Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund

Accepting donations to support local nonprofits

The Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and the United Way of Larimer County partnered to establish the Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund. As with other disaster response initiatives, the objective is to provide leadership and collaborative funding to support those who face the greatest need.

The coronavirus has stunned the world and is taking its toll on every individual and organization, including our community’s nonprofits. To help respond to this unprecedented challenge, this effort will provide funding to local nonprofit organizations that work with people disproportionately affected by the consequences of COVID-19. Initially, these recipients include human service organizations that address food insecurity, especially for youth and older adults.

As a basis for this initiative, the Foundation is contributing $50,000 dollars and the United Way is contributing $100,000.  Both organizations are eligible to receive tax-deductible contributions from private foundations, corporate partners, and individual donors. 

The Community Foundation and United Way of Larimer County will administer grants from the COVID-19 Fund with the assistance of community volunteers who will sit on the grant selection committee. Grants will be distributed to nonprofit organizations throughout Larimer County through the course of the crisis. The goal is to move resources quickly and adapt to evolving needs. Neither United Way nor the Foundation will charge an administrative fee for this fund.


How you can help

The best way to give is to donate online:

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Checks may be made payable to Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, with "Northern Colorado COVID19 Response Fund" in the memo line and mailed to the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, 4745 Wheaton Dr., Fort Collins, CO 80525.

If you have a Donor Advised fund with the Foundation, you are welcome to contribute to this effort through your fund. Please contact Donor Services at donorservices@nocofoundation.org.

To contribute by text: Text LARIMERUNITED to 41444

The Community Foundation and the United Way are both 501(c)(3) public charities so gifts to any of our funds provide donors with the maximum tax deductions allowed by law.  


Announcing the first round of grants distributed

March 31, 2020 — Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund announces a grant distribution of $200,125 to 15 human service groups. These groups are active across Larimer County, including Allenspark, Berthoud, Drake, Estes Park, Fort Collins, Glen Haven, Loveland, Wellington, and unincorporated areas of the county.

Due to the novel nature of the coronavirus — and the unprecedented measures being taken by state and local governments regarding health and safety — nonprofits are experiencing a dramatic increase in volumes of need. Every grant distributed went to nonprofits seeking funding for both new and current needs, that have arisen as a direct response to COVID-19. Our grant review committee has vetted the requests to ensure vulnerable populations are not only receiving services, but that these services that are being creative in responding to new challenges created by COVID-19.”

Aspire 3D | Loveland | $12,000
To maintain stable housing, financial security, food security, medical care, hygiene products and a newly created “check-in” system for elderly adults and at-risk individuals.

Boys and Girls Club of Larimer County | Larimer County | $15,000
To use the resources of the Boys and Girls Club to provide accessible, sustainable, school-aged childcare for first responders and health care workers using emergency childcare centers.

Crossroads Ministry of Estes | Western Areas of Larimer County | $20,000
To meet the new and changing needs of public and human services including food assistance, housing, transportation, and case management as well as other emergency needs.

Crossroads SafeHouse | Fort Collins | $10,000
To provide emergency shelter, food, clothing, and necessities for victims of domestic violence and their children by providing a safe and healthy space.

The Family Center/La Familia | Fort Collins | $10,000
To assist with direct financial support and housing stabilization for approximately 20 families as a stop-gap measure to prevent housing loss during economic hardship.

Food Bank of Larimer County | Larimer County | $25,000
To meet the increased food needs for current and new clients through the Fresh Food Share program that has converted to a drive-up food pantry model.

Genesis Project of Fort Collins | Fort Collins | $9,000
To provide sack lunches and rental assistance to over 70 residents living in the ParkLane Mobile Home Park, many of whom are youth, elderly, and ineligible for other forms of assistance.

Homeward Alliance | Larimer County | $25,000
To provide onsite food, shelter, and services to those experiencing homelessness, offering social distancing in a safe environment at the newly established hub at the Northside Aztlan Center in Fort Collins.

House of Neighborly Service | Loveland and Berthoud | $9,500
To acquire food, toiletries, and grocery gift cards for creating food baskets that can be accessed twice a month during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Loveland Rotary Club Foundation KidsPak | Loveland | $8,375
To increase the weekly food bag count and provide a bridge of support to food insecure students in the Thompson School District.

Meals on Wheels Fort Collins | Fort Collins | $14,000
To subsidize costs of meals to senior citizens, preparing alternative meal options to meet emergency needs, as well as connecting volunteers with home-bound seniors and disabled adults through phone communications and video chats. 

Neighbor to Neighbor | Larimer County | $10,000
To provide emergency rental assistance as well as implement an online software component to ease client access and qualifies the organization for additional funding and government assistance.

The Nappie Project | Larimer County | $10,000
To distribute two shipments of 30,000 diapers to various organizations, that in turn, distribute these directly to families in need.

Salud Family Health Centers | Larimer County | $15,000
To enable Salud to actively change healthcare delivery models (with patient safety in mind) including implementing a triage protocol outside of clinics for those experiencing COVID-19 symptoms.

UCHealth N. Colorado Foundation | Fort Collins | $7,250
To provide food for food-insecure individuals over a two-month period who often pair their medical visit with a stop at the connected food pantry.

Next round of applications are due April 9, 2020.


GRANTMAKING PROCESS AND APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS

To support the response to the unprecedented challenge, this effort will provide funding to local nonprofit organizations that work with people disproportionately affected by the consequences of COVID-19. Applicants may submit more than one application for projects that are substantially different in nature. A complete application submission is required for each separate funding request.  

How to apply:

1. IMPORTANT: Please review the Grantmaking Framework (available here) and Application Instructions in their entirety before submitting the application form.  

2. Eligible applicants should complete the form below, which requires that they upload all required attachments along with their responses to the following narrative questions. All uploaded documents should be formatted to be printed on letter-size paper (8.5” x 11”). 

Narrative

(up to two typed pages, 12-point font and 1-inch margins):

  • Very briefly summarize your organization’s mission and geographic area served. 
  • Summarize the specific program or project for which you plan to use the grant funding (program/project description, key activities, target population/community, geographic area to be served under this grant, and estimated number to be served if applicable).
  • Describe how grant funding will meet immediate needs that have resulted from the COVID-19 coronavirus. Be sure to detail how your program will expand, pivot, or stretch to meet a new need that is directly related to COVID-19 coronavirus, and provide brief examples from your program line item budget about how grant funds will be used.
  • Describe your organization’s capacity to meet needs that have arisen and accomplish the proposed activities. Comment on the length of time your organization has been providing this type of program or project and include the name(s) of longstanding funders and collaborators.

Attachments:

Please upload (in PDF format) your Narrative responses, financials, and Board of Directors. The file name should include the name of your organization. Example: "ABC Agency narrative".

  • Narrative, described above
  • Financial information (applicants are encouraged to minimize administrative costs and direct a significant majority of the funding to project activities)

    • A line-item budget for the proposed project or program, including projected revenues and expenses

    • A list of all other pending, potential, or confirmed requests for funding for the project.

    • 2019-2020 organizational budget (revenue and expenses) 

    • Year-to-date financial statements, including a balance sheet and statement of activities

Your project/program budget, 2019-2020 organizational budget, and year-to-date financial statements should be submitted as one PDF file

  • Board of Directors list

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Questions should be directed to the Community Foundation at donorservices@NoCoFoundation.org or (970) 224-3462. 


REPORT ON FUNDING RECEIVED:

If a final report is required, the grant award letter sent to your organization with the check will provide details regarding timing and submission. All reports should be submitted electronically using the online Report Form.

Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund

Help support local nonprofit organizations that work with populations disproportionately affected by the consequences of COVID-19 coronavirus.

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Press releases

Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund issues grants to local nonprofits, March 31, 2020

Community Foundation of Northern Colorado and the United Way of Larimer County introduce the Northern Colorado COVID-19 Response Fund, March 17, 2020.


 “This initiative reflects the core of why the Community Foundation exists. We have the infrastructure, relationships, and experience to convene community resources and respond rapidly when action is need.”
- Ray Caraway, Community Foundation president  

 

“This fund is designed to be nimble, and will evolve to meet the greatest needs of the community as they unfold. We appreciate the opportunity to work collaboratively with the Community Foundation to connect generous businesses and individuals to a meaningful and local opportunity to help those affected by the pandemic.”
- Annie Davies, United Way of Larimer County chief executive officer