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.

Funding Opportunities FAQ

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.

The Application will close Friday, February 19. For details on eligibility please visit the BRIC page

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

ELIGIBILITY

  • 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. 

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. Promote and further the teaching and appreciation of the performing arts.

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

  • 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 Colorado Health Access Fund (the CHA Fund) is a Field of Interest Fund managed by The Denver Foundation, which is entrusted to oversee its grantmaking and evaluation. Established in 2014 with an anonymous gift of $40 million, the Fund is dedicated to improving health outcomes for underserved Coloradans.  We are committed to allocating resources among rural, urban, and suburban areas in Colorado.

The Fund includes four focus areas: Education of those with high health needs, as well as their families and caregivers; Transitions in care; Innovation of care delivery; Improved access to care, particularly in rural communities.

ELIGIBILITY

Grants will be awarded primarily to nonprofit organizations. Grants may be awarded to government agencies if they collaborate with a nonprofit and can demonstrate that the community outcomes in behavioral health care for those with high health care needs will be met through the expansion project.

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, the Fund solicits proposals that have a wide potential reach and influence in the field of optimal wellness for seniors in Colorado. 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 grantees who are required to submit a final report in addition to a new application. 

Contact comprecare@denverfoundation.org with questions. 

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.

 

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.

The Denver Educational Senior Citizens Incorporated (DESCI) non-profit organization was founded 55 years ago with the mission of providing safe, pleasant, and affordable housing to persons age 60 and over who are Denver Public Schools employees, retirees, and members of their immediate families. With the assistance of a low-income housing loan from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a twelve-story, 102 apartment unit building was opened for occupancy.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

The DESCI Community Housing Program provides rent subsidies to low-income persons 60 years of age and older who are DPS retirees, current and former employees, and members of their immediate families. To be considered for a subsidy, please complete the Subsidy Application and supply documents to verify eligibility. You will be contacted after your application has been received.

The Environmental Affinity Group of The Denver Foundation strives to create a network of informed, engaged, and effective environmental philanthropists to identify, promote and support outstanding environmental action on a wide range of issues in Colorado. The EAG supports environmental and conservation organizations that are using an inclusive approach to educate communities, reach new audiences, and encourage action on climate change.

Grants from the fund typically range from $5,000 – $15,000 and the EAG typically awards a total of $30,000 – $40,000 annually.

If you received a grant from the EAG prior to 2020 and would like to reapply, you will be required to submit a final report on work funded by the previous application.

View the EAG grant application FAQ

View a full list of programs supported by the EAG.

 

ELIGIBILITY

  • Your organization must be a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or have a 501(c) (3) fiscal sponsor.
  • Application is open to organizations in the SCFD seven-county Denver, Colorado metropolitan area.
  • 2020 EAG grantees are not eligible for 2021 funding.

Eulipions, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that fosters, promotes, and preserves the artistic expression with an emphasis on Colorado African-American heritage and lifestyles by providing grants to generate, assist, increase and encourage the performing arts in the Colorado African American Communities. 

Grants from the fund typically range from $4,000 – $10,000. Grants given by The Eulipions Fund are very narrowly focused. 

ELIGIBILITY

  • Generate, assist, increase and/or encourage performing arts in Colorado African American Communities.
  • 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization. 

The Greenwood Fund supports the conservation of museum artifacts and collections care projects within the museum community of Colorado and Wyoming. Grants are available annually and the Greenwood Fund gives priority to smaller museums.

Grant size typically ranges from $500 – $1,500, with $1,500 as the maximum amount awarded.

Preference will go to museums 501-C3 status, that have permanent collections on exhibit to the public.

ELIGIBILITY

It is preferred that applications be submitted in a single PDF attachment via email to greenwoodfund@denverfoundation.org.