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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

The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition’s I Can Do It! Program is a customizable model that utilizes mentorship, goal-setting, healthy behaviors and recognition to transform the lives of individuals with a disability. Financial incentives are available for schools and districts; colleges and universities; and community-based organizations wishing to implement and evaluate the ICDI model.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Deadline: August 12, 2018 (Deadline extended to August 19, 2018)

 

Open Meadows Foundation is seeking projects that promote gender/racial/economic justice. The projects must be led by and benefit women and girls. Open Meadows is specifically looking to direct its resources towards changing the world through projects focused on activism, political change, and empowerment directed by, and benefiting women and girls.

Amount: Up to $2,000

Deadline: August 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

 

The TPP Global Kindness grant program invests in the larger communal and global shifts in consciousness that arise when spreading kindness is an intentional practice. The purpose of a Pollination Project Seed Grant is to support passionate, committed people with an early-stage social change vision. Individuals and community groups are eligible to apply.

Amount: $1,000

Deadline: September 15, 2018

 

The Mile High SHRM Community Engagement Committee operates as a bridge between community agencies and Mile High SHRM to create greater collective impact through assisting agencies with workforce related missions including: economic development, workforce education, workforce initiatives, self-sufficiency, and poverty reduction. Each year, the Mile High SHRM Community Engagement Committee selects one local non-profit or state funded university to receive a Workforce Readiness Grant.

Amount: Up to $2,500

Deadline: September 21, 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: 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: September 30 and December 31

 

Green Education Foundation provides funding to schools and youth groups to advance the sustainability of current youth garden projects.

Amount: $500

Deadline: September 30, 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 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

Deadline: 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

Deadline: October 1, 2018

 

Target Corporation is accepting applications to its Field Trip Grants program, an annual program designed to support field trips for K-12 students. Grants are intended to fund visits to art, science, and cultural museums, community service or civic projects, career enrichment opportunities, and other events or activities beyond school grounds. Funds may be used to cover field trip-related costs such as transportation, ticket fees, food, resource materials, and supplies.

Amount: Up to $700

Deadline: October 1, 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

Deadline: 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

Deadline: October 5, 2018

 

The Quadratec Cares ‘Energize The Environment’ Grant Program promotes environmental responsibility. Some examples of projects that are eligible for funding include: trail building or restoration projects, park beautification events, community environmental educational projects, and youth educational engagement events.

Amount: $3,500

Deadline: October 30, 2018

 

Annie’s Grant for Edible School Gardens aims to connect kids to gardens to help them start thinking more holistically about their food, their communities, and the planet.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Deadline: November 1, 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 Walmart Community Grant Program addresses eight issue areas including hunger relief and healthy eating (providing Federal or charitable meals/snacks for low income individuals and families), quality of life (improving access to recreation, arts or cultural experiences for low income individuals and families), education (providing afterschool enrichment, tutoring or vocational training for low income individuals and families), community and economic development (improving local communities for the benefit of low income individuals and families), environmental sustainability (preventing waste, increasing recycling or supporting other programs that work to improve the environment), and others.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Deadline: December 31, 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 Hearst Health Prize showcases the work of an individual, group, organization or institution that has successfully implemented a population health program or intervention that has made a measurable difference. The results of successful programs are expressed in terms of actual improvements in health outcomes and/or health behaviors, not just financial measures, clinical process measures, or measures of participation.

Amount: Up to $100,000

Deadline: August 9, 2018

 

Youth Service America is accepting applications for the 2018-2019 Lead Agency program to activate youth volunteers on September 11th National Day of Service & Remembrance, MLK Day of Service weekend, and Global Youth Service Day.

Amount: Up to $6,000

Deadline: August 10, 2018

 

The Colorado Tourism Office is offering Small and Large Competitive Marketing Matching Grants for not-for-profit organizations for the purpose of promoting the state or a region as a tourism destination.

Amount: Up to $25,000

Deadline: August 15, 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

 

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: August 24, 2018

 

The Colorado Garden Foundation funds horticultural programs including gardens and greenhouses. Education is emphasized.

Amount: Up to $15,000

Deadline: August 30, 2018 (Letter of Intent)

 

Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation is offering funding to address prevention of tooth decay that includes strategies to decrease consumption of sugar sweetened beverages.

Amount: $10,000 – $100,000

Deadline: August 31, 2018

 

Kaiser Permanente has a General Operating Support grant funding opportunity for up to 10 nonprofit organizations that are using place-based community organizing to mitigate involuntary housing displacement of people of color living in economically vulnerable communities/neighborhoods. Eligible organizations must provide services within Kaiser Permanente’s Service Area.

Amount: Up to $80,000

Deadline: August 31, 2018

 

The Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation serves the Pikes Peak Region. The Foundation funds grant requests for general operations, specific projects, programs, capital needs, and capacity building.  Some areas of funding include the welfare of children, preservation of the environment, and community improvements.

Amount: Up to $100,000

Deadlines: September 1 and December 1, 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

 

Levitt AMP [Your City] Grant Awards bring the joy of free, live music to people of all ages and backgrounds living in small to mid-sized towns and cities, transforming neglected public spaces into thriving community destinations. Grantees present a minimum of ten free outdoor concerts presented over ten consecutive weeks between May 1 and November 15, 2019.

Amount: Up to $25,000

Deadline: September 25, 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

 

The U.S. Soccer Foundation Safe Places to Play grants support nonprofit organizations working to help build or enhance a field space in their communities in order to keep children in underserved communities active, healthy, and safe. Synthetic turf, lighting, irrigation, and sport courts are eligible projects.

Amount: Up to $50,000

Deadline: September 28, 2018 (Letter of Intent)

 

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: September 30 and December 31

 

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

 

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

Deadline: October 1, 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: October 1, 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

 

The Laura Jane Musser Fund’s Rural Initiative Program encourages collaborative and participatory efforts among citizens in rural communities that will help to strengthen their towns and regions in a number of civic areas including, but not limited to, economic development, business preservation, arts and humanities, public space improvements, and education. Planning and Implementation Grants are available.

Amount: Up to $25,000

Deadline: October 3, 2018

 

Qualistar Capital Improvement grants are for organizations that serve children younger than age five and are in need of permanent facility improvements. No moveable equipment, supplies, consumables, toys or retirement of debt.

Amount: Up to $50,000

Deadline: October 5, 2018

 

The Ben & Jerry’s Foundation supports organizations working to bring about progressive social change by addressing the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems. The Foundation focuses on the types of activities and strategies an organization uses for creating social change rather than on the specific issues the organization is addressing. Grants can be used for both programming and operational costs.

Amount: Up to $25,000

Deadline: October 15, 2018 (Pre-applications)

 

The Laura Jane Musser Fund’s Intercultural Harmony Program promotes mutual understanding and cooperation between groups and citizens of different cultural backgrounds within defined geographical areas through collaborative, cross-cultural exchange projects. Projects must be intercultural and demonstrate intercultural exchange, rather than focused on just one culture. Planning and Implementation Grants are available.

Amount: Up to $25,000

Deadline: October 17, 2018

 

The Mabel Y. Hughes Charitable Trust supports charitable, educational, religious, and hospital institutions in the state of Colorado to address arts, culture and humanities, education, environment, health, and human services.

Amount:  $5,000 to $25,000

Deadline: November 1, 2018

 

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

Deadline: November 10, 2018

 

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

 

The Patagonia Retail Grants Program funds environmental work that takes place near Patagonia retail stores. These grants support small grassroots activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas, working strategically on multipronged campaigns to preserve and protect the environment.

Amount: $8,000 – $12,000

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

National Endowment for the Arts’ Our Town program supports projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Successful Our Town projects ultimately lay the groundwork for systemic changes that sustain the integration of arts, culture, and design into strategies for strengthening communities. Place-based and Knowledge Building grants are available.

Amount: Up to $200,000

Deadline: August 9, 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 William T. Grant Foundation Institutional Challenge grant program encourages schools and university-based research institutes and centers to build sustained research-practice partnerships with public agencies or nonprofit organizations with the goal of reducing inequality in youth outcomes. Areas of interest include education, justice, child welfare, mental health, immigration, and workforce development.

Amount: $650,000 (over 3 years)

Deadline: September 7, 2018

 

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Systems for Action program is offering up to six awards for research on how to better align and coordinate medical, social, and public health services to support population health. All proposals should include a focus on health equity, by examining how better aligning systems can ensure everyone has the opportunity to achieve their full health potential.

Amount: Up to $250,000

Deadline: October 10, 2018

 

Great Outdoors Colorado Local Park and Outdoor Recreation grants are available for cities, counties, and parks and recreation districts for new park development, enhancing existing park facilities, park land acquisition, and environmental education facilities. Eligible entities can sponsor projects on behalf of school districts, unincorporated cities and towns, community groups, and other ineligible entities. Applicants must provide at least 25% of the total project cost in matching funds, at least 10% of which must be a cash match.

Amount: Up to $350,000

Deadline: November 1, 2018

 

Great Outdoors Colorado School Play Yard Initiative funds projects that seek to revitalize school playgrounds and outdoor learning environments with an emphasis on opportunities for nature-based play and learning. The most competitive projects will be those that reflect a participatory design process led by the students and supported by the local community.

Amount: Up to $110,000

Deadline: January 8, 2019

 

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

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

 

AJL Charitable Foundation funds projects that help at-risk Colorado youth and families by supporting educational and humanitarian programs that provide the tools to help them succeed in life.

Deadline: September 28, 2018

 

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities’ Innovations for Healthy Living – Improving Minority Health and Eliminating Health Disparities grant will award funding to small business concerns (SBCs) to develop a product, process, or service for commercialization that would result in the reduction of disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes. Technologies to address the unique health burdens experienced by health disparity populations in urban and underserved rural areas are of particular interest, including technologies to support healthy eating and active living.

Deadline: October 1, 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.

Deadline: October 24, 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 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.

Deadline: December 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 Kettering Family Foundation supports grants in the areas of arts, education, environment, health, human services, and public/society benefit. Applicants should contact the Foundation’s office to discuss your proposed program before you start the application process. Schools are not eligible to apply.

Deadline: Jan 31, 2019 (LOIs)

 

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