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Colorado COVID Relief Fund Application

State of Colorado

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Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Grant amount: Up to US $25,000

Fields of work: Epidemiology & Public Health Health Care Access & Delivery Volunteerism & Philanthropy Mental Health & Psychiatric Diseases Employment Services Human & Social Services Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Show all

Applicant type: Government Entity, For-Profit Business, Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Colorado

Location of residency: Colorado

Overview:

NOTE: The Prevention priority category is now closed. 

Eligible organizations may apply for one general operating, unrestricted grant of up to $25,000 per each funding deadline. Each deadline is based on availability of funds. Once funding decisions are made, funds will be dispersed to the grantee by Mile High United Way within three days. 

The Colorado COVID Relief Fund

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.

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

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • 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. Funding is not available for needs related exclusively to business operation interruption or employee-related issues. Small businesses who do not qualify may find funding options through the Colorado COVID-19 Business Resource Center. Note: Funding is not available to individuals or families.
  • 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
  • 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 the following three funding priority areas of Prevention, Impact and Recovery: Note that for the first funding cycle, eligible organizations may only apply in the Prevention and Impact priority areas.
      • Impact – Open for deadline five.
        • Examples include: PPE, 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. If you’re interested in receiving funding for PPE, we encourage you to apply under the Impact priority category. If you’re interested in receiving funding for PPE, we encourage you to apply under the Impact priority category.
      • Recovery – Open for deadline five.
        • The Recovery priority area is prioritizing community-centered efforts that focus on resiliency, innovation, and relevance to the needs of people disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The fifth round of funding for Recovery will focus not just on the immediate needs of communities, but also on how applicants are helping and supporting communities beyond the immediate crisis.
        • Populations served by applicants that will be prioritized in the Recovery area grant review include people earning lower-incomes who are returning to work, families with lower-incomes who have school-aged children, women of color who disproportionately hold lower-wage jobs, undocumented families and workers, people experiencing job or income loss, people who are at high risk of infection (seniors, housing insecure, those without health care, those over 65), community-based groups that are the sole provider of an essential service, rural and mountain communities experiencing disproportionate job and economic loss, and communities who are forming new partnerships with nearby communities or new thoughtful programming.
        • Examples include but are not limited to mental health resources for families with lower incomes with school-age children and for those experiencing job loss; medical, cleaning, and social distancing measures; technology that supports low-touch interactions; safety assessments for returning to work; worker supports such as retraining, new tools and technology, and transportation to jobs; and retooling office space for safe social distancing particularly for classrooms, domestic violence shelters, housing shelters as well as other shelters and facilities.
      • Prevention – Now closed as of May 4, 2020.
        • 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.
  • Organizations may only apply for one grant within one funding priority per deadline. If an organization is successfully funded in the first two deadlines and funding is available, they may reapply after 30 days of expending the received funds. Each deadline is based on availability of 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.

Ineligibility:

  • Funding is not available to individuals or families.

This page was last reviewed October 07, 2020 and last updated June 01, 2020