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.
LOCAL FUNDING OPTIONS & RESOURCES
Community Emergency Relief Fund (CERF): The first round of response funding will be disbursed this week, with $50,000 in grants to a dozen organizations working to address food and housing insecurity across all five counties of SW CO. Phase 2 funding will have a simple, yet thoughtful, online grant application, which will be available soon. Nonprofits should follow the Community Foundation’s Facebook page and the United Way’s Facebook page to be apprised of Phase 2 grant application details coming soon. We anticipate this grant application to be open for a short time so we can respond quickly. The next round of funding will be distributed by April 30.
CERF Grants will be distributed to nonprofit organizations throughout SW Colorado through the course of the crisis. We are cognizant that funding will be needed during all three phases of this crisis: prevention, response and recovery. 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.
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.
HelpColoradoNow.org: eligible community-based organizations across Colorado may receive a general operating grant up to $25,000. Multiple grant deadlines starting April 4. Click here.
Philanthropy Colorado has an extensive list of funding opportunities, click here.
Colorado Nonprofit Association has resources available, including training opportunities to navigate the current challenges. Click here.
Community Resource Center is also gathering helpful resources and funding opportunities. Click here.
FEDERAL FUNDING OPTIONS & RESOURCES
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. Applications open April 1. Click here to learn more.