Updates regarding COVID-19 from our Funding Partners

Foundations and organizations across the state are coming together to provide emergency funding to support Colorado communities as they respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit our Helpful Resources page for additional information. Please contact Alex McHenry at email hidden; JavaScript is required with any additional resources to potentially add to our website.

Please check this page for regular updates as we collect and share the most up to date information from our partners in the philanthropic community.

Colorado COVID Relief Fund | First Deadline Due 4/4

The Colorado COVID Relief Fund is hosted by the State of Colorado and Mile High United Way, and is a collaborative effort from many of our state’s leading funders. The Colorado COVID Relief Fund’s purpose is to raise and coordinate allocation of funds based on prevention, impact and recovery needs of community-based organizations in Colorado. This Fund is organized to ensure that the most acute community needs across the state are being addressed and that community voice is reflected in all funding decisions made over time.Through this Fund, eligible community-based organizations across Colorado may receive a general operating grant of up to $25,000. The current Fund application deadlines are every two weeks.

On April 13th, Community Resource Center and Philanthropy Colorado are hosting a webinar reviewing the Colorado COVID Relief Fund opportunity. Representatives from the fund will be present to review the opportunity, discuss the application, decision making process, and answer your questions. See CRC training page for more information.

Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law which includes emergency financial assistance to nonprofits! Starting April 3, nonprofits can apply for loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) to help offset costs associated with COVID-19 response. Loans may be used towards payroll, health benefits during sick or family leave, salaries or commissions, interest on mortgage, rent, utilities and prior debt. Apply for up to $10 million depending on organizational monthly budget.


Small Business Development Center representatives are available to answer your questions through the COVID Economic Hotline at (303) 860-5881. 

Independent Sector

To learn more about aid for nonprofit organizations scrambling to determine how the act will apply to their organizations and how to proceed with filing for assistance, the Independent Sector is offering a free webinar.

Colorado Nonprofit Association

Cares Act Loan Application Assistance. Get Connected with a Volunteer Lawyer

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

The Chronicle of Philanthropy and Americans for the Arts Action Fund have highlighted some of the $2 trillion stimulus bill cleared by Congress.


Nonprofit Guide to the CARES Act Summarizes Provisions Applicable to Nonprofits (Including Those Loans You’ve Been Hearing About to Cover Payroll and That Don’t Need to Be Paid Back).

National Council of Nonprofits 

Loans Available for Nonprofits in the CARES ACT.

US Senate Committee on Small Business & Entrepreneurship 

Small Business Owners Guide to the CARES Act.

Paycheck Protection Program 

Application Form.

Office of Economic Development & International Trade 

COVID-19 Business Resource Center.

Philanthropy Colorado COVID-19 Resources

Our partners at Philanthropy Colorado have compiled and regularly update information on COVID-19 resources.  Visit their website and learn more about the philanthropic response to COVID-19.  They have compiled the results of the survey conducted of over 700 nonprofit organizations to assess the impact of COVID-19. Read the survey summary here.

Rapid Response Funding

(newest and most pressing funding opportunities listed first)

Colorado Blueprint to End Hunger | Deadline April 8Colorado COVID-19 Emergency Hunger Relief Fund

United Way of Larimer County and the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado | Deadline April 9Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response

Listen4Good | Deadline July 17 | Fund for Shared Insight

Aspen Community Foundation | COVID-19 Regional Response Fund

Caring for Denver | Funding in Support of COVID-19

Chinook Fund | Mutual Aid Opportunities for Chinook Fund Grantees

Colorado Creative Industries | Deadline May 13 | COVID-19 CO Creatives Relief Grant

Community First Foundation | Jeffco Hope Fund – Now Open!

Community Foundation of Boulder County | COVID-19 Response Fund 

Montrose Communty Foundation | Montrose Emergency Relief Fund

NextFifty Initiative | COVID-19 Response Fund

Pikes Peak Community Foundation | Emergency Response Fund Grant Application

Rocky Mountain Health Foundation | Rapid Response COVID-19 Grant Funding

The Denver Foundation |  Critical Needs Fund

USDA Rural Development | Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19

Yampa Valley Community Foundation | COVID-19 Response Fund

Flexible Funding and Funder Operations Updates

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation | Funding to Assist Current Arts & Culture Grantees 

Caring for Colorado Foundation |  Updates on their Operations and Funding

Chaffee County Community Foundation | Donate to the Emergency Relief Campaign

Colorado Health Foundation | Updates on their Operations and Funding

Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado | Donate to the Community Emergency Relief Fund

Delta Dental of Colorado | COVID-19 Updates for Stakeholders

Denver Arts & Venues | Donate to the Colorado Artist Relief Fund

El Pomar Foundation | Colorado Assistance Fund 

Gates Family Foundation | Updates for Gates Applicants, Grantees, & Partners

Joseph Henry Edmondson Foundation | COVID-19

Longmont Community Foundation | Donate to the Neighbor to Neighbor Coivd-19 Relief Fund 

Mile High United Way | Governor’s Colorado COVID Relief Fund

Rose Community Foundation | Updates on their Operations and Funding

The Colorado Trust | Updates on their Operations and Funding

The Center for Effective Philanthropy | Statement Encouraging Increased Giving in this Time of Crisis

Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday Announces Day of Global Action for Giving and Unity in Response to COVID-19. Giving Tuesday, scheduled for May 5, 2020, will bring together individuals, nonprofits, businesses, and communities to provide emergency response to the growing needs caused by the COVID-19 crisis.