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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

 

America Walks 2017 Community Change Grants provide community stipends for projects related to creating healthy, active, and engaged places to live, work, and play. This grant program aims to support and grow this network of advocates and organizations and to strengthen communities’ sustainability. Funded projects will increase walking and benefits of walkability in communities, work to grow the walking movement by engaging people and organizations new to the efforts, and take steps towards creating a culture of inclusive health.

Amount: up to $1,500

Deadline: November 10, 2017

 

The Jared Polis Foundation is committed to enhancing technology learning opportunities for Colorado’s children. Through its partnership with Community Computer Connection, computers donated by individuals and corporations are refurbished and distributed to schools and nonprofits for a small administrative fee. The foundation has created a technology mini-grant program to enhance and expand the utility of these computers or other existing classroom technology.

Amount: Up to $1,500

Deadlines: November 10, 2017

 

Youth Service America, in partnership with the Corporation for National and Community Service, is offering MLK Day of Service Impact School Grants. Grantees will plan a schoolwide service project and hold at least one project that focuses on economic opportunity supporting economically disadvantaged individuals. This may be the grantee’s only project for the MLK Jr. Day of Service or it may be one of several projects that address other issues. MLK Day of Service weekend is January 13-15, 2018.

Amount: up to $1,500

Deadline: November 10, 2017

 

Annie’s Grants for Gardens provide funding to develop edible school garden projects that help connect kids to nutritious food.

Amount: $3,000

Deadline: November 11, 2017

 

SeedMoney will award challenge and merit grants for food garden projects. Challenge Grants will be awarded to 50 projects that raise $600 or more the fastest using SeedMoney crowdfunding tools. Merit grants will be awarded to projects that don’t win Challenge Grants but which are deemed worthy of support. An additional $600 bonus grant will be awarded to the project that raises the most money.

Amount: Up to $600

Deadline: November 12, 2017

 

The Whole Kids Foundation Garden Grant program provides to support a new or existing edible garden at K-12 schools, non-profit organizations working in partnership with a K-12 school, and non-profit organizations.

Amount: $2,000

Deadline: November 15, 2017

 

Bogs Footwear is thrilled to announce the launch the second cycle of its 2% for Outdoor Education grant program that will support local projects connecting young people with the outdoor education experiences. Projects should engage underserved/low-income youth and encourage those youth to grow and learn outdoors throughout their lives.

Amount: $5,000

Deadline: November 17, 2017

 

The Johns Hopkins Center for a Livable Future Food Policy Networks Project announces the 3rd annual Food Policy Networks Photo Contest: Animating Your Food Policy. Anyone who has dug into the weeds of reforming food policies knows that it requires ingenuity, gratitude, and a good sense of humor. Food policy can include administrative changes in a government process, city funding allocations for a local food initiative, as well as change in local or state legislation.

Amount: up to $500

Deadline: December 1, 2017

 

The Stephen J. Brady Stop Hunger Scholarship recognizes students who are driving awareness and mobilizing youth to be catalysts for innovative models that provide solutions to eliminate hunger in America. In addition to the scholarship, winners receive a grant for their hunger-related charity.

Amount: $5,000 scholarship and $5,000 grant

Deadline: December 5, 2017

 

KidsGardening Youth Garden Grants support school and youth educational garden projects that enhance the quality of life for students and their communities. Any nonprofit organization, public or private school, or youth program planning a new garden program or expanding an established one that serves at least 15 youth between the ages of 3 and 18 is eligible to apply.

Amount: up to $1,600 in cash, tools and supplies

Deadline: December 8, 2017

 

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.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Deadline: December 31, 2017

 

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: December 31, 2017

 

Katie’s Krops is offering garden grants to empower youth ages 9 to 16 to grow a healthy end to hunger in their community and positively impacting the health of their cities and towns.

Amount: Gift card for $500 to a garden center

Deadline: December 31, 2017

 

The Walmart Community Grant Program has three core areas of focus: Opportunity, Sustainability and Community.

Amount: $250 to $2,500

Deadline: December 31, 2017

 

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: January 31 and August 31, 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: February 1, 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

Deadline: February 1, June 1 and October 5, 2018

 

The 2018 Colorado Potato Video Contest is accepting videos that answer the question, “How do Colorado Potatoes power your performance?” Videos must be a minimum of 30 seconds long and a maximum of 2 minutes long.

Amount: $300 teacher prize, $300 classroom prize and a salad bar

Deadline: March 1, 2018

 

Chef Ann Foundation’s Project Produce: Fruit and Veggie Grants for Schools is designed to help increase kids’ access to fresh fruits and vegetables and create experiential nutrition education opportunities. The one-year grants support food costs to incorporate school-wide fruit and vegetable tastings into the school’s nutrition program.

Amount : $2,500

Deadline: Rolling

 

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

 

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

 

Pinnacle Food Service’s Breakfast Building Grant Program is designed to help recipient schools increase student breakfast participation by providing supplemental funding to support or enhance an existing program or jump-start a new program. Eligible schools/districts must have a reimbursable breakfast ADP of less than 40% for the school or building applying for the grant to increase your breakfast program participation.

Amount : Up to $1,000

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

 

 

USDA’s HealthierUS Schools Challenge recognizes nutrition and physical activity efforts in schools.

Amount: $2,000 for Gold Award of Distinction, $1,500 for Gold, $1,000 for Silver and $500 for Bronze

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 Extension Risk Management Education Competitive Grants Program designed to help producers learn and use tools and approaches that can reduce the adverse effects of the uncertainties of weather, yields, prices, credit, government policies, global markets and other factors, including human resources and legal issues – all of which may result in wide swings in farm income or threaten the economic viability of the farm or ranch.

Amount: Up to $50,000

Deadline: November 16, 2017

 

The Western Extension Risk Management Education Center is providing grants for projects that help farm and ranch families succeed through targeted risk management strategies. The Western Center is particularly interested in encouraging proposals which address Climate Variability Challenges, Enhanced Record Keeping, and Scaling Up Production.

Amount: Up to $50,000

Deadline: November 16, 2017

 

The American Academy of Dermatology Shade Structure Program is open to public schools and nonprofit organizations for the installation of permanent shade structures in outdoor locations not protected from the sun.

Amount: Up to $8,000

Deadline: November 25, 2017

 

The School Nutrition Association Apples4Ed initiative helps schools start a healthy snack program that encourages daily consumption of healthy, balanced snacks that positively impact student achievement, focus, fitness and mood. All nominations must fall into one of three categories: hands on learning, event, or food service.

Amount: up to $10,000

Deadline: November 30, 2017

 

The Better Bike Share Partnership, through PeopleForBikes, is seeking proposals for the Bike Share Equity Research Grant Program that funds academic research projects that increase the understanding of the links between bike share and equity, particularly focused on bike share use by people with low incomes.

Amount: up to $75,000

Deadline: December 1, 2017

 

Voices for Healthy Kids has a targeted call for proposals in the areas of the school health (physical activity/physical education, junk food marketing, wellness, ESSA, school food, and water); early care and education and out-of-school-time policy levers. All grants awarded within these opportunities will be 100% non-lobbying funding. Incubator opportunities should identify additional partners and strategies through the empowered engagement of populations that are in the greatest need for helping all children achieve a healthy weight.

Amount: $30,000

Deadline: December 8, 2017

 

The USDA Farm to School grant provides funding for training, operations, planning, purchasing equipment, developing school gardens, developing partnerships, and implementing farm to school programs. Applicants may apply for a Planning grant, Implementation grant, or Training grant.

Amount: up to $100,000

Deadline: December 8, 2017

 

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: December 31

 

The Tony Hawk Foundation promotes high quality, public skate parks in low-income areas.

Amount: $1,000 – $25,000

Deadline: January 10, 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: February 1, June 1, and October 1 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: February 9 and September 28, 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.

Funding Amount: $1,000 – $10,000
Deadlines: February 21, 2018

 

Healthy School Champions recognizes schools that have excelled at comprehensively addressing health and wellness while embedding it in their culture and systems to support student learning. With the support of The Colorado Health Foundation, 40 K-12 public schools will be honored, receiving monetary awards. To be eligible, schools must complete the Healthy School Champions Checklist, complete the Smart Source tool by January 19, 2018, write a narrative describing their school health efforts, and submit letters of support.

Amount: $300 to $7,500

Deadline: February 23, 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

 

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)

 

Aetna Foundation funds programs that target communities where healthy food can be difficult to buy, and where social and environmental factors may limit people’s ability to be physically active.

Amount: up to $40,000

Deadline: Rolling

 

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

 

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

Amount: $2,000 – $25,000

Deadline: Rolling (Letters of Inquiry)

 

RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of Education, Community, and Health/Medicine. All applicants must complete an electronic Letter of Inquiry.

Amount: $25,000

Deadline: Rolling

 

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

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 Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) Office of Health Equity Health Disparities Grant Program aims to ensure all Coloradans have an equal opportunity to live in thriving communities and achieve their full health potential. Grants will fund programs, policies and practices that address upstream determinants such as unequal education, employment, social support, community safety, housing, transportation and environmental conditions.

Amount: $150,000 – $250,000 per year for 3 years

Deadline: November 29, 2017

 

The USDA Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program funds projects designed to meet the needs of low-income individuals and increase community self-reliance concerning food and nutrition. Funding is also designed to meet specific state, local, or neighborhood food and agricultural needs, including needs relating to equipment, planning for long-term solutions, and/or marketing. Planning projects to complete plans for food security improvement projects and Community Food Projects to support ongoing projects with a one-time infusion of federal dollars to make projects self-sustaining are eligible for funding.

Amount: Up to $400,000

Deadline: December 4, 2017

 

Voices for Healthy Kids has a targeted call for proposals in the areas of the school health (physical activity/physical education, junk food marketing, wellness, ESSA, school food, and water); early care and education and out-of-school-time policy levers. All grants awarded within these opportunities will be 100% non-lobbying funding. Strategic Campaign Funds Open RFA opportunity aims to fund strategic issue advocacy campaigns focused on helping kids grow up at a healthy weight through state, local, and tribal public policy campaigns.

Amount: Up to $125,000

Deadline: December 8, 2017

 

NextFifty Initiative aims to improve and sustain quality of life for people in the second 50 years of their life. Applications will be considered from service providers, transportation, housing, food & nutrition, health, social programs, community design, the built environment, technology, law, research, the arts and others who are interested in creating that new future.

Amount: $5,000 to $250,000

Deadline: December 15, 2017

 

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: January 8 and June 4, 2018

 

Great Outdoors Colorado’s School Yard Initiative funds projects to inspire more active physical play and enhance outdoor learning on school grounds. All  projects must be designed, in part, by students. This program emphasizes projects that reach underserved youth and families who may otherwise have limited access to quality parks. All projects are required to be open to the public during non-school hours.

Amount: Up to $110,000

Deadline: January 9, 2018

 

The USDA Value-Added Producer Grant helps producers generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income. Planning grants and working capital grants are available. Examples of planning include conducting feasibility studies and developing business plans for processing and marketing the proposed value-added product. Example of working capital expenses include processing costs, marketing and advertising expenses, and some inventory and salary expenses.

Amount: Up to $250,000

Deadline: January 31, 2018

 

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 Colorado Department of Education Building Excellent Schools Today (BEST) Grant provides annual funding in the form of competitive grants for schools with health and safety facility needs. The grant is available to school districts, charter schools, BOCES, the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind and schools in the Charter School Institute. BEST funds can be used for the construction of new schools as well as general construction and renovation of existing school facility systems and structures.

Deadline: applicants must notify the CDE Division of Capital Construction about intent to apply by December 1, 2017

 

The Allen Foundation funds projects that primarily benefit programs for human nutrition in the areas of health, education, training, and research.

Deadline: December 31, 2017

 

The Schlessman Family Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations in the seven-county Metro Denver area. Program areas: disadvantaged youth programs and services, especially those that foster initiative and a positive work ethic; elder/senior programs that assist in providing the necessities of life or to assist them to live independently in a safe environment by providing basic human needs, and food service and delivery programs. The Foundation accepts proposals requesting funds to support an organization’s general operating costs as well as specific program support.

Deadline: December 31, 2017

 

The Colorado Health Foundation Activating Places and Spaces Together grant helps activate existing infrastructure in public places that contributes to a community’s overall health through residential usage and positive experiences. Foundation grant funds will support costs associated with project/program planning and/or implementation for up to one year. In addition, funding for technical assistance for community engagement, communications and marketing is available.

Deadline: February 15, June 15 and October 15, 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: April 1, August 1 and December 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

 

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

 

The Colorado Health Foundation’s Rapid Response grant opportunity aims to fund short-term initiatives (three to nine months in length) working on one or more of the following policy priorities related to Healthy Living: Increasing children’s access to and consumption of affordable healthy foods and/or reducing access to or consumption of unhealthy foods and beverages; and improving community facilities, transportation, roads, trails, sidewalks, parks and open spaces to support active living among children.

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

 

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

Deadline: Rolling

 

The Emeril Lagasse Foundation supports non-profit organizations providing children’s educational programs in the following areas: Nutrition and Culinary Education, Life Skills Development, Childhood Hunger and Arts Education. 

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 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

 

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

Deadline: Rolling