Colorado Business Funding & Technical Assistance

Funding & Technical Assistance
EDA Planning and Local Technical Assistance Grants
Rolling deadline – more info here.
EDA’s programs fund and promote local and regional economic development capacity-building efforts  that result in or are instrumental in establishing vibrant economies throughout the United States. Through these programs, EDA supports locally-driven strategies that build on regional assets to spur economic prosperity and resiliency. EDA encourages initiatives that present new ideas and creative approaches to advance economic prosperity.  Contact Rachel Lunney for more information.
HUD End Homelessness Grants
Deadline: September 30
Policy priorities include: Ending homelessness for all persons, Creating a systemic response to homelessness, Strategically allocating and using resources, Using an evidence-based approach, Increasing employment, Providing flexibility for housing first with service participation requirements.  Approximately $2,254,000,000 is available to make up to 8,000 awards ranging from $2,500-$1,500,000.  ligibility: Nonprofit organizations, states, local governments, and instrumentalities of state and local governments. Public housing agencies are eligible without limitation or exclusion. More info here. 

Census 2020 Outreach and Marketing Support Funding
The Colorado Department of Local Affairs, State Demography Office has developed the Colorado 2020 Census Support Program to support local governments in the promotion of Census 2020. This $220,000 program will provide outreach and marketing support help local governments and communities promote Census 2020 by directly providing promotional support or services (banners, flyers, cups, pens, and other Census 2020 promotional materials). The goal of the program is to produce community-specific materials, so be creative and create messages and materials that will resonate with your neighbors. Request forms are required and applicants can be reimbursed for purchases, or the program can pay vendors directly. Click HERE for program guidelines, or contact Adam Bickford ( or Justine May ( for assistance.
Google Colorado Impact Challenge for Community Economic Development
Deadline: Friday, September 20
The Centennial State has always had a spirit of entrepreneurship and exploration. To support this spirit, the Impact Challenge Colorado will award $1,000,000 to local nonprofits with big ideas to create economic opportunity in Colorado.
Five nonprofit applicants will be selected by local judges to receive $175,000 in grant funding and the best of Google’s training and tools. The public will then have a chance to vote for their favorite idea. The winner with the most public votes will receive an additional $125,000. More info and apply here. 
Wells Fargo Housing Affordability Breakthrough Challenge
The Wells Fargo Foundation is committing $20 million to elevate innovation and drive new ideas for the next generation of housing affordability solutions which address housing affordability across these areas: Construction, Financing, and Resident Services and Support.  The competitive RFP process will be announced in the fall of 2019, followed by a pitch competition event to select six winners. More info here.
EPA Local Food, Local Places
Deadline: September 30
EPA invites communities interested in revitalizing neighborhoods through development of local food systems to apply for Local Foods, Local Places technical assistance. Local Foods, Local Places supports projects that: Create livable, walkable, economically vibrant main streets and mixed-use neighborhoods, Boost economic opportunities for local farmers and main street businesses; Improve access to healthy, local food, especially among disadvantaged populations.
Eligible applicants include local governments and nonprofit institutions and organizations proposing to work in a neighborhood, town, or city of any size anywhere in the United States. Communities with projects located in federally designated Opportunity Zones will receive special consideration. Highest consideration will be given to those communities who can identify how Local Foods, Local Places assistance will leverage the Opportunity Zone designation to support implementation of the resulting action plan.
Climax Molybdenum Funding Opportunities
Grant Opportunities for the Arts
Colorado Creative Industries is offering the following opportunities:
Arts in Society – letter of intent due Sept. 16 
Arts in Society is a collaborative grant making program established by BonfilsStanton Foundation, Hemera Foundation, and Colorado Creative Industries in partnership with RedLine Contemporary Art Center. This program is designed to build capacity for social practice projects that implement artistic excellence to engage social issues.
Colorado Creates 2020 – Due Sept. 23
Colorado Creates grants are general operating support for organizations and communities to produce arts and cultural activities, impacting people in all regions of the state and enhancing the quality of life. Efforts are made to ensure distribution of funds throughout the state, with a specific goal of increasing investment in rural communities.
Career Advancement Grants – Due Oct. 1
The Career Advancement grant offers reimbursable, matching funds up to $2,500 to support Colorado creative entrepreneurs and artists by stimulating their commercial creative business. The goal is that awardees will achieve tangible business benefits such as increased revenue, new audiences, or improved management practices.
State Farm Good Neighbor Grants
Deadline: October 31
State Farm makes it their business to be like a good neighbor, helping to build safer, stronger and better educated communities across the United States. State Farm grants focus on 3 focus areas: safety (including disaster preparedness and recovery), education, and community development (Affordable Housing, Job training, Neighborhood Revitalization, Small business Development, Financial Literacy, First Time Homeownership).  More info here. 
National Leadership Grants for Libraries
Deadline: September 27, 2019
Grants support projects that enhance the quality of library and archive services nationwide by advancing theory and practice. More info here. 
Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program
Deadline: September 27, 2019
The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21) supports developing a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public. More info here. 
Museum Assessment Program (MAP)
Deadline: December 01, 2019

The Museum Assessment Program (MAP) is designed to help museums assess their strengths and weaknesses, and plan for the future. More info here

HUD Funding Opportunities
Housing Choice Implementation Grant Program, deadline October 15, 2019
Resident Opportunity & Self-Sufficiency Program, November 4, 2019
These grant programs for Public Housing Authority’s (PHA) and organizations that work with PHA
residents offering funding to help establish counseling programs that help consumers make wise housing choices, rehabilitate troubled HUD funded housing properties and create programs to support PHA residents efforts to improve their lives. More info here. 
USDA Small Business Innovation Research Program
Deadline: October 23
SBIR Phase I projects should prove the scientific or technical feasibility of the approach or concept. Projects dealing with agriculturally related manufacturing and alternative and renewable energy technologies are encouraged across all SBIR topic areas. USDA SBIR’s flexible research areas ensure innovative projects consistent with USDA’s vision of a healthy and productive nation in harmony with the land, air, and water. USDA SBIR Program has awarded over 2000 research and development projects since 1983, allowing hundreds of small businesses to explore their technological potential, and providing an incentive to profit from the commercialization of innovative ideas. Please visit Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) for more information.
Advancing Informal STEM Efforts Grants
National Science Foundation.The Advancing Informal STEM Learning program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM. The application deadline is November 6, 2019.

Laura Jane Musser Fund Grant Programs

  • Rural Initiative – encourages collaborative and participatory efforts among residents in rural communities that will help to strengthen their towns and regions. The applicant community must have a population of 10,000 or fewer. Program planning grants up to $5,000 and program implementation grants up to $25,000 will be considered. Applications will be accepted online through the Fund’s website from September 3 – October 3, 2019.
  • Intercultural Harmony Initiative – supports projects that promote mutual understanding and cooperation between groups of community members of different cultural backgrounds. Project planning grants up to $5,000 or implementation grants up to $25,000 will be considered. Applications will be accepted online through the Fund’s website from September 16 – October 16, 2019.
  • Rural Arts Initiative – Assisting nonprofit arts organizations to develop, implement or sustain exceptional artistic opportunities for adults and children. Deadline: 3/11/2020.
  • Environmental Initiative – Building a community-based approach to solving environmental problems and encouraging environmental stewardship. 3/18/2020.