Business Resources / Funding Opportunities

Community Builders: Technical Assistance
Twice a year Community Builders offers a limited number of technical assistance opportunities for communities located within Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, New Mexico and Colorado. Technical assistance projects can address a range of community and economic development issues intended to help build local livability. Examples of specific projects include those related to transportation and mobility, housing choice, land use and redevelopment, and local economic development.  Next application period is January 2018.
 
Marijuana Impact and Enforcement Grant Programs
The Colorado Department of Local Affairs manages these two marijuana grant programs. The Marijuana Impact Grant awards to eligible local governments that do not allow the sale of retail marijuana within their jurisdiction but are experiencing the impacts of retail marijuana from surrounding communities or any illegal activity related to marijuana. The Marijuana Enforcement Grant Program provides financial assistance through reimbursements to local law enforcement agencies and district attorneys for actual expenses related to investigations and prosecutions of unlicensed marijuana cultivation or distribution operations. Deadline: Feb. 28, 2018. 
 
Veteran Small Business Training
The Small Business Administration (SBA) is accepting proposals to fund training and counseling programs for veteran small business owners.  The Boots to Business (B2B) program supports training opportunities including technical and financial skill development and comprehensive business assessments to current and former military personnel engaged in starting or growing a small business.  SBA expects to award 17 to 23 grants between $225,000 and $375,000.  Applications are due January 8, 2018.
Click here for more details.
 
People for Bikes
The purpose of this program is to support bicycle infrastructure projects and targeted advocacy initiatives that make it easier and safer for people of all ages and abilities to ride. Deadline: January 18, 2018.
 
USDA Rural Business Development Grants
Deadline is January 26, 2018
The Technical Assistance grant average in Colorado is around $25,000 and a revolving loan fund request is $50,000.  Applications need to be postmarked on January 26th, 2018, or delivered to a Rural Development office by 4pm on that date.  Click here for a general information sheet for the RBDG and here for an overview of all USDA RD’s programs.
Contact the regional USDA representative for more information:
P.J. Howe | Business Program Specialist; 970 824-3476 x 111
p.j.howe@co.usda.gov; www.rd.usda.gov
 
Smart & Connected Communities Grants - National Science Foundation
Letter of intent due: 1/30/17; Application deadline: 2/28/17. The goal of the NSF Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) program solicitation is to accelerate the creation of the scientific and engineering foundations that will enable smart and connected communities to bring about new levels of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, and overall quality of life. This goal will be achieved through integrative research projects that pair advances in technological and social dimensions with meaningful community engagement.  For the purposes of this solicitation, communities are defined as having geographically-delineated boundaries-such as towns, cities, counties, neighborhoods, community districts, rural areas, and tribal regions-consisting of various populations, with the structure and ability to engage in meaningful ways with proposed research activities.
 
Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) Grants
Accepting applications for its micro-grant program. This program is designed for state and local governments, special districts, K-12, and public universities in Colorado to put more resident-facing information and services online. Grant applications are due by 5 p.m. on Jan. 19, 2018.
 
Gates Family Foundation: Capital Projects Grants
Capital projects are typically defined as building purchases, new construction, expansion, renovation, and/or land acquisition. The Gates Family Foundation has a rich tradition of providing support for capital projects. Because we believe land and facilities are long-term assets that can help nonprofit and community organizations serve Colorado communities, we will continue to invest in capital projects throughout the state. Deadlines: Jan. 15, 2018; April 1, 2018; October 1, 2018. 
 
National Endowment for the Arts - Community Reading Program Grants
Each community program that receives an NEA Big Read grant - which ranges between $5,000 and $15,000 - is also provided with resources, outreach materials, and training on various aspects such as working with local partners, developing public relations strategies, and leading book discussions. Deadline: 1/24/2018.
 
Thriving Cultures Program - Surdna Foundation
Grants to nonprofit organizations through the Artists and Economic Development funding area, the  Foundation supports efforts that provide artists with business training and financial resources enabling them to be,and create, valuable economic assets for their communities. Deadline: letters of inquiry are  accepted throughout the year.
 
Affordable Housing Loans for Low-Income Rural Communities
Housing Assistance Council. Short-term loans at below market interest rates to local nonprofits, for profits, and government entities
developing affordable housing for low income,rural communities. Applications accepted on an ongoing  basis.
 
Idea Cafe Grant for Small Businesses
Deadline to apply: Jan. 10, 2018. The Grant is designed to spur the imagination and spirit of entrepreneurship. The winner - the business with the most innovative business idea - will receive a $1,000.00 check, heaps of free publicity and national recognition. This Grant is sponsored by DigitalOcto.io - powerful social media growth platform - the secret weapon behind the world's most gutsy startups and marketers to grow their social media - systematically and consistently. 
 
The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation
Committed to transforming the delivery of human services through the generation of new ideas and best practices.   The focus of our giving is on organizations that take a fresh look-through research, innovative thinking, direct care and programming-at how people with disabilities and youth and families facing emotional, behavioral and other challenges are cared for in our society. The Foundation also works to expand opportunity for the individuals we serve through employment and educational support.
Click here to learn more about our three grant programs:  Community Partners, Stepping Stones and Community Champions. Accepts applications quarterly: Feb. 15; May 15; Aug. 15; Nov. 15, 2018.
 
Funding for Startup Organizations: Chinook Fund
Deadline: 2/21/18
The purpose of this program is to provide start-up funding to organizations that are less than four years old, and are working to address issues such as human rights, racial justice, economic justice, environmental protection, peace, and international solidarity. The funding agency will support organizations that challenge the root causes, rather than the symptoms, of social justice problems such as systemic racism, sexism, heterosexism, classism, ableism, and ageism. Projects should carry out effective social change by being constituent-led, being community-wide in scope, and having a lasting effect on the community as a whole.
 
Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators
This program recognizes outstanding kindergarten through grade 12 teachers who employ innovative approaches to environmental education and use the environment as a context for learning for their students. Up to two teachers from each of EPA's 10 regions, from different states, will be selected to receive this award. The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administers this award to honor, support and encourage educators who incorporate environmental education in their classrooms & teaching methods. Application deadline: March 1, 2018.


(from Nov. 2017 Resources Bulletin)

USDA Rural Business Development Grants
Deadline is January 26, 2018
The Technical Assistance grant average in Colorado is around $25,000 and a revolving loan
fund request is $50,000. Applications need to be postmarked on January 26th, 2018, or
delivered to a Rural Development office by 4pm on that date. Click here for a general
information sheet for the RBDG and here for an overview of all USDA RD’s programs.
Contact the regional USDA representative for more information:
P.J. Howe | Business Program Specialist; 970 824-3476 x 111
p.j.howe@co.usda.gov; www.rd.usda.gov
 
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment
Water Quality Control Division
Accepting applications for Water Quality Improvement Grants. Deadline: 2 p.m. on Dec. 6.
To apply, click here.
 
Statewide Internet Portal Authority (SIPA) Grants
Accepting applications for its micro-grant program on Dec. 1. This program is designed for
state and local governments, special districts, K-12, and public universities in Colorado to
put more resident-facing information and services online. Grant applications are due by 5
p.m. on Jan. 19, 2018; Learn more on the SIPA website.
 
Clif Bar Family Foundation Small Grants to Strengthen Food Systems &
Communities
These grants are awarded for general organizational support as well as funding for specific
projects. Small grants average approximately $7,000 each. Applications are reviewed three
times a year; the deadlines are the 1st of February, June, and October. Grants awarded
during a particular cycle will be announced at the beginning of the following cycle. More
info and apply here.

 
Idea Cafe grant for Small Businesses
Deadline to apply: Jan. 10, 2018. The Grant is designed to spur the imagination and spirit of
entrepreneurship. The winner - the business with the most innovative business idea - will
receive a $1,000.00 check, heaps of free publicity and national recognition. This Grant is
sponsored by DigitalOcto.io - powerful social media growth platform - the secret weapon
behind the world's most gutsy startups and marketers to grow their social media -
systematically and consistently. Apply here!
 
Colorado Tree Coalition 2018 grant program
Grant applications for 2018 are available to download from the CTC website at
coloradotrees.org/ programs/#grants. Along with matching funds provided by the grant
recipients, these grants help to plant trees in communities across Colorado. Deadline: Dec.
1, 2017.
 
Joey Logano Foundation - Grants to support innovative organizations as they
improve the lives of people in need
The goal of the foundation is to offer second chances to children and youth in times of
crisis and to create supportive communities where all people are able to live with dignity
in times of adversity. Projects should serve children and young adults from birth to age 24.
Projects may involve starting a new program, expanding or improving an existing program,
or sustaining an existing new program. Deadline: 12/17/17. More info and apply here.
 
NextFifty Initiative: Funding to Improve the Lives of the Aging Population
NextFifty Initiative invites eligible entities to submit an application for grant funding in the
2017-2018 cycle. Through its grant making, NextFifty Initiative seeks to identify and partner
with organizations that are working to improve the lives of the current aging population
and craft an exciting future for aging. More info here
 
Recycling Resources Economic Opportunity Grant Program
To identify existing waste diversion activities in a defined study area, suggest ways to
coordinate those activities to maximize economic efficiencies, and establish goals that will
guide future efforts to minimize the amount of waste sent to area landfills. Councils of
government, municipal or county governments, regional community groups whose mission
it is to promote environmental sustainability or economic development, and colleges or
universities are eligible to apply. Visit www.colorado.gov/pacific/cdphe/recyclinggrants
for more information and to access the grant application templates. Deadline: Dec. 13 by 3
p.m.
 
Community Facilities Direct Loan & Grant Program
USDA. This program provides affordable funding to develop essential community facilities
in rural areas. Examples of essential community facilities include: Health care
facilities; town halls, courthouses, airport hangars or street improvements; child care
centers, community centers, fairgrounds or transitional housing; fire departments, police
stations, prisons, police vehicles, fire trucks, public works vehicles or
equipment; museums, libraries or private schools; telemedicine or distance learning
equipment; community gardens, food pantries, community kitchens, food banks, food
hubs or greenhouses. Applications accepted year round. More information here.
 
USDA Farm to School Grant Program
USDA Farm to School Grants of up to $100,000 for planning, implementing or training on
farm to school programs. Schools, non-profit organizations, state agencies, Indian Tribal
Organizations, farmers and other eligible groups may apply. Purpose is to improve access
to local foods in eligible schools
Deadline: 12/8/17. For more information, visit the USDA Farm to School Grant website. Am
I eligible? Does this project fit? Other questions? Contact Andrea Northup at
andrea.northrup@fns.usda.gov or 303.844.4417.
 
Funding for Startup Organizations: Chinook Fund
Deadline: 2/21/18 - more information here.
The purpose of this program is to provide start-up funding to organizations that are less
than four years old, and are working to address issues such as human rights, racial justice,
economic justice, environmental protection, peace, and international solidarity. The
funding agency will support organizations that challenge the root causes, rather than the
symptoms, of social justice problems such as systemic racism, sexism, heterosexism,
classism, ableism, and ageism. Projects should carry out effective social change by being
constituent-led, being community-wide in scope, and having a lasting effect on the
community as a whole.

 

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