Human Together Community Grants

Applications for Human Together Community Grant are currently closed. Funding announcements will be made the week of May 24, 2021.


The Human Together funding opportunity is offering grant funding up to $10,000 per organization. The funding priorities for this 2021 opportunity are:

  • Community Organization Capacity Building
  • Social Justice and Community Cohesion
  • Supporting Resilient Communities

The primary goal of this funding is to make strategic investments in the Denver community, while empowering communities to develop innovative strategies to address pressing needs. All funds will be used to support community organizations and residents of Denver.

Application Overview

The Human Together funding community opportunity is offering grant funding up to $10,000 per organization. The funding priorities for this 2021 opportunity are:

Community Organization Capacity Building: Improving an organizations effectiveness and ability to achieve its mission and improve client outcomes.

Examples of activities may include, but are not limited to: reducing the digital divide for staff and clients; employee training such as trauma-informed care, two-generational approaches to service delivery or cultural biases; strategic investments in your organization that increase sustainability.

Social Justice and Community Cohesion: Grassroots, resident-led initiatives that bring people together to work for the common principles of social justice and community cohesion.

Examples of activities can include, but are not limited to equity, diversity and inclusion training; empowerment and community art projects; youth leadership development and mentoring; projects that increase access for those historically marginalized.

Supporting Resilient Communities: Community-focused efforts to help Denver residents build healthy, safe, resilient lives.

Examples of activities can include but are not limited to mobile or door-to-door food delivery for individuals with transportation or mobility barriers; supporting expecting and new parents and their children; urban community gardens that reduce food scarcity; improving access to physical or mental fitness opportunities.

During the scoring process, bonus points will be given to applications supporting the following neighborhoods: Athmar Park, Barnum, Clayton, College View, Elyria Swansea, Globeville, Kennedy, Montbello, Ruby Hill, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park, Westwood, and Windsor as identified by the Denver Human Services Index

The primary goal of this funding is to make strategic investments in the Denver community, while empowering communities to develop innovative strategies to address pressing needs. All funds will be used to support community organizations and residents of Denver.

Eligibility

Organizations applying for funds must be registered as 501(c)(3) non-profits, be in good standing with the State of Colorado, reside in Denver, and serve Denver residents. Organizations applying must also have operating budgets under $1 million.

Organizations must also:

  • Conduct the majority of their activities within the City and County of Denver and principally benefit the residents of the City and County of Denver.
  • Be able to provide reporting on their activities.

Allowable program costs include but are not limited to: supplies, program operating expenses, and personnel.

Community Impact will not fund requests for:

  • Advocacy, lobbying, political activities or partisan causes, sub-awards, capital project, annual appeals, membership drives, underwriting or fundraiser events, endowments, loans or debt reduction, programs that require paid participant membership

Financial Information

  • An organization may request up to $10,000.
  • Funds will be distributed on a reimbursement basis. Detailed invoices must be submitted for reimbursement, as well as a short post-project report.
  • Total indirect costs cannot exceed 10% of direct costs.
  • This funding is not ongoing, awards will be for six months from July 1 to December 31, 2021. With final invoices due no later than January 31, 2022.
  • A final report will be due 30 days after the completion of the use of the grant funds.

Administrative Information

  • Applications are due May 5, 2021 at 5 p.m. MST.
  • Applications will only be accepted through Open Forms. Please do not email applications to Community Impact staff.
  • Funding decisions will be at the discretion of the Denver Board of Human Services.
  • If the organization is new to doing business with the City and County of Denver a W9 must be completed and submitted along with the application.
  • Verification of Certificate of Good Standing with the State of Colorado must be submitted along with application.
  • All applicants must complete Executive Order 101 Diversity and Inclusiveness in City Solicitations Information Request Form. Please use the following link to complete the diversity and inclusiveness requirements for this solicitation:

Diversity and Inclusiveness in City Solicitations

Any applications that do not complete Executive Order 101 Diversity and Inclusiveness in City Solicitations Information Request Form, located at the link above, prior to submission will be rejected.

Standard Insurance Requirements

  • Workers’ Compensation/Employer’s Liability Insurance
  • Commercial General Liability
  • Business Auto
  • No exclusion for sexual abuse/molestation (if a youth-serving organization)
  • Cyber liability is now required going forward for ALL agreements

*Some requirements can be addressed on a case-by-case basis

*No exclusion for sexual abuse molestation for youth serving organizations is non-negotiable

*Cyber Liability insurance is required when applicant has care, custody, and control of employee or citizen/client Protected Data including PII, PHI, and PCI. If the Protected Data only includes Publicly Available Data, Cyber Liability insurance will not be required, though the separate Data Agreement regarding confidentiality, use, and protection of such data will be required in addition to indemnification.

Applying

Applications are now closed.

Hardship Payments

Hardship advance payments to a Human Together Community Grants grantee shall be considered for those grantees demonstrating a lack of sufficient funds available to begin working on an approved program or project with a demonstrated immediate cash need. Payments shall be limited to 20% of the total grant awarded.

To demonstrate that a hardship exists, an applicant shall include an explanation and a copy of one of the following:

  • Most recent audited financial statements;
  • Most recent balance sheet of statement of Assets and Liabilities; and/or
  • Form 990

In making the decision the Department may consider the nature and size of the funding base and any liquid assets. Including:

  • The organization's various sources of funding, eg government grants, private donations, and fundraising activities;
  • The discretionary nature of the organization's funding base; and
  • The organization's current cash position. 

Questions or comments? We are here to help. Please reach out to Rachel Flank Goldberg by emailing rachel.flankgoldberg@denvergov.org.

Timeline for 2021 Funding Opportunity

Date Task
April 12, 2021 Funding opportunity announced
April 16, 2021 Deadline to submit questions
April 20, 2021 Virtual information session
May 5, 2021 Deadline to submit applications - 5 p.m. MST
Week of May 24, 2021 Funding announcements
July 1, 2021 Anticipated project start date
December 31, 2021 Anticipated project end date
January 31, 2022 Final invoiced due no later than this date