Women & Girls of Color Fund 2023 Rural Grant (Colorado)

Applications for the 2023 Rural Women & Girls of Color Fund grant cycle are open.

Donor Name:  The Women’s Foundation of Colorado

State: Colorado

County: Selected Counties

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 02/10/2023

Size of the Grant: $10,000 to $20,000


The Women & Girls of Color Fund will focus on organizations led by women or girls of color executive directors that are committed to building economic power and dismantling oppressive systems through direct service or community organizing.


Organizations funding priorities are grounded in increasing investments in Colorado women and girls of color, their leadership, their futures, and their economic security.

  • Led by Women and Girls of Color
    • Women of color have the experience and community knowledge to best lead their communities into an equitable future. Grantee organizations will be led by women of color executive directors.
  • Focused on Women and Girls of Color
    • Women and girls of color receive just .5% of all foundation funding. Programs we fund will have a focus on the power and potential of women and girls of color.
  • Colorado based and Colorado focused
    • Colorado is a large and diverse state. Grantees will take a range of approaches to advancing the economic security of women and girls of color based on their specific communities’ needs.
  • Liberatory Leadership
    • Grantees will not only reject systems of racism, classism, homophobia, and patriarchy, they will also demonstrate radical practices of liberatory leadership such as self care and collective leadership, which undermine white supremacy culture.
  • Advancing Economic Security
    • In alignment with The Women’s Foundation of Colorado’s mission, the fund will support programs that advance the economic security of women and girls of color.
  • Those most underfunded
    • Following principles of intersectionality, the Women & Girls of Color Fund will prioritize those communities marginalized by multiple systems of oppression and most underfunded.

Funding Information

Grants will range from $10,000 to $20,000 depending on how many organizations are selected for funding. Applicants do not need to submit an application for a specific amount. Organizations will also receive a $750 for staff appreciation or professional or personal development.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must meet all criteria.

  • 501(c)(3) charitable organizations; tax-exempt educational institutions; tax-exempt state, tribal, local government entities; or initiatives working with a fiscal sponsor.
  • Organization headquartered in rural Colorado (regardless of service area)
  • Organizations based in Front Range counties and statewide organizations are eligible for funding in the June – September cycle.
  • Counties are eligible Adams County, Alamosa County, Arapahoe County, Archuleta County, Baca County, Bent County, Boulder County, Chaffee County, Cheyenne County, Clear Creek County, Conejos County, Costilla County, Crowley County, Custer County, Delta County, Dolores County, Douglas County, Eagle County, Elbert County ,Kiowa County, Kit Carson County, Lake County, La Plata County Larimer County, Fremont County, Garfield County, Gilpin County, Grand County, Gunnison County, Hinsdale County, Huerfano County, Jackson County Jefferson County, El Paso County, Las Animas County, Lincoln County, Logan County, Mesa County, Mineral County, Moffat County, Montezuma County, Montrose County, Morgan County Otero County, Ouray County, Park County, Phillips County, Pitkin County, Prowers County, Pueblo County, Rio Blanco County, Rio Grande County, Routt County, Saguache County, San Juan County, San Miguel County, Sedgwick County, Summit County, Teller County, Washington County, Weld County, Yuma County
  • Organizations whose executive director or CEO is a woman of color, girl of color, or nonbinary person of color.

Examples of exceptions that will be considered:

  • After school programs or extra-curricular activities at K-12 schools led by women of color, girls of color, or nonbinary people of color
  • Projects or departments at institutions of higher education that are led by women of color, girls of color, or nonbinary people of color
  • Community organizing or direct service organizations that advance economic security for or build the economic power of women of color, girls of color, and/or nonbinary people of color along the continuum from birth through adulthood. (Excludes research- and public policy-exclusive organizations). Examples: Early childhood education & child care; job training; entrepreneurship; financial education; self-esteem; trauma and healing; health; food insecurity; safety; reproductive justice; legal services; housing; leadership development; refugee and immigrant rights/services; grassroots advocacy

For more information, visit Rural Grant Cycle.