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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 Foundation for Rural Service works in cooperation with the Rural Broadband Association to sustain and enhance the quality of life in America by advancing an understanding of rural issues including business development, community development, education, and telecommunications.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Deadline: September 15, 2017

 

The Lowes Small Toolbox for Education Grant is seeking ways to provide the tools to help educators and parent groups through educational challenges by providing the greatest impact.  Projects should fall into one of the following categories: technology upgrades, tools for STEM programs, facility renovations and safety improvements.

Amount: $2,000 – $5,000

Deadline: September 29, 2017

 

The Captain Planet Foundation primarily makes grants to U.S.-based schools and organizations. The goal of the grants are to provide hands-on environmental stewardship opportunities for youth; serve as a catalyst to getting environment-based education in schools; and inspire youth and communities to participate in community service through environmental stewardship activities.

Amount: $500 – $2,500

Deadline: September 30, 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: September 30 and December 31, 2017

 

Project Learning Tree offers GreenWorks! grants 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, 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: October 1 and December 31, 2017

 

The Karma for Cara Foundation provides micro-grants to youth 18 and under to complete service projects in their communities.

Funding Amount: $1,000

Deadlines: October 1, 2017

 

Kids Run the Nation grants fund elementary and middle schools that provide an organized after-school running program, as well as running clubs, events, or other 501c3 organizations.

Amount: $500 – $1,000

Deadline: October 1, 2017

 

Target Field Trip Grants fund learning opportunities outside the classroom.

Amount: Up to $700

Deadline: October 1, 2017

 

The BirdSleuth School Garden Grant program provides funding to support the building or revitalization of school gardens or bird, pollinator, native habitat, rain, and other natural projects. Recipients receive gardening supplies and BirdSleuth’s Habitat Connections kit. K-12 public and private schools are eligible to apply.

Amount: Up to $2,000

Deadline: October 8, 2017

 

The National Education Association (NEA) Foundation’s Learning & Leadership Grants support members who are public school teachers, public education support professionals, and/or faculty and staff in public institutions of higher education for one of the following two purposes: grants to individuals fund participation in high-quality professional development experiences, such as summer institutes, conferences, or action research; and grants to groups fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Deadlines: October 15, 2017

 

The NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grant provides NEA members with grants to improve the academic achievement of students in U.S. public schools and public higher education institutions in any subject area. The proposed work should engage students in critical thinking and problem solving that deepen their knowledge of standards-based subject matter. The work should also improve students’ habits of inquiry, self-directed learning, and critical reflection.

Amount: $2,000 and $5,000

Deadlines: October 15, 2017

 

The Nathan B. and Florence R. Burt Foundation provides funding to tax-exempt charitable and educational organizations primarily dealing with youth and senior citizens.

Amount: Up to $2,500

Deadline: October 20, 2017

 

The State Farm Companies Foundation Good Neighbor Citizenship Company grants fund community development activities in the areas of affordable housing, first time homeowners, neighborhood revitalization, financial literacy, job training, and small business development.

Amount: Up to $5,000

Deadline: October 31, 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: October 31, 2017

 

The Whole Kids Foundation, in partnership with the Bee Cause Project, is accepting Letters of Intent for its Honey Bee Grant Program. The annual program offers three grant opportunities to K-12 schools or nonprofit organizations for honey bee hive education programs, including monetary grants, observation hive grants, and traditional hive grants.

Amount: $1,500

Deadline: October 31, 2017

 

Fuel Up to Play 60 grants are available to qualified K-12 schools to implement one Health Eating Play and one Physical Activity Play from the 2017-2018 Playbook.

Amount: Up to $4,000

Deadline: November 1, 2017

 

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) supports teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development, and research. NCTM is accepting applications for its Connecting Mathematics to Other Subject Areas Grants for Grades 9-12 Teachers program, which supports senior high classroom materials or lessons that connect mathematics to other fields.

Amount: Up to $4,000

Deadline: November 3, 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

 

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

Amount: $250 to $2,500

Deadline: December 31, 2017

 

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

Amount: $1,000 – $3,000

Deadline: Rolling

 

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

 

Colorado Parks and Recreation Association and Colorado Parks and Wildlife, with the support of our Partners in the Outdoors, provide an opportunity for promoting strong initiatives that link a coalition of organizations, agencies, schools, businesses and communities. Applicants must attend the Partners in the Outdoors Conference taking place May 11-12. Topics of interest include Outdoor Recreation Education/outreach; Integration of Outdoor Recreation Interests; Healthy Lifestyles and Communities; Stewardship/Conservation; and Protect, Connect and Inspire Coloradans to appreciate, enjoy and care for our great outdoors (GOCO Strategic Initiative)​. Grant information will be sent to all conference participants.

Funding Amount: $20,000 total available

Deadline: TBD

 

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

 

Health Links™ connects businesses to each other and to vital resources that can help them succeed in creating sustainable worksite wellness and safety programs. Seed grants are available to start new worksite wellness programs for small businesses with less than 50 employees and are located in Adams, Chaffee, Denver, Douglas, Eagle, Grand, Jackson, Jefferson, Montrose/Olathe, Summit, Pitkin, and Pueblo counties.

Amount: $1,000

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

 

Outdoor Foundation Community Investment Fund is dedicated to inspiring and growing future generations of outdoor leaders and enthusiasts and award grants to projects that directly result in young people engaging in outdoor recreation.

Amount: Up to $1,000

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

 

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

Amount: $2,500

Deadline: Two grants will be awarded each month and applicants should apply by the first day of the month to be considered in that month’s funding round.

 

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 Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations’ Fund for a Just Society is accepting proposals from non-Unitarian Universalist groups in the U.S. 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. Priority is given to active, specific campaigns to create change in the economic, social, and political structures that affect their lives.

Amount: Up to $15,000

Deadline: September 15, 2017

 

The Unitarian Universalist (UU) Funding Program provides grants to UU organizations that increase the direct involvement of UUs in service, advocacy and/or community organizing to create social and economic justice in the larger community.

Amount: Up to $20,000

Deadline: September 15, 2017

 

The National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant program supports creative placemaking projects that help to transform communities into lively, beautiful, and resilient places – achieving these community goals through strategies that incorporate arts, culture, and/or design. Creative placemaking is when artists, arts organizations, and community development practitioners deliberately integrate arts and culture into community revitalization work – placing arts at the table with land-use, transportation, economic development, education, housing, infrastructure, and public safety strategies. Projects that Build Knowledge About Creative Placemaking are available to arts and design service organizations, and industry, policy, or university organizations that provide technical assistance to those doing place-based work.

Amount: $25,000 – $100,000

Deadline: September 25, 2017

 

Lowe’s Toolbox for Education grant is seeking ways to provide the tools to help educators and parent groups through educational challenges by providing the greatest impact, with basic necessities being the priority. Any individual public/charter K-12 school or non-profit parent group associated is eligible to apply. There is a preference for funding requests that have a permanent impact such as indoor and outdoor facility enhancements (including school kitchens) as well as landscaping/clean up type projects. Projects that encourage parent involvement and build stronger community spirit will be favored.

Amount: Up to $100,000

Deadline: September 29, 2017

 

The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s Safe Places to Play grants transform abandoned courts, empty schoolyards, vacant lots and the like into state-of-the-art soccer fields for kids. The Foundation awards grants three times a year to underserved communities to help cover the costs of lighting, irrigation, construction, surfacing and enhancement. For communities where space is at a premium, Safe Places to Play developed what we call the mini-pitch. These are small, customized areas perfectly suited for organized soccer programs and pick-up games. Mini-pitches provide a quality playing surface for kids. They also transform the look and feel of neighborhoods.

Amount: Up to $50,000

Deadlines: September 29, 2017 (LOI)

 

The Cedar Tree Foundation Environmental Education Teacher Professional Development Program offers grants to organizations that provide engaging, hands-on summer professional development opportunities for current K-12 teachers in a public, private, or alternative schools.

Amount: $20,000 – $100,000

Deadline: September 30, 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: September 30 and December 31

 

Clif Bar Family Foundation grants are awarded for general organizational support as well as funding for specific projects. Priority areas include protecting Earth’s beauty and bounty, creating a robust, healthy food system, increasing opportunities for outdoor activity, reducing environmental health hazards, and building stronger communities.

Amount: $7,000

Deadlines: October 1, 2017

 

General Service Foundation’s Justice & Leadership in Colorado grants prioritize gender, racial and income equity; aim to respect and follow the people most affected by an issue; seek change that reaches across social justice issues; and build power, amplify voices and elevate local community leaders. Multi-year, general operating grants are awarded.

Amount: Up to $35,000

Deadline: October 1, 2017

 

Levitt AMP brings 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.

Amount: Up to $25,000

Deadline: October 2, 2017

 

The Health Impact Project offers funding to communities and organizations seeking to promote the consideration of health in policy and decision-making.  The Sustainably Integrating Health Considerations into Systems and Policies grant opportunity will fund at least 4 organizations who work nationally, regionally, in multiple states, or at the state level that have the potential to improve social determinants of health and health equity.  Applicants will present potential systems-wide changes that can occur in the 18-month timeframe, either internal to their organization or in systems outside of their organization that they can influence.

Amount: Up to $45,000

Deadline: October 16, 2017

 

The Laura Jane Musser Fund’s Intercultural Harmony grants address mutual understanding and cooperation between groups and citizens of different cultural backgrounds within defined geographical areas through collaborative, cross-cultural exchange projects. Planning and implementation grants are available.

Amount: Up to $25,000

Deadline: October 19, 2017

 

The Colorado Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CCTSI) Community Engagement Pilot Grants Program, Improving Research Through Community-Academic Partnerships, builds on best practices in community engagement and Community Based Participatory Research to provide a pipeline of training and funding opportunities that engage community members and researchers in a collaborative journey that begins with partnership development, advances to the identification of shared health and research interests, and culminates in a pilot research project.

Amount: Up to $15,000

Deadline: October 27, 2017

 

The Conservation Alliance is a group of outdoor businesses that seeks to protect threatened wild places throughout North America for their habitat and recreational values. Priority will be given to landscape-scale projects that have a clear benefit for habitat. In addition, projects should engage grassroots citizen action in support of the effort and have a clear recreational benefit.

Amount: Up to $50,000

Deadline: November 1, 2017

 

The Mabel Y. Hughes Charitable Trust supports charitable, educational, religious, and hospital institutions in Colorado. Program areas include arts, culture and humanities; education; environment and animals; health; human services and religion.

Amount: $5,000 – $25,000

Deadlines: November 1, 2017

 

Great Outdoors Colorado General Planning Grants help local governments execute a wide range of planning efforts, including site-specific plans, department master plans, and strategic plans. Matching funds are required.

Amount: Up to $75,000

Deadline: November 2, 2017

 

The Laura Jane Musser Fund’s Rural Initiative Program encourage 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: November 2, 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 Tony Hawk Foundation promotes high quality, public skate parks in low-income areas.

Amount: $1,000 – $25,000

Deadline: January 10, 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

 

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 National Endowment for the Arts Our Town arts engagement, cultural planning, and design projects should represent the distinct character and quality of their communities, and be carried out by a nonprofit organization in partnership with a local government entity. Successful Our Town projects will impact livability by affecting community priorities such as public safety, health, blight and vacancy, environment, job creation, equity, local business development, civic participation, and/or community cohesion.

Amount: Up to $200,000

Deadline: September 11, 2017

 

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation’s NFL Foundation Grassroots Program addresses the shortage of clean, safe, and accessible football fields in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. Nonprofit, neighborhood-based organizations are eligible to receive financial and technical assistance. General Field Support and Field Surface Grants are available.

Amount: Up to $250,000

Deadline: October 16, 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: October 16, 2017, January 8 and June 4, 2018

 

The Colorado Department of Transportation announces a call for projects for Fiscal Year 2017-18 Safe Routes to School (CSRTS) Infrastructure and Non-Infrastructure Projects. The goal of CSRTS is to help schools, school districts and local communities enable and encourage more children Kindergarten through 8th grade to safely bicycle and walk to and from school. To provide guidance on completing the application and understanding the requirements of a CDOT grant, the Colorado SRTS program manager will be hosting applicant training sessions at various locations throughout the state in August and September. Currently sessions are scheduled for Friday, August 25 from 1-3 pm and Wednesday, September 6 from 1-3 pm. Attendance is via webinar with some in-person space available. For more information or to register, email leslie.feuerborn@state.co.us.

Amount: Up to $350,000

Deadline: November 1, 2017

 

Great Outdoors Colorado Local Government Park and Outdoor Recreation & Mini Grants fund new park development, enhancement of existing park facilities, park land acquisition, and building new or enhancing existing environmental education facilities.

Amount: Up to $350,000

Deadline: November 2, 2017

 

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 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

Caring for Colorado’s mission is to promote health and improve health care for the people of Colorado. Funding priorities include oral health, mental health, healthy children and youth and community health. The foundation favors proposals that include broad community support, additional funders and an indication of how the program or project will be sustained after the grant is finished.

Deadline: October 6, 2017

 

The Colorado Health Foundation has several funding opportunities: Activating Places and Spaces Together; Creating Healthy Schools: Local planning and assessment; Creating Healthy Schools: Local implementation; Out-of-School Time Physical Activity; Outdoor Physical Activity Infrastructure for Kids Ages 5-10; and Outdoor Physical Activity Infrastructure for Kids Ages 10-14.

Deadline: October 15, 2017

 

The Coors Foundation supports organizations that promote self–sufficiency, leadership and independence. It also requires that nonprofits be well–managed and effective in their efforts. Requests are considered for general operating grants, program support and capital needs. Areas of funding interest include Human Services, Youth, Education, Community.  Special consideration is given to rural Colorado nonprofits.

Deadlines: November 1, 2017

 

The Lawrence Foundation makes grants to support environmental, human services and other causes.

Deadlines: November 1, 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 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