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Arts, Cultural and Youth Athletics Funding Opportunity

The Colorado Trust has a one-time funding opportunity available to Colorado-based nonprofits in one of the following categories: 

  • Arts and cultural organizations that a) have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and b) have Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) leadership; or 
  • Youth athletics organizations that a) have been adversely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and b) whose participants are majority BIPOC youth. 

These organizations must meet the following criteria: 

  • Have a 501(c)(3) designation or a fiscal sponsor 
  • Have an established or existing enrichment program (e.g., leadership, academics and/or life skills) 
  • Ability to document through a brief written narrative (maximum of one page) how the organization has been negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, and how the funds will improve economic sustainability and promote the organization’s programmatic longevity. 
Application Process 

Applications are available as a fillable Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) document. Click here to download the grant application. It is recommended to use the latest version of Adobe Acrobat software to complete the application. Completed applications should be emailed to Genina Taylor of The Colorado Trust. Applications must be received by Jan. 14, 2022, with awards notification expected by Feb. 28, 2022. 

The grant narrative in the application should include how the organization’s activities align with social determinants of health and The Colorado Trust’s vision of achieving health equity for all Coloradans. The anticipated amount of grant awards is expected to range from $10,000 to $50,000 per organization. These funds cannot be used for capital campaigns, political campaigns, voter registration drives, or clinical or medical research studies.  

Frequently Asked Questions 

Who can apply for an arts, cultural and youth athletics grant?
Colorado organizations that have 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax status or a fiscal sponsor, and whose work is aligned with The Colorado Trust’s health equity vision.

Can this grant be used to create a new program or entity?
No. These funds are to be used to bolster and support existing programs or organizations whose operations were adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

How does The Colorado Trust define “youth”? Does the program serving youth have to be specifically athletic in nature?
For the purposes of this grant, we define “youth” as people ranging in age from 1-19. Youth athletic programs will be given priority consideration regarding funding. 

How does The Colorado Trust define “arts” and “cultural”?
The Colorado Trust defines “arts” as any expressive medium that displays creative skill and imagination. “Cultural” shows specific focus on persons or regions whose expression might typically be left out of the dominant narrative. These funds are to be used to strengthen an existing program with an enrichment focus on leadership, academics or life skills, within a broader mission related to the arts, culture or youth athletics.   

For additional questions or more information, please contact Genina Taylor. 

Learn about the health equity issues affecting Coloradans at Collective Colorado, a publication of The Colorado Trust.