Denver accepts applications for its fourth round of nonprofit emergency relief grants


    The Denver skyline on July 23, 2020. (Quentin Young/Colorado Newsline)

    The city and county of Denver is accepting applications for its fourth round of grants from the city’s Nonprofit Emergency Relief Fund. Applications will be accepted until Friday, Nov. 13 at 12 a.m.

    Nonprofits serving the Denver community that are experiencing financial hardship due to increased demand, decreased income or the creation of new services throughout the pandemic are encouraged to apply. The grant provides a one-time sum up to $15,000 per grantee.

    In the first three rounds of funding, the program received 738 applications and allocated $1.8 million to 184 Denver nonprofits. Eligible nonprofits are encouraged to re-apply if they have been previously denied. Pending final approval from Denver City Council next week, the fourth round of funding will allocate $2 million in CARES Act funds to local nonprofits. Once applications have been received, organizations can expect to be notified if awarded within three weeks.

    “We have the funds, but we have to go through the city process,” said Leesly Leon, a spokesperson for the Denver Economic Development & Opportunity office. “Hopefully by next week we will have the final details.” 

    Eligible nonprofits do not need to be based in Denver, but applicants must be able to show that the funds will be used to support residents of Denver. According to the city’s website, nonprofits are more likely to receive a grant if they are in one or more of these priority categories:

    • Nonprofits that are operating within priority neighborhoods including Elyria-Swansea, Globeville, NE Park Hill, East Colfax, Montbello, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park, West Colfax and Westwood. Organizations not located in these neighborhoods but serving these residents will also be prioritized if supporting documentation is provided.
    • Nonprofits that provide service to vulnerable populations including underresourced or historically marginalized groups such as communities of color, older adults, people experiencing poverty or homelessness, immigrants and refugees, people living with disabilities, LGBTQ+, veterans, and the people they serve are represented on their board and/or staff.
    • Nonprofits whose pursuit of equity is expansive where language justice, underrepresented groups, and social/economic equity is meaningfully represented.

    To learn more about how to apply, applicants can attend virtual information sessions on Oct. 29 from 9-10 a.m. or on Nov. 9 from 7-8 p.m. Applicants who need assistance in a language other than English should email [email protected] or call 720-913-1915.