Colorado's First Nonprofit Infrastructure Grant Program
Nonprofit Infrastructure Grants
The Nonprofit Infrastructure Grant Program is for small nonprofits in historically-marginalized communities that need more foundational help following COVID-19.
Attention! - Application Period Closed
The application period for the Nonprofit Infrastructure (NPI) Grant Program closed on August 31, 2023. Thank you to all the organizations that applied to us for funding. Applications are being reviewed and, once a decision has been made, we will be in touch.
If you have any questions about the NPI program or other grant opportunities, please contact us.
About the Program
Community Shares of Colorado is collaborating with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to select and administer the Nonprofit Infrastructure Grant in Dolores, El Paso, La Plata, Mesa, Montezuma, San Juan, Teller, and Weld counties.
The Nonprofit Infrastructure (NPI) Grant has been created for small nonprofits, with annual budgets between $150,000 and $2,000,000, that can show they have been impacted or disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
Applying organizations or groups must have a track record of providing effective, culturally appropriate, and relevant programs and services to their communities who have historically been underrepresented, underserved, or under-resourced in Colorado.
The governing bodies and staff of these organizations must consist of a majority of residents who live in the communities they serve, have a history of providing services in specific communities in the state, and have their main offices in one of the communities that they serve.
LGBT | BIPOC | Women | Gender non-conforming | Disability/Neurodiversity | Low-Income | Immigrant/Refugee | Rural
The following organizations are eligible to apply for the NPI Grant:
A small community-based charitable or social welfare organization that has been impacted or disproportionately impacted by the Covid-19 public health emergency.
A tax-exempt charitable organization or social welfare organization operating under a 501(c)(3) that has an arrangement with a small community-based nonprofit organization (NPO) that may or may not have its own tax-exempt status.
A tax-exempt charitable or social welfare group operating under a 501(c)(3) that has an arrangement with small community-based groups (SCBG) that are not registered NPOs.
Applying organizations must also demonstrate that their services meet community-identified needs, including:
- Health Equity
- Workforce Development
- Community Economic Development
- Early Childhood Care
- Education Support
- Food Justice
- Other community-identified need
Using Grant Funds
The NPI Grant Program will provide funding for infrastructure improvements that are intended to positively impact an organization’s
Grant funds may be used toward things like:
- Strategic planning and organizational development
- Professional development for staff and board
- Data technology, data collection and/or technology infrastructure
- Marketing and communications
- Existing program expansion, development or evaluation
Grant funds cannot be used toward programming or capital improvements, including:
- Real estate or land acquisition
- Building construction, renovation or improvement
- Payment of debt
- Advocacy or lobbying
- Endowments or reserves
How to Apply
The application closed on August 31, 2023. Thank you to all the organizations that applied to us for funding. Applications are being reviewed and, once a decision has been made, we will be in touch.
Please review the FAQs to learn more, or contact our NPI Grant Administrator at NPI@cshares.org or 303-861-7507.
July 5, 2023 - August 31, 2023
November 1, 2023
Final award recommendation completed by RAPs and ready for review
December 15, 2023 - January 15, 2024
Provide notice to award to NPO, Execute Contracts, and Issue first payment
December 30, 2024
NPO Awards Deadline
December 30, 2026
All funds must be spent
Learn More About our Partnership With the Colorado Department of Local Affairs
The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) is collaborating with Community Shares of Colorado and seven other organizations across the state to help select and administer the NPI Grant. Learn more about the NPI Grant Program and DOLA.