Funding Opportunities


We fund 501(c)(3) organizations, groups of residents in low-income neighborhoods, and collaborative efforts among groups in the seven-county Metro Denver. Scroll the list of funding opportunities, below, for a preview of these funds.

Learn More About The Community Grants Program

Funding Opportunities FAQ

Priority funding areas of the Community Grants Program are:

  • Economic Opportunity
  • Education
  • Environment and Climate
  • Housing
  • Transportation

ELIGIBILTY

Application opened 06/15/22 and closes 08/01/22.

We fund 501(c)(3) organizations and collaborative efforts among 501(c)(3) organizations and other groups in the seven-county Metro Denver region that address one or more of the goals described in the grant guidelines. Organizations that have fiscal sponsorship from a 501(c)(3) are eligible to apply.

The BRIC fund will specifically support nonprofit organizations led by and serving Black communities. The fund will issue grants and support capacity building to help these organizations build resources to withstand the current crises and build long-term sustainability.

Grant awards will typically range from $5,000 to $25,000.

For details on eligibility please visit the BRIC website.

Contact LaDawn Sullivan, lsullivan@denverfoundation.org, with questions. 

ELIGIBILITY

Application opened 09/06/22 and closes 10/18/22.

  • Be a viable 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization or have a fiscal sponsor
  • Be Black-led and Black serving. Encompassing people of African and Afro-Caribbean descent, including African immigrants and refugees.
  • Serve the seven-county Metro Denver area

This fund helps low-income children learn to dance, act, and sing, with all the creativity and zest for life that comes through these opportunities. Miss Bowen’s legacy continues to help young people experience the joy of performing for generations to come. The mission of the fund is to support performing arts programs for elementary and middle school youth who have fewer opportunities to learn and appreciate the arts.

Grant ranges are expected to be in the $5,000 to $15,000 range.

Contact bowen@denverfoundation.org with questions. 

Application opens 06/27/22 and closes 08/08/22.

ELIGIBILITY

  1. Your organization must be a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization.
  2. Your work must connect with the mission of supporting programs for children who are underserved.
  3. Your work must promote and further the teaching and appreciation of the performing arts.

The Denver Foundation is pleased to invite qualified nonprofits to apply for funding for The Care Fund, a combined fund to support the well-being of people who live with developmental, intellectual, or physical disabilities; people who are visually impaired or blind; or people who live with low incomes.

Grants from the fund will range between $10,000 and $20,000.

Application opened 07/25/22 and closed 09/06/22.

ELIGIBILITY
1. Your work must connect with the missions of the Leota Pekrul Trust, Estelle Hunter Fund, or the Adult Blind Home and Association for The Blind Fund.
2. Your organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or have an equivalent fiscal sponsor.
3. Your organizations must be located in and do work in Colorado.

The Climate Equity Fund seeks to deploy resources to nonprofit organizations that are addressing climate change. Organizations must be able to articulate how their program reduces carbon emissions in a measurable way, and how it supports individuals, communities, and neighborhoods in efforts to reduce climate change and improve community well-being.

Grant ranges are expected to be in the $5,000 to $50,000 range.

Preference will be given to organizations working in the seven-county metro Denver region.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Application opened 07/25/22 and closed 09/06/22.

  • Will the project reduce emissions?
  • Is there a focus on equity?
  • Your organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or have an equivalent fiscal sponsor.

 

The Comprecare Fund supports community-based projects that focus on helping older adults maintain their health through self-help and lifestyle changes. Once a year, organizations that have a wide potential reach and influence in the field of optimal wellness for seniors in Colorado are encouraged to submit proposals for funding. The fund has adopted a broad definition of optimal wellness, and any project that addresses wellness will be considered.

Preference will be given to returning or existing grantees. Please note, however, that returning or existing grantees will be required to complete a new application and to complete a final report, if they have not already done so.

Contact comprecare@denverfoundation.org with questions. 

Application opens 06/27/22 and closes 08/08/22.

The Deane Early Learning Equity Grant aims to address systemic barriers within early learning environments for Colorado children birth-8 years old who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC).

Application opened 05/31/22 and closes 07/22/22.

The Denver Immigrant Legal Services Fund (DILSF) was created in 2018 to help vulnerable immigrants access fair legal representation and due process. Established by the City of Denver and managed by The Denver Foundation. Grants are recommended by a seven-person Advisory Committee, which includes two directly impacted community members from the Immigration Resistance Table and one seat appointed by each of the following: The Mayor of Denver, Denver City Council, Colorado Lawyers Committee, a separate fundraising committee, and The Denver Foundation. The Advisory Committee develops priorities and processes for the Fund’s grantmaking.

 

Application opens 08/22/22 and closes 10/03/22.

ELIGIBILITY

  • Nonprofit groups based in the Denver area with 501(c)3 status.
  • Offer direct legal representation to immigrants in detention and/or subject to removal proceedings.
  • Provide affirmative relief to individuals seeking help with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and various visa programs.

This is a two-year funding opportunity to provide funding for nonprofits to add one additional qualified, community-focused immigration attorney fellow and dedicated paralegal for 1 year with eligibility to renew for a second year. Funding for this fellowship can also include funds to assist with representation-related fees.

The Denver Reparations Fund grant program is a combined effort of Reparations Circle Denver (RCD), a giving circle of The Denver Foundation, and the Denver Black Reparations Council (DBRC), an organization focused on rebuilding and sustaining institutions and traditions that were destroyed, damaged, or prevented from thriving as a result of the enslavement of African and African descendant people and the aftermath of slavery.

Grants from the fund typically range from $2,500 – $7,500+ and are awarded in spring and fall grant cycles annually for a total of $50,000 each cycle.

Grant Priority Areas:

  • Build economic strength, generational wealth acquisition and financial literacy
  • Preserve, provide access to, and expand Black history, culture, knowledge, and awareness
  • Enhance mental and physical health access and increase public health education
  • Provide quality education from early childhood through adulthood, including reimagination of career options and pathways
  • Enhance community building and advocacy that responds to the needs of Black residents
  • Provide access, including transportation, to critical life-sustaining services
  • Create openings for transformative change that are both systematic and relational

Application opened 09/07/22 and closes 10/18/22.

Eligibility:

  • Be a viable 501(c)3 nonprofit organization or have a fiscal sponsor with this status.
  • Be Black-led and Black-serving.
  • For these grants “Black” is defined as people of African descent.
  • Be based in and serve the state of Colorado.
  • Fit one or more of the grant priorities areas.