new facilities and/or grounds. Legacy grants range from $10,000 - $75,000. Applications will be accepted on a quarterly basis. Next deadline is September 30.

Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! grants support school/community native plant gardens, forest improvement projects, streamside restoration plans, recycling programs, and energy conservation projects. Traditional GreenWorks! grants can be used to implement environmental service-learning projects (up to $1,000 per project). ClimateChangeLIVE (CCL) GreenWorks! grants (up to $1,000 per project) and GreenWorks! investigation grants (up to $2,000 per project) are also available. Deadline is September 30.

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 September, March and June.

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

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

Great Outdoors Colorado's 2015 School Play Yard grant is now available for schools -- who can apply with a local government partner -- for $684,000 in grant funds to transform playgrounds and inspire more active physical play and enhance learning about nature and the environment. This cycle GOCO is offering a design consultant to help finalists create the best designs possible. Deadline is October 1.

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund awards grants to nonprofit organizations involved in the operation of youth baseball and softball programs and facilities. The funds may be used to finance a new program, expand or improve an existing program, undertake a new collaborative effort, or obtain facilities or equipment necessary for youth baseball or softball programs. The average grant amount is approximately $40,000. Deadline is October 1.

Road Runners Club of America's Kids Run the Nation Fund provides grants to assist running clubs, events, and schools that are interested in implementing or currently have a youth running program. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to support structured youth running programs that utilize RRCA youth running materials. Program goals must include motivating kids to run regularly. Funds may be used to purchase marketing materials; host a program website; offset fees for permits or usage fees for a local park or running track; purchase hydration supplies; purchase participation awards (ribbons, shirts, patches, etc.); and/or purchase mileage logs or other written materials. Deadline is October 1.

The Campus Kitchens Project Video Launch Grant Competition is sponsored by the AARP Foundation and aims to impact the issues of hunger and isolation that affect so many older adults. A Campus Kitchen has a mission to recycle food, provide meals, educate and engage with the community, and provide leadership opportunities for university students. Applicants must submit a video no longer than 3 minutes that demonstrates why your community needs a Campus Kitchen and how you will address the needs of older adult hunger in your community. $5,000 grants are available. Deadline is October 1.

Target field trip grants are best used for visits to art, science and cultural museums, community service or civic projects, career enrichment opportunities and other events or activities away from the school facility. Funds may be used to cover field trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials and supplies. Grants of up to $700 are available. Deadline is October 1.

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 and August 1 each year.

The Verizon Foundation make grants to organizations working in the areas of education, healthcare and energy management. Education projects aim to integrate technology in the classroom and supports schools and organizations focused on improving student achievement in STEM. Healthcare projects aim to incorporate technology to improve healthcare and reduce health disparities for women, children, and seniors. Average grant size ranges from $5,000 to $10,000. Deadline is October 10.

The Colorado Health Foundation has announced the opening of a new funding opportunity within the Healthy Living outcome area. Healthy School Meals through Scratch Cooking aims to ensure that all kids have healthy meals at school by supporting equipment costs and other needs for school districts that are transitioning from processed school meals to healthy meals cooked from scratch. Generally, the maximum grant award will be $250,000, although district size, the collaborative nature of the work and relative need will be taken into consideration. Deadlines for this funding opportunity are October 15, February 15, and June 15.

The Fund for Shared Insight will award grants of one to three years in duration to nonprofit organizations in support of efforts to encourage and incorporate feedback from the people they are seeking to help; understand the connection between feedback and better results; foster more openness between and among foundations and grantees; and share what social sector organizations learn. Nonprofit organizations may apply for grants in three categories: practice, research, and support. The grants will be a minimum of $300,000 over a one-to three-year grant period. Deadline is October 15.

The Lowe’s Toolbox for Education Grant Program supports schools with grants of $2,000 to $5,000. K-12 public schools as well as school parent-teacher groups are eligible. Preference is given to funding requests that have a permanent impact such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) and landscaping or clean up projects. Deadline is October 15.

The Colorado Health Foundation has announced a specific funding opportunity to address out-of-school time physical activity. Proposals should provide high quality, structured physical activity in out-of-school time settings (school- or community-based programs). Proposals for up to two years of funding are available. Funding varies. Deadlines are October 15, 2014, February 15, 2015 and June 15, 2015.

The Colorado Health Foundation has announced a specific funding opportunity to address activated, quality indoor and outdoor infrastructure that encourages kids to be physically active. Proposals should provide convenient access to playground equipment for underserved kids in the K-5th grade age group in Colorado and foster community pride and spirit around the community playground. Deadline is October 15.

The Ben & Jerry's Foundation makes one-year grants for up to $20,000, to organizations with budgets under $500,000. While the foundation's broad goals are to further social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems, the focus is on the types of activities and strategies an organization uses for creating social change rather than on the specific issues the organization is addressing. Only applications from grassroots, constituent-led organizations that are using community-organizing and base-building strategies to accomplish their goals will be considered. Pre-application deadline is October 15.

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

The National Center for Safe Routes to School and Schwinn’s Helmets on Heads program are offering 25 $1,000 mini-grants to schools across the country to fund activities ranging from the nuts and bolts to help start or sustain bicycling programs, to new, inspiring ideas that explore the range of benefits of safe bicycling.  Selected mini-grant proposals will require that correct helmet use be a mandatory component of any program. Deadline is October 22.

The Whole Kids Foundation funds school gardens. This grant program provides $2,000 to a K-12 school, or a non-profit working in partnership with a K-12 school, to support a new or existing edible garden on school grounds. Deadline is October 31.

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

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announces the availability of $19.98 million in Pilot Program for TOD Planning funding to support comprehensive planning associated with new fixed guideway and core capacity improvement projects that will seek funding through FTA’s Fixed Guideway Capital Investment Grants (CIG) Program. The Notice for Funding Opportunity explicitly says that applications must address 6 aspects, including how the project 'increases access to transit hubs for pedestrian and bicycle traffic.'   FTA funds can be used for pedestrian projects within a half mile of transit, and for bicycle projects within 3 miles of transit. FTA may award amounts ranging from $250,000 to $2,000,000. Deadline is November 3.

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards is the United States' largest youth recognition program based exclusively on volunteer community service. The program's goals are to applaud young people who already are making a positive difference in their towns and neighborhoods. Sate honorees receive a $1,000 award and national honorees receive an additional award of $5,000 and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a non-profit, charitable organization of their choice. Deadline is November 4.

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

The Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) awards grants to develop the capacity and ability of nonprofit organizations, low-income rural communities, or federally recognized tribes to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development in rural areas. Funding ranges from $50,000 - $250,000. Matching funds required. Deadline is November 12.

Colorado Safe Routes to School is offering non-infrastructure grants for education, encouragement, and enforcement. Minimum funding level is $3,500. Applicants are encouraged to be as cost-effective as possible in order for us to stretch funds to more communities and reach more students. Deadline is November 14.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Grants with Rolling deadlines

The Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program is designed to promote rural economic development and job creation projects. Funding is provided through local utility organizations. Examples of eligible projects include business incubators, community development assistance to non-profits and public bodies (particularly job creation or enhancement), facilities and equipment for education and training for rural residents to facilitate economic development, and facilities and equipment for medical care to rural residents. Grants range from $300,000 to $2,000,000.

Udemy is an online learning marketplace where more than three million students have taken courses in everything from programming to yoga to photography. The company has announced that it will award grants of $2,500 to nonprofit organizations to support the creation of a course on the Udemy platform. Courses should provide social value, creating benefits (or reductions of cost) for society. Course ideas include but are not limited to teacher training, entrepreneur empowerment, and education for community members. Two grants will be awarded each month and applicants should apply by the first day of the month to be considered in that month’s funding round.

American Heart Association's Voices for Healthy Kids funding initiative is working to engage, organize and mobilize people to improve the health of their communities and reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. This initiative is pursuing policy-change strategies that research and practice suggest will have the greatest impact. Voices for Healthy Kids is allocating awards up to $90,000 per award for a period of up to one year with potential renewal. In addition to this base level of funding, grantees will be supported by a robust technical assistance initiative and also have priority access to supplemental additional potential
resources (including Rapid Response).

Advocacy Advance 2014 Rapid Response Grants help state and local advocacy organizations take advantage of unexpected opportunities to win, increase, or preserve public funding for biking and walking. These grants are for short-term campaigns that will increase or preserve investments in active transportation in communities where program choices are being made on how to spend federal, state, and local funding. Grants range from $1,000 to $3,000.

Gates Family Foundation capital grants are generally limited to comprehensive capital campaigns, which are typically for building purchase, construction, expansion, renovation, and/or land acquisition. Funding categories include arts and culture, education, well-being of children, youth & families, parks, conservation & recreation and community development & revitalization.

RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of Education, Community, and Health/Medicine. All applicants must complete an electronic Letter of Inquiry. The average Foundation grant is $25,000.

Pinnacle Food Service Breakfast Building Grant Program is designed to help recipient schools increase student breakfast participation by providing supplemental funding to support or enhance an existing program or jump-start a new program. Individual Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded on a rolling basis. Eligible schools/districts must have a reimbursable breakfast ADP of less than 40% for the school or building applying for the grant to increase your breakfast program participation.

Singing for Change, created by Jimmy Buffett in 1995, offers competitive grants to address the root causes of social or environmental empower individuals to effect positive change in their communities. Most likely to be considered are organizations that keep their overhead low, include community members in planning, and collaborate with other groups to find innovative ways of solving common problems. Grants range in size from $1,000 to $10,000.

The Farrell Family Foundation provides grants for education with an emphasis on technology, health & human welfare, and the arts.

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

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

Microloans: Flexible Credit for Small Farms. Smaller farms, including those producing specialty crops and operating community supported agriculture programs, often face limited financing options. To better serve the unique financial operating needs of beginning, niche and small farmers, the USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) now offers microloans up to $35,000. Microloan funds may be used to purchase items such as livestock and feed, farm equipment, fuel, farm chemicals, insurance and other operating costs, including family living expenses, minor improvements or repairs to buildings, farm-related debt refinancing (excluding real estate).

Colorado Enterprise Fund is a nonprofit lending source specializing in loans up to $250,000 to support small business. CEF funds many small businesses that are not able to receive traditional bank financing. CEF also provides guidance, training, and resources to help small and emerging businesses succeed.

A.V. Hunter Trust, Inc. provides grants to non-profit organizations offering community and human services to assist disabled, indigent, seniors and youth. Requests for general operating funds are prefered. Typical grants range from $5,000 to $30,000.

The Safeway Foundation focuses on giving locally in the areas of health and human services, hunger relief, education and helping people living with disabilities. Applications are reviewed on a quarterly basis. Typical grants range from $2,500 to $10,000.

The Finish Line Youth Foundation supports youth programs that are effective and inclusive, funding opportunities for participation in youth programs that place an importance on youth development and an active lifestyle. Grants generally range from $1,000 to $5,000, although the Foundation may occasionally make significant, larger grants to maximize funding impact in its interest areas. Applications will be accepted on a quarterly basis.

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

The Cornell Douglas Foundation provides small grants to organizations which promote the vision of the foundation: advocating for environmental health and justice, encouraging stewardship of the environment, and furthering respect for sustainability of resources. Average grant amount is $10,000. Applications are accepted throughout the year.

The Edmund T. And Eleanor Quick Foundation generally prefers to make grants to smaller organizations where such grant making activity will have an impact.  Past grants have included historic preservation, education, elder care and services, religious organizations, music education, public recreation facilities, and animal care. Funding amounts vary.

The Kettering Family Foundation  will consider activities in the following categories: Arts, Culture and Humanities; Education; Environment; Health/Medical; Human Services and Public/Society Benefit.

The Kinder Morgan Foundation provides support for programs that benefit youth in grades K-12. Focus areas include academic programs, including tutoring, arts education programs and environmental education programs that work with local schools and meet curriculum standards. Grants are between $1,000 and $5,000. Deadlines are the 10th of every other month beginning in January.

The Leighty Foundation funds grants primarily in the areas of Earth Protection, Education, Volunteer Engagement and the Promotion of Philanthropy. Grants are usually made for one year or one project. Grants proceed from a formal proposal and range from $3,000 - $10,000. A written evaluation of the project is required from each grantee.

The Greenlee Family Foundation focuses on funding areas related to promote individual self sufficiency with an emphasis on direct service programs. Typical grants range in size of $1,000-10,000. Deadline is rolling.

Walgreens provides grants to organizations that focus on access, outreach, and education geared toward health in their communities, with priority given to programs that address the health needs of community residents. Deadline is rolling.

The Colorado Department of Education's Qualified Zone Academy Bonds program is a way for school districts to obtain interest free financing for renovation, repair projects, and other needs. CDE does not provide the funding, but provides authorization to a school district to obtain the interest free financing if the school district qualifies.

The Hearst Foundations support well-established nonprofit organizations that address significant issues within their major areas of interests – culture, education, health and social service – and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies.

Seeded with a $7.1 million investment from the Colorado Health Foundation, the Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund (CO4F) will enable food retailers to provide fresh, healthy food in underserved Colorado communities. A public-private partnership fund, CO4F will make financing available for grocers that offer affordable and nutritious foods in areas where such goods are scarce.

The Daniels Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations to support aging, amateur sports, early childhood education, K-12 education reform, and youth development. Grant amount vary and deadline is rolling.

MetLife Foundation supports projects to empower people to lead healthy, productive lives and strengthen communities. The Foundation makes grants in health, education, civic affairs and culture. The Healthy Habits program seeks to promote healthy habits and physical fitness for illness prevention, especially among children. Grant amounts vary and deadline is rolling.

Aetna Foundation Grants of up to $40,000 will be awarded for programs that target communities where healthy food can be difficult to buy, and where social and environmental factors may limit people's ability to be physically active.

The Mott Foundation's Pathways Out of Poverty program supports initiatives that promote learning beyond the classroom especially for traditionally underserved children and youth -- as a strategy for improving public education. Grants should provide optimum opportunities for academic support and enrichment for young people to learn and develop both in school, summer, and after school. Central to this effort are partnerships between school and community-based organizations and other local institutions. Letters of Inquiry accepted at anytime. Award amounts vary.

US Tennis Association funds tennis court line painting (up to $4,000), basic facility improvements (up to $4,000), resurfacing, and new facility construction or facility expansion (up to $50,000). Rolling deadline.

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

The Pollination Project makes $1,000 grants to individual change-makers with an idea and a plan to make their community a better place. Eligible issue areas include environment, justice, community health and wellness, and arts and culture. Rolling deadline.

Odell Brewing Company’s Charity of the Month program funds non-profit organizations serving environmental, educational or humanitarian causes. The Tasting Room donations are used to fund this initiative and monthly donations average $1200.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Express Scripts funds organizations that advance medical- and health-related causes, particularly for the uninsured and underinsured; we fund educational activities that support school readiness, improve literacy, develop math competency and provide science enrichment to help prepare students for higher education and success in life. Community engagement is an important value at Express Scripts.

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

Good Sports provides equipment, apparel, and footwear to programs in need.

Albertson’s charitable giving focuses on hunger relief, health and nutrition, and environmental stewardship.

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

The Fuel Up Breakfast Grants program helps improve student access to high-quality, nutritious foods at school. This grant provides funds to help schools improve or expand their breakfast programs with an emphasis on alternative breakfast options that are sustainable.

Home Depot Foundation’s Community Impact Grant Program provides grants up to $5,000 for programs that use the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community.

The Tony Hawk Foundation provides grants to encourage and facilitate the design, development, construction, and operation of high-quality public skate parks serving at-risk youth in low-income areas.

HealthierUS Schools Challenge: Recognizes nutrition and physical activity efforts in schools.  Funding Amount: $2,000 for Gold Award of Distinction, $1,500 for Gold, $1,000 for Silver and $500 for Bronze.

The Colorado Rockies Charity Fund supports organizations promoting health and wellness in low income communities in the Denver Metro area.

Costco Wholesale Corporate Contributions Program provides grants and product donations to nonprofit organizations and educational institutions that address the areas of children's issues, education, and health and human services. Requests should be submitted to the Warehouse Manager at the nearest Costco. Grant or donation requests which impact a broader region should go through the appropriate regional office. Requests may be submitted throughout the year.

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

Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is open to any K-12 school district participating in the National School Lunch Program. To qualify for the Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools grant, you must offer the salad bar as part of the reimbursable meals served in your district. The Food Services Department should apply for a salad bar package grant.

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

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

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

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


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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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


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


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


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


The USDA Community Food Projects grant program is designed to (1): (A) meet the food needs of low-income people; (B) increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their own food needs; and (C) promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm, and nutrition issues; and/or (2) meet specific state, local, or neighborhood food and agriculture needs for (A) infrastructure improvement and development; (B) planning for long-term solutions; or (C) the creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ING Run For Something Better: establish a school-based running program or expand an existing one.  Funding Amount:

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