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We are pleased to launch the next round of CALC Micro-Grants to support community leaders in projects that support active transportation and community health! 

Denver Community Active Living Coalition (CALC) in partnership with the Department of Transportation & Infrastructure (DOTI), Denver Streets Partnership (DSP), and the Trust for Public Land (TPL) invite you to get creative about living an active life in your neighborhood! We are offering micro-grants of up to $400 for individuals and $1500 for businesses in support of walkability, bikeability, or access to safe and healthy spaces for physical activity. Applications open on April 15, 2022 and will be reviewed on a rolling basis throughout 2022 or until funds are fully spent.

We want to fund projects that promote active transportation and physical activity. We encourage organizations, residents, and businesses to think creatively about your community's needs and 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, 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.) 

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 still eligible for different projects or different phases/components of a project. 

  • Individuals may apply for up to $400, to be distributed via gift cards OR direct purchase of materials.

  • 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. 

Project Requirements:

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

  • Project directors must monitor current Colorado and City & County of Denver public health orders regarding COVID-19 and follow best practices to maintain health & safety throughout their project, including up-to-date requirements on vaccination, mask wearing, and/or social distancing.

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

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

  • Preference will be given to projects that serve a high-need community or vulnerable populations.

  • Applications are graded consistently on a rubric that can be found here.

  • Every project is designated a grant officer to help you deliver a successful project and meet these requirements.

What we cannot fund:

  • We cannot fund perishable or non-perishable food items.

  • We cannot fund personal hygiene, cleaning supplies, or single-use items (including masks, hand sanitizer, disposable gloves) as the primary part of the project. 

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

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

  • We cannot fund projects that do not relate to physical activity, transportation, or the built environment.

Don't have internet access?

We're here to help! Call 720-865-5462 and leave a voicemail message with your name and a call back number. We will set up time for a comprehensive phone call or to meet you at a Denver Public Library branch or Denver Recreation Center to go through your grant application together.   

More questions?

Our team is eager to help you be successful in creating and delivering an amazing project in your community. If you have questions, want to workshop ideas, need connections to partners, or help with your budgets and timelines, we are here to help! ​​EVERY APPLICANT is designated a grant officer to help them with their application and/or project. Don't hesitate to reach out to us by email, by calling (720)865-5462 or by submitting this interest form. We have English, Spanish, Vietnamese and ASL language services available.  

View our informational overview about the Micro-Grant on Youtube here


Want to copy a project idea?

In an effort to remove as many barriers to your application as possible, our team has created some project idea templates for you to copy and paste answers into your application:
•    Integrating active transportation into your existing or planned community event happening before end of March 2023
Application Template: Safe Routes to a Community Event
•    Organizing a walking, rolling, or transit tour with your community Application Template: Walk/Roll/Bike/Transit Tour
•    Giving away winter walking or rolling gear like gloves and hats Application Template: Walking or Rolling Supplies for Students
•    Hosting a community trash clean-up Application Template: Community Clean-up


Ready to Apply?

Fill out the form below. If you experience technical difficulties with the form or you need assistance filling out the application, try this link or email us or call us at (720)865-5462. If you want to take a look at the application before you begin, download this document to preview the application. This document is for reference only. 


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