Nonprofit Infrastructure Grant Program-Department of Local Affairs

Colorado’s First Nonprofit Infrastructure Grant Program 

United Way of Pueblo County is collaborating with the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) to select and administer the Nonprofit Infrastructure Grant in Chaffee, Fremont, Custer, Pueblo, and Huerfano Counties.

The Nonprofit Infrastructure (NPI) Grant has been created for small nonprofits, with annual budgets between $150,000 and $2,000,000, that can show they have been impacted or disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. 

Applying organizations or groups must have a track record of providing effective, culturally appropriate, and relevant programs and services to their communities who have historically been underrepresented, underserved, or under-resourced in Colorado. 

The governing bodies and staff of these organizations must consist of a majority of residents who live in the communities they serve, have a history of providing services in specific communities in the state, and have their main offices in one of the communities that they serve. 

Eligibility Requirements

The following organizations are eligible to apply for the NPI Grant:

  • Nonprofit OrganizationA small community-based charitable or social welfare organization impacted or disproportionately by the Covid-19 public health emergency.
  • Fiscal AgentA tax-exempt charitable organization or social welfare organization operating under a 501(c)(3) that has an arrangement with a small community-based nonprofit organization (NPO) that may or may not have its own tax-exempt status.
  • Fiscal SponsorA tax-exempt charitable or social welfare group operating under a 501(c)(3) that has an arrangement with small community-based groups (SCBG) that are not registered NPOs.

Applying organizations must also demonstrate that their services meet community-identified needs, including:

  • Health Equity
  • Workforce Development
  • Community Economic Development
  • Early Childhood Care
  • Education Support
  • Housing
  • Food Justice
  • Other community identified need


Using Grant Funds

The NPI Grant Program will provide funding for infrastructure improvements that are intended to positively impact an organization’s operational structure. 

Grant funds may be used toward things like:

  • Strategic planning and organizational development
  • Professional development for staff and board
  • Data technology, data collection and/or technology infrastructure
  • Marketing and communications
  • Existing program expansion, development or evaluation

Grant funds cannot be used toward programming or capital improvements, including:

  • Real estate or land acquisition
  • Building construction, renovation or improvement
  • Payment of debt
  • Advocacy or lobbying
  • Organizing
  • Endowments or reserves 


How to Apply 

The application timeline is July 5, 2023 through August 31, 2023. Interested nonprofit organizations will apply for the NPI Grant through United Way of Pueblo County's online grant portal, which will be available on this website once the application opens.  

We are here to support you with technical assistance throughout the application process. Please review the  FAQs (English) to learn more; or contact our NPI Grant Liaison at or 719.225.8580. 


Learn More About our Partnership With the Colorado Department of Local Affairs 

The Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) is collaborating with United Way of Pueblo County and seven other organizations across the state to help select and administer the NPI Grant. For more information about this Program and to find a geographically-appointed RAP, please visit