United States City and County of Denver seeking Applications for Nonprofit Emergency Relief Fund 13-Nov-2020

The City and County of Denver has created a new grant opportunity, the Nonprofit Emergency Relief Fund (NPERF), to support nonprofits in Denver to continue critical programs and services for residents across a spectrum of needs. It is one of Denver’s economic initiatives to support the nonprofit community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The NPERF provides one-time grant assistance up to a maximum of $15,000 per grantee to eligible Denver nonprofit organizations to alleviate financial impacts resulting from COVID-19. To-date, the NPERF has completed three rounds of funding that have provided $1.8 million in grants to 184 Denver nonprofits.

The program team is in the process of securing additional funding to support a fourth round of applications. Consideration of your application and potential award is dependent upon funding being approved. However, in the interest of being ready to deploy funds in a timely manner, should funding be approved, we are accepting eligbible applications now. 

Applications for the fourth round of funding will open on Friday, Oct. 23 at 12 p.m. and accepted until Friday, Nov. 13 at 12 a.m.

Who is eligible to apply?

Colorado registered nonprofit organizations, including those with a nonprofit fiscal partner who are engaged in activities that are legal under Colorado and federal law. Your organization must be in good standing with local, state, and federal taxing and licensing authorities.

This relief program is targeting nonprofit organizations experiencing financial hardships due to the COVID pandemic (increased demand, decreased income, new services). The organization need not be housed in Denver but must attest that the funds will be used to support residents of Denver.

Does the program have any priorities to determine funding? What factors ensure that grants are being awarded in an equitable way?

You are more likely to receive a grant if you are in one or more of these priority categories:

  • Nonprofits who are operating within priority neighborhoods including Elyria- Swansea, Globeville, NE Parkhill, East Colfax, Montbello, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park, West Colfax, Westwood. Organizations not located in these neighborhoods but serving these resident will also be prioritized if supporting documentation is provided.
  • Nonprofits that provide service to vulnerable populations including under-resourced or historically marginalized groups such as communities of color, older adults, people experiencing poverty or homelessness, immigrants and refugees, people living with disabilities, LGBTQ+, veterans, and the people you serve are represented on your board and/or staff.
  • Nonprofits whose pursuit of equity is expansive where language justice, underrepresented groups, and social/economic equity is meaningfully represented.

Can nonprofits reapply if not selected the first or second time?

Yes, eligible nonprofits are encouraged to re-apply if they have been previously denied.

How long does the selection process take?

Applications are accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. You can expect to be notified if awarded within three weeks of your application being received.


Program Information

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Contact us at NEST@Denvergov.org or 720-913-1915 if you have any questions.

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