Updated: Sep 2
The organization has awarded over $3.5 million to nearly 230 nonprofits since 2020
DENVER, CO (June 14, 2023) – The Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC) Fund announced the award of $650,000 in grants to 49 Black-led and serving nonprofits in Colorado. In three years, BRIC has granted over $3.5 million to nearly 230 nonprofit organizations while providing valuable resources and programs to strengthen their capacity and increase community impact. The BRIC Fund was established in 2020 to address and remove the barriers of systemic racism and inequities that have affected Black communities.
“There is no better way to celebrate our anniversary than by investing in and supporting the outstanding work of Colorado Black-led nonprofits that serve on the frontlines of Black communities,” explained LaDawn Sullivan, BRIC Fund executive director. “By making intentional investments, we continue to reinforce our community assets, support community collaborations and promote the value of collective impact to build stronger Black communities BRIC by BRIC.”
Diverse Black community leaders extensively reviewed the applications to ensure they met the priorities and criteria determined by the community with input from nonprofit partners/grantees. The selected grant recipients represent a wide range of community interests reflecting BRIC’s six focus areas – emerging needs, economic opportunity, health, housing, racial justice and youth. These organizations provide resources and services to Colorado Black communities, including but not limited to cultural arts, educational enrichment, youth mentorship, employment, financial education, mental health, and social and racial justice. BRIC Fund 2023 Spring Grant Recipients:
Abundant Black Health Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated - Mu Omega Omega Chapter Back2Basics BIPOC Economic Success Trust - Black Economic Success Trust Black Family Advisory Council Caring and Sharing Community Resources and Transformation Center Colorado African Cultural Center Colorado Black Health Collaborative Colorado Ethiopian Community Community Outreach Service Center Inc. Creative Strategies for Change Cyber Cat Labs Dawn Determined Ambitious Women Networking - D.A.W.N Denver Independent School Denver Kappa Alpha Psi Scholarship Foundation Elevation Athletic Performance Foundation Ethiopian Community Television - KETO FM From the Heart Foundation Greater Denver CARES - Circle of the National CARES Mentoring Movement Inc. Higher Learning U Inc. Kids Above Everything Ktone Cares Foundation Make a Chess Move - MACM Metropolitan Diversity and Economic Equity Partners - Metro DEEP Mile High Resilience and Wellness Montessori on Wheels Moyo Nguvu Cultural Arts Center Inc. No More Under Park Hill Collective Impact Inc. - Denver Metro Community Impact Park Hill Pirates Youth Sports Organization Phenom Phoundation Project VOYCE Queenshipp RISE 5280 Seb’s Recreation Center Shop Talk Live Inc. Sims-Fayola Foundation Inc. SOAR - Seeing Our Adolescents Rise Somali American Community Center of Colorado STOP COVAD (Crime of Violence and Discrimination) The Center for Trauma and Resilience The JEKL Institute Therapist of Color Collaborative Transformative Leadership for Change Urban Symbiosis Urban Tikkun Centre Vibe Tribe Adventures Young Aspiring Americans for Social and Political Activism - YAASPA Young Men of Alpha
This year, the BRIC Fund transitioned from two responsive grant cycles to one, so the next BRIC Grant cycle will open in 2024. Organizations interested in applying for funding can find the grant requirements and application portal online at www.bricfund.org.
About Black Resilience in Colorado Fund
Black Resilience in Colorado (BRIC) Fund is the first Black-focused community fund established in Colorado, explicitly providing financial resources and support to Black-led and serving organizations. Launched on June 19, 2020 (Juneteenth holiday), BRIC is more than a fund. It’s a movement for change to address systemic racism and inequities that negatively impact Black communities throughout Colorado. Through the BRIC Fund, nonprofits can leverage community assets, build organizational capacity, and secure emergency relief resources in times of crisis. BRIC empowers diverse organizations and individuals to invest in the sustained growth of Black-led and serving nonprofits to ensure their work continues and communities served are not left behind. In three years, BRIC has successfully provided $200k in capital improvement loans, leadership and organization development programming to 200 plus BIPOC nonprofit leaders and has partnered with similar resource entities to secure $33M in capacity grants for Colorado’s historically marginalized frontline nonprofits. BRIC strives to ensure communities can lead with solutions by them, for them, and with their needs in mind - centered on leadership, advocacy, philanthropy, and partnerships and together can build stronger communities BRIC by BRIC. The Denver Foundation fiscally sponsors the BRIC Fund. For more information, please visit www.bricfund.org.
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