Funding Opportunities


Rural Business Development Grant – USDA.Colorado’s USDA-Rural Development is currently accepting applications for the Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) for Fiscal Year 2017.  The Technical Assistance grant average in Colorado is around $25,000.  Deadline: 1/27/17.  Fact sheet for the RBDG program attached here. A complete application packet can be emailed to you upon request. Contact: P.J. Howe, Business Program Specialist: 970 824-3476 x 111;

Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) – Upcoming Grant Deadlines 

GOCO invests a portion of Colorado Lottery proceeds to help preserve and enhance the state’s parks, trails, wildlife, rivers and open spaces. GOCO awards competitive grants to local governments and land trusts.  Upcoming Deadlines:

  • Local Government Park and Outdoor Recreation & Mini Grants – 11/17/16
  • General Planning Grants – 11/17/16
  • School Yard Initiative Grants – 1/10/17

Colorado Health Foundation – Healthy Living: Activating Spaces and Places Together
The goal of the funding opportunity is to help activate existing infrastructure in public places that contributes to a community’s overall health through residential usage and positive experiences. Foundation grant funds will support costs associated with project/program planning and/or implementation for up to one year.  More information here. Open Deadlines: All deadlines between Oct. 15, 2016 and Oct. 15, 2018

Worksite Wellness Kick-Start Funding –The Kick-Start Program is offered by Health Links Colorado, whose mission is to simplify how worksite health and safety get done. By doing so, we are helping build healthy, vibrant businesses and a stronger local economy.  For small businesses that are just getting started, Health Links provides support through our Kick-Start program, which awards seed funding and provides free expert advising to qualified business for successfully building worksite wellness and safety programs.

Local Technical Assistance Grants – Economic Development Administration. Helps fill the knowledge and information gaps that may prevent leaders in the public and nonprofit sectors in distressed areas from making optimal decisions on local economic development issues.  More information here

Colorado Health FoundationHealthy Living Advocacy funding opportunities:Leadership DevelopmentDesigned to cultivate and support passionate advocates for healthy living policies.Organizational Capacity Building: Supports organizations working to promote or preserve policies that create social, physical and economic environments that promote health.Long-Term Policy InitiativesPromotes or preserves policies that create social, physical and economic environments that promote health.Rapid ResponseAims to fund short-term initiatives (three to nine months in length) working on one or more policy priorities related to Healthy Living.Open Deadlines: All deadlines from June 15, 2016 to June 15, 2017 .Program Officer: Brenda Sears, 303.953.3636

Colorado Health Foundation – Creating Healthy Schools grant program. Two funding opportunities:Local planning and assessment – Provides up to two year grants to districts, groups of districts, groups of charter schools or local community partners to implement local planning, capacity-building and community collaboration processes.Local implementation – Funds existing comprehensive school health and wellness plans and implementation of select activities.

Innovative Industries Internship Grants – internship program designed to encourage employers to provide paid on-the-job training to students interested in pursuing careers in Colorado’s innovative industries. Matching grants offered to businesses for providing paid internships.  Offered by the Colorado Dept. of Labor and Employment.

Business and Industry (B&I) Loan Guarantee Program – The B&I program bolsters the private credit structure by guaranteeing loans for rural businesses, allowing private lenders to extend more credit than they would typically be able to do. It also improves the economic health of rural communities by increasing access to business capital through loan guarantees that enable commercial lenders to provide more affordable financing for businesses in eligible rural areas.

The Home Depot Foundation – Community Impact Grants Program provides support to nonprofit organizations and public service agencies  that are using volunteers to improve the physical health of their communities. Proposals for the following community improvement activities will be considered: repairs, refurbishments, and modifications to low-income or transitional veteran’s housing or community facilities (schools, community centers, senior centers, etc.); weatherizing or increasing energy efficiency of low-income or transitional veteran’s housing or community facilities; engaging veterans as volunteers to help other veterans in their community through service projects focusing on the renovation, repair, and improvement of homes and other properties serving veterans; and planting trees or community gardens or landscaping community facilities that serve veterans. Requests will be accepted through December 31, 2016. Visit the Foundation’s website to submit an online application.

USDA – Rural DevelopmentUSDA RD Program Summary Fact Sheet. USDA Rural Development is committed to future of rural communities. Through our programs, we touch rural America in many ways and help to improve the economy and quality of life for rural Americans.  Rural Development contacts and funding notices are at The Contact Us menu tab has office addresses and phone numbers, or use our toll-free number at 1 (800) 670-6553 to be connected.

Kroger Foundation – The Kroger Co.’s philanthropic objective is to enhance the quality of life in communities with a concentration of Kroger customers and employees. The Foundation exists for the betterment of the people and communities where The Kroger Co. has operations. Therefore, only organizations that serve the geographic areas where the Company operates are eligible. A summary of eligible grant requests includes: Local United Way campaigns, Local educational organizations, primarily K-12 schools, Local hunger relief organizations, Local breast cancer and women’s health initiatives, Local organizations that support and promote the advancement of women and minorities, Local grassroots community organizations and Capital campaigns; start up grants; and funding for special projects. Applications accepted year-round, deadline 12/31/16.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan ProgramThe USDA Rural Development Energy Efficiency and Conservation Loan Program (EECLP) program provides eligible utilities with low-cost federal financing for energy efficiency and conservation in rural communities of a population of 20,000 or less.  Utility borrowers design their own Energy Efficiency programs and can re-lend Rural Development funds to end-users to meet their energy needs. Borrowers can also upgrade their systems to furnish the energy needs of their customers more efficiently.

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) is seeking applicants in rural and urban areas to provide investments that support construction, non-construction, technical assistance and revolving loan fund projects under EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. Grants made under these programs will support strategies that advance new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity in distressed communities. Applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis. For more information click here.

Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation – Entrepreneurship Grants.  The Kauffman Foundation invests in organizations and programs that are focused on education and entrepreneurship. The Foundation looks for ways to advance promising national programs and to leverage additional funding and resources in these two areas. The Foundation works with partners by providing funding, consultation and technical assistance.

Daniels Fund
Various Community Improvement Grants – Click here for more information – Deadline: Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

U.S. Bank Foundation – priority areas for funding including the following: economic opportunity; affordable housing; self-sufficiency; economic development; education; cultural and artistic enrichment.



El Pomar Foundation – Community Development Grants. Make grants across a broad spectrum of focus areas, including: arts and culture, civic and community initiatives, education, health, and human services.Proposals are accepted year-round.

Community Facilities Grant Program – USDA Rural Development Grants to assist in the development of essential community facilities in rural areas and towns of up to 20,000 in population. Grant funds may be used to assist in the development of essential community facilities. Grant funds can be used to construct, enlarge, or improve community facilities for health care, public safety, and community and public services. Deadline: varies by region.

Gates Family Foundation – invests in programs that create opportunities for youth, and support stewardship and promote the quality of life in the State of Colorado. The foundation provides funding for capital projects and for Gates Family Foundation initiatives (GFF) including Arts & Culture; education; well-being of children; parks, conservation & recreation; community development & revitalization. Upcoming Deadlines:

Economic Gardening Program – SBDC ADVANCED is a new business development program administered by the Colorado SBDC Network. It is an economic gardening program, focused on helping our Colorado companies to grow by providing custom-fit market research and corporate-level tools that might otherwise be out of reach for small to mid-sized businesses. These businesses can then use this data to make informed strategic growth decisions. The SBDC ADVANCED program is open to Colorado businesses at three levels: Gold, Silver, and Copper. Deliverables provided may include specialized reports in market research, geographic information systems (GIS), financial analysis, marketing and search engine optimization (SEO). The SBDC ADVANCED program taps into corporate-level tools, experienced consultants and their strategic plans.

Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant Program (REDLG) – Application deadline: Applications accepted on an ongoing basis. Offers loans and grants to assist in the economic development of rural areas, including funds for healthcare facilities and equipment; telecommunications networks; and job creation projects. Sponsor: USDA Rural Development

Colorado FIRST/Existing Industry Customized Job Training Grants -Administered jointly by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT) and the Colorado Community College System (CCCS), the Colorado First and Existing Industry grants assist employers with grant funding for short-term, fast-track custom training. Employers may choose to use their own trainers or those provided by the college. CMC administers all grants awarded to employers within its service area. Download the Colorado First Grants Flyer. See more at CMC’s Customized Business Services page.

On-Going Opportunities: