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Week Of Special Interest 09/08/21
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Denver grants to support nonprofits

Denver Economic Development & Opportunity (DEDO) announced today that it is allocating an additional $485,000 for grants to local nonprofits. The funding is provided through the Nonprofit Emergency Relief Fund (NPERF), one of DEDO’s economic relief programs launched last year to help mitigate the effects of COVID-19.

Recognizing the lingering economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the local nonprofit community, Denver is allocating this new set of funds to support local organizations so they can continue critical programs and services to residents across a spectrum of needs. The funds for the NPERF program are coming from the city’s first allocation of federal COVID-19 dollars under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) released in 2020.

“While we have begun to recover from the pandemic, we know it continues to impact smaller non-profit organizations serving our most under-resourced residents,” said Seneca Holmes, director of DEDO’s Neighborhood Equity & Stabilization (NEST) division. “Our intent for these funds is to bring some relief to our Denver nonprofits, so they can continue their critical work in the community.”

NPERF will provide one-time grant assistance up to a maximum of $15,000, per grantee, to eligible Denver nonprofit organizations. Among other factors, preference is being placed on nonprofits operating in, or serving constituents from, priority neighborhoods of Elyria- Swansea, Globeville, Northeast Parkhill, East Colfax, Montbello, Sun Valley, Valverde, Villa Park, West Colfax, and Westwood, and/or serving vulnerable populations.

DEDO has partnered with the Colorado Nonprofit Development Center to deploy the program, as well as with Point B Strategies to provide technical assistance to nonprofits on fulfilling the financial requirements of the application. Technical assistance sessions will be provided on the following dates and times:

Friday, September 10 | 1-2 p.m. (English)

Tuesday, September 14 | 2:30-3:30 p.m. (English)

Wednesday, September 22 | 4-5 p.m. (Spanish)

Applications are available via this link with a priority deadline of September 30. If additional funding remains past Sept. 30, applications will be accepted through October 15.

Our Government

White House

September 5, 2021, President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. declared that a major disaster exists in the State of New York and ordered Federal aid to supplement State, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the areas affected by the remnants of Hurricane Ida from September 1 to September 3, 2021.

Colorado Governor

Governor Polis took action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Polis amended and extended an Executive Order related to the state’s disaster recovery efforts. The order extends directives that provide tenants who have a pending application for emergency rental assistance with 30 days to make past-due rental payments rather than ten days. The order rescinds all remaining provisions on unemployment insurance and returns funds allocated to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to the Disaster Emergency Fund based on the receipt of FEMA funding.

Denver Mayor

Mayor Michael B. Hancock and the Department of Housing Stability (HOST) launched an effort to get 200 people experiencing homelessness housed in 100 days. The housing surge will expedite the city’s work with partners to connect 100 people from shelters and 100 people living on the streets with housing. “This housing surge – the first of many – will help us make an immediate impact on the lives of these unhoused residents by quickly moving to support their exit out of homelessness,” Mayor Hancock said.

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