Funding & Technical Assistance

Adolph Coors Foundation: Support for Colorado Initiatives to Foster Self-Reliance
Deadline: March 1, July 1, November 1. The Adolph Coors Foundation provides support to nonprofit organizations throughout the state of Colorado that promote the western values of self-reliance, personal responsibility, and integrity. Special consideration is given to organizations serving rural areas of the state. More information here

Immigrant Families Fund
Deadline: Rolling. The Immigrant Families Fund provides grants of $500 to immigrants to help cover whatever is most pressing in their lives. In order to be eligible, applicants must have experienced an income disruption due to COVID-19, earn less than $99,000 or have a household income of less than $198,000, and not be eligible to receive a CARES Recovery Rebate (coronavirus stimulus check) from the Federal government. More information here.

America Walks Community Challenge Grants
Deadline: November 9, 2020. The America Walks Community Change Grant program awards grants of up to $1,500 to provide support to the growing network of advocates, organizations, and agencies using innovative, engaging, and inclusive programs and projects to create change at the community level. Projects should create healthy, active, and engaged communities that support walking as transportation, health, and recreation. More information here.

GOCO Resilient Communities Program
Deadline: Rolling. Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) has launched a $15 million Resilient Communities Program to help fund one-time, immediate needs or opportunities that have emerged in direct response to the pandemic, which include: capacity and operations support, stewardship, community vitality, and urgent and emergent land acquisitions. For more information, including eligibility criteria and application forms, please visit GOCO website.

The Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program
Deadline: December 1, 2020. Seeks to promote rural health care services by enhancing health care delivery to rural underserved populations in the local community or region. Program goals include expanding the delivery of health care services to include new and enhanced services exclusively in rural communities. More information here.

Colorado Watershed Restoration Grant Program
Deadline: November 5, 2020. Grant money may be used for planning and engineering studies, including implementation measures, to address technical needs for watershed restoration and flood mitigation projects throughout the state. Special consideration is reserved for planning and project efforts that integrate multi-objectives in restoration and flood mitigation. More information here.

State Trade Expansion Program (STEP)
Offered by the SBA and Colorado Office of Economic Development & International Trade. The STEP is a grant program that helps small businesses offset the cost of doing business internationally. While the main uses of this grant in the past have been to attend international trade shows and business development meetings, there are a lot of non-travel activities that a business can request funds for. For example, companies can use matchmaking services or other U.S. Export Assistance Center programs, translate their website and marketing materials, and compliance testing for entering a market. More information here.

International Medical Device Trade Show
Deadline: October 23, 2020. Applications are open for the MEDICA trade show being held virtually, Nov. 16 - 19, 2020. The state will sponsor an online booth for up to six companies to promote Colorado’s medical industry. Attendance at MEDICA will allow companies to connect with foreign buyers and increase their presence in the European market, resulting in export sales and job creation and retention in Colorado. Awarded companies will receive also receive a stipend support their online booth. More information and apply HERE.

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program
Deadline: November 16, 2020. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services & Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA). Funding available under the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program. The grant program supports one year of planning to develop and assist integrated health care networks (which are an organizational arrangement among at least three regional or local health care organizations) in becoming operational. Learn more here.

Training & Educational Opportunities

2020 Employment Law Update
October 13 | 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | Free Webinar | Register here
Colorado Department of Labor & Employment. The COVID-19 pandemic unleashed the most rapid release of regulatory changes employers have faced in a single year. Executive and public health orders and changes in state and federal employment law often create more questions than answers. Join the Northwest Workforce team and employment law specialists to learn about ever-unfolding legislative and policy changes businesses need to know.

Cybersecurity Summit for Small Business
October 15 | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | FREE - Register here. This interactive virtual summit will educate and support your cybersecurity business questions. Keynote address will be delivered by Daniel Eliot, Director of Small Business Programs, National Cyber Security Alliance.

Colorado Energy Office offers Free Building Energy Code Training
October 2020 thru February 2021. More info here. The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) provides building energy code training through a free lunchtime Wednesday webinar series. This series covers a variety of topics on provisions in the commercial and residential building energy codes and is geared toward building department staff and stakeholders.

Write a Grant in a Day (Virtually)
November 18 & 19 | Register here. Do you want to feel more confident in the grant proposals you submit? Join JVA trainer and grantwriter extraordinaire Lisa Cirincione online from 9 a.m. to noon November 18th and 19th as she leads our next Write a Grant in a Day (Virtually) training. She'll help you hone your storytelling and writing skills so you create clear narratives that get to the heart of your work, as well as the heart of the application questions.

Hot Issues in Health Conference
December 11 | Virtual and FREE | Click here for more information and to watch for registration details
In the wake of a monumental election and against the backdrop of a global pandemic, we’ll gather online for a reimagined but equally relevant version of our popular Hot Issues in Health conference. Mark your calendars for Friday, December 11. We may not be able to gather in person, but that doesn’t mean we can’t bring you the context, insight, and health policy analysis you’ve come to expect from Hot Issues and CHI.

Reinventing Fundraising During COVID-19: Replacing Handshakes with Thumbs Up Emojis
October 22 | 9:00AM - 11:00AM | Webinar - Register Here
Offered by the Community Resource Center. Discover online fundraising strategies to replace in-person asks and events; Learn how to enhance your individual donor program and deepen relationships with donors; Discuss how to balance drastic measures with frugality and reserves.

Webinar on Coronavirus Wastewater Surveillance Systems
October 28 | 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. MT | FREE – Register here. Tracking infectious disease transmission through wastewater has been an important tool for safeguarding public health for 25 years. Recent scientific breakthroughs show that levels of coronavirus genetic material in sewer systems can provide an advanced warning of an increase in coronavirus transmission in a geographically-targeted area. These measures will also help identify areas where the virus is spreading, waning, or absent; can identify asymptomatic cases; and can predict cases a week sooner than incident cases seen in the health system.  

Access to Capital

SBA & Treasury Announce Simpler PPP Forgiveness for Loans of $50K or Less
The U.S. Small Business Administration, in consultation with the Treasury Department, released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans of $50,000 or less. This action streamlines the PPP forgiveness process to provide financial and administrative relief to America’s smallest businesses while also ensuring sound stewardship of taxpayer dollars. More info here.

Energize Colorado Gap Fund
Small Businesses with less than 25 full time employees are eligible to apply for up to $35K in grants and loans. More information:


Colorado Energy Office Resource Guide to Assist with Long Term Economic Recovery
The Colorado Energy Office (CEO) released a resource guide for local governments which includes high-impact, low-cost strategies that communities can act on immediately to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and assist with long-term economic recovery. Read it here.
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