We are currently not accepting applications for the COVID Relief Fund. For questions, please contact helpcoloradonow@state.co.us.

Colorado COVID Relief Fund Application

Coronavirus (COVID-19) has created far-reaching economic and social impacts across Colorado and beyond. Coloradans who live daily without access to critical services and opportunities due to race and socioeconomic status are being especially hit hard and disproportionately affected. The Colorado COVID Relief Fund’s purpose is to raise and coordinate allocation of funds based on prevention, impact and recovery needs of community-based organizations in Colorado.

This Fund is organized to ensure that the most acute community needs across the state are being addressed and that community voice is reflected in all funding decisions made over time. Through this Fund, eligible community-based organizations across Colorado may receive a general operating grant of up to $25,000.

Eligibility & Funding

Community-based organizations that meet the following three criteria areas are eligible to apply:
Organization type, populations served, and alignment with one of the Fund’s three funding priority areas of Prevention, Impact and Recovery. 

Note: we are currently not accepting applications for the COVID Relief Fund.


Nonprofit organizations, local government, school districts and small businesses who are:

Eligible organizations must serve one or more of the following populations in Colorado through programs and services:

  • Children from families living on low income* who are impacted by school or childcare closures
  • Communities of color
  • Healthcare, hospitality, service industry and gig economy workers
  • Immigrant and refugee communities
  • Minimum or low-wage employees displaced by business closures
  • Older adults living on low income*
  • People who are immunocompromised or medically fragile
  • People with limited English proficiency
  • People with disabilities
  • People without health insurance
  • Victims of domestic violence or child abuse
  • People living on low income*
  • People experiencing homelessness
  •  Tribal governments
  • Workers without access to paid sick leave*For the purpose of this Fund, low income is defined as living at or below the poverty line or qualifying for free and reduced lunch.

Eligible organizations must demonstrate that they are meeting a community-driven need through their programs and services within one of the following three funding priority areas of Prevention, Impact and Recovery. 

Note: We are currently not accepting applications for the COVID Relief Fund.

Prospective applicants should read the latest Community Voices Committee Trends and Recommendations for Highest Priority Funding report. This report provides an overview of the most current state of insights that are informing funding decisions and outlines funding allocation recommendations for upcoming funding deadline May 30, 2020 (deadline five).

  • Impact
    • Examples include: PPE, economic impact of reduced and lost work due to the outbreak, early childhood education availability, technology assistance, childcare, education, volunteer services, food access or services, schools. If you’re interested in receiving funding for PPE, we encourage you to apply under the Impact priority category. If you’re interested in receiving funding for PPE, we encourage you to apply under the Impact priority category.
  • Recovery
    • The Recovery priority area is prioritizing community-centered efforts that focus on resiliency, innovation, and relevance to the needs of people disproportionately affected by COVID-19. The fifth round of funding for Recovery will focus not just on the immediate needs of communities, but also on how applicants are helping and supporting communities beyond the immediate crisis.
    • Populations served by applicants that will be prioritized in the Recovery area grant review include people earning lower-incomes who are returning to work, families with lower-incomes who have school-aged children, women of color who disproportionately hold lower-wage jobs, undocumented families and workers, people experiencing job or income loss, people who are at high risk of infection (seniors, housing insecure, those without health care, those over 65), community-based groups that are the sole provider of an essential service, rural and mountain communities experiencing disproportionate job and economic loss, and communities who are forming new partnerships with nearby communities or new thoughtful programming.
    • Examples include but are not limited to mental health resources for families with lower incomes with school-age children and for those experiencing job loss; medical, cleaning, and social distancing measures; technology that supports low-touch interactions; safety assessments for returning to work; worker supports such as retraining, new tools and technology, and transportation to jobs; and retooling office space for safe social distancing particularly for classrooms, domestic violence shelters, housing shelters as well as other shelters and facilities.
  • Prevention
    •  Examples include: Medical supplies, shelter staff coverage, residential facilities staff serving vulnerable populations, nursing home staff coverage for low income households, mobility services serving vulnerable populations, cleaning supplies for shelters or care facilities of all kinds, medical information and support such as messaging campaigns.

How the Fund Works

Led by an Executive Committee in coordination with the Governor’s Office, this Committee will take actions and make decisions that are informed with important data, including insights from the Office of Emergency Management and various aspects of community voice to ensure that the most pressing needs of Coloradans being disproportionately affected by COVID-19 are met.

A Decision and Allocation Committee is responsible for reviewing grant recommendations and making final grantmaking decisions.

Three grant review committees – one per funding priority – are responsible for reviewing grant requests and making funding recommendations for consideration by the Decision and Allocation Committee.

The Community Voices Committee is charged with sharing insights into community needs and opportunities with the Decision & Allocation Committee to support an informed decision-making process. They are actively gathering, compiling, and reviewing data and feedback to provide key data-driven tends and takeaways that represent the most pressing needs and reflect the current situation of Coloradans. 

Read the latest report from the Community Voices Committee that outlines the most current state of insights that inform funding decisions.

Application & Funding

Eligible organizations may apply for one general operating, unrestricted grant of up to $25,000 per each funding deadline. Each deadline is based on availability of funds. Once funding decisions are made, funds will be dispersed to the grantee by Mile High United Way within three days. All application attachments must be fully completed for consideration.

The current Fund application deadlines are every two weeks:

April 4, 7:00pm MT

April 18, 7:00pm MT

May 2, 7:00pm MT

May 16, 7:00pm MT

May 30, 7:00pm MT

If an organization is funded in the first two deadlines and funding is available, they may reapply 30 days after expending the received funds. Note: Any existing grantee who reapplies for a second grant is required to share brief reporting information in the application to understand what the funds were used for and if the intended purpose was met. Additional deadlines and opportunities for secondary applications will be dependent upon funding availability.

Grant Expectations

Distributed funds will be for general operating, unrestricted needs of the grantee.

All grantees must report back by November 30, 2020 on the number of people served and a narrative about how the funds were used to benefit communities.

Step-by-Step Application Guide

Click the video to watch a step-by-step guide on how to fill out the online application.

Apply for Funding

We are currently not accepting applications for the COVID Relief Fund. For questions, please contact helpcoloradonow@state.co.us.

Get in Touch

Please visit the Mile High United Way website.

If you prefer to donate by check, mail to Mile High United Way, PO Box 5547, Denver, Colorado 80217-9425.  Please make your check payable to Mile High United Way and write in the memo line: COVID

A Special Thanks to our Partners

Thank you to the partners who have contributed to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund so far. We are pleased this is a growing list and subject to continuous updates:

Anchor Point, AT&T, Baird Foundation, Bank of America, Bender West Foundation, Boettcher Foundation, Bohemian Foundation, BPx Energy, Buell Foundation, Caring for Colorado Foundation, Chambers Fund, Charles Schwab Foundation, Christy Sports, Cigna, Colorado Garden Show INC, Colorado Rockies Baseball Club Foundation, Comcast NBCUniversal, Community First Foundation, Community Foundation Boulder County, Cranaleith Foundation Inc, Daniels Fund, David Altman Foundation, Deloitte, Delta Dental of Colorado Foundation, Denver Broncos, El Pomar, Elana Amsterdam & Rob Katz, Empower Retirement, ENT Credit Union, First Bank, Gates Family Foundation, Gill Foundation, Good Chemistry Nurseries, Google, Greater Salina Community Foundation, Grogan Family Fund, HCA Healthcare, Hearst Foundation, Hemera Foundation, HomeAdvisor, John Elway, Ken and Rebecca Gart, Key Bank Foundation, Liberty Global, Liberty Media, Lockheed Martin, Madroño Foundation, MDC/ Richmond American Homes Foundation, Mile High United Way, Morgridge Family Foundation, Newmont, Norm & Sunny Brownstein and Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, Pat Broe, Patlaw Fund, Peyton and Ashley Manning, PhRMA, Pinnacol Assurance, PNC, R. Stanton Dodge, Rose Community Foundation, Santander Consumer USA Inc Foundation, Suncor, Target, Telluride Foundation, Terrapin Care Station, The Anschutz Foundation, The Colorado Health Foundation, The Colorado Trust, The DaVita Village, The Denver Foundation, The Moes, The Seedworks Fund, Thiry-O’Leary Foundation, Tom Marsico, TriState Generation & Transmission Association, Twilio, VF & The VF Foundation, Walmart, Wells Fargo Foundation, Western Union, Wynne Health Group, and Xcel Energy.

We are grateful to the more than 8,000 individual donors from across Colorado who have and continue to give generously.

Thank you to Fluxx, our application developer and provider, for their pro bono services in support of this Fund.

Through the generous support of corporate businesses and philanthropic organizations, all Fund administrative costs have been underwritten to ensure that 100% of funds are distributed to community-based organizations in need.