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.


Included Communities 

LGBT | BIPOC | Women | Gender non-conforming | Disability/Neurodiversity | Low-Income | Immigrant/Refugee | Rural

Eligibility Requirements

The following organizations are eligible to apply for the NPI Grant:

Nonprofit Organization

A small community-based charitable or social welfare organization that has been impacted or disproportionately impacted by the Covid-19 public health emergency.


Fiscal Agent

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.


Fiscal Sponsor

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
  • Housing
  • 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
operational structure.

Grant funds may be used toward things like:

  • Strategic planning and organizational development
  • Professional development for staff and board
  • Research
  • 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
  • Organizing
  • 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 or 303-861-7507.


NPI Application Portal

Sample Application

These sample applications are for informational purposes only. They are not to be submitted. 

Scoring Rubrics

These rubrics are standard across all RAPs and will be used to score every eligible application.

Program Timeline

July 5, 2023 - August  31, 2023

 Application Opens

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.