Our COVID-19 Grantmaking

Recognizing the enormous influence of COVID-19 on our region, Rose Community Foundation has committed the bulk of our 2020 grantmaking resources toward a multi-phased, equity-focused response to the pandemic.

Phase 1: Prevention/Containment/Emergency Response – In early April, the Foundation awarded over 120 grants totaling $1.7 million to nonprofit organizations on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Read more about that grantmaking here. The full list of grant recipients is listed below, categorized by populations served.

  • Colorado COVID Relief Fund

    • Recognizing the importance of coordination and the need to raise significant dollars, Rose Community Foundation contributed $100,000 to help Governor Polis launch a statewide fund to address the most acute community needs across the state by supporting the prevention, impact and recovery needs of community-based organizations in Colorado.

Phase 2: Impact Mitigation – In June, the Foundation and its fundholders awarded 395 grants totaling $4.1 million in its second phase of COVID-19 grantmaking. Read more about that grantmaking here. The full list of grant recipients is listed below.

Phase 3: Recovery – The economic disruption of COVID-19 precautions has taken a heavy toll on our Greater Denver nonprofit sector. The Foundation will join donors and peer funders in supporting the fiscal sustainability of nonprofits to ensure they can continue playing a vital role in the overall health and recovery of our region.

Our COVID-19 Community Response

We recognize that many of our grant recipients may need to reorient their funds in order to respond to the continuously changing circumstances.  The Foundation will be flexible regarding grant objectives, activities, reporting and timelines in situations where COVID-19 impacts your capabilities or priorities. Please reach out to your program officer if you have questions about your grant.

We are extending the deadline for our endowment fundholders to take their 2019 distribution. If you would like to take a distribution and have not yet done so, contact Gretchen Lenamond.

We have been awed by our donors’ generous response to the COVID-19 crisis. We continue to update this resources page with information about organizations working to respond to this crisis in our community. We also encourage you to reach out to our Philanthropic Services team directly if you are looking for guidance to support your philanthropy.

We have created a dedicated fund for individuals and organizations that would like to contribute to the grantmaking we are doing in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Learn more about the RESPOND Fund here.