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The 2023 CALC Micro-Grant opportunity is now closed. Funding is fully allocated. We look forward to reopening the Micro-Grants program for new applications in 2024.

Denver Community Active Living Coalition (CALC) in partnership with the Department of Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI) and Denver Streets Partnership (DSP) invite you to get creative about living an active life in your neighborhood! We are offering Micro-Grants of up to $500 for individuals and $1500 for businesses and organizations in support of walkability, bikeability, or access to safe and healthy spaces for physical activity. Applications open on April 12, 2023 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout 2023 or until funds are fully spent.

We fund projects that encourage active living, active transportation, mobility safety, or use of the built environment. We encourage organizations, residents, and businesses to think creatively about your community's needs and existing resources to create a project that makes it safer, easier, and/or more fun to be active in your Denver neighborhood. Some example ideas are below:

Example projects (and what funds could cover):

  • Walking, rolling, biking, or transit tours or education programs (signage, supplies, safety gear)

  • Community art projects such as murals (paint, materials, artist stipend)

  • Neighborhood walk/bike delivery services (bike baskets, rolling carts)

  • Community clean-ups (safety gear, trash bags, supplies)

  • Programming or placemaking in public spaces (chalk art, signage, outdoor activities)

  • Resource development for safe walking/biking/rolling (research, development of shareable information etc.) 

  • Block parties with a focus on movement or the built environment (signage, snacks, games, arts and crafts)

View our informational overview about the Micro-Grant program on Youtube.

Who is eligible to apply:

Any individual or organization within the City & County of Denver is eligible to apply for the Micro-Grant. Previous recipients of CALC Micro-Grants are eligible for different projects or different phases/components of a project.

  • Individuals may apply for up to $500, to be distributed via gift cards of applicants choice.

  • Organizations or Businesses with a valid W-9 may apply for up to $1500, to be distributed via a purchase order or invoice. Organizations should expect to receive a 1099 for their Micro-Grant funds and prepare your expenses and taxes appropriately.

What to know when applying:

  • Project must be located within the City and County of Denver.

  • Project must be completed within 90 days of approval and funding.

  • Post-project evaluations must be returned within 2 weeks of project completion.

  • Micro-Grant approval does not replace or supersede other necessary permit processes or approvals that may be needed for your project (such as Office of Special Events permits).

  • We cannot fund any project that would go against or lead to individuals failing to adhere to current local/state/federal laws and/or current public health guidelines, if applicable.

  • We cannot fund projects that would install any unpermitted furniture or infrastructure that would impede local traffic in the Right-of-Way.

  • In 2023 we have these funding limitations. Please use one of the contact methods below if you have questions about these limits.

    • Any individual or organization can apply an unlimited number of times, but will be limited in the total dollar amount they can receive in 2023.

    • Multiple individuals and organizations can apply for funding a single event or program, but there will be a limit on the amount of funds distributed for the same event/program. The limit is dependent on the size of the event or amount of people reached, and will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

What to expect after applying:

  • Applications are graded consistently by a review committee of three members or more using this Application Review Rubric.

  • In alignment with the review rubric, preference will be given to projects that serve a high-need community or vulnerable and marginalized populations in alignment with the DOTI Equity Index.

  • Every application and funded project is designated a Grant Officer to help you deliver a successful project and meet project requirements.

How we can help:

  • We have language translation and interpretation services available upon request.

  • If you don’t have internet or computer access you can call and leave a voicemail with your name and call back number. See phone number below.

  • If you have questions, want to discuss ideas, need connections to partners, or need help with your budgets and timelines, we are happy to connect. You may submit your questions or request for support with this Interest Form.

  • Templates for typical project types to help assist with writing your application will be available halfway through the grant cycle.

Ready to Apply?

Fill out the form below or open the CALC Micro-Grant Application on a new page. If you want to view the full application before you begin, download this Application Preview. This document is for reference only.

CALC Micro-Grant Resources

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