Individuals Seeking Grants
Colorado Grants does NOT provide any services to individuals seeking funding. We only write grant proposals to help nonprofit organizations, like homeless shelters, afterschool programs, schools, food banks, and similar projects. This page, however, does include a list of resources that can help you address your needs. Many nonprofit organizations have programs to help help with rent, mortgage, utilities, home repair, transportation, or other similar costs. There may be other help available if you are an individual with a disability or have a family member with a disability. You may also be able to access federal and state programs that promote homeownership and provide access to loans.
While there are no grants for individuals seeking to pay off bills, the website, Need Help Paying Bills, has many excellent ideas for connecting to resources that might help you pay your bills, or strategies that empower you to reduce those bills.
Be forewarned that there are dishonest people out there who will tell you what you want to hear, and take your money. Promoters of "free" government money have been investigated for fraudA New York Consumer Protection Board report says that companies are profiting from the false notion that the government has billions of dollars available to help people pay their credit-card bills and other expenses.
The Federal Trade Commission has an excellent article about grant scams. The National Consumer League also has a great primer on grants. It would be great if there were free money out there for all of us, but it just isn't the case. However, there are a lot of hardworking nonprofits out there that can help you address your needs, and may be able to help you pay bills or address some immediate needs.
Colorado 211 lists organizations statewide that provide help for families, individuals and seniors needing help with rental and utilities assistance, home repairs, legal assistance and more.
Family Voices Colorado or 1-800-881-8272, helps families and individuals identify resources to pay for a health or related service provider, or identify programs that children and adults are eligible for enrollment.
Colorado’s Community Centered Board system provides some funding to families and individuals with a disability.
Colorado Division of Vocational Rehabilitation provides some help to individuals with disabilities who are entering or reentering the workforce.
The Federal Government provides information on programs that may benefit individuals with disabilities.
Housing/Homeownership programs are not grant programs, but links to local nonprofit groups that help people purchase homes, provide access funds for down payments and offer other assistance.
General Federal assistance provides information on programs that may benefit individuals, but most of their listings are for tax credits, loans, or referrals to existing programs funded by the federal government. Includes a searchable database.