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In response to the COVID-19 Crisis

We are collecting helpful resources for nonprofits to navigate the current challenges we are all facing due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.

Check back often for new funding options, human resource tools, and more, as we will be updating this page regularly. Nonprofits should follow the Community Foundation’s Facebook page to be apprised of additional resources.

LOCAL FUNDING OPTIONS & RESOURCES

Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF):

Part 1 of the application for CERF Grants — Round 3 / Recovery Funding, is now available.

The third round of Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) grants will address nonprofit financial stabilization and recovery in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. All nonprofits serving Southwest Colorado (Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties) are eligible to apply. The application for grants, ranging from $1,000 – $5,000, will be a two-part process. 

Part 1 of the application for Round 3 of CERF Funding is a required nonprofit needs assessment. Only NPOs that complete this form will be eligible to receive Part 2 of the application. This form must be completed by Monday, June 1. The more accurate information we receive, the more we can do to advocate for nonprofits in the time of COVID-19.

*If your organization has recently completed a United Way survey / needs assessment from Lynn Urban, then you DO NOT need to fill out the form linked in this email. Rather, Lynn will contact you directly to receive some additional information, and once that information is received, you will be eligible for Part 2 of the application. Contact Lynn at [email protected] or 970-903-3815, if you have questions regarding the follow-up to her survey. Other questions can be directed to Briggen at the Community Foundation at [email protected] or 970-375-5807.

Based on information provided in the needs assessment, if your organization qualifies, we will send you Part 2 of the application by the end of June. We plan to execute Round 3 CERF Recovery Funding as soon as possible. 

The first two rounds of rapid-response funding were disbursed in early April (Round 1) and early May (Round 2) with $100,500 in grants distributed to 32 organizations working to address food and housing security, as well as other issues facing vulnerable populations across SW CO. The Community Foundation secured matching donors in all five counties, bringing the total emergency funds granted in the first six weeks of this crisis to $201,000.

To donate to CERF, click here.

Southwest Colorado Disaster Assistance (SWCODA.org): SWCODA is a repository of resources and information that shares the many ways people can get assistance during this time and how individuals and businesses can get involved and help. To find appropriate resources, click on the county where you live (found at the top of the website) and then click on the type of resource you are requiring — whether that is public health questions, employment-related issues (including unemployment benefits) and/or local services (including food, housing, utility, transportation and government-related needs).

The Community Foundation’s LAUNCH fund provides low-interest loans to area nonprofits through First Southwest Bank’s Community Fund. Click here for more information.

Region 9 Economic Development of SW Colorado has a list of resources and funding opportunities: click here. Region 9 is also soliciting donations as an Enterprise Zone Project, which will support businesses in SW CO through grants and low-interest loans. Click here to donate.

La Plata County Economic Development Alliance is collecting resources for local businesses, much of which applies to nonprofits, as well. Click here to learn more from the Business Resource Playbook.

Need a resource for your Human Resources? Our partners at the Payroll Department recommend this online site to help you navigate HR questions, including work-from-home policies, options for paid time off due to the COVID-19 crisis, sick leave, and more.

STATEWIDE FUNDING OPTIONS & RESOURCES

For general information about the COVID-19 crisis in Colorado, click here to access the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and the State Emergency Operations Center.

Energize Colorado is a group of diverse, skilled volunteers who are connecting businesses and nonprofits with resources to address current challenges and spur transformative growth. Webinars and training opportunities are available.

HelpColoradoNow.org: eligible community-based organizations across Colorado may receive a general operating grant up to $25,000. Multiple grant deadlines starting April 4.

Philanthropy Colorado has an extensive list of funding opportunities, click here.

Colorado Nonprofit Association has resources available to navigate the current challenges. Keep skills sharp with these training opportunities: CNA trainings and events in response to COVID-19

Community Resource Center is also gathering helpful resources and funding opportunities. Click here.

FEDERAL FUNDING OPTIONS & RESOURCES

The Cononavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act has allocated billions to help small business, including nonprofits, keep their workers employed. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with how the loans work, you’re not alone.

The Federal Coronavirus Relief CARES Act includes options for nonprofits, including the Paycheck Protection Program, with loans that will be fully forgiven under certain circumstances. Click here to learn more.

We have found the Chamber of Commerce’s Guide and Checklist for the upcoming loans/grants to be helpful, as well as the Colorado SBDC website. If you prefer videos, check out this helpful video from ASAP Accounting and Payroll Services.

CAPACITY-BUILDING OPPORTUNITIES

The COVID-19 crisis has impacted our region’s nonprofits in various ways. Some of you have front-line programs and are working overtime. Some of you are working from home, as well as overseeing your children’s remote learning. Some of you have been impacted by the cancelations and actually have lots of extra time on your hands. If you fall into the last category, or if you just need a break from the crazy and would like to take some self-growth time… there are lots of professional development webinars available. Below are a few links you might find helpful:

The La Plata County Economic Recovery Task Force is offering free business marketing sessions every morning M-F from 9-10am. Click here to learn more. Join live or watch recorded webinars on SWCODA’s YouTube Channel.

Colorado Nonprofit Association trainings and virtual events:

TechSoup: includes tools to support for safe and effective remote work

Bloomerang: blog with expert insights on fundraising and donor communication during the crisis

Network for Good: check out these COVID-19 Response Resources, including fundraising strategies, timely blog posts and fundraising coach Q&As.

Nonprofit Finance Fund: COVID-19 Tools and Resources page, including tips to manage through uncertainty and find financial stability. Thoughtful blog insights and webinars also available.

Community Emergency Relief Fund

The Community Foundation has activated the Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) in response to the COVID-19 protective measures that are now in place in Southwest Colorado. These measures, such as closures, cancelations, self-quarantines and social distancing, are necessary to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure and transmission, and particularly to preserve and protect the capacity of our local healthcare facilities.

Donations are now being accepted to deploy funds to community-based organizations directly responding to the most vulnerable members of our community. These resources will be disbursed as needed and as available. The first phase of emergency grants will be issued on March 31, with $50,000 being donated to local organizations serving our most vulnerable neighbors.

Community stakeholders, including representatives from public health, local governments, school districts, businesses and nonprofits, will continue to prioritize available funds to meet immediate needs in our region, including public health needs and economic impacts. The next phase of funding will occur in April.

To donate to the CERF fund, please click on the image below. Thank you for your generosity in supporting one another during this challenging time!

LAUNCH funding opportunity

Nonprofit organizations looking for new revenue streams will be interested in the Community Foundation’s new LAUNCH Fund.

LAUNCH (Loan Assistance Unpacking Nonprofit Challenges) is a revolving loan fund, meaning that as loans are repaid, the dollars will be recirculated to fund additional nonprofit loan requests.

The LAUNCH fund is an impact investing fund designed to provide access to capital for nonprofit organizations through micro loans. Loans are in the range of $5,000-50,0000 with a below-market interest rate and favorable terms. Nonprofits across SW CO (La Plata, Archuleta, San Juan, Montezuma and Dolores) are eligible to apply. A LAUNCH loan can be blended with a traditional loan. Loans are designed for nonprofits to purchase equipment or real estate or remodel existing space to better serve the community.

“Essentially, the LAUNCH fund offers affordable financing options to nonprofits,” says Briggen Wrinkle, Executive Director of The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado. “And then for philanthropists, it provides a new avenue to donate money to the nonprofit sector that will continue to be reinvested in the community over the long haul.”

LAUNCH assists nonprofits in accommodating growth and keeping fiscal health a priority. The Community Foundation has partnered with First Southwest Bank, leveraging the bank’s CDFI (Community Development Financial Institution) designation, to provide access to terms that appeal to nonprofit boards and staff.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado to offer this new resource to our local nonprofits,” said Cass Walker Harvey, Executive Director of First Southwest Community Fund. “We hope that offering this innovative model for access to capital, we will help nonprofits expand their impact in our community.

The LAUNCH fund was made possible by donations from local philanthropists who are excited to see their donation be reinvested in the community over and over. If you are interested in contributing to the LAUNCH fund, or you are a nonprofit leader interested in securing an affordable loan from LAUNCH fund, please contact Briggen Wrinkle [email protected]

100+ Women Who Care La Plata

We are excited to announce a new partnership with 100+ Women Who Care La Plata. This is a collective giving group of caring women who will certainly make a powerful impact on local nonprofits by pooling their donations to support La Plata County organizations.

The Community Foundation holds the Field of Interest Fund for 100+ Women Who Care La Plata. You can support this initiative by donating online and elevating the impact even more . Click here to learn more.

Grant Writing 101 – postponed

The grant writing workshop for Archuleta County nonprofits will be rescheduled.

In an abundance of caution, all unessential meetings at the Pagosa Springs Medical Center have been postponed to protect patients and the public. 

Therefore, PSMC cannot host the Grant Writing 101 class, which was scheduled for March 26.

We will reschedule the training for a later date, to be determined, when health and public safety conditions improve. If you have already registered for the workshop, you will receive an email with the new details soon.

$15, includes lunch. Class is limited to 25 people

March 26, 9:30 AM – 2:30 PM | Pagosa Springs Medical Center Board Rm

Click here to register.

This training gives an overview of grant writing, teaches participants how to match their needs to funder priorities, highlights what should be included in each grant component, and provides tips and tricks for success.

Topics include:

  • Research and grants management
  • The grant proposal, budget and attachments
  • Getting a grip on goals, activities, objectives, and measurements of success
  • Insider’s view: what happens after you submit your grant
  • The reporting process

If you work for a nonprofit organization, city, county, or state government, a tribal organization, or a school or school district as a grant writer, you will benefit from this training!

Grant Application Opens for the Payroll Department

The online application for the Payroll Department’s $7,000 matching grants is now available. The deadline to apply is February 12, 2020.

The Payroll Department partners with the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado to manage this grant opportunity for La Plata County nonprofits. Three “Meet your Match” grants are available for La Plata County organizations that support efforts in youth, environment or human services. The grant requires a 100 percent match of $7,000 from new revenue sources, such as new donors, grants or corporate sponsors, creating a $14,000 infusion for each selected organization. The required match is strategically designed to motivate nonprofits to seek new funding sources in order to develop sustainable support.  

The application is available under the “Grant Seekers” tab above, or at https://www.swcommunityfoundation.org/payroll-department-grant/

The Payroll Department is especially interested in supporting programs or collaborations that further a nonprofit’s mission and may need a boost while the organization secures sustainable funding. This could be a new program or an expansion of services.

“For organizations to apply, they must be ready with a feasible, creative matching plan that can be executed over the next six months,” says Tracy Pope, Marketing and Grants Director for the Community Foundation. “The ultimate goal of the match is to prompt the grant recipients to reach out and develop new revenue streams for long-term funding.”

The Payroll Department provides payroll and timekeeping services for more than 800 businesses and organizations in La Plata County and beyond. You do not have to be a client of the Payroll Department to be considered for the grant.

As a community facilitator, the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado works to increase efficiency, sustainability and success for area nonprofits, while maximizing effective grantmaking for philanthropists in our region.

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Grant Application Opens for 19th Hole Concerts

January 20, 2020 – Pagosa Springs, CO – The Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado announces a grant opportunity for Archuleta County nonprofits to participate in this summer’s 19th Hole Concerts at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club. The nonprofit grant application is now open. The deadline to apply is February 14.

The 19th Hole Concerts benefit the Archuleta County nonprofit community and promote Southwest Colorado’s talented music scene by featuring a different nonprofit and music talent every Thursday evening June 11 through July 16 at the Pagosa Springs Golf Club.  A cash bar and food from the grill will be available for purchase.

The cover charge for each concert is a $10 donation to support the six nonprofits selected. Proceeds from the cover charges will be pooled and distributed equally to the six featured organizations. In 2019, $1,300 each was awarded to the six selected nonprofits.

The application for nonprofits to apply can be accessed under the “Grant Seekers” tab on the Community Foundation’s website (www.swcommunityfoundation.org).  The selected nonprofits will be announced in early March.

“As a new board member for the Community Foundation, I am looking forward to seeing the impact the 19th Hole Concerts have on the amazing nonprofits we have serving our community,” says Bethany Bieth, Archuleta Board Member of the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado. “Community events like the summer concerts are such a fun way to be philanthropic, with great music and delicious food, as an added bonus!”

As a community facilitator, the Community Foundation serving Southwest Colorado works to increase sustainability and success for nonprofits, while maximizing effective grantmaking for philanthropists in our region. The Community Foundation serves Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan Counties.

Primus Philanthropy Program

The online application for Primus Restaurant’s corporate giving program can be found below. The application will close on January 17.

Nonprofit organizations have the opportunity to apply for a $100 gift certificate to the restaurant and/or a monthly giving partnership (worth approximately $500).

The gift certificate must be used to support the mission of the organization. The monthly giving partnerships require a 4-week commitment to promote Primus, by showing gratitude through the nonprofit’s marketing channels (social media/press releases/email marketing).

In order to apply, organizations must be a nonprofit, tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, or be a project or organization under the fiscal agency of a 501(c)(3) organization. Organizations must serve La Plata County.

 

CNA events in Cortez & Durango

Join Lindsay Newman from Colorado Nonprofit Association and Amanda Wallander Roberts from Capacity Building Consulting for happy hour, meet and greet, and workshop activities in early March! 

We want to learn about your experience working for and serving on boards. To learn more about what’s happening in your communities. To exchange ideas about challenges and successes. And, to hear the ways the Association can support you through training, resources, public policy, and ways we might not know about.
 

Cortez Changemaker Happy Hour | March 2 @ 5:00 pm

Our team is hosting a Changemaker Happy Hour in Cortez at Loungin’ Lizard. Your first drink is on us! 
 

Durango Changemaker Meet & Greet | March 4 @ 8:30 am

Meet us in La Plata for the Changemaker Meet and Greet with coffee and pastries at Durango Community Recreation Center.
 

Grant Workshops

Finding the Right Grants for Your Nonprofit

Cortez on March 3 @ 9:00 am | Durango on March 4 @ 9:00 am

There are TONS of grant opportunities out there. But how do you find them and are they right for your nonprofit? This workshop will walk you through how to find and vet grant opportunities using real examples of grantors in Colorado. Bring your laptop, tablet, or mobile device to get the most out of this workshop!

Compiling a Compelling Grant Application

Cortez on March 3 @ 1:00 pm  | Durango on March 4 @ 12:00 pm

If you feel unsure what to write in your grant applications or want to energize your existing copy, this workshop is for you! We will discuss the elements of a compelling application and how to respond to grantors questions. If you have a grant application you’ve submitted or are working on, bring it with you.

Southwest Colorado Gives hits the air waves with AGM

Thanks to our new media sponsor this year, American General Media! Listen to us Dec. 9 & 10 on 92.9 The Point in the mornings and 99X in the afternoons, and learn all about Southwest Colorado Gives Day. Support more than 80 local nonprofits on a safe and secure online platform.

Give Where You Live at www.swcogives.org

Click below to listen to an interview with Tracy Pope, Community Foundation, and Mary Monroe Brown, Trails 2000:

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