NPI Grant Program


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Colorado’s Nonprofit

Infrastructure Grant Program

Caring for Colorado’s Centennial Fund is collaborating with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to select and administer the Nonprofit Infrastructure Grant in eastern Colorado.

The Nonprofit Infrastructure (NPI) Grant has been created for small nonprofits, with annual budgets between $150,000 and $2,000,000, that can show they have been impacted or disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Applying organizations or groups must have a track record of providing effective, culturally appropriate, and relevant programs and services to their communities who have historically been underrepresented, underserved, or under-resourced in Colorado.

The governing bodies and staff of these organizations must consist of a majority of residents who live in the communities they serve, have a history of providing services in specific communities in the state, and have their main offices in one of the communities that they serve.


Eligibility Requirements

The following organizations are eligible to apply for the NPI Grant:

Nonprofit Organization – A small community-based charitable or social welfare organization impacted or disproportionately by the Covid-19 public health emergency.

Fiscal Agent – A tax-exempt charitable organization or social welfare organization operating under a 501(c)(3) that has an arrangement with a small community-based nonprofit organization (NPO) that may or may not have its own tax-exempt status.

Fiscal Sponsor – A tax-exempt charitable or social welfare group operating under a 501(c)(3) that has an arrangement with small community-based groups (SCBG) that are not registered NPOs.

Applying organizations must also demonstrate that their services meet community-identified needs, including:
Health Equity
Workforce Development
Community Economic Development
Early Childhood Care
Education Support
Food Justice
Other community identified need

Using Grant Funds
The NPI Grant Program will provide funding for infrastructure improvements that are intended to positively impact an organization’s operational structure.

Grant funds may be used toward things like:
Strategic planning and organizational development
Professional development for staff and board
Data technology, data collection and/or technology infrastructure
Marketing and communications
Existing program expansion, development or evaluation

Grant funds cannot be used toward programming or capital improvements, including:
Real estate or land acquisition
Building construction, renovation or improvement
Payment of debt
Advocacy or lobbying
Endowments or reserves
How to Apply
The application timeline is July 5, 2023 through August 31, 2023. Interested nonprofit organizations will apply for the NPI Grant through [RAP Organization Name].

We are here to support you with technical assistance throughout the application process. Please review the FAQs to learn more; or contact our NPI Grant [title; i.e. – liaison, coordinator, program manager] at [email address] or [phone number].

Our Partnership with the Colorado Department
of Local Affairs

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) is collaborating with [RAP Organization Name] and seven other organizations across the state to help select and administer the NPI Grant. Learn more about the NPI Grant Program and DOLA.