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Funding Opportunities

LiveWell Colorado is a nonprofit organization. While we are not a funding organization ourselves, we are happy to share resources and general information from other organizations – including grants with upcoming deadlines as well as ongoing funding opportunities – for our partners in community health.

If you are a funder interested in posting a grant opportunity on this page, please email contact@livewellcolorado.org.

If you have questions about a specific grant listed below, please contact the funding agency referenced in the listing directly.

Current Grant Cycles & Ongoing Funding Opportunities

Chef Ann Foundation Project Produce grants aim to emphasize the cafeteria as the school’s largest classroom by combining increased student exposure to fresh fruits, vegetables, and scratch-cooked recipes with food literacy and peer-to-peer marketing. Funding is available to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole ingredients to host tastings and food literacy events in the cafeteria in order to increase student exposure and acceptability of fresh fruits, vegetables, and new recipes.

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: May 4, 2018

 

NEA Foundation Learning and Leadership Grants provide support to public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education through grants to individuals to fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences such as summer institutes or action research; or grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson study, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff new to an assignment.

Amount: $2,000 and $5,000

Deadlines: June 1 and October 5, 2018

 

NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants help students learn how to think critically and solve problems. Funds can be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence. Although some funds may be used to support the professional development necessary to implement the project, the majority of grant funds must be spent on materials or educational experiences for students.

Amount: $2,000 and $5,000

Deadlines: June 1 and October 5, 2018

 

Fuel Up to Play 60: Jump Start Healthy Changes Grants offer funding for schools to improve opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity. Funds are awarded for schools to implement at least one Healthy Eating Play and One Physical Activity Play from the Fuel Up to Play 60 Playbook. Examples of funding ideas include school breakfast equipment, promotional materials for farm to school programs, taste testing, equipment for transporting school meals, and backpacks for weekend meal programs.

Amount: Up to $4,000

Deadline: June 13, 2018

 

Crayola, in collaboration with the National Association of Elementary School Principals, offers the Champion Creatively Alive Children program that provides grants for innovative, creative leadership team building within elementary/middle schools.

Amount: $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000

Deadline: June 22, 2018

 

Ballantine Family Fund has an interest in enhancing the quality of life in the region of Southwest Colorado.

Amount: $500 to $5,000

Deadlines: June 30, September 30, and December 31, 2018

 

The Finish Line Youth Foundation strives to make a difference in the lives of youth in the communities where employees and customers live, work and play. Programmatic grants provide opportunities for kids to participate in community-based youth athletic programs and camps that emphasize active lifestyles, especially programs that serve disadvantaged and special needs kids.

Amount: up to $5,000

Deadlines: June 30, September 30 and December 31

 

The CoBiz Cares Foundation is an employee-funded, company-matched, grant-giving organization. Focus areas include Children’s and Family Services, Food Banks, Food Pantries and Food Distribution, and Youth Development, Shelter and Crises Services. Grants are limited to Denver-metro, Boulder County, Eagle County, Fort Collins, and Colorado Springs areas.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Deadlines: July 1 and October 1, 2018

 

The Karma for Cara Foundation’s micro-grant program aims to encourage kids age 18 and under to apply for funds to help them complete a service project in their community. Examples of fundable projects include, but are not limited to, turning a vacant lot into a community garden, rebuilding a school playground, or helping senior citizens get their homes ready for winter.

Amount: $250 – $1,000

Deadlines: July 1 and October 1, 2018

 

Captain Planet Foundation ecoTech™ Grants were created to combat the notion that students needed to choose between “the screen” or “the green” and to encourage educators and students to explore the role technology can play in designing and implementing solutions to some of our most pressing environmental challenges.

Amount: Up to $2,500

Deadlines: July 15, 2018

 

The TEGNA Foundation community action grant priorities include education and neighborhood improvement, economic development, youth development, community problem-solving, assistance to disadvantaged people, environmental conservation, and cultural enrichment.

Amount: $1,000 – $5,000

Deadlines: August 15, 2018

 

The MAXIMUS Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations and charities that share our commitment in helping disadvantaged populations and underserved communities. Priority is given to programs that serve disadvantaged or low income youth. Child hunger and nutrition services are two of the priority areas identified.

Amount: $1,000 – $5,000

Deadline: August 31, 2018

 

Project Learning Tree GreenWorks! grants provide funding to schools and youth organizations for environmental service-learning projects that link classroom learning to the real world. Students implement an action project they help design to green their school or to improve an aspect of their neighborhood’s environment.

Amount: Up to $1,000

Deadline: September 30, 2018

 

The Jared Polis Foundation is committed to enhancing technology learning opportunities for Colorado’s children through the technology mini-grant program. Funds can be used 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.

Amount: Up to $1,500

Deadlines: November 9, 2018

 

The Fruit Tree Planting Foundation strategically donates orchards where the harvest will best serve communities for generations, at places such as community gardens, public schools, city/state parks, low-income neighborhoods, Native American reservations, international hunger relief sites, and animal sanctuaries. The foundation provides high-quality fruit trees and shrubs, organic soil amendments, equipment, planting volunteers, and on-site orchard design work, horticultural workshops, and aftercare training—with the goal of improving the surrounding environment and providing a source of healthy nutrition for the community.

Amount: 12-20 tree minimum

Deadline: Rolling

 

Green Up Our Schools provides funding for proposed waste reduction and recycling plans in elementary schools. Funds for the 3-year program 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.

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: Rolling

 

Home Depot Foundation’s Community Impact Grant Program funds programs that use the power of volunteers to improve the physical health of their community.

Amount: up to $5,000

Deadline: Rolling

 

KaBOOM! offers a variety of grants to fund playgrounds as well as grants that provide playground equipment directly. Let’s Play Imagination Playground provides a collection of custom-designed, oversized blue foam parts that allows children to turn their playground into a space constantly built and re-built by their imagination.

Amount: n/a

Deadline: rolling with deadlines at the end of each month

 

KaBOOM! offers a variety of grants to fund playgrounds as well as grants that provide playground equipment directly. Let’s Play Rigamajig Grants provide a collection of wooden planks, wheels, pulleys, nuts, bolts and rope allow that children to follow their curiosity while playing. There are no wrong answers, and while the pieces can come together as a crane used to convey buckets or materials, they can also become a giraffe, monster, robot, airplane or just a “thingy.”

Amount: n/a

Deadline: rolling with deadlines at the end of each month

 

Kars4Kids Small Grant Program supports educational initiatives and youth development programs that encourage continued education outside of school and empower future citizens and leaders of the community. Fundable activities include libraries, afterschool programs, mentoring, exercise programs, weekend programming, incentives for continued reading and math work, and anti-bullying initiatives.

Amount: $500 – $2,000

Deadline: Rolling

 

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.

Amount: $1,000 – $5,000

Deadline: 10th of every other month

 

Lowe’s Small Grants program is an outlet for organizations seeking smaller-scale assistance for non-educational focused projects. Small grant project requests must also fit within the Giving Guidelines.

Amount: $100 – $2,000 in Lowe’s gift cards

Deadline: Rolling

 

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.

Amount: average $1200

Deadline: Rolling

 

Pollination Project makes 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.

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: Rolling

 

Presidential Youth Fitness Program funding opportunity provides resources including FitnessGram® software, virtual and in-person trainings, supporting texts, and student recognition items to Let’s Move! Active Schools and non-enrolled schools. Schools must employ a certified physical educator on a full or part-time basis. Schools that are enrolled in and have completed the Let’s Move! Active Schools assessment will receive priority consideration. The resources provided by the funding opportunity will come directly from the vendor(s) of those resources.

Amount: up to $2,000

Deadline: Rolling

 

Third Wave has funded cutting edge youth-led activism across the United States, and has supported emerging organizations that lack access to philanthropy. Third Wave’s gender justice vision and grantmaking invests in communities and not issue areas: young women of color and trans, intersex, non-binary, gender non-conforming, and queer youth of color. The Mobilize Power Fund is a rapid response fund for gender justice activism, action, and community mobilization.

Amount: Up to $3,000

Deadline: Rolling

 

US Tennis Association funds tennis court line painting and basic facility improvements such as backboards, fencing, and windscreens.

Amount: up to $4,000

Deadline: Rolling

 

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.

Amount: $1,000 to $2,500

Deadline: Rolling (for organizations with operating budgets over $350,000)

 

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.

Amount: $250 – $1,500

Deadline: Rolling

 

The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation provides support to museums, cultural, and performing arts programs; schools, hospitals, educational and skills training programs, programs for youth, seniors, and the handicapped; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations and their programs. The Foundation provides support for specific projects or activities of an organization, as well as for operating support.

Amount: $1,000 – $20,000

Deadlines: May 10 and November 10, 2018

 

Lowe’s Community Partners grants help build better communities by providing monetary assistance to nonprofit organizations and municipalities looking for support of high-need projects such as: building renovations/upgrades, grounds improvements, technology upgrades as well as safety improvements.

Amount: $2,000 – $100,000

Deadline: May 11 and August 24, 2018

 

The National Park Service Challenge Cost Share Program is intended to support specific National Park Service mission-related projects that align with goals of local project partners. Projects should promote conservation and outdoor recreation, environmental stewardship, education, youth engagement in our National Parks, National Trails and / or Wild and Scenic Rivers. National Park Service staff will work with local project partners to achieve these mutually beneficial outcomes. Park Service staff must submit applications.

Amount: Up to $25,000

Deadline: May 25, 2018

 

The Clif Bar Family Foundation grants can be used for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects. Funding priorities include healthy food systems, opportunities for outdoor activity, and reducing environmental health hazards.

Build stronger communities.

Amount: $7,000

Deadline: June 1 and October 1, 2018

 

The Comprecare Fund supports community-based projects that focus on helping older adults maintain their health through self-help and lifestyle changes. Proposals should include engagement of community residents, programs, agencies, and key stakeholders who can increase access to wellness and strive to improve outcomes for seniors. Project support and general operating funds are available.

Amount: $10,000 – $20,000

Deadline: June 1, 2018

 

The Tony Hawk Foundation promotes high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas.

Amount: Up to $25,000

Deadline: June 13, 2018

 

The Barilla Center for Food & Nutrition Foundation YES! (Young Earth Solutions) Research Grant Competition supports young scientists with innovative, high-impact research proposals in food, agriculture, and nutrition fields. The BCFN YES! Competition seeks research ideas that are groundbreaking and have a promise of major impact on both the sustainability of the global food system and in implementing the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals

Amount: $23,865

Deadline: June 14, 2018

 

The Finish Line Youth Foundation strives to make a difference in the lives of youth in the communities where employees and customers live, work and play. Legacy Grants fund facility improvements and/or renovations to existing buildings, grounds, and property. Founder’s Grants fund emergency needs that would somehow be keeping the organization from providing current services, such as natural disasters or other unforeseen fiscal circumstances. Programmatic grants provide opportunities for kids to participate in community-based youth athletic programs and camps that emphasize active lifestyles, especially programs that serve disadvantaged and special needs kids.

Amount: $5,000 – $75,000

Deadlines: June 30, September 30, and December 31

 

The Baseball Tomorrow Fund provides funding for incremental programming and facilities for youth baseball and softball programs. 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.

Amount: Average grant is $40,000

Deadlines: July 1 October 1, 2018

 

National Endowment for the Arts Art Works grants support artistically excellent projects that celebrate our creativity and cultural heritage, invite mutual respect for differing beliefs and values, and enrich humanity.

Amount: $10,000 – $100,000

Deadline: July 12, 2018

 

The PeopleForBikes Community Grant Program supports bicycle infrastructure projects and targeted advocacy initiatives that make it easier and safer for people of all ages and abilities to ride. Eligible bicycle infrastructure projects include bike paths, lanes, trails, and bridges; mountain bike facilities; bike parks and pump tracks; BMX facilities; and end-of-trip facilities such as bike racks, bike parking, bike repair stations and bike storage. Some advocacy projects are eligible for funding such as programs that transform city streets, such as Ciclovías or Open Streets Days and campaigns to increase the investment in bicycle infrastructure.

Amount: Up to $10,000

Deadline: July 23, 2018 (LOI)

 

The Arca Foundation supports organizations and projects that work to advance economic and racial justice, an inclusive democracy, peace and security, human rights, and a clean environment. The foundation supports strategic initiatives that work to engage diverse, impacted communities in organization that puts people on the front lines of social change; educate the public about policies that advance the greater good; promote transparency and access to information; and strive for structural, game-changing reforms. Requests for general organizational support can be submitted.

Amount: Average grant is $50,000

Deadlines: August 1, 2018

 

The Emeril Lagasse Foundation Small Grants Program supports schools and community organizations partnered with schools that have existing school garden and/or culinary education programs. Small Grants are evaluated by need and alignment with Emeril Lagasse Foundation mission and signature program pillars: appreciation of the source of food, development of life skills through food, nutrition and healthy eating and development of culinary skills. 

Amount: Up to $10,000

Deadline (Concept Papers): August 1, 2018

 

The Chinook Fund provides grants to address human rights, racial justice, economic justice, environmental protection, peace and international solidarity. Proposals from organizations working in historically marginalized communities that are collaborative, risk taking, and strategic are prioritized. Organizations with budgets under $350,000 are eligible to apply.

Amount: $1,000 – $10,000

Deadline: August 21, 2018

 

The Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations is accepting proposals from 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 determination. Through the Fund for a Just Society, UUAC supports projects that are less likely to receive conventional funding because of the innovative or challenging nature of the work or the economic and social status of the constituency.

Amount: Up to $15,000

Deadline: September 15, 2018

 

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education provides funding for schools to address technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations and safety improvements. Facility renovations can include school kitchens and cafeterias.

Amount: $2,000 – $100,000

Deadline: September 28, 2018

 

Subaru of America Foundation provides funding to build partnerships with organizations in Denver committed to helping un- and low-employed young people become self-sufficient through job training, mentoring, and work experience leading to obtaining and retaining employment.

Amount: At least $5,000

Deadline: September 30, 2018

 

Dr. Scholl Foundation funds grants in the following areas: education, social service, healthcare, civic and cultural, and environmental issues. Public schools and municipalities are rarely considered for grants

Amount: $5,000 to $25,000

Deadlines: October 1, 2018 to March 1, 2019

 

Morgridge Family Foundation, in partnership with mindSpark Learning, has donated one million dollars in professional development for educators. Grant funds can be used for four specific programs: Institutes, Education Accelerator, STEMpath, and Professional Learning. Matching funds required.

Amount: Up to $10,000

Deadline: November 15, 2018

 

Abelard Foundation West funds initiatives that build power among low-income people, women, youth, people of color and others working for justice, equity, and a healthy, sustainable environment. The Foundation is committed to supporting grassroots social change organizations that engage in community organizing which utilizes membership or grassroots participation to represent the interests of communities in which they are based, expands community control over economic, social and environmental decisions affecting the community’s well-being, and builds a strong informed voice on public policy issues.

Amount: $6,000 – $12,000

Deadline: Rolling (for LOIs)

 

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 preferred.

Amount: $5,000 – $30,000

Deadline: Rolling

 

The BNSF Foundation offers grants to support youth organizations, educational institutions, health and human services, civic services, and cultural organizations. Your organization, or program, should exist in or serve a community near one of BNSF’s rail lines to be eligible to apply for grants. Program areas of interest include crime prevention, parks and recreation, diversity and community development.

Amount: Up to $10,000

Deadline: Rolling

 

The Colorado Fresh Food Financing Fund provides grants to innovative food retail models to support implementation of potentially replicable, new food retailing and distribution models that reach the hardest-to-serve customers, operate in areas with persistent hurdles to traditional store-based retail food access, or creatively integrate distribution or other aspects of the local food system with retailing.

Amount: Up to $50,000

Deadline: Rolling

 

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.

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: Rolling

 

Greenlee Family Foundation focuses on funding areas related to promote individual self-sufficiency with an emphasis on direct service programs.

Amount: up to $10,000

Deadline: Rolling

 

Harry Chapin Foundation supports 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.

Amount: up to $10,000

Deadline: Rolling

 

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. In each area of funding, the Foundations seek to identify those organizations achieving truly differentiated results relative to other organizations making similar efforts for similar populations. The Foundations also look for evidence of sustainability beyond their support.

Amount: Average amount for a first grant is $50,000

Deadline: Rolling

 

The John G. Duncan Charitable Trust supports the following program areas: arts, culture, and humanities; education; environment, animals; health; human services; and public/society benefit.

 Amount: $5,000 to $10,000

Deadline: Deadlines throughout the year

 

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. A written evaluation of the project is required from each grantee.

Amount: $3,000 – $10,000

Deadline: Rolling

 

Singing for Changecreated by Jimmy Buffett in 1995, offers competitive grants to address the root causes of social or environmental problems by empowering 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.

Amount: $1,000 – $10,000

Deadline: Rolling

 

The Staples Foundation’s 2 Million & Change program encourages community engagement by awarding larger grants to organizations where associates are engaged in volunteering or fundraising. Grants supported a range of education and job skills programs, including tutoring for pediatric cancer patients, skills development for individuals with disabilities, school supplies, mentoring and more.

Amount: Up to $25,000

Deadline: Rolling

 

USDA Microloans offer flexible credit for small farms including those producing specialty crops and operating community supported agriculture programs, often face limited financing options. 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).

Amount: up to $35,000

Deadline: Rolling

 

US Tennis Association funds resurfacing, lighting, new facility construction or facility expansion, and installation of live streaming and/or player analysis technology at varsity tennis facilities.

Amount: up to $20,000

Deadline: Rolling

 

Voices for Healthy Kids’ Strategically Directed Tools award opportunities are intended to support lobbying activities related to a strategic issue advocacy campaign focused on helping kids grow up at a healthy weight at the state, local, and tribal level. Applications and campaigns must align with the Voices for Healthy Kids’ policy priorities.

Amount: $20,000 – $80,000

Deadline: Rolling

 

Wish You Well Literacy Foundation funds implementation and expansion of new and existing literacy and educational programs.

Amount: $200 – $10,000. Applications are reviewed quarterly.

Deadline: Rolling

The USDA Farmers Market Promotion Program aims to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets by developing, improving, expanding, and providing outreach, training, and technical assistance to, or assisting in the development, improvement, and expansion of, domestic farmers markets, roadside stands, community-supported agriculture programs, agritourism activities, and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities.

Amount: $50,000 – $500,000

Deadline: May 7, 2018

 

The USDA Local Food Promotion Program offers grant funds with a 25% match to support the development and expansion of local and regional food business enterprises to increase domestic consumption of, and access to, locally and regionally produced agricultural products, and to develop new market opportunities for farm and ranch operations serving local markets. There are two types of project applications are accepted under LFPP—planning grants and implementation grants.

Amount: $25,000 – $500,000

Deadline: May 7, 2018

 

Policies for Action: Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health aims to learn how national, state or local policies can promote lifelong health and health equity for individuals, families, and communities; as well as what enabling factors promote the adoption and spread of good policies. Proposals that will investigate public and private policies from a range of political ideologies and perspectives are desired.

Amount: Up to $250,000

Deadline: June 7, 2018 (LOI)

 

The Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants Program provides funding to create and/or implement a plan to revitalize distressed HUD housing; improve outcomes of households living in the target housing related to employment, income, health, and education; and encourage public and private reinvestment in distressed neighborhoods to improve safety, schools, and commercial activity. Planning and Action Grants and Planning Only Grants are available.

Amount: Up to $1,300,000

Deadline: June 12, 2018

 

The Rockefeller Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative have created the Communities Thrive Challenge open to organizations that are working to expand economic opportunity for low-income and financially insecure people and communities in the United States. The initiative will fund, strengthen and scale community-driven approaches across the country that help low-income and financially insecure people find and retain well-paid and meaningful work, achieve financial security, or build economically vibrant neighborhoods.

Amount: $1 million

Deadline: June 19, 2018

 

The American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are working to create a culture of health with the Voices for Healthy Kids initiative. The goal of the grant opportunities within this initiative is to make effective strategic investments in ongoing state, local, and tribal public policy issue campaigns in order to increase public policy impact on healthy weight and living among children. Open RFA and Incubator grants are available to address the identified policy levers in communities, schools, and early care and education & out-of-school time settings.

Amount: Up to $125,000

Deadline: July 13, 2018

 

U.S. DOT’s Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program funds surface transportation infrastructure including roads, bridges, transit, rail, ports or intermodal transportation.

Amount: At least $5 million

Deadline: July 19, 2018

 

William T. Grant Foundation funds research that increases understanding in one of our two focus areas: programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth.

Amount: Up to $600,000

Deadline: August 1, 2018

 

The Russell Sage Foundation’s Social Inequality initiative supports research on the social, economic, political, and labor market consequences of rising economic inequalities in the United States. Letters of Inquiry for investigator-initiated research projects that broaden current understanding of the causes and consequences of rising economic inequalities are being accepted.

Amount: Up to $150,000

Deadline: August 20, 2018

 

The Rural Community Assistance Corporation Community Facility Loans program offers loans to help develop and improve essential community facilities in the rural West. Applicable facilities include public and nonprofit office buildings, treatment centers, emergency and transitional housing, assisted living, human services, public safety, child care, education, and cultural facilities.

Amount: Up to $6 million

Deadline: Rolling

 

The USDA 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.

Amount: $300,000 to $2,000,000

Deadline: Rolling

Launched in 2015, the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade’s Blueprint 2.0 leverages state partnerships and specialized resources to address the economic development goals of rural areas of Colorado. Initiatives can focus on place-making, branding, co-working, small business support, film production, outdoor recreation and tourism promotion. Past Blueprint 2.0 recipients have received technical assistance developing tourism assets, strategic business growth action plans and even a tiny home master plan.

Deadline: June 1, 2018

 

The USDA Outreach and Assistance for Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers and Veteran Farmers and Ranchers Program provides funding to community-based and non-profit organizations, institutions of higher education, and Tribal entities to conduct outreach initiatives and training to assist socially disadvantaged and veteran farmers and ranchers in owning and operating farms and ranches while increasing their participation in USDA agricultural programs and services.

Deadline: May 15, 2018

 

The AARP Community Challenge funds projects that build momentum for local change to improve livability for all residents. Grants can be used to improve housing, transportation, public space and other community elements that support great places for all people of all ages.

Deadline: May 16, 2018

 

Rocky Mountain Health Foundation improves the health of western slope Coloradans serving as a catalyst and collaborator for innovative healthcare approaches and promoting the health and well-being of Western Slope communities. General operating and programmatic grants are available.

Deadlines: July 18, and October 24, 2018

 

The Brady Education Foundation seeks to close the achievement/opportunity gap for children at risk for poor school outcomes due to environmental factors associated with poverty. Applications are being accepted for Existing Program Evaluation grants to evaluate the effectiveness of programs designed to promote positive cognitive and/or achievement outcomes for children (birth through 18 years) from underserved groups and/or low-resourced communities. Preference will be given to programs/projects that represent strong collaborative relationships between researchers, practitioners, and other community stakeholders as appropriate, and where the community/population being studied is reflected in the composition of the project’s leadership team.

Deadlines: August 1 and December 1, 2018

 

The Denver Foundation Community Grants program funds the following program areas: Basic Human Needs, Economic Opportunity, Education, and Leadership & Equity. The foundation seeks to reduce racial, ethnic, and economic disparities through supporting organizations that share core values of racial equity and constituent leadership. Grants are limited to the seven-county Metro Denver region, specifically Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson counties. General operating grant requests are accepted.

Deadline: August 1, 2018

 

The Rollie R Kelley Family Foundation is accepting applications that meet the following general criteria within the Colorado Front Range: programs serving inner-city ministries, programs improving the cultural quality of life, programs delivering and improving economic education, programs serving youth and families at risk, and programs serving children’s health (both mental and physical).

Deadline: (Letter of Inquiry) September 1, 2018

 

Edmund T. & Eleanor Quick Foundation provides grants for operating funds, program funds, and capital projects. The target areas for grants are:  basic needs organizations, youth programs (not including sports teams), religious organizations, domestic violence programs, historic preservation, early childhood, women-oriented programs, animal shelters and veterans programs.

Deadline: September 15, 2018

 

The Jackson National Community Fund funds projects that strengthen families and increase economic opportunities to make a meaningful, long-term impact in the Denver area. Focus areas include access to food, work readiness, and student achievement among other opportunities.

Deadline: September 20, 2018

 

Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver provides grants to address Housing/Homeless, Hunger/Food, and Refugees/Immigrants.

Deadline: October 31, 2018

 

The Lawrence Foundation awards program and operating grants to charitable organizations in the areas of education, the environment,  human services, disaster relief, and other causes.

Deadline: November 1, 2018

 

The Kush Desai Foundation believes in paying it forward, lifting the less fortunate, and building a strong community. Current areas of aid include victims of domestic violence, children and families in need, hospice patients, non-profit mental health clinics, homeless shelters, and students pursuing degrees in social work.

Deadline: December 15, 2018

 

The USDA Afterschool Snack Program is a federally assisted snack program operating in public and nonprofit private schools and residential child care institutions. School districts and independent schools that choose to take part in the snack program receive cash subsidies from the USDA for each snack they serve. In return, they must serve snacks that meet federal requirements, and they must offer free or reduced price snacks to eligible children. For Colorado-specific information, email nutrition@cde.state.co.us.

Deadline: Rolling

 

Bank of the West’s Charitable Investments Program is to help meet the needs of the communities we serve by supporting nonprofit organizations dedicated to improving quality of life, particularly for low- and moderate-income individuals and communities. Specific counties within Colorado are eligible to apply.

Deadline: Rolling

 

The Brinker International Charitable Giving program provides funds in the areas of health, social services, arts and education, and diversity.

Deadline: Rolling

 

The Brittingham Family Foundation is a private foundation whose goal is to be an enlightened community partner by supporting education, arts, social services, youth, health and the environment.

Deadline: Rolling

 

Build it with KaBOOM! invites communities to transform their space with a community-led playground build. Through a 5–12 week planning process, led by a KaBOOM! Project Manager, communities prep for the six-hour build day. Each grant includes a permanent play structure as well site enhancements to meet the needs unique to each community.

Deadline: Rolling

 

The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is committed to improving the nutritional quality of meals served to children and adults in participating child care centers, family child care homes, at-risk afterschool programs, Head Start and outside-school-hours programs (including 5th day programs), adult day care centers and emergency and homeless shelters. CACFP reimburses these care centers for nutritious meals and snacks served to eligible children and adults using funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Deadline: Rolling

 

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.

Deadline: Rolling

 

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

Deadline: Rolling

 

Gates Family Foundation initiates funding activity in the areas of 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: Rolling

 

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

Deadline: Rolling

 

Halliburton Foundation provides grants in the areas of education, health, and social services (health-related).

Deadline: Rolling

 

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.

Deadline: Rolling

 

The Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation supports grassroots organizations and movements in the United States working to change environmental, social, economic and political conditions to bring about a more just, equitable and sustainable world.

Deadline: Rolling

 

The Justin J. Watt Foundation mission is to provide after school athletic opportunities for middle school aged children. Funding to be used for uniforms; safety equipment like helmets, pads, and wrestling or cheerleading mats; balls, bats, nets, and other equipment vital to the sport; and storage equipment.

Deadline: Rolling

 

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.

Deadline: Rolling

 

The Kresge Foundation’s 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.

Deadline: Rolling

 

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.

Deadline: Rolling

 

MarketLink is a program of the National Association of Farmers Market Nutrition Programs that assists farmers and markets with accepting SNAP and electronic payments. Eligible farmers markets and direct marketing farmers can receive free EBT equipment necessary to process SNAP benefits.

Deadline: Rolling

 

The Norman Foundation supports efforts that strengthen the ability of communities to determine their own economic, environmental and social well-being, and that help people control those forces that affect their lives. Efforts may include promoting economic justice and development through community organizing, coalition building and policy reform efforts; working to prevent the disposal of toxics in communities, and linking environmental issues with economic and social justice; and linking community-based economic and environmental justice organizing to national and international reform efforts.

Deadline: Rolling

 

Reiman Foundation focuses its giving in four main areas: health care, education, the arts, and children.

Deadline: Rolling

 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 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.

Deadline: Rolling

 

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposal funding opportunity is to explore; to look into the future and put health first as we design for changes in how we live, learn, work and play; to wade into uncharted territory in order to better understand what new trends, opportunities and breakthrough ideas can enable everyone in America to live the healthiest life possible.

Deadline: Rolling

 

The Rose Community Foundation accepts grant applications from the seven-county Greater Denver area of Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson Counties. Program areas include Aging, Child and Family Development, Education, Health and Jewish Life.

Deadline: Rolling

 

The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies and thriving cultures. The foundation seeks to dismantle the structural barriers that limit opportunity for many, helping to create communities that are prosperous, culturally enriching, and sustainable.

Deadline: Rolling

 

USDA Economic Impact Initiative Grants provide funding to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural communities that have extreme unemployment and severe economic depression. Rural areas with no more than 20,000 residents that have a “Not Employed Rate” greater than 19.5% are eligible to apply. Funds can be used for facilities such as street improvements, community centers, community gardens, food pantries, community kitchens, food banks, food hubs, greenhouses, and kitchen appliances.

Deadline: 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: Rolling