Business Resources / Funding Opportunities

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;
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 &
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 - 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 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
for more information and to access the grant application templates. Deadline: Dec. 13 by 3
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 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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