Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC)


Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC) directs resources to address systemic racism and its impact on Black communities across the seven-county Metro Denver region.

BRIC is not currently accepting grant funding applications. Learn more about the BRIC Loan Program at the bottom of this page.

BRIC supports nonprofit organizations that are led by and serve Black communities. Grants and resources for capacity building will help these organizations withstand current crises and build long-term sustainability.

Download the BRIC Brochure 

Nonprofits interested in funding may submit an application once a year. Grants will be made at the discretion of a community-led advisory committee dedicated to improving Black communities in Denver. Each applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a viable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or have a fiscal sponsor.
  • Be Black-led and Black-serving. The Denver Foundation defines “Black” as encompassing people of African and Afro-Caribbean descent, including African immigrants and refugees.
  • Serve the seven-county Metro Denver area.
  • Fit one or more of the identified priorities identified by the community-led advisory committee.
  • Emerging Community Issues/Needs

    • Health – racial trauma, infant/mother mortality, underinsured, uninsured, Medicaid eligible, COVID-related loss of benefits

    • Housing – renters, involuntary displacement, people experiencing homelessness, access to housing for low-income people

    • Job retention/Job transition – training, re-training, access to living-wage jobs

    • Racial Justice – community organizing, advocacy, law, and policy reform

    • Youth – youth organizing, youth-led programs, culturally responsive programs

Allowable use of funds:

Costs associated with sustaining operations, retaining employees, rent, etc. New and emergency needs, particularly for service offerings outside normal operations to respond to social distancing, isolation, and quarantine.

BRIC does not fund:

  • Capital campaigns
  • Building endowments or reserve funds
  • Membership campaigns
  • Special events or sponsorships
  • Grants to individuals
  • Grants for re-granting purposes
  • Multi-year funding requests
  • Conferences, symposia, and related travel
  • Grants for medical, scientific, or academic research
  • Grants that further political doctrine or religious activities
  • Grants to parochial or religious schools
  • Scholarships (for information about scholarships administered by the Foundation, please visit our Scholarship Opportunities page)

Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC) Committee

Eula Adams JC Futrell
Desta Asfaw Richard T. Lewis
Javon Brame Yvonne Moore
Haroun Cowans Stephanie Rance
April Denmon  

For more information about the BRIC Fund, contact LaDawn Sullivan, Director of the BRIC Fund, lsullivan@denverfoundation.org.

Contribute to the BRIC fund 

Visit the BRIC Website 

 

BRIC Loan Program

In partnership with the Urban Land Conservancy (ULC) The BRIC Loan Program was created in recognition of the historic barriers of systemic racism Black nonprofits and the Black communities they serve face in accessing capital financing. This new program offers low-interest loans to support capital projects and/or other improvements for Black-led and serving nonprofits across the seven-county Metro Denver region.

The BRIC Fund and the Urban Land Conservancy recognize that one of the most substantial barriers to impact for Black-led/serving organizations who aspire to grow is access to capital. To help address this disparity, the BRIC Loan Program was resourced with $250,000 to support Black-led/serving 501(c)3 organizations with low-interest loans. The maximum loan amount awarded will be $50,000 per organization.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Be a current 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization or have a fiscal sponsor
  • Be Black-led and Black-serving. The Denver Foundation defines “Black” as encompassing people of African and Afro
  • Caribbean descent, including African immigrants and refugees.
  • Provide services within the seven-county Metro Denver area
  • Fit one or more of the identified BRIC priorities, preferably

Read the complete BRIC Loan Program guidelines and apply.