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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 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

 

National Park Trust’s Kids to Parks Day National School Contest helps educators engage their students with their local parks. This national contest is open to all Title I schools. Classes can receive funding for a KTP event in May at a park or public land/waterway in their community. Students must research and write the proposal themselves, although teachers are encouraged to provide support and feedback. Entries should explain how your experience will promote education, health and wellness, and park stewardship.

Amount: Up to $1,000

Deadline: February 1, 2018

 

Fiskars Project Orange Thumb Grant Program provides funding and resources to organizations committed to the long-term success of gardens that will promote healthy and sustainable food sources, community collaboration and neighborhood beautification. Garden produce can be used for school meals, environmental and agricultural education, hunger relief programs, and other community needs.

Amount: $3,500 in gift cards and tools

Deadline: February 2, 2018

 

Youth Service America and Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation are looking for 125 of the best ideas from young people about how they can help end childhood hunger in their communities. Grants are available for youth leaders ages 5-25 and to schools and organizations to turn their ideas into action and make an impact on the issue of childhood hunger on Global Youth Service Day – April 20-22, 2018 – and beyond.

Amount: $400 or $1,000

Deadline: February 12, 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: February 15 and August 15, 2018

 

The Scotts Miracle-Gro Foundation’s GRO1000 Grassroots Grants are awarded to local communities to help bring pollinator habitats, edible gardens and public green spaces to neighborhoods.

Amount: Up to $1,500

Deadline: February 19, 2018

 

Learning to Give mini-grants are designed to inspire classroom discussion and action toward students using their time, talent, and treasure for the common good. Priority given to those who use social media to share their plans, discuss ideas, and reflect.

Amount: Up to $1,000

Deadlines: February 22 and March 22, 2018

 

YouthRoots funds youth-serving nonprofits across a variety of issues in the metro Denver area, including education, mental health, and poverty. Please see the 2018 funding priorities for the five grant opportunities that are currently open to nonprofits serving the Denver region.

Amount: Up to $3,000

Deadline: February 26, 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

 

Every Kid Healthy Week shines a spotlight on the link between nutrition, physical activity and learning and recognizes the great efforts schools are doing to improve the health and wellness of their students. Schools will host health fairs, family events, taste tests and more throughout the month of April. Colorado Action for Healthy Kids will provide mini grants to selected schools to assist with their Every Kid Healthy Week celebrations. Contact Stephanie Ekoniak for an application or additional info.

Amount: $100 – $300

Deadline: March 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. 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: March 31, 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: April 1, July 1, and October 1

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 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: February 1 and August 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: February 1, June 1, and October 1 2018

 

Steelcase Education Active Learning Center Grants include furniture, design review, installation, onsite training and a Learning Environment Evaluation measurement tool. Eligible grantees are classrooms for Grades 6-12, colleges and universities.

Amount: Resources valued at $67,000

Deadline: February 2, 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

 

Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design Program is focused on helping rural leaders and residents come together to find creative solutions for design issues related to Multimodal Transportation, Healthy Living by Design, and Main Street Revitalization. Successful applicants will host a local workshop.

Amount: $10,000 stipend and in-kind professional design expertise and technical assistance valued at $35,000

Deadline: February 16, 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

 

Impact100 Metro Denver, a donor-advised fund of The Denver Foundation, will provide one grant to a local nonprofit organization focused on one or more of four areas: Mental Health, Housing, Refugees, and Children and Youth.

Amount: $100,000

Deadline: February 28, 2018

 

Meet Me at the Park is a collaboration between the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company to increase access to inclusive play spaces in local parks for children and families in underserved communities.

Amount: $30,000

Deadline: March 1, 2018

 

Telligen Community Initiative aims to improve the health of communities within the context of the specific funding priority areas of health innovation, health care workforce development and health equity.

Amount: Up to $50,000

Deadline: March 1, 2018 (LOI)

 

Great Outdoors Colorado Transactions Costs Grant Program helps facilitate land conservation projects with donated conservation easements that would not otherwise be successful in the face of prohibitive transaction costs for the landowner.

Amount: Up to $50,000 per property

Deadline: March 2, 2018

 

The Get Out and Grow School Garden Sweepstakes is open to School Administrators or Foodservice Directors of K-12 schools to build or improve a school garden.

Amount: Up to $15,000

Deadline: March 11, 2018

 

The EPA Environmental Education Local Grants Program in Region 8 is to support locally-focused environmental education projects that increase public awareness and knowledge about environmental and conservation issues and provide the skills that participants in its funded projects need to make informed decisions and take responsible actions toward the environment.

Amount: $50,000 – $100,000

Deadline: March 15, 2018

 

The Unitarian Universalist Association Fund for UU Social Responsibility aims to increase the direct involvement of UUs in service, advocacy and/or community organizing to create justice in the larger community. Priority is given to work creating social and economic justice.

Amount: Up to $20,000

Deadline: March 15, 2018

 

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) Director’s Innovation Fund is designed to highlight and elevate unique, one-time projects that complement CPW’s and GOCO’s respective strategic plans. Projects may involve: stewardship; education; hunting, fishing, and other outdoor recreation activities; planning and community engagement; innovative programming; and small construction that has not been submitted through internal CPW processes.

Amount: Up to $20,000

Deadline: March 16, 2018: Draft applications due to GOCO

 

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: March 31, 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: April 1, July 1, October 1, 2018

 

The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes celebrates inspiring, public-spirited young people ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment.

Amount: $10,000

Deadline: April 15, 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 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)

 

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 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 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: February 9 and July 13, 2018

 

The Rural Economic Development Initiative program is designed to help rural communities comprehensively diversify their local economy and create a more resilient Colorado. Three types of projects are eligible for funding: Local Government Economic Planning Grants, Infrastructure grants that support economic diversification, and grants that support the growth and development of rural entrepreneurial eco-systems.

Amount: Up to $500,000

Deadline: March 30, 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 Agriculture is seeking proposals for the Specialty Crops Block Grant Program that aims to enhance the competitiveness of Colorado specialty crops. Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruits, and nursery crops including floriculture and sod.

Deadline: February 1, 2018 (concept paper)

 

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.

Deadlines: February 1 and August 1, 2018

 

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

 

Colorado Health Foundation Capital Infrastructure – Intergenerational Physical Activity grants support capital infrastructure projects that aim to promote creative and intergenerational physical activities that are accessible and open to the public for individuals of all ages and abilities.

Deadlines: February 15, June 15 and October 15, 2018

 

Colorado Health Foundation Healthy Schools – Local Planning and Implementation grants support rural and/or high-need districts/charters to develop and implement a community-informed action plan that provides students with increased health opportunities throughout the school day.

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

Amount: Varies

Deadlines: April 30 and November 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

 

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

Deadline: October 31, 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 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 is rolling.

Deadline: Rolling