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Colorado COVID Relief Fund

Grants to Colorado Community Organizations to Address
Critical Needs of Communities Impacted by COVID-19

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Deadline Date:

05/30/20

Description:

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Grants of up to $25,000 to Colorado community organizations to address the critical needs of communities impacted by COVID-19. Funding is intended to support general operating expenses of organizations that serve local residents affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. Eligible activities include programs and services such as medical supplies, mobility services for vulnerable populations,food access, education, childcare, mental and behavioral health, and small business support.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has created far-reaching economic and social impacts across Colorado and beyond. Coloradans who live daily without access to critical services and opportunities due to race and socioeconomic status are being especially hit hard and disproportionately affected.

The Colorado COVID Relief Fund’s purpose is to raise and coordinate allocation of funds based on prevention, impact and recovery needs of community-based organizations in Colorado. This Fund is organized to ensure that the most acute community needs across the state are being addressed and that community voice is reflected in all funding decisions made over time. The Fund is committed to ensuring that funds impact people who are being disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 crisis. 

Programs and services must meet a community-driven need within one of the following following three funding priority areas: (Note that for the first funding cycle, eligible organizations may only apply in the Prevention and Impact priority areas.):

  • Prevention (examples include medical supplies, shelter staff coverage, residential facilities staff serving vulnerable populations, nursing home staff coverage for low income households, mobility services serving vulnerable populations, cleaning supplies for shelters or care facilities of all kinds, medical information and support such as messaging campaigns)
  • Impact (examples include economic impact of reduced and lost work due to the outbreak, early childhood education availability, technology assistance, childcare, education, volunteer services, food access or services, schools)
  • Recovery (examples include medical supplies, activities to support small business focused on charitable efforts, mental and behavioral health for most vulnerable populations, volunteer services) 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 188765

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$7,500,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Eligible community-based organizations across Colorado may receive a general operating grant of up to $25,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible community-based organizations across Colorado may receive a general operating grant. Organizations that meet the following three criteria areas are eligible to apply:

1. Organization type - Nonprofit organizations, local government, school districts and small businesses who are:
- Serving areas of the state with limited nonprofit capacity; and/or
- Serving a community need resulting from the COVID-19 crisis.

2. Populations served - Eligible organizations must serve one or more of the following populations in Colorado through programs and services:
- Children from families living on low income* who are impacted by school or childcare closures
- Communities of color
- Healthcare, hospitality, service industry and gig economy workers
- Immigrant and refugee communities
- Minimum or low-wage employees displaced by business closures
- Older adults living on low income*
- People with limited English proficiency
- People with disabilities
- People without health insurance
- Victims of domestic violence or child abuse
- People living on low income*
- People experiencing homelessness
- Workers without access to paid sick leave
*For the purpose of this Fund, low income is defined as living at or below the poverty line or qualifying for free and reduced lunch.

3. Alignment with one of the Fund’s three funding priority areas of Prevention, Impact and Recovery. Eligible organizations must demonstrate that they are meeting a community-driven need through their programs and services within one of these three funding priority areas.

Note funding is not available for:

- Businesses of any type seeking support related to operational needs, such as business interruption or closure, or employee-related issues such as payroll or paid leave. Small businesses who do not qualify may find funding options through the Colorado COVID-19 Business Resource Center and the U.S. Small Business Administration COVID-19 Disaster Assistance Website. Visit the Resources section of this site for other information about funding for businesses.
- Individuals or families

Pre-Application Information:

The current Fund application deadlines are every two weeks:

Deadline One: April 4, 7:00 PM MT
Deadline Two: April 18, 7:00 PM MT
Deadline Three: May 2, 7:00 PM MT
Deadline Four: May 16, 7:00 PM MT
Deadline Five: May 30, 7:00 PM MT

Mile High United Way will disburse funds within three days of receiving list of decisions from the Decision and Allocation Committee, but no later than 14 days from the application deadline.

Organizations may only apply for one grant within one funding priority per deadline.

If an organization is funded in the first two deadlines and funding is available, they may reapply 30 days after expending the received funds. Note: Any existing grantee who reapplies for a second grant is required to share brief reporting information in the application to understand what the funds were used for and if the intended purpose was met. Additional deadlines and opportunities for secondary applications will be dependent upon funding availability.

All grantees must report back by November 30, 2020 on the number of people served and a narrative about how the funds were used to benefit communities.

FAQs: https://helpcoloradonow.org/faq/

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Online application portal: http://helpcoloradonow.fluxx.io/

General questions and inquiries about the Fund can be directed to helpcoloradonow@state.co.us.

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