Throughout 2020, Gates Family Foundation staff and board members have worked alongside the state’s nonprofit, foundation, government, and education leaders to leverage all of the Foundation’s resources in response to the evolving COVID crisis.

Today we are announcing 18 additional grants totaling $790,000 that we’ve made since May to address critical issues including affordable housing, remote learning, and public health, as well as the specific needs of Black, Indigenous and Latino Coloradans. See below for details on each grantee and project funded.

These latest grants, which were approved by the Gates board between May and August 2020, bring our overall total COVID-19 response to $2 million grant commitments, and an additional $8.99 million in impact investments to support small businesses (though two PRIs totaling $2 million were ultimately released and no capital deployed). Gates also leveraged its balance sheet to back an additional $7.5 million in PRIs from other foundations to ensure Colorado’s small business could access PPP loans.

You can read about all of our responsive grantmaking, impact investments, and funding partnerships to support Colorado communities’ response to the COVID pandemic here:

Grantee Amount Area Served Purpose
Center for African American Health  $10,000 Denver Metro To assist with the health needs of the Black/African American community in northeast Denver and surrounding areas
Chinook Fund – Another World is Possible Fund  $20,000 Statewide To the Another World is Possible Fund, which provides COVID-19 pandemic response and longer-term support for Colorado organizations with a social justice mission
Colorado Education Initiative  $50,000 Statewide To partner with the Colorado Department of Education to survey all Colorado’s 178 school districts to define needs as a result of the pandemic, advance efforts to improve distance and summer learning options, and plan for the 2020-21 school year and beyond
Compañeros Four Corners Immigrant Resource Center  $10,000 Rural To provide support to immigrant and undocumented families and individuals living in the Four Corners area
COVIDCheck Colorado * $100,000 Statewide To support the development of a rapid testing and contact tracing system for Colorado
The Denver Foundation – Black Resilience in Colorado Fund  $70,000 Statewide To address systemic racism and the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on Black communities across the seven-county Metro Denver region
Education Innovation Fund – Lyra Colorado  $125,000  Statewide To support creative responses to the disruptions caused in K-12 education by COVID
Enterprise Community Partners Inc.  $40,000 Statewide To implement the Emergency Action for Resident & Partner Sustainability program in Colorado, and to address affordable housing policy issues during this period of disruption
Impact Charitable – Left Behind Workers Fund  $20,000 Statewide To support the Left Behind Workers Fund, which provides direct support to workers and their families that are ineligible for other forms of public assistance
Keep It Colorado  $50,000 Rural To support Colorado land trusts as they endeavor to shift all of their conservation easement monitoring activity to remote approaches
Keystone Policy Center – Ute Mountain Ute  $40,000 Rural $30,000 to the Ute Mountain Ute tribe to support its COVID relief efforts, including food distribution, testing for tribal members, and distance learning support for youth and families; and $10,000 to the Keystone Center toward its work supporting the tribe
Mile High United Way – Governor’s Statewide COVID-19 Relief Fund  $25,000 Statewide To provide a second grant to the statewide relief fund, which between March and August helped raise over $22 million (including $250,000 from Gates) to make grants to over 700 organizations working in communities disproportionately impacted by the outbreak
NPX Charitable $100,000 Statewide To help launch the Colorado Donor Impact Fund, a pay-for-success model that will invest heavily in three to five impact-oriented Colorado nonprofits poised to help vulnerable populations respond to medium and long-term economic impacts of the pandemic
Philanthropy Colorado – Rural Funders Learning Network  $10,000 Rural To support the Rural Funders Learning Network, which is playing a role in helping Colorado funders understand and address needs in the state’s rural communities
The Powerhouse Science Center  $7,500 Rural To support use of the Durango science center’s MakerLab to create PPE supplies for the region
RISE Colorado – RISE Together Relief Fund  $10,000 Denver Metro To address the COVID relief needs of immigrant and refugee families in Aurora
RISE Education Fund Planning and Design Fund  $52,500 Rural To provide smaller and rural districts assistance in developing competitive applications for the Governor’s $32.7 million Response, Innovation, and Student Equity (RISE) Education Fund
Rural Theater Relief Fund $50,000 Statewide Toward a multi-funder pool of capital to help sustain rural theaters during COVID closures, be matched by the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

* In addition to this grant, Gates made a $1 million short-term, zero-interest commitment to Gary Community Investment to support the launch of the COVIDCheck Colorado rapid testing and tracing system. The PRI commitment was ultimately released, and no capital deployed.