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Bowen Family Performing Arts Fund

Gwen Bowen, known as "Miss B," was a dancer in her youth and went on to found her own dance studio near her home in Denver's Washington Park neighborhood. For nearly five decades Miss B taught young girls and boys to dance. As she neared the end of her life she asked several of her dear friends to help her as she used her estate to endow the Bowen Family Performing Arts Fund at The Denver Foundation. Each year, starting in 2013, grants have helped low-income children learn to dance, act, and sing, with all the creativity and zest for life that comes through these opportunities. Through her legacy, Miss B will continue to help young people experience the joy of performing for generations to come.

The deadline to apply for this opportunity is June 15, 2020; click here for the 2020 Bowen Family Performing Arts Fund Guidelines and Application. 

Climate Equity Fund

The Climate Equity Fund seeks to deploy resources to nonprofit organizations that are addressing climate change. Eligible organizations must be able to articulate how their specific program reduces carbon emissions in a measurable way, and how it supports individuals, communities, and neighborhoods in efforts to reduce climate change and improve community well-being. To be clear, a two-pronged approach will be used to evaluate grant proposals: 1) will the project reduce emissions? and 2) is there a focus on equity?

The deadline to apply for this opportunity is June 1, 2020 by 5:00pm MST. For more information, click here for the Climate Equity Fund Guidelines and Application. 

Colorado Health Access (CHA) Fund

The Colorado Health Access fund is committed to supporting programs and activities that generally promote access to health care and strive to improve health outcomes for populations in Colorado with high health care needs. The Fund will help ensure health care services are equitably available to all Coloradans with high health needs by distributing the funds to organizations throughout the State.  The fund is committed to allocating resources equitably among rural, urban, and suburban areas.  The fund will focus on four categories of projects:  (1) education of those with high health needs, as well as their families and caregivers; (2) transitions in care; (3) innovation of care delivery; and (4) improved access to care, particularly in rural communities. 

Learn more about the Colorado Health Access Fund.

Comprecare Fund

The Comprecare Fund supports community-based projects that focus on helping older adults maintain their health through self-help and lifestyle changes. Once a year, the Fund solicits proposals that have a wide potential reach and influence in the field of optimal wellness for seniors in Colorado. The Fund has adopted a broad definition of optimal wellness, and any project that addresses wellness will be considered. Priority is given to projects that seek to serve hard-to-reach seniors with evidence-based programming. Please see important COVID-19 update for returning grantees on page 5 of the 2020 Comprecare Fund Guidelines and Application.

The deadline to apply is Monday, June 1, 2020, by 5 pm MST; click here for the 2020 Comprecare Fund Guidelines and Application. Applications must be submitted online. 

DESCI Community Housing Program

The Denver Educational Senior Citizens Incorporated (DESCI) non-profit organization was founded 50 years ago with the mission of providing safe, pleasant and affordable housing to persons age 55 and over who are Denver Public Schools employees, retirees and members of their immediate families. With the assistance of a low income housing loan from U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, a twelve story, 102 apartment unit building was opened for occupancy. In order to fill the building in the 1980’s when the rental market changed, the DESCI Board opened its doors to residents who had no connection to DPS. It also drifted from its targeted low income residents and admitted residents without regard to income.

Learn more about the DESCI Community Housing Program.

The Eulipions Fund

Eulipions, Inc. is a nonprofit organization which fosters, promotes and preserves the artistic expression with an emphasis on Colorado African-American heritage and lifestyles by providing grants to generate, assist, increase and encourage the performing arts in the Colorado African American Communities. The Eulipions Fund has a deadline once a year; please click here for more information.

The Greenwood Fund
The Greenwood Fund is a donor-advised fund of The Denver Foundation that supports the conservation of museum artifacts and collections care projects within the museum community of Colorado and Wyoming. Annually the Fund will award approximately $5,000 in small grants ($500-$1000).

Learn more about the Greenwood Fund.

Lauren Townsend Memorial Wildlife Fund

This fund was established in 1999 by the family of Lauren Townsend, a vibrant and inspiring young woman who was a class valedictorian and co-captain of the girls volleyball team at Columbine High School. Lauren was one of the 13 victims killed in the school shootings on April 20, 1999.

The fund awards grants to nonprofit organizations nationwide that focus on animal welfare or wildlife preservation. The 2020 deadline is May 15 at 5 p.m. MST. Click here for more information on the fund. 

The Lowe Fund

The Lowe Fund is a field of interest fund at The Denver Foundation. Established in 1994 by the Lowe family, the Fund provides grants to nonprofit organizations in Colorado that support education and research into the causes, cures, and treatment of cerebral palsy, mental disabilities, and other nervous and muscular diseases and disorders.

The 2020 deadline is August 3 at 5 p.m. MST. For more information, read the application guidelines.

The Rollie R. Kelley Family Foundation Fund

Rollie R. Kelley was a successful businessman and entrepreneur who lived a life of charity with a strong sense of duty to the community. In the early 1990s he had a dream to create an entity that would continue this philosophy long after he was gone. From this dream, the Rollie R. Kelley Family Foundation was born in 1994. In addition to life-long service to the YMCA, Shriners and Civitan International, Mr. Kelley served as a trustee to the Iliff School of Theology and his alma mater, Dakota Wesleyan University. Mr. Kelley passed away in September of 1999.

Learn more about the Rollie R. Kelley Family Foundation Fund.

Renewable Energy Trust

Xcel Energy’s Renewable Energy Trust (RET) is a grant program that supports renewable energy projects for Colorado nonprofit organizations and public entities. The program is funded through contributions from Xcel Energy residential and business customers either with lump-sum donations or through a premium on energy bills. The fund is administered through The Denver Foundation as a donor-advised fund. For more information on this program please visit the RET page on the Xcel Energy Website.

Click here for more information on Xcel Energy's Renewable Energy Trust (RET).

SVP Denver

Social Venture Partners Denver is a donor-advised fund of The Denver Foundation that seeks to develop philanthropy and volunteerism among business professionals who wish to achieve positive social change in the Denver Metro area.

SVP Denver is a partner-driven organization dedicated to addressing education (K-6) and youth development issues in the community.  SVP offers its 75+ partners anactive role in solving community issues by capitalizing on their valuable expertise and business background. Visit for information.