The black resilience in Colorado fund

The Denver Foundation is proud to announce the Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC) Fund, which will direct resources to address systemic racism and its impact on Black communities across the seven-county Metro Denver region.

Make a gift to the Black Resilience in Colorado Fund.

The goal of the Black Resilience in Colorado Fund is to distribute up to $1M in its first year. The fund will focus on the ways in which racial inequities have been heightened and deepened by the health and economic impact of COVID-19, as well as a recent wave of racial violence across the United States.

The fund will specifically support nonprofit organizations led by and serving Black communities. The fund will issue grants and support capacity building to help these organizations build resources to withstand the current crises and build long-term sustainability.

The Black Resilience in Colorado Fund will be housed and managed by The Denver Foundation, which has made an initial contribution of $50,000.

The Colorado Health Foundation has invested $500,000.

Other partners include Mile High United Way and Denver African American Philanthropists (DAAP), a men’s giving circle housed at The Denver Foundation.

The Foundation seeks support for the Fund among foundation peers, Black membership organizations, businesses, corporations, and individual donors of every background.

Gifts can be made online. Donor-advised fundholders can request a restricted grant to this fund.

Grant awards will typically range from $5,000 to $25,000. Organizations will be selected following a competitive application process and review by an advisory committee. The Denver Foundation prefers requests for general operating support, but will consider both general operating and program support.

Eligibility: Applying organizations must:

  • Be a viable 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization or have a fiscal sponsor

  • Be Black-led and Black serving. The Denver Foundation defines “Black” as encompassing people of African and Afro-Caribbean descent, including African immigrants and refugees.

  • Serve the seven-county Metro Denver area

  • Fit one or more of the identified priorities, to be determined by a community-led advisory committee

Applications will open in mid-July.

For more information: Contact LaDawn Sullivan, Director of Leadership & Equity, lsullivan@denverfoundation.org.