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Grants and In-Kind Support to Colorado Nonprofits, Agencies,
and Organizations to Improve Communities in Eligible Regions

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Community First Foundation (CFF)

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Deadline Date:

09/30/21 5:00 PM MDT


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Grants of $15,000 and in-kind support to Colorado nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and social welfare organizations to improve communities in eligible regions. Funding areas of interest include civic engagement, essential needs, economic prosperity, and connected and resilient neighborhoods. Unrestricted, program, or project costs, including infrastructure needs, are all acceptable types of requests. Eligible activities must benefit residents of Jefferson County.

The Community First Foundation's goal is to better understand how people from neighborhoods with higher concentrations of poverty in Jeffco can get involved in social networks, associations, or organizations to improve their community. Funding will support two primary activities:

  • Resident Training/Development: Support for efforts to build leadership, advocacy, or other skills for local residents to become more active on issues important to their community
  • Community Engagement: Support for organizations working to increase or improve their levels of community engagement among people living in neighborhoods with the highest concentration of poverty

This grant opportunity is a one-time funding event. Grant decisions will favor organizations that:

  • Operate with diversified funding sources, especially from organizations that are requesting funding for programs or projects that are ongoing.
  • Demonstrate commitment and ability to advance community-centered approaches in their work.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to equity and inclusion. This will be represented the most in project budgets that address the various barriers marginalized members of the community face. Project budgets that reflect consideration of issues related to equity such as transportation, translation/interpretation or stipends for engagement will be more favorably considered.

For examples of eligible projects, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198564

Number of Grants:

40-60 awards

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards are in the range of $15,000. Requests with larger or smaller funding amounts will be considered.

Term of Contract:

Funding requests may cover a period of up to one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Registered 501(c)(3) nonprofits or government equivalent. Eligible applicants must be recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity.

Registered 501(c)(4) social welfare organizations. Eligible applicants must be recognized by the IRS as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(4) or fiscally sponsored by a 501(c)(3) nonprofit entity. Please note that Community First Foundation is unable to finance any direct lobbying efforts, including influencing legislation, elections, or voter registration activities.

Eligible organizations must demonstrate a recent history (within the past year) of providing services or support to Jeffco residents within the identified corridors of need and an interest in elevating the level of community engagement from people living there.

By submitting a grant request, applicants agree to allow the Foundation to use or share information contained in the grant application to inform community-level data initiatives and establish a network that will be accessible to a public audience.

Organizations must be working in the following communities:
- Arvada Corridor
Between Sheridan on the east and Ward Road on the west, and from 41st Avenue on the south to 60th Street on the north.
- Wheat Ridge, Edgewater and Lakewood Corridor
Between Sheridan on the east and Simms/South Union Street on the west, with westward expansion along 6th Avenue near Denver West on the west, 6th Avenue on the south, and to 25th Street on the north.
- South Lakewood/Golden Corridor
Between Sheridan on the east, and Johnson Road in Golden on the west; and Jewell Avenue on the south and 6th Avenue on the north.
- Kittredge Corridor and Unincorporated Jefferson County
Primarily rural areas with concentrated focus between Highway 74 on the west to Myers Gulch Road on the east, and Hilltop Road on the south and Highway 74 on the north.

Not funded:
- Individuals
- Fundraising events
- Private foundations
- Other foundations or nonprofits that distribute money to recipients of its own selection
- Endowments
- Organizations that practice discrimination of any kind
- Organizations that do not have fiscal responsibility for the proposed project

Pre-proposal Conference:

Webinar: September 10, 2021, 8:30-9:30 am

Attend this online meeting and learn more about the grant opportunity.

Register here:

Pre-Application Information:

Deadline: September 30, 2021 at 5:00 PM MDT

Grant Timeline:
- August 31, 2021: Grant applications open.
- September 10, 2021: Webinar. Attend this online meeting and learn more about the grant opportunity.
- September 30, 2021: Proposals must be submitted by 5 p.m. (MST). The online application system will not allow incomplete proposals or submissions after 5 p.m.
- Early November: All applicants will be notified of their application status.

Community First Foundation is partnering with Catchafire, an online platform of professionals who donate their time to support and strengthen the social good sector. Catchafire connects you with talented professionals looking to give back, allowing you to access expertise in areas such as marketing, web development, operations, strategy, and more. Let Community First Foundation help you put forward your best application by connecting you with a Catchafire volunteer to review your ideas and offer strategic input on your potential grant proposal (or any other project you’ve been scratching your heard about). Community First Foundation offers this service at no cost to you to support Jeffco nonprofits as they build capacity and thrive!

Sign up to Catchafire by September 16 to take advantage of the platform.

Additional Information:
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Contact Information:

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

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Contact Noah Atencio at or 720.898.5931 for questions.

For technical assistance, please contact Kelly Degering at or 720.898.5935.

Community First Foundation
5855 Wadsworth Bypass, Unit A
Arvada, Colorado 80003

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado: Jefferson County: Arvada Corridor; Wheat Ridge, Edgewater and Lakewood Corridor; South Lakewood/Golden Corridor; and Kittredge Corridor and Unincorporated Jefferson County

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