Community Resilience Initiatives Grant Opportunities

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Community Resilience Initiatives

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These funding opportunities address The Colorado Trust’s strategic plan focus areas of food, housing, and mental and behavioral health.

Overview

In alignment with The Colorado Trust’s 2024-26 Strategic Plan, the Community Resilience Initiatives are three-year investments demonstrating the foundation’s belief in and commitment to the strengths, abilities and resiliency of Colorado communities. These seven grantmaking initiatives address the strategic plan’s three focus areas of food, housing, and mental and behavioral health, all of which emerged during the planning process as top priorities in communities across Colorado. This funding aims to bolster entities working to respond effectively to disruptions in communities resulting from economic downturns, social turbulence, public health crises, or a lack of coherent or effective public policy.

The Community Resilience Initiatives include seven (7) competitive grant initiatives:

  1. Sustaining Housing Solutions
  2. Diverse Approaches to Behavioral Health
  3. Expanding Access to Behavioral Health
  4. Accessing Healthy Foods
  5. Building Food Systems
  6. Capacity Building Assistance
  7. Policy and Advocacy

Important Dates

  • Jan. 16, 2024: Requests for proposals for the seven initiatives are released 
  • Feb. 1, 2024: Invitation to log into grants portal sent to registered organizations (please register your organization; this is required to apply for a grant) 
  • Feb. 9, 2024: You can now view and/or download the pre-application webinars below: 
  • Feb. 15, 2024: Organizations may begin submitting applications via The Colorado Trust’s grants portal 
  • Mar. 1, 2024: Deadline to register for The Colorado Trust’s grants portal (which is required to apply for a grant) 
  • Mar. 15, 2024: Deadline to submit application, by 4:59 p.m. MST 
  • May 31, 2024: Funding decisions made and announcements to applicants begin 
  • July 1, 2024 – Dec. 31, 2026: Grant period

Applying for a Community Resilience Initiatives Grant
Each initiative is listed above, and the links contain specific information including grant amounts, the request for proposals, webinar links, and links to the applications. Applications are available and may be submitted in English or Spanish. Applicants must use the provided work plan and budgettemplates for their applications. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 

If your organization is considering applying for funding under the initiatives listed above (or any other Colorado Trust funding opportunity in 2024), please register your organization with The Colorado Trust’s online grants portal by March 1, 2024. All applicants (and fiscal sponsors) must register for a Colorado Trust grants portal account. Applications will only be accepted through the grants portal. For organizations that complete this registration, an invitation to log into the grants portal will then be sent beginning Feb. 1, 2024 and conclude on March 1, 2024. Again, only organizations that register with the online grants portal will receive this login information and have the ability to apply for a grant. 

All applications should align with The Colorado Trust’s updated grantee guidelines (now available in Spanish). For more information and access to resources to support your application and your organizational success, visit The Colorado Trust’s Grant Resources page.

Eligibility
Applicants must be Colorado-based and Colorado-serving community or grassroots entities. This includes nonprofits, health care organizations, educational institutions, government agencies, American Indian tribes and their designated operating divisions, and Native American-serving organizations or organizations providing services on a reservation or tribal land with a letter of support from the applicable tribe. An entity that is fiscally sponsored by an eligible organization is also eligible to apply.

Questions
Please visit our frequently asked questions document for ongoing updated information on the Community Resilience Initiatives and the application process. If you have additional questions, please email us (in English or Spanish).

Staff

Robert Foley

Grants Program Director

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