Denver Grants to Support Nonprofits Facing Lingering Impacts of COVID

Published on September 07, 2021

DENVER – Denver Economic Development & Opportunity (DEDO) announced today that it is allocating an additional $485,000 for grants to local nonprofits. The funding is provided through the Nonprofit Emergency Relief Fund (NPERF), one of DEDO’s economic relief programs launched last year to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19.

Recognizing the lingering economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the local nonprofit community, Denver is allocating this new set of funds to support local organizations so they can continue critical programs and services to residents across a spectrum of needs. The funds for the NPERF program are coming from the city’s first allocation of federal COVID-19 dollars under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) released in 2020.

“While we have begun to recover from the pandemic, we know it continues to impact smaller non-profit organizations serving our most under-resourced residents,” said Seneca Holmes, director of DEDO’s Neighborhood Equity & Stabilization (NEST) division. “Our intent for these funds is to bring some relief to our Denver nonprofits, so they can continue their critical work in the community.”

 The NPERF will provide one-time grant assistance up to a maximum of $15,000, per grantee, to eligible Denver nonprofit organizations. Among other factors, preference is being placed on nonprofits operating in, or serving constituents from, priority neighborhoods of Elyria- Swansea, Globeville, Northeast Parkhill, East Colfax, Montbello, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park, West Colfax, and Westwood, and/or serving vulnerable populations.

DEDO has partnered with the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center to deploy the program, as well as with Point B Strategies to provide technical assistance to nonprofits on fulfilling the financial requirements of the application. Technical assistance sessions will be provided on the following dates and times:

Applications will be accepted starting today via this link with a priority deadline of September 30. If additional funding remains past Sept. 30, applications will be accepted through October 15.

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