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Community Support Mini Grants

Grants to Colorado Nonprofit, For-Profits, and CBOs in
Eligible Areas for Programs that Benefit Local Communities

Agency Type:

Local

Funding Source:

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Denver Economic Development Division of Neighborhood Equity and Stabilization (NEST)

Deadline Date:

08/06/21

Description:

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Grants of up to $10,000 to Colorado small businesses, nonprofit organizations, and community-based groups in eligible locations for projects that benefit neighborhoods and residents. Funding is intended to support programs and activities that strengthen neighborhoods, respond to community needs, and promote access to services, including direct health-related responses to COVID-19. Projects should focus on strengthening social development, community capacity, and residents.

The program seeks to improve the effectiveness, efficiency, and performance of micro businesses, nonprofits, and community groups currently active in the NEST priority neighborhoods of Globeville, Elyria-Swansea, East Colfax, West Colfax, Westwood, Montbello, Northeast Park Hill, Sun Valley, Villa Park, and Valverde.

Focus Areas:

  • Bolstering Social Development: Integration and inclusion of all people in a community to engage, develop support structures to build trust, develop networks to reduce social isolation, foster a culturally rich neighborhood, and build on existing neighborhood assets. 
  • Supporting Resident Life: Increasing equity in opportunities for communities over multiple generations by improving access to education, health, housing, and workforce development that will foster greater economic mobility and access to wealth and income.
  • Increasing Group Capacity: Building a group’s capacity that enhances its service and responsiveness to its community. This could include audience, board, and/or leadership development; planning activities, strategic partnerships and planning, navigation to health care, virtual education services, government services, and support in developing worker-owned cooperatives.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 197722

Estimated Size of Grant:

Mini-grants up to $10,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The mini grants are open to small, local 501 (c3) nonprofits, informal resident community-based groups, and micro businesses with an annual revenue of no more than $500,000.

Eligibility
- Formal or informal group(s) residing and/or doing work within the programs's priority communities
- Organizations or groups applying outside of these neighborhoods must partner with existing groups in the community
- Informal groups must have at least three unrelated leaders who live in the City and County of Denver and who will be responsible for this project/campaign
- Eligible projects must take place within the program's priority neighborhoods
- Micro businesses applying for the grant must operate within the program's priority communities and have an annual revenue of no more than $500,000

Pre-proposal Conference:

An information session was held on July 20.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to submit applications is August 6, 2021.

Grantee checks will be disbursed in mid-August 2021.

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://webportalapp.com/sp/mini_grants_denver

Contact:
Carla Castedo
Neighborhood Equity & Stabilization | Economic Mobility
Carla.Castedo@denvergov.org

David Portillo
The Denver Foundation | Strengthening Neighborhoods Officer
dportillo@denverfoundation.org

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Colorado: Denver neighborhoods of Globeville, Elyria-Swansea, East Colfax, West Colfax, Westwood, Montbello, Northeast Park Hill, Sun Valley, Villa Park, and Valverde

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