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Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC)

Grants to Colorado Black-Led Nonprofits in Eligible
Areas to Promote Social Justice and Racial Equity

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Denver Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/13/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $25,000 to Colorado nonprofit organizations in eligible locations for programs that promote social justice and racial equity. Funding is intended to assist Black-serving and Black-led nonprofits with capacity-building efforts that will help them survive current crises and create long-term sustainability. The goal of the grant is to address systemic racism and its impact on Black communities across the seven-county Metro Denver region.

Proposals must fit one or more of the identified priorities identified by the community-led advisory committee.

  • Emerging Community Issues/Needs
    • Health: Racial trauma, infant/mother mortality, underinsured, uninsured, Medicaid eligible, COVID-related loss of benefits
    • Housing: Renters, involuntary displacement, people experiencing homelessness, access to housing for low-income people
    • Job retention/Job transition: Training, re-training, access to living-wage jobs
    • Racial Justice: Community organizing, advocacy, law and policy reform
    • Youth: Youth organizing, youth-led programs, culturally responsive programs.

Grants may be used for costs associated with sustaining operations, retaining employees, rent, etc. New and emergency needs, particularly for service offerings outside normal operations to respond to social distancing, isolation, and quarantine are also eligible.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 194508

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

BRIC supports nonprofit organizations that are led by and serve Black communities.

Each applicant must meet the following criteria:
- Be a viable 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization or have a fiscal sponsor.
- Be Black-led and Black-serving. The Denver Foundation defines “Black” as encompassing people of African and Afro-Caribbean descent, including African immigrants and refugees.
- Serve the seven-county Metro Denver area.

BRIC does not fund:
- Capital campaigns
- Building endowments or reserve funds
- Membership campaigns
- Special events or sponsorships
- Grants to individuals
- Grants for re-granting purposes
- Multi-year funding requests
- Conferences, symposia, and related travel
- Grants for medical, scientific, or academic research
- Grants that further political doctrine or religious activities
- Grants to parochial or religious schools
- Scholarships

Pre-Application Information:

The Application will close Wednesday, October 13 at 5 p.m.

Priority areas and more information can be found here:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online:

Direct questions to:
LaDawn Sullivan, Director of the BRIC Fund

The Denver Foundation
1009 N. Grant Street
Denver, Colorado 80203

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USA: Colorado: Seven-county Metro Denver region

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