NWCCOG Resource Bulletin

Funding & Technical Assistance
Challenge America: National Endowment for the Arts
The Challenge America category offers support primarily to small and mid-sized organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations — those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economics, or disability. Grants are available for professional arts programming and for projects that emphasize the potential of the arts in community development. Deadline: April 11.More info here.
Advanced Industries (AI) Export Accelerator Grant Program
Funding Available to offset international business development and marketing costs
These grants are for current and aspiring Colorado exporters in the Advanced Industries who are looking to offset international business development and marketing costs. Grants are available for up to $15,000 for eligible costs for small and medium-sized AI businesses in aerospace, infrastructure engineering, advanced manufacturing, energy and natural resources, bioscience, electronics, and technology and information.  Grants can be used to help cover the costs of trade missions and trade shows, translation services for a contract or official document, intellectual property protection, conducting due diligence or credit reviews on potential buyers or distributors, and production and design of international marketing materials. Grant applications are accepted on a rolling basis until funds are exhausted. First year grant applicants will be given preference during the application review process. Projects and/or activities must be finished by June 1, 2019. More info here. 

USDA Rural Business Development Grants

Deadline: March 29. The technical assistance grants in Colorado average around $25,000, and a revolving loan fund request is $50,000. This program is a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training, and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas that will employ 50 or fewer new employees and have less than $1 million in gross revenue. For more information, visit USDA website here or contact P.J. Howe, business program specialist, at 970-329-3151 or

Youth Innovation Grants

Deadline: April 1. Offered by the State Youth Council.

The Colorado State Youth Council (SYC) is offering grants to young adults and local organizations for projects that support innovative, youth-focused projects. Applications are due on April 1.

The SYC believes that in order to best serve the youth population, we need to continue to develop a strong youth voice within workforce development programs throughout the state and ensure we are providing young leaders with the tools and platforms necessary to be changemakers in their communities.

Grants Promote Innovative Pre-K-12 Projects
Ezra Jack Keats Foundation: Mini-Grant Program
The Ezra Jack Keats Foundation offers mini-grants to public schools, public libraries, and public preschool and Head Start programs in the United States and its territories. The Foundation accepts proposals for creative, innovative projects that give teachers and librarians a unified, flexible way to meet Common Core goals as well as offer students a fun experience, a sense of achievement, and a source of pride. The application deadline is March 31, 2019. Visit the Foundations website to learn more about the application process.

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EPA Office of Community Revitalization’s Strategies for Food Systems,
Health, and Economic Development. EPA’s Office of Community Revitalization has developed strategies and programs that assist communities’ efforts to take stock of their assets, identify visions for growth that supports a better environment and healthy living. Through this webinar you’ll hear how EPA collaborates with communities to grow their economies and improve the environment.
Acres for America, a partnership between Walmart Stores and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), was established to provide urgently needed funding for projects that conserve important large-scale habitats for fish, wildlife, and plants through land acquisitions and perpetual conservation easements. Preference will be given to projects that achieve more than one of the following program priorities: conserve critical habitats for birds, fish, plants, and wildlife; connect existing protected lands to unify wild places and protect critical migration routes; provide access for people to enjoy the outdoors; and ensure the future of local economies that depend on forestry, ranching, and recreation. Pre-proposals are due April 17, 2019; invited full proposals must be submitted by June 27, 2019. Visit the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation website to review the 2019 Request for Proposals.
The Mentoring Opportunities for Youth Initiative supports a wide range of mentoring initiatives aimed at preventing and reducing juvenile delinquency, drug abuse (especially opioid abuse), victimization, and other problem and high-risk behaviors such as truancy. The application deadline is April 22, 2019.

Department of Education: Grants for Rural Schools

The Small, Rural School Achievement Program seeks to address the unique needs of rural school districts. Interests include improving basic programs, supporting effective instruction, supporting language instruction for English learners and immigrant students, strengthening student support and promoting academic enrichment, and creating 21st century community learning centers. The application deadline is April 26, 2019. More info here. 
Peace Officer Mental Health Support Grants
Support grant program is available for local law enforcement agencies to engage mental health professionals who can provide on-scene response services to support peace officers’ handling of persons with mental health disorders, and counseling services to peace officers. Applications will be reviewed in the order of receipt with a date and time stamp on each application. Deadline: April 30. For more information on the program, Click Here.
Worldwide Competition for Funds to Address a Critical Issue
100&Change is a MacArthur Foundation competition for a $100 million grant to fund a single proposal that promises real and measurable progress in solving a critical problem of our time. 100&Change is open to organizations and collaborations working in any field, anywhere in the world. Proposals must identify a problem and offer a solution that promises significant and durable change. Each application will be evaluated on the following criteria: impactful, evidence-based, feasible, and durable. Applications may be submitted from April 30 to August 6, 2019. Visit the 100&Change website for details about the competition and application information.