BRIC initiatives are designed
to provide Black nonprofits with a full range of opportunities focused on organizational growth and strengthening community-based services.
BRIC Initiatives help build community
Beyond providing financial support, BRIC initiatives deliver essential leadership development, organizational capacity building and the necessary diversity, equity, inclusion, and advocacy tools to be a voice for change.
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The BRIC Grants directs resources to address systemic racism and its impact on Black communities throughout Colorado.
BRIC grants support Black-led and serving nonprofit organizations build long-term sustainability. Grant awards typically range from $5,000 to $25,000.
BRIC LOAN FUND
The BRIC Fund and Urban Land Conservancy (ULC) have proudly partnered to establish the BRIC Loan Fund. The BRIC Loan Fund was created in recognition of the historic barriers of systemic racism Black nonprofits and the Black communities they serve face in accessing capital financing. This loan fund offers low-interest loans up to $50,000 to support capital projects and/or other improvements for Black-led and serving nonprofits across the seven-county Metro Denver region.
“I think it’s critical for leaders of color to have a safe space where we have the opportunity to vent frustrations, to celebrate victories, and to deeply engage in conversations, that quite frankly, others will not understand.”
- Dontae Latson, President, and CEO of Rocky Mountain Communities and EDCI participant
EXECUTIVE DIRECTORS OF COLOR INSTITUTE (EDCI)
EDCI is a two-year leadership development and organizational capacity-building program for BIPOC nonprofit leaders. Monthly peer-led learning sessions strengthen the individual leadership and capacity and collective impact of BIPOC-led nonprofit organizations across Metro Denver. The institute seeks participants looking to grow and expand their skill sets; contribute to a dynamic network of peers; and work to inform, shape, and maximize the opportunities in today's nonprofit sector while working to make the sector more inclusive, equitable, and just.
View the list of EDCI alumni.
Communities Lead, Communities Thrive
The BRIC Fund is a founding member of the Communities Lead, Communities Thrive (CLCT) Steering Committee, a coalition of small Colorado nonprofits that serve Black, Indigenous, Latino, Asian American and Pacific Islanders, LGBTQ+, and rural communities. As Colorado strives to ensure equitable recovery from the pandemic, the coalition came together to ensure that nonprofits and the communities they serve were not left behind.
LANDSCAPE PROJECT INITIATIVE
The Landscape Project was commissioned originally by The Denver Foundation to do a baseline evaluation of Metro Denver’s nonprofit self-assessment of its diversity, inclusiveness and racial equity work. The results and recommendations are found in the “Landscape Report.” The report also includes a historical overview and research outcomes that informed support of inclusiveness and racial equity in the nonprofit sector. Feedback supported the development of the Landscape Project Cohort (LPC). The goal of the cohort was to establish, imbed and advance internal inclusive and racially equitable practices and policies resulting in nonprofit organizations having greater impact — in direct services, influence of nonprofit peers and ultimately dismantling systemic oppression and injustice. LPC goal: To establish, imbed and advance internal inclusive and racially equitable practices and policies resulting in nonprofit organizations having greater impact — in direct services, influence of nonprofit peers and ultimately dismantling systemic oppression and injustice.
“I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver.”- Maya Angelou