What is GrantCorps?

GrantCorps provides information, training, and technical support to nonprofits across Colorado in grant development and management so that funding gets to the organizations that need it most. All GrantCorps services are provided at no cost to eligible organizations. We support small, rural, and systemically marginalized communities, as well as Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) led organizations so they can more equitably access private and government grant funding.

Our goals are to:

  • Increase the amount of grant funds awarded to small, rural, and systemically marginalized communities
  • Provide robust, accessible, and free grant training opportunities to eligible nonprofits
  • Provide free grant coaching and consultation services to eligible nonprofits such as drafting, reviewing, and submitting grant applications and reports

Are you eligible?

Are you a Colorado-based initiative or organization connected to workforce development, looking for support in grant seeking, development, and management?

  • Do you work in an organization that is BIPOC-led and is serving BIPOC communities?
  • Are you located in a rural community?
  • Is your annual budget less than $1M?
  • Do you currently experience challenges accessing private and government grant funding?

If ANY of this sounds like you, please complete this interest form and we will follow up with you!

Join Our Team!

Member Duties: The GrantCorps VISTA will: 1) Gain skills and receive training in grant writing for nonprofits and community organizations 2) Develop templates and tools for the nonprofit organizations to utilize in future grant applications 3) Plan and initiate potential opportunities for program, project, and organizational evaluation to better meet the needs of more grant applications 4) Collaborate with their supervisor and partner organizations to draft, review, and edit grant narratives and grant reports 5) Leverage relationships with funders and front range funding entities to increase access for rural and BIPOC-led nonprofits 6) Apply for diverse funding opportunities to ensure long term sustainability 7) Utilize CRC’s collection of statewide funding data to make recommendations for organizations 8) Engage collaboratively with other GC VISTAs to create grant tracking and CRM systems, developing recommendations for CRC and partner organizations to effectively utilize these tools. 

Program Benefits: Living Allowance, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Childcare assistance if eligible, $250 Housing Assistance, Training, Health Coverage*, Relocation Allowance. 

Terms: Car recommended, Permits working at another job during off hours, Permits attendance at school during off hours. 

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Member Duties: The GrantCorps VISTA will: 1) Use CRC’s Colorado Grants Guide (CGG) and other platforms to identify funding opportunities, deadlines, and key donor details and develop customized recommendations for rural nonprofits 2) Provide orientation to those using the CGG to help them navigate the tool 3) Plan and initiate an outreach campaign 3) Collaborate with their supervisor and partner organizations to draft, review, and edit grant narratives and grant reports 4) Improve efforts to engage statewide funders and nonprofits in research on effective grant application and reporting tools 5) Research diverse funding opportunities 6) Implement updates and expansions of CGG profiles and content 7) Utilize CRC’s collection of statewide funding data to make recommendations for organizations in rural communities 8) Engage with grant tracking and CRM systems, developing recommendations for CRC and partner organizations to effectively utilize these tools. 

Program Benefits: Living Allowance, Choice of Education Award or End of Service Stipend, Childcare assistance if eligible, $250 Housing Assistance, Training, Health Coverage*, Relocation Allowance. 

Terms: Car recommended, Permits working at another job during off hours, Permits attendance at school during off hours. 

Apply here!

Purpose: Community Resource Center is excited to announce the launch of GrantCorps, a new statewide program designed to support small, rural, and systemically marginalized communities, as well as BIPOC-led organizations that experience barriers accessing private and government grant funding.

GrantCorps links tools, information, training, and CRC’s long-standing Rural AmeriCorps VISTA program together to support the grant seeking, grant development, and management needs of the organizations most in need. GrantCorps offerings are available in English and Spanish and are free for eligible organizations. Community Resource Center hosts four GrantCorps VISTA members that support partner organizations’ development and grant-seeking needs, including research, writing, applying for, managing, and reporting on funding opportunities.

GrantCorps’ goal is to reach approximately 200 organizations per year. The majority of eligible organizations will participate in education and training program offerings provided by CRC staff. Additionally, organizations will be identified to participate in oneon-one program offerings including short-term coaching and deep consultation services provided by CRC staff, AmeriCorps members, and independent consultants. Each year GrantCorps aims to provide up to 25 organizations with deep consultation services and up to 35 organizations with short-term coaching.

Consultant Qualifications: GrantCorps is currently seeking up to three consultants who will extend CRC staff and VISTA capacity and will provide additional expertise to support the unique goals and needs of the organizations served in the program. CRC is committed to building a diverse team of staff and consultants to work alongside diverse communities across Colorado. Consultants must demonstrate lived and/or professional experience working with rural, small, and systemically marginalized communities, including BIPOC and Latino communities. Consultants will provide 1) support to CRC staff in the development and testing of GrantCorps interactive training and tools and 2) one-on-one support to organizations through short-term coaching and deep consulting.

Specifically:

Education & Training Offerings seeking consultant support*:

  • AmeriCorps VISTA GrantCorps Training – will support the professional development of the Grantwriting Specialist VISTA positions in grant writing for nonprofits and community organizations
  • GrantCorps Government Grant Development – will provide nonprofits with an in-depth overview of the key components of government grant applications and will provide opportunities for hands-on development of several grant components such as the grant narrative, goals and objectives, budgets, and other attachments such as the logic model, letters of support, and evaluation plan.
  • GrantCorps Government Grant Contracting – will provide nonprofits with an in-depth overview of the government grant contracting process, including a review of government grant contracts, and the interpretation of all key sections of government grant agreements.
  • GrantCorps Government Grant Reporting – will provide nonprofits with an in-depth overview of nonprofit grant award management quarterly and annual reporting processes and will assist organizations in developing systems to track grant reporting requirements and to collect and report the data to inform these reports.

Short-term coaching and consulting support* (3-8 hours/organization) including:

  • Funding research support of state and federal funding as well as private philanthropic funders. Participants will receive a coaching session and a customized report on prospective funders with whom they are a match.
  • Assessment of government grant readiness and recommendations for areas to build institutional capacity.
  • Support to assess systems for tracking, evaluating, and reporting outcomes, financial reporting and general grant management.
  • Review, copy edit, and feedback on an already written or denied grant.

Longer-term and deeper consulting support* (20-50 hours/organization, sustained over several months) including:

  • Direct writing of grant applications, attachments, program reports, and financial reports.
  • Providing tools and coaching organizations to develop achievable systems.
  • Support identification of match funding.
  • Development of partner MOU’s and collaborations.
  • Other organizational supports as needed, drawing expertise in nonprofit management.

*These services will be performed in partnership with CRC staff and the AmeriCorps GrantCorps VISTA team.

Target Audience: Eligible organizations for GrantCorps will be located in rural communities, have a connection to workforce development, have budgets less than $1M, and/or experience barriers accessing private and government grant funding. Services will be prioritized for organizations that are BIPOC-led and are serving BIPOC communities.

Timeline:

  • October 11, 2022 – RFP Announced
  • November 4, 2022 – Deadline for Proposals
  • November 2022 – Proposal Review and Selection Period
  • December 1, 2022 – Contract Start Date
  • December 31, 2024 – Contract End Date

Compensation for Services: Maximum contract amount of $35,000, including all related expenses. GrantCorps current budget for consultation services is not to exceed $105,000, and we are seeking to identify a minimum of three independent consultants at this time.

Response requested: Interested parties, please submit 1.) a brief (1-2 page) statement of qualifications (resume or bio), and 2.) a proposed scope of work including how you identify with GrantCorps’ commitment to build grant access equity and a budget for services to Katy Pepinsky, Director of GrantCorps at: email hidden; JavaScript is required.

Proposals must be received by November 4, 2022 COB to be considered.

Have questions?

Contact GrantCorps Staff

Katy Pepinsky, Director of GrantCorps: email hidden; JavaScript is required, tel: 720.885.9889. Ella habla español.

Resources

This Toolkit has been established to assist smaller nonprofits serving rural communities and organizations that focus efforts on underserved workforce populations, in navigating the State & Local Fiscal Recovery Fund grant application and reporting process. The guide was developed in partnership between Community Resource Center & the Colorado Workforce Development Council. 

Helpful Links

State & Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) Info Session Video: In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, national, state, and local governments are being charged with supporting communities in their response and recovery. The State & Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, or SLFRF, is one mechanism that is directing funds to state, local, and Tribal governments across the country to support their response to and recovery from COVID-19. In this session we cover the offerings, eligibility, and requirements of the State & Local Fiscal Recovery Fund (SLFRF) as well as resources to assist nonprofit organizations with limited fund development capacity to seek and apply for these government grants.

Colorado Grants Guide: developed by the Community Resource Center (CRC), is the state’s leading online resource for funding research. This database contains hundreds of profiles of local foundations and trusts, corporations, national funders, government agencies and religious organizations that support Colorado nonprofits. These profiles are updated regularly, so as to always provide the most relevant information available.

Upcoming Trainings and Information Sessions

December 2022

GrantCorps Government Grant Development

December 8 | 9-12PM | Zoom 

January – March 2023

GrantCorps Info Session

January 10 | 9-10AM | Zoom 

State & Local Fiscal Recovery Fund Info Session & Toolkit Showcase

January 18 | 9-10:30AM | Zoom 

Finding Funding on the Web

January 19 | 9-10:30AM | Zoom 

Pen-to-Paper (3-Part Series)

January, February, March | Heart of Colorado Region

2022 Funders of GrantCorps

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